Justice starts at home: A profile on Hope for Justice

Hope for justice is a newly founded charity working within the UK context to rescue victims of the global human trafficking trade. Its founder, Ben Cooley, emphasises the need to get angry about injustice and brutality and then to do something about it; he says:

  ‘Who are these traffickers anyway who dare to destroy innocent lives and sell them for sex; who are these traffickers anyway who are raping our women and children; who are these traffickers anyway who defy us and continue with their evil trade?’ It is time for us to get passionate, to get a godly anger against what is happening in our own country, cities and communities and take radical action.”

But what is “radical action”? Radical action involves a process of understanding the social, economic and ideological roots which enable injustices to flourish.  It’s important to actually get to the root and dig it up so that the plant (in this case the evil trade in human life) can be destroyed. But what are the roots of human trafficking and why is it flourishing now more than ever as the third largest illegal trade after arms and drugs trading?

Here at the jusTice initiative we are committed to looking at radical problems in an academically rigorous way in order to contribute good thinking to radical interventions where it matters.

You can check out more detail on Hope for Justice’s own work here  and below we have copied a page from their website.

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the sale, transport and profit from people who are forced to work for others against their will. This trade in human life is taking place on a vast global scale and is the world’s fastest growing crime. The statistics are shocking.

  • 1.2 million children are trafficked every year, two every minute
  • The average age of a trafficking victim is just 14 years
  • $9.5 billion is made through human trafficking each year
  • The UN estimates that 80% of people trafficked are taken for sexual exploitation.

Definition of Human Trafficking:

‘Trafficking in human beings” shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.’

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