Maranatha Students Learn About Human Trafficking

Ernie Baker. Photo courtesy Maranatha High School
Ernie Baker (l) and Wayne Randolph (r). Photo courtesy Maranatha High School

Recently, Maranatha students had a chance to hear from Ernie Baker, an Investigator with the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office specializing in Human Trafficking, to share about the issues of human trafficking. Three Theology classes came together to learn from someone working directly in the field. They were able to ask questions about the different things that they had been learning in class such as God’s concern for the poor and oppressed, and the responsibility we have as Christians to respond. Students learned about the many different types of human trafficking that exist such as forced labor and sex trafficking. They also learned that there are more slaves in the world today than that of any other time period and that human trafficking is one of the top three largest trades in the world behind drugs and weaponry.

Mr. Baker shared what it is like to be on the front lines of catching the criminals that are involved in human trafficking. The detective also told the students about different organizations that help victims such as half way houses. The students were incredibly impacted by the issues and admitted they had no clue what goes on right here in Los Angeles. They are now eager to learn more about how they can be a part of the solution.

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