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					                                              LE ST WE FORGET                                            AUGUST 2009
  •   People trafficking             August 23 has been set aside by the            Hawkins’ reasoning that such enslavement
      is– deception,                 United Nations as a day in which to            was good for the African people as it
      coercion,                      remember the Slave Trade and its               introduced them to Christianity and
      exploitation and               abolition. Present day trafficking and         civilisation appeared to quiet the critics and
      abuse of people                exploitation of people has its roots firmly    allow the trade to begin to grow and flourish.
                                     imbedded into the past.
  •   People trafficking                                                            In the early years, as slavery spread across
      is– wrapped up in              This edition of In Touch With the World,      countries such as America and Germany,
      the cheap ready                Lest we forget, invites readers to reflect on opposition and disquiet over such abuse of
      provision of global            the historical beginnings of the              people appears to have initially been
                                     entrapment and abuse of vulnerable            suppressed by the justification,
      goods and services
                                     people- women, children and men for            “if you take slaves in faith and with the intent
  •   People trafficking              pecuniary gain, and examine more             of conducting them to Christ, the action will
                                     broadly all aspects of the                                      not be sin, but may prove a
      is- surrounded by a            21st century crime of          ,                                benediction.”
      complexity of                  trafficking in people.
      issues that require                                             “if you take slaves in
                                                                     “if you take slaves in
      objective, factual                                            faith and with the intent       Indeed any concerns raised
                                     1562 saw John Hawkins a        of conducting them to           over the enslavement of
      research and                   British navigator become                                       human beings were
      analysis                       one of the first British slave Christ, the action will         answered by the argument
                                     traders. Financially backed not be sin, but may                that bringing heathens to
  •   People trafficking             by several London              prove a benediction.”           Christianity was freedom in
      is–reported as                 gentlemen he purchased                                         itself!
      being the most                 three ships, sailed to the                                     Habersham wrote, “Poor
                                     coast of Guinea and by means of threats,       slaves in America have already been made
      pressing human                 deception and bribery procured 300             freemen of the heavenly Jerusalem.”
      rights issue of our            indigenous people and promptly sold them
      times                          to Spaniards, returning to England laden
                                                                                Hence the trade freely became deeply
                                     with pearls, sugar and ginger.             imbedded into the economies of such
                                                                                countries as England and America and
                                     Initially such trading evoked shock within fortunes were made and paid for at the
   ‘I prayed for                     the British people, including the Queen,   expense of people not free to choose their
  twenty years and                   who voiced her opposition. However         own way of life and future.
  received no                                                        complicity to injustice        not simply through the words
   answer ,until I                    PRAYER                         through our indifference,      we so freely express, but in
  prayed with my                     God you show us, by Jesus'      silence and frequent           our day to day interactions
                                     earthly example, what it is     inaction.                      and responses to the cries of
  legs’.                             to express a living faith       Forgive us for failing to be   our world and our
  Frederick Douglass                 through costly action.          aware of the power and         neighbours.
                                     Help us to be doers of the      responsibility given to us
  Prepared for the Social            word, reaching out beyond       through our global             Help us to commit afresh to
 Policy and Parliamentary            our own narrow self             citizenship, and               be your co-workers,
    Unit by Chris Frazer             interest and concerns, to       strengthen our resolve to      expressing though actions, a
                                     those who wait for freedom      be an active testimony to      living authentic faith for all to   and justice to be done.         your all -embracing love for   see.
                                     Help us to acknowledge our      all people;                     Amen.
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Quality Hotel, Wellington NZ                                   •     human rights
02 September 2009 - 04
September 2009
                                                               •     labour trafficking
                                                               •     child trafficking

About the conference                                           •     sex trafficking
                                                               •     government responses to trafficking, and
The Pacific Trafficking in Persons Forum will be held in       •     NGO responses to trafficking.
the Cuba Room at the Quality Hotel, Wellington NZ on 2-4       •     discussion panels with question and answer sessions
September 2009.This forum is co-hosted by the                        encouraging audience interaction;
Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, the
Australian Institute of Criminology, and the Pacific
                                                               •     a unique opportunity to network with speakers and
                                                                     delegates from a broad range of representatives from
Immigration Directors' Conference.
                                                                     government agencies and non-government organisations
                                                                     including immigration, human rights, customs and other
                                                                     businesses, industry bodies, government and the
The primary aim of the forum is to discuss trafficking in            education sector;
persons and a range or related issues, such as causal
factors and government responses, in the Pacific region        •     a forum dinner at the Quality Hotel, Wellington which will
                                                                     feature keynote speakers who will speak about their
with key regional stakeholders. The forum will feature:
                                                                     personal and professional experience in the field.
•   keynote speakers and information sessions                  The forum will provide an excellent opportunity to hear views
    covering topics including                                  on trafficking from the Pacific region including regulatory, law
                                                               enforcement, non government and government perspectives.
•   capacity (responses, prosecution, law

