Human Traffic Watch

Film Challenges Christians to Combat Human Trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on April 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Not Today is a feature-length film produced by Friends Church of Yorba Linda in Orange County, California. The goal of the movie is to get Americans, particularly Christians, to see what’s happening in India and around the world and then do something about it.

Movie producer and pastor Brent Martz says his eyes were opened in 2007 when he visited India for the first time.

“I was totally unprepared for the fact that God was going to completely change not only the life of our church, but my life as well,” said Martz.

Like most Americans, he had never heard about the Dalits, the most trafficked people group in the world.

“They’re the outcasts,” said Martz. “They’re raised to believe they’re worthless.”

Martz says learning about the Dalits and the magnitude of the human trafficking industry in India was “like drinking from a fire hose.” He was overwhelmed.

It’s estimated that 90 percent of India’s human trafficking victims are Dalit, which means “broken” or “crushed.” Even though India’s ancient Hindu-sanctioned caste system is officially illegal, harsh discrimination against the Dalits is proof that the caste mindset is still alive.

Wanting to help the Dalits and take a bite out of the trafficking industry, Friends Church teamed up with the Dalit Freedom Network to build hundreds of schools for Dalit children. The schools not only help protect children from the sex trade. They teach them that they are not worthless, but created in the image of God and precious to Jesus.

Proceeds from the movie will go towards building more schools in India to raise up the Dalit people and, consequently, help stop trafficking before it starts.

Source: Charisma News

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