My first Freedom Friday post is the announcement of the launch of an extremely exciting new initiative that my good friends at Ignite have launched this week. Here’s what it’s all about:
#NotOnMyWatch is the new initiative launched today by Ignite . This new project aims to raise the issue of people trafficking and slavery to young people, particularly those based in Wales.
It is a shocking statistic that there are more people being kept as slaves today than there was at the time of the abolution of slavery by the USA in 1865. It is estimated that over 27,000,000 people in slavery, bonded labour and being used as pawns (ie someone given held as security for a debt). That is almost the equivelent of 50% of the population of the United Kingdom.
Human trafficking is the 2nd fastest growing criminal industry in the world. This involves people moving others, often against their will to other countries for profit. We would naive to assume this does not happen into Wales. Indeed reports have suggested that there could be 600+ woman who have been smuggled into Wales who are now acting as sex workers. Evidence is very difficult to obtain as understandably not only the industry very secretive but victims themselves are reluctant to report their conditions as they fear not only their “masters” but also the authorities as they are most likely in the UK illegally.
#NotOnMyWatch seeks to engage young people with the issue so not only will they be informed but also so that they can become modern day abolistionists ensuring the Wales becomes a “traffic free” zone. This is not just a human rights issue it is a key discipleship issue.
Lots more information will follow……
(Excerpt from the blog of Gary Smith, CEO Ignite)
#NotOnMyWatch will be officially launched at an event in Cardiff in February, which I am privileged to preaching at. More details about that event will be released soon. I love the name #NotOnMyWatch to the extent that I have written and recorded an anti-trafficking track of the same name, that will feature on my new album (released soon!) Please pray for Ignite and this courageous initiative, and especially for the youth of South Wales who we trust will rise up against the injustice of modern day slavery.