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Midland Park Residents Join Fight Against Human Trafficking

03/11/2013 12:52PM ● By Anonymous

Between now and Palm Sunday several communities, including Midland Park citizens, are joining forces to raise awareness about human trafficking.

The Student Leadership Team of the Christian Fellowship at William Paterson University recently initiated a shoe drive with the goal of collecting 27,000 pairs of shoes. Each pair will represent 1000 slaves in a visual display on Palm Sunday. Students and volunteers plan to use this display to draw attention to the social injustice, provide literature about human trafficking and what can be done to stop it. A number of organizations and communities have joined their efforts, including area churches, Christian schools and several Midland Park families.


  • There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history. An estimated 27 million people in 161 countries, including ours. This number includes labor slaves, but the greatest portion comes from human trafficking.
  • Here in the US, it's estimated that 5,000 women and girls are trafficked and raped for profit every year in Atlanta alone.
  • Daughters as young as 4 years old can be sold to brothels for $90 or less.
  • The annual revenue of this "industry" is greater than that of Google, raking in over $32 billion each year.
  • Slavery affects both men and women, but 80% of the exploited are female.
  • Statistics estimate that another person falls victim every 30 seconds.

You can get involved! Collect shoes from your attics, friends and neighbors. The central drop-off site is Hawthorne Gospel Church on Route 208 (notice the trailer on campus), but you can also deliver them to Tanya Dennis of Payne Avenue. Please tie the laces or bind the pairs with rubber bands.

The shoes will be displayed on the WPU campus on Sunday, March 24th from 1 to 4 pm. After that date, the collected shoes will be donated to Soles4Souls, a shoe recycling charity, and distributed to homeless shelters around the nation.

For more information about this event, contact Tanya Dennis at 201-447-8939 or

To learn more about Soles4Souls, visit their website at

Learn more about human trafficking at or

Explore additional resources and ways to get involved from a recent article on my website, Slavery Isn't Dead. Do Something About It!

Tanya Dennis is a freelance writer and editor living in Midland Park with her husband and two children. Her heart beats loudly for oppressed peoples around the world. Twice a month she leads a small group on an exploration of the Old Testament seeking relevant truths for us today. Learn more at

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