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Human Trafficking in America – 5 year snapshot.

polaris 5 year report

Just finished skimming through the Polaris Project 5 Year report on Human Trafficking in America.   At a glance I can highly recommend tracking down the report and reading it yourself.  Here’s where you can find a link to the complete document in PDF format:

NHTRC Five Year Report on Human Trafficking Trends

The trafficking hotline number so familiar to anyone aware of the Polaris Project, has been in existence since 2007.  As with any hotline number, it takes a while for the number to get out there and become visible enough to actually be useful.  Five years into its use, Polaris now can give us an emerging picture of Trafficking in the United States that is beginning to say something significant to us.

The executive summary at the very top of the report will give you a sobering snapshot.  Here are a few fast facts – I recommend you looking it up yourself so you understand the numbers better:

49,301

The number of calls to the hotline 1-888-373-7888 in the first five years of the number’s circulation.  That’s over 800 calls a month.  That’s also a number that has gained momentum as awareness has increased.

9,298

The number of unique cases of Human Trafficking identified among the total call-in volume of the hotline.

5,932

Of the total trafficking cases identified, 64% were Sex Trafficking Cases.

85%

Of the Sex Trafficking cases involved women and girls, the remainder involving male and transgendered individuals.

location of cases

The 46 page report is thorough!  You’ll get an education in the terminology of trafficking if you take the time to read the report.  I downloaded it to my trusty i-Pad and plan on reading it this week as I exercise.  Some the highpoints include a breakdown between Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking, Child Trafficking, the growth and awareness of the hotline number and a few helpful glossaries and appendices.  Give it a read soon!

breakdown of cases

 

Save the Date:

Theresa Flores is SOAPing the town for CWS.  Sunday, June 8th at Christ Community Theresa will bring her team to Omaha looking for volunteers to deliver free soap to the hotels in town. Can you guess what’s on the back of those itty bitty bars of soap?

 

You guessed it!  The NHRTC hotline number:  1-888-373-7888.  More on that in my next post.

Mark’s Story of Trusting In Jesus

In this clip, Lead Pastor Mark shares his personal story of crossing the line from “believing in” to “trusting in” when he was in college.

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Evidence Jesus Rose from the Dead

In this clip, Lead Pastor Mark discusses that the fact that we use Jesus’ resurrection as a marker for so many things is evidence of the validity of Jesus’ resurrection.

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Trusting in Jesus

In this clip, Lead Pastor Mark talks about putting your full weight on Jesus and trusting in Him completely.

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How Sheep fight Wolves

In this clip, Pastor of Spiritual Discovery Tim Perry discusses the tough truth that Jesus calls sheep to fight wolves and gives 7 ways that God has created for us to do so.

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Jesus doesn’t promise safety and abundance

In this clip, Pastor of Spiritual Discovery Tim Perry discusses the tough truth that Jesus doesn’t promise us safety and abundance when we live for Him.

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CCC Missions Update: Perrotto’s, Opportunity to Serve, and More

Here is a quick update on a few important things happening in missions and some ways you can serve our International Workers.

Perrotto’s to the Dominican Republic

Perrotto Family v2

In March we asked the people of CCC to step up and provide gifts for Matt & Teri Perrotto and their 5 children as they go to minister in the Dominican Republic for the next two years. Praise God, 100% of their financial needs have come in through one-time gifts and monthly commitments. Thank you CCC for your investment in reaching lost people in far away places!

The Perrotto’s landed in the DR on April 14th and are spending the first two weeks getting settled before their first intense ministry run begins. From early May through the end of August they will be very busy as they help host over 600 visitors from US churches.

Lisa Needs Your Help

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Lisa is a CCC international worker in India and she will be home this summer from June 16 through the end of August. She needs two things: (1) a place to stay and (2) a car to drive. If you are interested in helping with either of these things please contact Craig Walter at craigw@cccomaha.org / (402) 938-1536.

 

Pray for Health

We have two international workers who are struggling with health issues. Neither can be named at this time but God knows their need. Please pray on their behalf for healing, for peace, for their families, and for God’s will to be done in their lives.

Me? A Mandatory Reporter?

Staff Blogger Lisa Ashton – Associate Director of Spiritual Discovery

Nick Zadina - Gathering

1 – A seven-year-old goes to school and tells the teacher that her mother spanked her so hard the night before that she has bruises on her bottom. The teacher watches her closely throughout the day and notices that she does not seem to have a problem sitting and does not seem afraid to go home. Should the teacher report it?

2- You are walking into the mall and notice a woman standing in the parking lot yelling at a little girl who appears to be about 5.  The woman has a loud voice and you overhear, “How can you be so stupid?!  You’ve always been an idiot – you’re driving me crazy.  Just wait until we get home…” Would you report it?

3- A 15-year-old adolescent discloses to her therapist that she was sexually molested by her uncle when she was 12 years old. The therapist is the first person she has told.  She believes if her parents find out, it could cause a split in the family. She and her family do not live in the same town as the uncle.  She has not seen him since she was 13. Since the abuse occurred three years ago and there is no further contact between the child and her uncle.   Should the therapist report it?

How should you respond?

I know when I first read them, I wanted to ask some clarifying questions.  I wanted more information.  However, what I learned last weekend settled the issue for me.  Did you know that in the state of Nebraska, every adult who has a reasonable suspicion of child abuse is required by law to report it? That makes me a mandatory reporter!    This means that when it comes to child abuse, my job is to report, not investigate.  Not all states carry this law, including Iowa, but it is a law in Nebraska.

This is one thing I learned at CCC’s Gathering this last Friday.  We had the privilege of hearing from Nick Zadina, training specialist for Project Harmony.  Project Harmony is a local child advocacy center whose mission is to protect and support children, collaborate with professionals and engage the community to end child abuse and neglect. Nick did a fantastic job of explaining the need for child advocacy centers.  He said his passion is to help people do a better job at protecting our kids.

I wonder how much safer our community  would become for children if every adult was committed to reporting  suspected child abuse.  I wonder how reporting child abuse today could affect the number of men and women involved in prostitution or trafficking in the future.

I’m praying today for Project Harmony.  I’m remembering our teachers, who receive more disclosures of child abuse than any other profession.   I’m asking God to help me do my part in reporting any instances of child abuse that I may suspect.  And for the hurting, at-risk kids in our city, I’m asking Jesus to show them his loving care.

Becky McCabe

On March 30, 2014, Director of Missions Craig Walter talked with Becky McCabe about founding and launching Hands of Honor, an anti-trafficking ministry in Mali.

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Good Works

In this clip, Lead Pastor Mark shares the story of one CCC volunteer and the impact she had on a couple on the verge of divorce.

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