Edge of Faith March 2017 - Page 18

Come to find out, that is when they rescued Chima and the husband and wife were prosecuted. One, I believe, fled and the other one served jail time. They were prosecuted under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act for human trafficking and Chima was their slave.

Now there were a couple of great points and lessons that were learned. One, that the everyday person can start paying attention and calling if they have concerns. Calling law enforcement, calling our national human trafficking hotline and there is real power in that phone call.

Chima eventually was adopted by a family, graduated from high school, and now is in college and doing quite well. Still continuing to speak on this issue and hopes to go into law enforcement and has made a wonderful recovery. But that was right here. That those domestic slaves, those that are working in a house as a slave, that cannot leave the house. That have all long days of maintenance, of cooking and cleaning and care for families, they probably are some of the most quiet, not obvious slaves among us because they are inside and sometimes the appearance is, you know, maybe someone's cousin that lives with them or a new bride that doesn’t quite speak the language. I had an interview yesterday where the host was sharing a story of a neighbor who was a mail order bride and [once] she got to know

"...if you really suppose you can do nothing to overthrow slavery, you are greatly mistaken. You can do much in every way: four things I will name. 1st. You can read on this subject. 2nd. You can pray over this subject. 3rd. You can speak on this subject. 4th. You can act on this subject. I have not placed reading before praying because I regard it more important, but because, in order to pray right, we must understand what we are praying for." (Angelina E. Grimke, Appeal to Christian Women of the South, New York: American Anti-Slavery Society, 1936."

Angelina Grimke wrote this in one of her first pleas to her fellow Southerners. Born in South Carolina in the 1800’s she and her sister, Sarah, were the first Southern women to publicly condemn slavery to their community. They were two ordinary women who despite not having a right to vote, a valued voice outside their home, and limited resources, would become instrumental in the abolition of slavery.

Today we face another kind of slavery and it is not new and it is not abolished. The pursuit of wealth at the exploitation of other human beings goes back to the beginning of recorded history. However, unlike the past, slavery is now illegal everywhere in the world, yet it thrives. There are estimated 21 million men, women, and children in slavery today-- more than ever in the history of the world. Of these 21 million slaves , 60 percent are women and children.

What Can YOU Do?

by Kim McOwen Yim

Irvine is the safest place and high academics and IQ and if it is happening there, most likely it’s probably happening in my town.