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How Can Businesses Fight Human Trafficking?

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The Business as Mission movement, writes Elise Hilton in this week’s Acton Commentary, is creating alternative and wholesome sources of income while offering ‘restoration’ for survivors:

Human trafficking feeds on the vulnerable, and that includes the poor. Children are especially at risk, as they can be sold by parents into slavery and have little or no education or means of self-support. For the Business as Mission movement, this means intentionally focusing on areas that are economically depressed and unstable. Businesses can prevent trafficking by creating alternative and wholesome sources of income, and they can also offer “restoration” for survivors of trafficking. If a person is going to escape from the life of sex slavery, there must be an alternative, safe, sustainable source of income.

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).


  • Carl

    Women at Risk International, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan but working around the world, has also been doing this work freeing women through work, and introduces them to a personal relationship with Christ for many years.

    • Yes, WAR is another organization doing great work in this area.

  • Aleteia

    Eastern European women are used in trafficking, unfortunately we don’t hear too much about that. I wonder when will the Pope raise his word against these things happening in Europe and Middle East?