From Focus on the Family (link)
It’s a story that news outlets should be reporting – but they’re not:
Since Jan. 20th law enforcement authorities have arrested more than 1,500 people for sex crimes ranging from sex trafficking to pedophilia. This figure is a big jump from the less than 400 arrests for the same crimes in all of 2014.
In other words, it’s not that sex crimes are on the rise – it’s that the enforcement of sex crime laws have become a priority.
Think about how many people – many of them children – won’t be sold for sex because of these arrests.
Why isn’t the media covering this? Partisanship and politics, and that’s a shame, because if there’s an issue where the Right, Center and Left should be able to find common ground, it’s human trafficking. It’s an evil that goes beyond partisanship and politics. It’s an issue that should bring together people from across the ideological spectrum to condemn it – and to fight it.
It is commonplace for business leaders to discuss how they minimize the harm their businesses do to communities and the environment. These days, everyone seems to be talking about “sustainability.”
But a small group of pioneering businesspeople is setting a higher bar. Instead of minimizing harm, they seek to maximize the positive impact of their businesses. Instead of limiting negative externalities, they actively and purposefully seek a regenerative economy by operating their businesses in more thoughtful and rigorous ways.
Many of them are, in our opinion, the best businesses in the world. More certainly, they have subjected themselves to a strict assessment that indicates that they are the best FOR the world.
Better Way Imports is proud to be a not only a certified B-Corp
But “BEST FOR THE WORLD” B-Corp honoree in 2016
Better Way Imports named “Best for the Community” by B Corp
Better Way Imports ranks among the “best for the community” according to the nonprofit B Lab and its B Corp certification process. The company was honored at the 2016 “Best for the World” gathering sponsored by B the Change Media and held at the University of California, Berkeley. The event honored companies whose groundbreaking business models are best for workers, best for communities, and best for the environment.
“All of us with Better Way Imports have created a tangible way for people to participate in the fight to end human trafficking,” said CEO Bill Leep. “We believe that we’ve fused two great models – abolitionism and direct sales – into a powerful business model. So it’s gratifying for our team to be listed as ‘Best for the Community’ by B Labs.”
B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. There are only 1,800 Certified B Corps worldwide and of those, Better Way Imports ranked among the top 10 percent as “best for the community.”
Better Way Imports promotes the glory of God through operating a business which seeks to advance the companies that work to end sex-trafficking. There are an estimated 20 to 30 million slaves around the world. Every Better Way Imports product is handcrafted, most by women rescued from slavery. One of the newest supplier initiatives is to present opportunities that keep women in a rural community from becoming sex workers. So the products purchased provide dignified employment and an opportunity for a new life to women who were once enslaved. The Freedom Parties hosted in homes in the U.S. provide hope and change to families overseas. And the “Freedom Fighters” who sell Better Way products make a difference to families and communities here in the U.S. and around the world.
Although i am duly impressed that Adam would walk away from a lot of money to put his family first, i am intrigued even more by his off season activities. Read the linked blog Breakpoint, how LaRoche and Milwaukee Brewers’ pitcher Blaine Boyer spent ten days last November working undercover in Southeast Asian brothels.
In 2016, victims are still being trafficked here in the US
and around the world for
forced labor, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude.
Help victims find their freedom by sharing an awareness video
to educate your friends, family and community.
Better Way’s Video
Here is a list of several we like…. (click on “Media” to go to our listing of how and why we do what we do at Better Way …)
Possible with God
I recently Discovered this series of devotionals by John Piper called “Solid Joy”
This October 27 issue with the story of Peter Cameron Scott, founder of Africa Inland Mission, was a huge encouragement to me for when the going gets tough! (becasue you know it will)
“God has a people in every people group. He will call them with Creator power. And they will believe! What power is in these words for overcoming discouragement in the hard places of the frontiers!”
I’ll copy the entire devotional below, it’s not long, (or you can follow the above link)
The Gospel means little if it is preached in pulpits, but not lived out in compassion for mankind.
“This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.” -Bernard Shaw-
You Are The Missionary ….. or, are you the missionary ? What does that look like…
Please Read this challenging blog from Sarita Hartz
This is the Gospel of Jesus lived out, not just in proclamation, but in practicality….
