Human trafficking topic of meeting
By Wilda Barton
WOODVILLE – The Women on Mission group of Calvary Baptist Church were the host church for the New Bethel Association Women’s Missionary Union meeting.
Betty Cauthen, President of the New Bethel WMU, introduced guest speaker Janina Irving, who serves as the director of Harvest House in Beaumont.
Harvest House’s mission is to “End Sex Trafficking in Southeast Texas.
The services of Harvest House include advocacy and mentoring to survivors, court and healthcare appointment accompaniment, community education and awareness, family education, and prevention and intervention with at-risk youth.
Trafficking is not synonymous with kidnapping; kids do not have to be missing or runaways in order to be trafficked. Many kids live at home and attend school and extracurricular activities while being commercially, sexually exploited by someone in their life.
Unless one is familiar with the Red Flags of sex trafficking many lives may be lost. Red Flags include unexplained injuries and health problems, branding or possessive tattoos, older boyfriend or girlfriend, changes in behavior and appearance, evidence of a controlling relationship or sudden appearance of luxury gifts or items.
The saying, “If you see something, say something” applies. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is an anonymous line and toll-free and can be reached by calling 1-888-373-7888 or texting “Be Free” 233-733.
In Texas, it is mandatory to report any suspected child abuse or neglect. Your call could be the difference in saving someone’s life.
Individuals and organizations can get involved by praying, giving, learning and volunteering. To learn more about Harvest House and how you can help stop and prevent child trafficking visit their website at www.harvesthousebmt.com or their Facebook page.
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