Disposable Labour– devastated lives
Traffickers prey upon, and exploit, the vulnerability of           flourishes produces a combination of favourable
peoples’ aspirations, hopes and dreams. Financial                  circumstances which profits the perpetrators. Furthermore,
destitution drives people of all ages to take risks, often         discrimination on the basis of gender, race or ethnic
quelling their fears and doubts to travel into the unknown         background offers little protection for women, young girls or
in search of an income.                                            ethnic minorities, culturally perceived as being of little worth
Forced labour has many facets, but universally it is               or consideration.
generally accepted that extreme financial poverty, linked to       Once trafficked into a situation that is vastly different from
perceptions of westernised living that holds the promise of        the hopes of a job, income and a future of possibilities, the
a better life, are motivating contributing influences for          newly arrived immigrants find they are in a precarious
many who fall prey to unscrupulous traders of people.              position. This is exacerbated if they have knowingly crossed
                                                                   a county boarder illegally, are struggling with a foreign
Other causative factors may be the desire to escape an             language and are being threatened with reprisal should they
abusive home situation, unexpected loss of parental                try to escape.
support and care, or changed circumstances arising from a
natural disaster and/or political conflict.                        Interwoven within the harvesting, mining and manufacture
Whilst circumstances relating to the crime may vary, there         of many of the goods we buy today are the harsh realities of
is an overriding common denominator involving the use of           unscrupulous labour practices. including confined barbaric
force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjecting a           farm and factory conditions, subsistence level ( or no)
person to involuntary servitude, debt bondage or sexual            wages, the willingness of the majority to turn a blind eye,
abuse for commercial gain. A combination of weak law               significant financial profiteering,
enforcement practices and environments where corruption            and thousands of consumers thrilled to get a bargain!
Lest We Forget August 2009                                                                                                                  Page 3

 SURFING                    FO R S E X                                                                                ‘We cannot live for
 The rise in internet pornography has allowed
                                                                                                                        ourselves alone.
                                                    Pornography Time Statistics
 sexual abuse, especially of young children, to
                                                    •     Every second - $3,075.64 is being spent on                      Our lives are
 enter private living accommodation found
 throughout any street, suburb, town, city or                                                                           connected by a
 country. Whilst more quality research is           •      Every second - 28,258 Internet users are
 urgently needed, there is sufficient anecdotal            viewing pornography                                        thousand invisible
 evidence to suggest the growing interest in
                                                    •      Every second - 372 Internet users are
 internet pornography is fuelling the demand
                                                           typing adult search terms into search
                                                                                                                      threads, and along
 for trafficking, especially women and children.
                                                          engines                                                     these sympathetic
  As internet use has grown over recent years,      •      Every 39 minutes: a new pornographic
 so too has the number of people now having                video is being created in the United States                fibres, our actions
 access to an internet connection within their      Is New Zealand missing from the statistics? No.
 own homes. People, who previously had to
                                                                                                                       run as causes and
                                                    Recent figures show that when using a search
 take risks of possible discovery when seeking
 films from outside sources, are now more
                                                    engine with the key word ‘porn’, New                                 return to us as
                                                    Zealand is listed as country no. 3. The top two
 able to solicit pornographic sites from home,      being South Africa and Ireland.* it is important                        results.’
 thereby lessening the risk of being publicly       to note that sexual abuse of innocent children
 exposed.                                           and women sent into cyber space cannot be
 The statistics for internet usage makes for        controlled or erased. Such abuses therefore are
 grim reading when coupled with the reality         constant, infinitely turning people into
 that some of the women and all of the young        commodities for cash and sexual gratification.
 children are taking part under duress in the     Herman Melville
 production of the material.                        statistics.html#anchor5

 General’s Call to Prayer for Victims of Sex Trade Trafficking,
                                                                                                                     Matthew 10:29-31 (New
 Sunday 27 September 2009
                                                                                                                     International Version)
 The Salvation Army has increased its              who work in this difficult field.’
 capacity to respond to sex trade
 trafficking around the world. Every               Sunday 27 September will be dedicated to                          ‘Are not two sparrows
 year there are more awareness                     this purpose. ‘Many of the victims are very                       sold for a penny? Yet not
 programmes, training programmes                   young and some are just children, an awful                        one of them will fall to the
 and rescue and rehabilitation                     fact which we cannot ignore,’ says General                        ground apart from the will
 programmes. ‘We need to raise our                 Clifton. ‘Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows                       of your Father. And even
 voices, raise awareness and raise                 sold for a penny? But your Father knows                           the very hairs of your
 funds to combat the evil of                       when any one of them falls to the                                 head are all numbered.
 trafficking,’ says General Clifton. ‘We           ground” (Matthew 10:29). We pray for the                          So don't be afraid; you
 also need to raise our hands and our              victims and the survivors of sex trade                            are worth more than
 hearts to Heaven on behalf of those               trafficking.’
                                                                                                                     many sparrows’.

