They filled the Georgia International Plaza next to the Georgia Dome stadium and stood in the crisp 40 degree air this week staring up at the 100-foot high hand reaching toward the sky. Just a few minutes after midnight, they lit candles and the lights below the statue came on. The students cheered then started to softly sing. A chant of « FREE-DOM! FREE-DOM! » grew momentum.
The event was one of the final gatherings during the Passion 2012 conference, an annual meeting of 18 to 25 year olds. The students were encouraged to donate money to causes that battle trafficking.
The statue, covered in items made by slaves like clothes, represents many things said the man responsible for coordinating the outreach efforts with the organizations that will receive portions of the more than $2.6 million raised during the four-day conference.
« Is it a hand of worship? Yes. Is it a hand of justice? Yes. Is it a [helping] hand from this generation? Yes. It is all those things, » said Bryson Vogeltanz, the chief steward of Do Something Now, a fundraising arm of the Passion City Church. « We believe in these students so much and we felt like this issue was something they could rally around. Not just for these four days. We believe they will not only leverage these four days, but … their lives. »
Vogeltanz said the kids were asked in the months leading up to the sold-out event to learn more about human trafficking so many came to Atlanta with some awareness of the immense nature of the problem.
But sometimes people still think of trafficking as something that happens in other countries, « Melissa, » a former sex slave, told CNN.
Melissa was raised in the Atlanta area, but had a bad life at home and says she moved out when she was 18. She and another friend found an apartment that became unaffordable when they both lost their jobs. They were approached by a man who offered quick cash if they would go out with men. $300, no sex, he promised. It was a lie.
He plied the teenagers with drugs and kept them trapped in a town home. They had no car, no way of getting away. They were high all the time so Melissa’s family disowned their druggie daughter. Melissa was beaten. After a year in hell, Melissa asked a random man she met to take her to a hospital. She thought she was going to die.
The hospital released her and told her to go home. At 3 a.m., Melissa called her mom for the first time in many months. Thinking her mom wouldn’t come, she also called the man who ruled her life. Her mom showed up first. Eventually she ended up the first woman in Wellspring Living, a program for former sex slaves.
Today, Melissa is a stay-at-home married mom with a 2-year-old child. She stays active with Wellspring, which she says saved her life physically and emotionally.
SOURCE: CNN/Steve Almasy
The A21 Campaign: abolishing injustice in the 21st century :Chrsitine Caine
The A21 Campaign is committed to combating the injustice of human trafficking in Europe. « Human trafficking is an organized criminal industry that affects every nation », explains A21. « While the statistics can seem overwhelming, it is important to remember that every number represents the life of a victim. The A21 Campaign has recognized a significant need in the region of Europe, and is committed to combating this injustice through rescuing one life at a time. While human trafficking is a global issue, the growth of trafficking of women from Eastern and Southern Europe (the former Soviet Bloc) into Western Europe over the past 20 years has been unparalleled anywhere else on the globe. »
‘Twenty Seven Million’ Single From Matt Redman & LZ7
LZ7 have joined forces with worship leader Matt Redman to write a song for the A21 Campaign. The track, ’27 Million’ will be released as a mainstream single in 2012 and looks at the shocking theme of human trafficking.
Worship leader Matt Redman was joined on stage by Lindz West, rapper and singer from UK Hip Hop band LZ7, at the Passion 2012 Conference in Atlanta last night, 3rd January 2012, to perform their new single ’27 Million’.
LZ7 and Matt Redman have joined forces to write the song ’27 Million’ for the A21 Campaign which is committed to combating the injustice of human trafficking. The song will be released as a mainstream single in the UK on 27th February 2012.
« Matt and Beth Redman approached me and Lucy to write a track for the A21 Campaign », explains Lindz West. « They told us about the human trafficking that is happening across the world at the moment. There are over 27 million people in slavery right now as we speak. So we’re writing this track, ’27 Million’, it’s the journey of a girl who has been trafficked from somewhere across Europe into London. In 2012 we’re going to put this song out and we want to get it under the noses of all the people in government, people in power, people that make decisions, to say look this has got to stop. We’ve got to stand up for this, we’ve got to rise up. We can actually be a voice for those people. »
To find out more visit TheA21Campaign.org
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