Human trafficking is a serious crime and a violation of human rights, involving the use of force, coercion, or fraud to exploit a person into slave labor or sexual exploitation. Human trafficking is a local problem. In every community, children and teens are targeted for exploitation. Human trafficking knows no gender, ethnicity, or country. It is humanity at our worst. Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and it still exists.
121Hope is a ministry we have right here at Northland that brings hope to victims and survivors of human trafficking through one on one discipleship. 121Hope wants to see an end to the violent cycle of human trafficking.
“We believe God has a plan to save our broken world and it begins with his church and his people.”
-Meg Johnson (121 Hope Ministry Leader)
In 2021, 121Hope wants to engage survivors to be fully alive in Jesus. In doing so, they want to offer hope to the hopeless, bring light into the darkness, and introduce people to the shepherd of their souls.
This #GivingTuesday, on December 1, we will be raising money to help fund 121Hope’s 2021 initiatives.
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“With the help of people like you, we are tackling one of the world’s greatest problems and helping communities create lasting change from within. One church. One movement. One act.”
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” - 2 Timothy 1:7
“For with God, nothing is impossible.” - Luke 1:37.
In 2019, the United States had 11,500 human trafficking cases reported. The most common type of trafficking was sex trafficking (8,248 reports), with the most common venues being illicit massage/spa businesses and pornography. In 2020, Florida has received 896 cases reported. 121Hope has received 12 referrals since COVID.
According to the Polaris Project, the number of cases handled by the Trafficking Hotline increased by more than 40% in the month following the shelter-in-place orders compared to the prior month. The world may have slowed down but human trafficking has increased. Children are more vulnerable and at risk of meeting a trafficker online now more than ever.
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
Speakers Bureau - 121Hope raises awareness of human trafficking and identifies prevention technologies.
Street Ministry - 121Hope offers hope to vulnerable men and women trapped in the sex trade industry.
Victim Advocacy - 121Hope serves survivors in our community with emergency shelter, long term care, case management services, and the hope of Jesus Christ.
Relationship with Latisha’s House - Partner with local safehouse offering long term respite care to survivors of sex trafficking.