Why Continued Efforts to Stop Human Trafficking Matter

It is the age of the #metoo movement, the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, and Dressember. The Freedom Challenge, an organization under Operation Mobilization, focuses efforts on rescuing victims of human trafficking and raising awareness.

The Fight Against Human Trafficking

On the cusp of a new decade, is work to end human trafficking still vital? When it seems as if there is little to no way to counter human trafficking and stories of individuals in places of power who are exploiting the vulnerable come to light, is the fight against human trafficking still worth it? The Freedom Challenge’s Directory Tracy Daugherty explains why the answer is yes.

“This is nothing new. I just think that we’re more aware of it because of our communication tools available. I can know [about] all of this exploitation, and it’s a bit overwhelming. But if you look back from the very beginning, this idea of slavery was birthed, or exploitation or power over [others] was birthed in the heart of the enemy to try to mar the image of God’s creation,” Daugherty says.

Exploitation of Power

In 2019, Freedom Challenge started a domestic partnership with the like-minded Logos Wilderness Therapy.

Chelsea Van Essen, who is a licensed social worker and therapist, is the co-founder and clinical director of Logos Wilderness Therapy. Van Essen focuses on trauma and complex trauma and works with trafficking survivors.

Van Essen explains human trafficking centers around power and control, along with the exploitation of both.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn