Most of us wouldn’t use the words “Super Bowl” and “Sex Trade” in one and the same sentence. It wasn’t too long ago that I began to learn about the disturbing fact that this annual american celebration (which I mainly adored for all the food and funny commercials) is also the cover under which horrible crimes are hiding. Large numbers of pimps and prostitutes stream into the hosting city each year. Last year the police estimated that at least 10,000 prostitutes from outside arrived in Miami for Super Bowl week. Just within the recent years have authorities learned that child prostitution is a growing side-product of this time of the year as well. And in 2009, Florida’s Department of Children and Families reported 24 children — most of whom were runaways — as victims of sex trafficking for the Super Bowl.
At the trafficking-prevention meeting for this year’s Super Bowl in January, Texas state attorney general Greg Abbott even said:
“The Super Bowl is one of the biggest human-trafficking events in the United States…”
Here’s a more detailed report on the actual dimensions of this issue in America alone:
This great video testimony shows what can happen if Christians quit talking and get active about the injustice around them. Several Men of Living Hope Church in Indianapolis printed messages on flyers and hotel-soaps to gain clues on trafficking and help rescue girls 3 girls:
Do you have a heart for justice or feel and want to bring change to the sex trade industry? Did you know how big of an issue this is even in America?
Here are a few things you can do:
- talk to your pastors about it,
- find like-minded people,
- contact someone who’s already doing it and ask for their advice on starting a ministry or outreach,
- talk to the Human Trafficking Resource Center You can report suspected trafficking crimes or get help by calling the national 24/7 toll-free Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888. This center will help you determine if you have encountered a victim of human trafficking; identify local resources available in your community to help victims; and coordinate with local social service providers to help protect and serve victims so they can begin the process of rehabilitation and restoring their lives. When appropriate, the Resource Center makes referrals to local organizations that assist victims with counseling, case management, legal advice, and other appropriate services, as well as to law enforcement agencies that help trapped victims reach safety.
Got any more ideas on what Christians can do to help put an end to this horrible industry? Then let us know my commenting below this post!
For more information on the topic of sex-trafficking visit these websites:
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Human Trafficking
- U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Campaign to Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking
- U.S. Department of Justice
- Federal Bureau of Investigation, Investigative Programs, Crimes Against Children http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/cac/crimesmain.htm
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- Polaris Project
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimehttp://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/what-is-human-trafficking.html
- United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornographyhttp://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/crc-sale.htm
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