ADVERTISING
 
Saturday, September 22   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Faith and political views
In my church...




SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Social action
 

“Don’t shut your eyes” to exploitation

Many churches worldwide will celebrate the Freedom Sunday on October 16 to raise awareness of human trafficking and slavery. ‘Don’t shut your eyes’ is the initiative of the European Freedom Network.

SOURCES European Freedom Network, Evangelical Focus AUTHOR Evangelical Focus BRUSSELS 11 OCTOBER 2016 16:40 h GMT+1

October 18th is EU Anti-trafficking Day. Many Europe and people from all around the world are urged to reflect about a problem that affects Europe deeply, and how to respond to it.



 



THUNDERCLAP INITIATIVE



Christians have an important role to play in helping to end modern-day slavery. Don’t shut your eyes is an initiative of the European Freedom Network (EFN), which has launched a 100-second film, showing how forced prostitution, begging and labour are happening all around us, but somehow we do not see.



Trough the video, the EFN calls Christians to “add your voice to our campaign by allowing us to post one single message to your social media channels. The video will be posted on EU Anti-Trafficking Day. We hope to create a social media frenzy about human trafficking.”



More than 250 people have already joined the Thunderclap initiative.



 



“EXPLOITATION HAPPENS UNDER OUR NOSES”



“Victims may be washing your car, painting your nails, picking your food, repairing your home, begging, working in prostitution or posing in the pornographic photo”, the EFN campaign explains.



 





 



Exploitation happens under our noses. As a society, we don’t look, we don’t ask questions, we don’t think things can change”, EFN board member Julia Doxat-Purser said in and interview with Evangelical Focus.



There are different kind of abuses and all of them deserve our attention; for instance, “when we see a child begging at a time when the child should be in school, why do we walk by? Something is obviously very wrong”, Doxat-Purser stated.



 



OCTOBER 16: FREEDOM SUNDAY



Along with the EU Anti-trafficking Day, many churches worldwide will celebrate the Freedom Sunday on October 16, a global day of worship, prayer and action on human trafficking and slavery.



On that day, churches will join together to raise awareness of the crime of slavery today, show compassion and pray for women, men and children trapped in slavery around the world.



 



EFN board member Julia Doxat-Purser

Besides the video, the EFN has created materials that can help churches to your church to be involved.



“We would be delighted if people would find the courage to understand more about the reality of prostitution. Connect with EFN partner projects or others who compassionately reach out to help prostituted individuals to journey towards freedom. Ask them to tell you about the situation near you and of stories of exploitation”, Julia Doxat-Purser explained.



At the “Don’t shut your eyes” website, churches and individuals, will find many ideas and resources to to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking.



 



“GOD DESPISES EXPLOITATION OF THE VULNERABLE”



The EFN board member affirmed that “every single human being is precious to God and made in His image. He wants all to be free to worship Him and to live in freedom as the people He intended them to be.”



The Bible makes it absolutely clear that He despises the exploitation of the vulnerable and calls on His Church to bring freedom”, she added.



Because of that, “the European Freedom Network’s partners work so hard to prevent trafficking, to reach out to those who are being exploited, to help them in their journey to freedom and to speak both to politicians and to society, so that Europe becomes a place where exploitation is not possible”, Doxat-Purser concluded.




 


POLL
Sexual Exploitation
What is the best measure to fight against sexual exploitation in Europe?
Legalise prostitution.
16%
Persecute the mafias.
18%
Penalise clients of prostitution, as in Sweden.
41%
I don't know.
25%
This Poll is closed.
Number of votes: 126
SEE MORE POLLS
 
 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - “Don’t shut your eyes” to exploitation
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
Christians in politics? Christians in politics?

What is the role of Christians serving in politics? An interview with Auke Minnema, the new General Director of the European Christian Political Movement (ECPM).

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow Sharing Jesus with World Cup fans in Moscow

A team of Steiger mission is starting conversations about the gospel in the middst of the football celebration in Russia.

 
Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible Analysing current issues in the light of the Bible

At the 2018 Apologetics Forum in Comarruga (Spain), Michael Ramsden, Pablo Martinez, Ruth Valerio and José de Segovia analysed how society and the Bible approach the issues of personal identity, integrity, sexuality, pop culture, and environmental care.

 
European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga European “Bridges to Inclusion” gathering 2018, in Riga

The network of Christian ministries working for the inclusion of people with disabilities, celebrated its tenth continental meeting in Latvia with the participation of 12 countries.

 

 
VIDEO Video
 
How does romantic love change over time? How does romantic love change over time?

Psychatrist Pablo Martínez uses a metaphor to explain how romantic love evolves.

 
‘Mediterráneo’ ‘Mediterráneo’

“Something will change if you have hunger and thirst for justice”, sings Spanish artist Eva Betoret in a song about the refugee crisis.

 
How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility How the loss of universal values led to a loss of civility

Author Bruce Little: “We have moved from a sense of responsibility to ‘my personal rights’”.

 
Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’ Reaching non-Christian ‘Christians’

How can we reach those who call themselves ‘Christians’ but have not experienced a conversion to Christ? Forty missiologists and mission practitioners came together for a Lausanne Movement global consultation in Rome.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.