DYER | Most people probably think that slavery in the U.S. ended with the Civil War, but slavery continues today due to human trafficking.
The Women’s Ministry at Village Church has a passion to help those who cannot help themselves, and the group will sponsor a garage sale, bake sale, and breakfast and lunch concession with coffee, rolls, hot dogs, chips, popcorn and drinks, all from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 14849 93rd Ave.
All proceeds will go to Women at Risk International for its U.S. Training Center Project, which will help those who are rescued out of this modern-day slavery.
W.A.R. was started in 2006 to help women and children caught up in the sex trade, to give voice to the silenced cries of the oppressed, wrap arms of love around them, and whisper messages of purpose and dignity into their brokenness.
The local W.A.R. representative will be at Saturday's event selling jewelry and miscellaneous items that women rescued out of slavery create to earn a living. Literature about the organization will also be available.
It is estimated that 27 million adults and 13 million children around the world, including the U.S., are victims of human trafficking, and that 80 percent of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, while 19 percent involves labor exploitation. It reportedly generates profits of $32 billion every year, including $15.5 billion made in industrialized countries.