 THE CRIME  OF TRAFFICKING IN                                               PERSONS IS
 FIRST AND FOREMOST-A HUMAN                                                 RIGHTS ISSUE
 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist before they're                    * No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and
 allowed to be free? Yes. 'n' how many times can a man turn his                    the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
 head pretending he just doesn't see? The answer, my friend is                   * No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel,
 blowin' in the wind.                                                              Inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
 Bob Dylon
 People trafficking is often defined as a migration, immigration issue.          The Dalai Lama says,
 Furthermore there is argument about the actual recruitment and                  “All human beings, whatever their cultural or historical
 transportation of those coerced, tricked or forced into travelling as           background, suffer when they are intimidated, imprisoned or
 to whether trafficking is only an ‘across the border’ issue or within           tortured . . . We must, therefore, insist on a global
  borders.                                                                       consensus, not only on the need to respect human rights
  Yet regardless of what protocols or definitions are adopted by                 worldwide, but also on the definition of these rights . . . for it
 different countries, the crime of people trafficking is first and               is the inherent nature of all human beings to yearn for
 foremost a human rights issue. The United Nations Declaration on                freedom, equality and dignity, and they have an equal right to
 Human Rights states,                                                            achieve that."
 * Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
                                                 Living our Message

Many years ago Mahatma Ghandi was asked by a reporter, “what is your message?” he replied, “My life is my
message.” Over the years I have learnt best by sermons I see. 8 years ago, encouraged by a close friend, I joined a
local gym. Over the ensuing years his visible commitment to fitness and constant encouragement of my efforts, has
been a real gift and inspiration to me. Edgar Guest’s poem puts it so well.
          “I'd rather see a sermon                                   I soon can learn to do it
              than hear one any day;                                     if you'll let me see it done;
          I'd rather one should walk with me                         I can watch your hands in action,
              than merely tell the way.                                  but your tongue too fast may run.
          The eye's a better pupil                                   And the lecture you deliver
              and more willing than the ear,                             may be very wise and true,
          Fine counsel is confusing,                                 But I'd rather get my lessons
              but example's always clear;                                by observing what you do;
          And the best of all preachers                              For I might misunderstand you
            are the men who live their creeds,                           and the high advice you give,
          For to see good put in action                              But there's no misunderstanding
              is what everybody needs.                                   how you act and how you live."

Right now amidst a global recession, and a growing awareness of the unsustainability of our individual wealthy
lifestyle habits, plus the detrimental affects from current trading regimes on the lives of the financially poorest in the
developing world, we are being swamped by good advice on how we can change our present consumerist
attitudes. There are numerous articles written on growing your own vegetables, lessening your dependence upon
plastic and reducing your carbon footprint. What is not clear is whether the authors of such good advice are
actually putting their words into practice within their own lives. There is a song that begins, “Let there be peace on
earth and let it begin with me.”
In the New Testament book of James, 2:14-18, he emphasises the absolute requirement that as followers of Christ we
live our message. James controversial letter is uncompromising and very clear when he wrote,” What good is it, my
brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is
without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does
nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by
action, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will
show you my faith by what I do.” (N.IV.)
Disturbed by what he perceived to be a contradiction in terms of faith that did not impel practical action, James spelt
out in no uncertain terms that authentic faith was an outward movement of loving action towards another. James did
not direct his readers on how to become a Christian, but rather how to act like one.
Late in the afternoon of May 22, 1787, twelve men sat down for a meeting in a printer’s shop at 2 George Yard,
London. Unknowingly twelve men were about to set in place a plan of action that would change the course of
history. One of the organisers was Thomas Clarkson. Later this group would widen to include William
Wilberforce and John Newton. Their campaign against slavery would take many years, be fraught with immense
difficulty, personal hardship and cost for the campaigners, as slavery was deeply imbedded into the British
economy and such challenging went against the prevailing culture of the day that saw slavery as ‘natural’ and ‘right’
and essential for the good of the British economy.
Yet such tenacity to the truth paid off, and as the British people became more aware of the tainted nature deep within
some of the material goods they enjoyed, they began voting with their wallets. One essential item for the sweet
toothed British was sugar, yet sugar by slavery quickly came off the shopping list. Equally quick to respond were the
shop keepers and notices began appearing in shop windows, declaring their sugar source to be slave free.
Through their dedicated selfless actions Clarkson and his colleagues not only charted a course to freedom and
justice, but equally as significant was the historic reality that their campaign set a precedent for powerful community
action and boycott that was to be the fore runner of 21st century campaigning.
General Booth was purported to have said in his last speech “….while women weep, I’ll fight...” An authentic faith,
I would argue, is a living expression mentored by the cross of Christ. We are called outwards to those on the
periphery of God’s global community; to loving costly service. The Rev Martin Luther King once said, if a man has
not found anything worth dying for, he is not fit to live.” Strong words of action!
                                 The best of all the preachers are the men that live their creeds.”
      If a person was asked to describe your message by how they have seen you live, how might they reply?

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