Human trafficking study trip set to Cambodia

June 4, 2014

Human Trafficking Study Tour(1)Bryan students will have an opportunity to study first-hand international efforts to combat human trafficking during a study tour to Cambodia in May 2013.

Ben Norquist, director of faith and mission and instructor for the class International Human Trafficking, said students “who have shown a passion for the issue” are being invited to take the class in the spring 2013 semester in preparation for the trip.

The class will deal with the mechanics and forms of human trafficking, as well as counter-trafficking strategies, he said. “Foundationally, we will be studying a theology of justice. If we start with the Gospel, we see a deeply broken and sin-filled world that grieves and angers God. But Jesus came to earth as a man, died and was resurrected to bring forgiveness for our sins. We are here, adopted as sons and have become His servants and ambassadors.

“In this time we are called to do His work as a way of making the Gospel visible. We prove our faith with our actions and our words. When we rescue a woman from slavery we proclaim good news, that the world is not going to stay this way forever. God is going to bring justice.”

In May, students will travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for 10 days of concentrated study in what the anti-trafficking effort looks like in practice. “Cambodia has more non-governmental organizations than any other country in the world,” Mr. Norquist said. “It’s a perfect laboratory for our students to see what works and what doesn’t.”

Students will meet with leaders of agencies involved in combating human trafficking, offer hands-on support as appropriate, visit a genocide museum, and worship with Cambodian believers, he said.

“I hope these students come back to Bryan College and talk about what they saw. That will enrich and inform the community,” he said. “I would like the human trafficking study tour to become a regular offering, perhaps to other cities on the front lines of the anti-trafficking effort.