My cousin Ellen began feeding and reuniting homeless young people with their families after she picked her son up from jail. Max was living on the streets at the time, and the police had taken him to jail for a petty offense. Like many homeless young people, Max struggles with addiction.
According to The Polaris Project website, a lack of safe housing is a leading risk factor for sex trafficking. I thought that I understood the issue of human trafficking. But there was a lot that I didn’t know.
My cousin founded Textwich, an organization made up of mothers of missing and homeless children. Many of the homeless young people that my cousin encounters on the streets have left or have been released from drug rehab. Often, they have lost contact with their families and are the most vulnerable when it comes to human trafficking. Learn more about human trafficking on Women of the ELCA’s website and see if there is anything you can do to help.
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Elizabeth McBride. Today we remember Nathan Söderblom, bishop of Uppsala, who died in 1931.
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