In 1791, William Wilberforce gave a speech to the House of Commons about abolishing the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. He ended his speech with “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”
At the Restoration Life Project (RLP), we could no longer sit on the sidelines and pretend that slavery ended with the Trans-Atlantic slave trade or with the passing of the 13th amendment. Slavery still exists. There are more than 30 million people enslaved today; humans treated as property and traded as a commodity.
Our primary focus is to educate and equip people to make a change in their communities to recognize, prevent, and end human trafficking.
- Involves hard labor with use of violence, intimidation, or threats
- Usually involves debt
- Includes involuntary child labor
- Involves being kidnapped or sold, transported, and forced into commercial sexual exploitation
- Involves some form of house labor (maid, servant, childcare,etc)
- May seem normal and not as easily identified
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10, ESV)
Many lives have been broken. Many families have been destroyed. What the world thought had ended now spreads like wildfire under the radar, and we are here to fight it. Human trafficking robs us of our daughters and sons, our sisters and brothers, and our fathers and mothers. Human trafficking destroys lives…but there is hope.
At RLP, we believe that what has been destroyed, God will rebuild to make even more beautiful than before. We believe in restoration. We exist to be a vessel that God can use to restore, strengthen, and establish those who have been destroyed by human trafficking.