Our trip to Greece took us to Thessaloniki, Greece. Thessaloniki is an ancient city visited by the Apostle Paul and Timothy during Paul’s Second Missionary Journey. It sits on a beautiful sea shore with a high wall separating the water from the land. Thessaloniki’s markets bustle with life—fresh meat, vegetables, everything imaginable can be bought in this city.
Yet, it was not the markets, or the beauty, or even the ancient churches and ruins that brought me to Thessaloniki. We came here for one reason, this is one of the key areas in the world of the human traffickers that are plaguing our planet. Any plan to stop trafficking in this generation must include Eastern Europe and Thessaloniki, Greece.
Our meetings here were very successful. From this point forward we will be using our legal skills to help victims of sex trafficking deal with all of the issues that arise from being trafficked. Issues like: immigration, migration, returning home, etc. All of these issues must be addressed by lawyers if these victims are to be repatriated to their homes or in the countries where they find themselves after being trafficked.
We are also working through the legislative process in countries like Greece to make sure that victims of trafficking are protected by law. This means ensuring that there is language in the law that recognizes that these women and men are not voluntary participants in things such as prostitution and therefore treated differently because of the very nature of their being victims of trafficking.
Together, we can make a dent in this world! Regardless, we are not called to win every battle. We are called to fight and fight we shall.
Helping the helpless find justice! We are IHRG!