Podcast Episode 28, 56 min
Ending Human Trafficking, with Dr. Sandra Morgan (Ep 28)
In this episode we talk about how healthy churches are uniquely positioned to help prevent human trafficking

So you are the co-author of Ending Human Trafficking. It came out in March. Yeah, there we go. It came out in March on IVP, you're with IV Press Academic, I believe. IVP Academic as the publisher of it. Not that anybody cares because just look for ending human trafficking book anywhere you buy books, and you will find it.

You co-authored it with Shane Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim, and there’s so much that’s good in it. Here's my confession up front: I only read it because I know you. Because here I am, I do this stuff for small churches, I'm the pastor of a local church. It's not like I've got an interest in getting heavily involved. Obviously I'm concerned for - obviously we see a problem with human trafficking, but it's not the center of the work that I do, and so if it hadn't been for knowing you, I’d have looked at it and gone, Oh, I'm glad somebody wrote about that important subject but I'm not going to read it. But I'm so glad I did, and I want you on the podcast because I want other pastors to read it, because you don't need to be heavily involved, you don't need to have a department of anti-human trafficking in your church or anything like that, in order to get great benefit out of this book. So a big part of what we're going to talk about today is how every single church can be ready for it, can be prepared to help out in this area, especially in the area of prevention.

But before we get to the good stuff, or to the nice stuff.. I started reading it, I wasn't through the first page, and I actually tweeted, Wow, Sandie comes out swinging in this book, because right at the beginning, first page of the introduction, you said, This topic gave our taskforce one of its biggest challenges. A Texas police sergeant at my table leaned his chair back - when asked about what are the biggest problems - he said, Easy, the wacko church people. And your colleague looked at you because that Texas police sergeant didn't know that was you.

Sandra Morgan: That's right. That's right.

Karl Vaters: And so you then say, In the public square, when it comes to issues of human trafficking, churches and people of faith are often viewed as a problem. So let's start out with that. We are often viewed as a problem, including by this wonderful off-script comment of wacko church people. Why are we often perceived that way in the areas of anti-human travel?

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June 20, 2022

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