PIMAHT holds Freedom Forum

PIMAHT holds Freedom Forum

Taytay, RIZAL — Around 120 advocates contra-human trafficking from various faith-based groups gathered at the Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in Taytay for the Freedom Forum.
Organized by the Philippine Interfaith Movement Against Human Trafficking (PIMAHT), in partnership with Wesleyan Holiness Consortium and Set Free Movement, the event aimed to gather various faith-based organizations active in counter-trafficking to come and work together.

Reaching “shalom”

Pastor Kevin Austin, founder of Set Free Movement, talked about “The Mission of God: Community and Shalom”.  In the fight against trafficking, community-based approaches are far better than project-based initiatives.  He explained that community-based efforts target to change the value system of the people in the community so they would no longer resort or give in to trafficking.  Valuing people will make them value themselves, he added, and only in this regard will people live in shalom.
Set Free Movement founder Pastor Kevin Austin shares on how trafficked persons can reach Shalom

Set Free Movement founder Pastor Kevin Austin shares on how trafficked persons can reach Shalom

OSEC: trafficking in a new form
IJM National Director Atty. Sam Inocencio shared a situationer on the newest form of human trafficking: Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC), where the traffickers may optimize their profits while minimizing risk as they usually operate in the homes of the victims, oftentimes with the children’s parents as co-traffickers.  Currently, there are 123,495 reported OSEC cases.  To identify cases of OSEC, he said that the public must first be educated about its existence and on how to tell signs of its occurrence in a community.
Atty. Sam Inocencio of IJM Philippines expound on Online Sexual Exploitation of Children

Atty. Sam Inocencio of IJM Philippines expound on Online Sexual Exploitation of Children

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We are not alone 
Each faith-based organization was given time to introduce itself, to share what it does and how it works in counter-trafficking.  Organizations also expressed what they need as a group, whether in terms of finances, human resource, or spiritual help.  One member said that in this gruesome fight to end slavery, “If you want to go far, go together, and if you want to go fast, go alone”.
The fight may be exhausting at times, but with hardworking volunteers and with the grace of God, authentic freedom for all is possible.
Praying with and for one another as the fight against trafficking continues

Praying with and for one another as the fight against trafficking continues