Justice

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
— Isaiah 58: 6-7

We started the Justice Ministry in 2008 based on the promptings of God through dreams & prayers. A primary focus of the ministry is caring for those trapped in the exploitative sex industry through outreach; aftercare; community education; and partnering with local churches, as well as, national and international organizations. The ministry also provides assistance to victims of labor trafficking as well as sex trafficking. We build avenues of restoration for each victim based on their individual needs. Our vision is to see a movement of justice in churches across the state, creating safe havens for victims all throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

Since 2008, we have helped nearly 100 women, girls, and their children leave exploitative trades and pursue their dreams in life again. The young women who come through our doors average a 70% success rate. Our safe house saw over 20 residents in 2012 alone, ranging in age from 16 to mid-30’s. Over the years we have supported legislative change and seen Hawaii enact its first trafficking laws as well as bring stiffer penalties to traffickers, pimps, and customers by updating existing laws. Through outreach efforts we have connected with hundreds of young women, girls, and boys lured into Honolulu’s sex industry.

We encourage people to get involved in the fight against trafficking. Contact us at justice@bluewatermission.org to find out how, or sign up for our Justice email list here.

Facts

  • Governments estimate there are 27 million slaves being held worldwide—more than at any point in human history. (U.S. State Department, March 2012)
  • Sexual exploitation makes up 79% of identified forms of human trafficking, including prostitution, forced stripping, massage services, and pornography. (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, 2009)
  • After drug trafficking, trafficking in humans ties with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today. It is the fastest growing. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011)
  • Most sex trafficking is regional or national and is perpetrated by traffickers who are the same nationality as their victims. (United Nations, Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, 2009)
  • As many as 2 million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade. (U.S. State Department, Trafficking in Persons Report, 2011)
  • At least 15,000 people are trafficking into the United States annually. (U.S. State Department, Trafficking in Persons Report, 2010)
  • Estimates suggest as many as 300,000 children annually are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation. (Richard Estes and Neil Weiner for University of Pennsylvania, 2001)
  • The average age of entry into prostitution in the United States is 13- to 14-years-old. (Sara Ann Friedman for ECPAT-USA, “Who Is There to Help Us?,” 2005)
  • Nationwide there are fewer than thirty safe homes for victims of sex trafficking to receive treatment and services. This severe shortage regularly causes their inappropriate placement in juvenile detention facilities. (Streetlight Tuscon, 2012)

Get Involved

Are you ready to live a life of mission and justice?

The Justice Discipleship Training Program is looking for dedicated Jesus-followers to join Zoi House in community living and ministry. Zoi House is a safe house dedicated to community living and empowering women walking out of trafficking and exploitative situations. Participants will be discipled into powerful ministers through training on prayer & super natural ministry, mentoring & counseling, human trafficking issues locally & internationally, and outreach. Commitment expectations include: 1 year living in Zoi House, attending discipleship trainings, taking on leadership roles, having a valid driver’s license & personal vehicle, and ability to financially cover room & board.

If interested, you can download an application here.

** If living in Zoi is not possible at this time for an applicant, male & female applicants will be considered for the program’s training sessions with the eventual goal of living in a Bluewater community house.