January 2021: Human Trafficking

Social Justice Ministry Monthly Speaker Series & Resources


Resources and Information: 

Monthly Speaker Series: How the Local Church Can Combat Human Trafficking

Speaker: Lance Cashion, Local Outreach Director, Christ Chapel Bible Church

What: Lance develops key community relationships and collaborations between local churches, law enforcement and nonprofits, and is a leader in facilitating church anti-trafficking initiatives.                                           

Human Trafficking = Modern-Day Slavery

Human trafficking is a serious crime and violation of human rights, involving the use of force, coercion, or fraud to exploit a person into slave labor or sexual exploitation.

Human trafficking can happen to people of all ages and genders, and any race or religious background. Women are often used for sexual exploitation while men are usually used for forced labor. It is believed that one in five human trafficking victims are children, exploited for begging, child pornography, or child labor.

Human trafficking is a worldwide crisis with millions of women and children trafficked across borders and within their countries of origin. It’s also a $150B industry. Did you know that Texas is the second-most trafficked state after California, with 79,000 minors and youth victims of sex trafficking? And this is just the tip of the iceberg, as most incidents go unreported.

Texas has excellent highways, airports and ocean ports to facilitate human trafficking. This combined with a high immigrant population and certain industries such as agriculture, construction, factories, landscaping, salon services, child care and domestic work creates prime environments for forced labor. What's worse, modern-day slavery frequently occurs in plain sight, right in our own communities.   

Traffickers look for vulnerable people. It could be economic status, instability at home, kids who are vulnerable to homelessness or an unstable food source, runaways, undocumented immigrants, those with language barriers or disabilities. The common thread they all share is vulnerability, and a trafficker who preyed upon that vulnerability.

A presentation entitled "Church Engagement: How the Local Church Can Combat Human Trafficking" will distinguish between Sex and Labor trafficking, identify the number of cases by activity, industry and state, address the vulnerability of children in foster care, child welfare and juvenile justice systems, runaways and homeless youth, and the roles and responsibilities of the local church to combat human trafficking. Q&A to follow.


PCUSA Human Trafficking Website

Human Trafficking Statistics by State 2020

US State Department: Trafficking In Persons Report, 20th Edition, June 2020 

Podcast “Fight Against Human Trafficking” with Dr. Darrell Bock and Christina Crenshaw

For a faith based perspective on ending human trafficking, and how we’re all vulnerable, see this book Vulnerable: Rethinking Human Trafficking, by Raleigh Sadler