We cannot pick and choose to do missions, like we cannot pick and choose whether or not as Christians we will stand for justice….
But just as we cannot ignore missions, we cannot place missions, social justice, or “saving the world,” or anything above submerging in His presence, or we miss the mark….
Visit the Fair Trade Federation, of which we are a member, to see what is going on around the country this month
Of course we would love for you to visit our own Fair Trade Boutique and Coffee shop,
6 Ways Parents Can Protect Their Children from Sex Trafficking
As I stared at her face, I was thankful that this girl had a fighting chance to be found because at least she had parents that were concerned and present enough in her life to report her missing. But, so many girls in her situation aren’t that fortunate. And even more girls believe that this boy (or man) is the ticket out of her chaotic or lonely world. I couldn’t help but wonder, “Would our teams meet her one day on the streets of Seattle while doing outreach to girls being exploited and sold?”
As a parent myself, my own heart begs the question, “What can I do?” Here are six things that you can do to help prevent your child from being lured away by a trafficker:
1. Set a high standard of “love” within your home.
2. Talk to your children about sexual abuse.
3. Talk to your children about sex trafficking.
4. Talk to your children about the dangers of social media.
5. Pay attention to your children
6. Invite your kids to pray for those enslaved – Sexual assault and trafficking can be a fearful or overwhelming subject for children. Invite them to take action by praying for those who are enslaved. This allows for children to acknowledge the suffering of young people who have been trafficked while placing hope in a God who desires freedom for the oppressed.
And What is Fair Trade?
among other things Fair Trade is:
- Fair Trade involves relationships that are open, fair, consistent, and respectful
- Artisans are paid a fair wage in the local context
- Working conditions are healthy and safe
- Employee involvement in decision-making
it’s worth a quick look! (form a fellow Fair Trade Federation member)
As you can see, fair trade is not at all about charity. Fair trade simply is a fair system of exchange that empowers artisans and farmers to develop their own sustainable businesses with dignity and self-respect
Conversation With My Daughter About Human Trafficking
As we take turns pushing her one-year-old brother in his stroller, my daughter asks me why people don’t just stay away from bad people, then they won’t be trafficked. I tell her that usually the story starts out with hope……
We want to believe that trafficking can’t happen where we live, but it can and it does because it happens everywhere.
She asks me what to look out for and what to tell her friends.I tell her to know the clues and to tell an adult she trusts,
Trust your instincts and share. It could save someone’s life.
If you suspect human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center toll-free at 1-888-373-7888.
see full article at The Good Blog
Love is the most powerful force for change in the world.
For the past twenty years, several of us have raised our sons while working alongside survivors of trafficking, genocide, and addiction. This summer, our sons have all come to work at Thistle Farms, the community we helped build…………..
My son and your sons have so much work ahead to help us heal this world and grow rich fields of love.
— Becca Stevens
Founder, Thistle Farms
This is Not a Fad
Sara Groves captures the sentiments of a fickle society, one that switches between popular issues at a predictable pace, and encourages us to stay the course. Our fight against sex trafficking is not a fad. We are in it for the long haul, come what may!
Thanks to those who are in it with us, “Keep your eyes on the prize!”
Stop The Traffic
This is a great educational web site from the UK – Equip yourself to be able to learn how to identify human trafficking …
We believe working alongside IJM is critical to the long term success of long term sustainable goals we are both trying to accomplish. They do the legal work, we do the business. The results – Rescue and Restoration.
THANK YOU IJM
History in the Making: Notorious Trafficker Twice Convicted for Sex Trafficking Crimes
KOLKATA, INDIA – Seven years ago, Nakul Bera thought he was invincible. He ran two brothels with nearly 50 young women he had trafficked into a port town three hours outside Kolkata.
But today, Bera is behind bars. He has been serving a ten-year prison sentence since he was convicted for sex trafficking crimes and rape in March 2013, and this month he was convicted in a second case. It was the first time in West Bengal history that a criminal has been convicted twice for sex trafficking crimes.