Category: Freedom Friday

Posts that are dedicated to the abolition of slavery and human trafficking.

FREEDOM DAY

Join us in Cardiff on Saturday 15th October to be a voice and make a difference!

We’ll be joining in the A21 Walk for Freedom before heading to the iconic Pierhead building in Cardiff Bay for where we will be raising awareness using street drama, followed by the Freedom Event inside the Pierhead building where we will be hearing from various people involved in standing against trafficking, praying for them and spending some time in sung worship.

Join us!

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We did it! #CW4HT

Just a quick post guys to let you know that WE DID!! The bike ride that is!

It was a fantastic, though at times gruelling, 4 days of riding, friendship and encouragement – all in the context of breathing in the beauty of God’s creation! (The Lon Las cycle route must be one of the most stunning rides in the UK). We also managed to fit in 3 awareness raising nights in Barmouth, Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff Bay. On top of all that we have been able to raise some significant money for IJM and AIM. The target we set ourselves before the ride was £5,000 and as things stand we are just short of that amount. Therefore, if you feel you could help us reach our target you can do so here.

Thanks so much for all your prayers, support and generosity. For all of us who were involved it has been a memorable, life-giving journey that will live long in all our memories! It’s also got me feeling fitter than I have done for years!

Check out this little video I made to capture something of the adventure:

Full Grown

Today is #antislaveryday. I am sure that the news channels, as well as your social media feeds, will be full of news about human trafficking and modern slavery today. I thought it would be good to mark the day by profiling a film that was made here in Gwent recently.

As you are probably aware I lead a ministry called Red Community that is all about raising awareness, raising support and raising an army to stand against human trafficking in Wales. One of the projects that we have been involved in this year is RED Alert – the creation of a series of short films aimed at helping people understand the reality and scale of human trafficking in our own nation. The first film, Escape, profiled sex trafficking (you can watch it here).

Today, I’m posting up the second film, Full Grown, that profiles criminal exploitation. This is the crime of forcing or coercing people to engage in criminal activity such as begging, pick-pocketing, credit card fraud and cannabis cultivation.

Vast amounts of the UK’s cannabis is grown by young men, often children, who have been trafficked into the UK, from overseas nations, perhaps most notably China and Vietnam. Full Grown is a gritty and powerful film, based on actual events, that sheds some light on the brutal reality faced by many of these modern-day slaves.

Please don’t just watch it. Let the weight of it’s message impact you. Pray about it. Share it. Help us to raise awareness about human trafficking in Wales.

Blessinz.

ESCAPE : RED COMMUNITY

Some of you may know that I head-up a ministry called Red Community that is all about raising awareness and standing against human trafficking in South Wales. Well a few months ago we were given a generous amount of money from Gwent Police to work with TorFilm to create some short films aimed at raising awareness about human trafficking in Wales.

Well, here is the first film in the series! This film called ‘Escape’ seeks to expose the issue of sex-trafficking – the vile sexual exploitation of vulnerable women, children and men for the purpose of financial gain.

Sex trafficking is happening right here, right now in Wales. That’s a shocking truth that we MUST make people aware of. This powerful short film is based on real events that have occurred in South Wales (read more about that here)

This film has been created to raise awareness, therefore please feel free to share this video as widely as you can on social media, blogs and websites. However, please also visit our RED Community landing page and JOIN THE RESISTANCE by signing up to our online community, and please encourage others to do the same. We are seeking to create a strong, strategic and growing movement of gospel-hearted abolitionists here in Wales who refuse to let human trafficking flourish in the shadows of our land.

RED community website

Hey guys, just a real quick post to share 2 things:

1. The brand new website for RED Community went live today! You can find it here. Just want to say a MASSIVE thank you to my friend, Rich Saunders, who has worked hard over the last few months to build this site for us. We will be adding more and more content over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for that.

2. Today will probably be the last #FreedomFriday post here at Sanctified Rant as from now on the majority of the articles that I write about human trafficking will be posted on the blog at the new RED Community website, along with articles from many others with a passion for justice and freedom.

Thanks for walking with us.

Have a great weekend!

Blessinz.

Dai

 

Is human trafficking actually happening in Wales? #FREEDOMFRIDAY

Is human trafficking actually happening in Wales?

This is a question that I get asked a lot, especially now that Red Community is starting to gather pace and people are starting to appreciate that this is something I’m passionate about. Anyway, as you might expect it is very difficult to obtain accurate data due to the nature of the crime and the fear that many feel in reporting it. However, I can confirm that trafficking is very much an issue in Wales, as this Welsh Government video makes painfully clear:

 

So, tragically human trafficking is happening in Wales. However, I was encouraged to receive an email from Wales’ anti-slavery coordinator earlier this week informing me that it would also seem that awareness is increasing and there has been a sharp rise in it being reported. Indeed there was a massive 47% increase in slavery cases reported in Wales from 2012 to 2013. This is encouraging and must be celebrated as an answer to prayer. But there is still much to be done.

We are by no means the only gig in town, but if you’re in South Wales and keen to know how you might be able to get involved in a gospel-centred response to human trafficking in Wales, why not hook up with us at Red Community. We’d love to connect with you.

Blessinz.