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It’s hard to imagine 40 million people in slavery today. But according to IJM (International Justice Mission), the numbers really are that staggering. And when one tries to wrap their head around such enormous and weighty statistics, it’s easy to feel the pull down and want to bury one’s head in the sand. Because really, how can one person help? What can one person do?

Today’s episode is a two-part conversation with Phil Reilly, National Director of Development for IJM. Phil’s expertise and insight into the world of slavery helps to shed light on exactly how the numbers are broken down, what slavery can look like and how it’s disguised, what each of us can do to take personal action steps towards confronting justice, and how there really is hope when we enter into this weighty topic with a solutions-based mindset and approach.

Part One (Episode #034): International Justice Mission, Phil Reilly — Confronting Justice

Episode Quotes:

  • There are more than 40 million people in slavery today. That’s more than ever before in human history. —IJM
  • Slavery is a multi-billion dollar industry. Human trafficking generates $150B annually. —IJM
  • Slave owners prey on the poor and weak. 1 in 4 victims of forced labour slavery is a child. —IJM
  • Canadians are among those who abuse these children. Of nearly 60 countries investigated by Cybertip.ca, Canada ranked in the top three for hosting websites and images, and selling material containing child sexual abuse. The FBI estimates that, globally, there are 750,000 child predators online at any given time. —IJM
  • 54% of the children rescued in IJM cybersex trafficking cases are 1-12 years old. —IJM

Guest Bio:

Philip is IJM’s National Director of Development.  In this position, Philip engages with churches and constituents to raise funds and support for IJM Canada’s work.

Originally from Scotland, Phil has called Vancouver home since 2003. A graduate of the University of Aberdeen with a degree in theology, both he and his wife undertook graduate theological studies at Regent College.

Phil has held a variety of roles in both pastoral ministry and corporate risk management over the years which has provided him with some unique perspectives on ministry and the marketplace.

A sought after speaker and commentator, Phil is passionate about equipping and inspiring a new generation of people from all walks of life to engage in the work of justice throughout this world.

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