I have to admit that had not Louie Giglio focused Passion 2012 around the plight of human trafficking maybe millions of us would be none the wiser today. Did this plight just start recently? Most likely no. So why haven’t we heard of human trafficking before? Maybe because we called it something else, like prostitution and maybe that has a particular connotation, one that maybe caused us to blame the prostitute, never once giving a thought to the circumstances of how one gets to the point of prostituting herself. Apparently it is not voluntary in many if not most cases. It can’t be voluntary when a 13 or 14 or even older girl or boy is held captive and forced to do it at will. From a very early age, we need to make our children aware of the dangers they face if they were to ever contemplate running away. Yet, besides praying for them, how do you protect your children from abductors who prowl through our towns and cities looking to kidnap children into the sex slave trade? And what must we teach our boys about sexual purity and sexual ethics? Would there be a need for the sex trafficking of children if there was not a demand for them from despicable men? And for such a serious issue as this, do we not need to hold our legislators accountable for passing stiff laws for these abhorrent criminals?
Human trafficking now ranks as one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world, and profits are over $32 billion annually.Read below and be appalled like I am.
from Mission Network News - a site that usually reports on persecution of Christians outside the borders of the U.S. reports that there are combined efforts to try and stem the deplorable practice of human trafficking that is already underway, including the passing of a new bill for stiff penalties for the traffickers. It turns your stomach at the depravity of the traffickers and the consumers when reading that most of these victims are pre-teens (probably because that is age of most runaways who get coerced into the sex slave trade):
USA (MNN) ― This week is full of sales in the U.S. for chips, soda and household appliances as Americans prepare for the annual football Super Bowl. But other less advertised–and far less innocent–sales are also beginning.
Human lives are for sale at the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl has been called the largest sex trafficking event in the United States. Women, men, boys, and girls are all sold on the underground for the sexual pleasure of fans caught up in football mania, parties, and alcohol. Thousands of girls will be brought into Indianapolis for this single event.
Indiana has responded. Indiana rushed a bill through state legislature to ramp up penalties for sex-traffickers two weeks ago. Hundreds of cab drivers have been trained to know whether or not they are hauling a prostitute, pimp, or john. Catholic nuns have even been making phone calls to all the hotels and motels within a 50-mile radius of Indianapolis to make sure the management knows how to spot trafficking.
Despite any lengths Indiana has gone to, however, girls will still be coerced and kidnapped into the trade because the demand is so high.
Theresa Flores knows all too well what horrors will take place. She was a victim of trafficking for two years as a teenager living in Detroit’s ritzy suburbs.
“You have traffickers that are businessmen and looking for this opportunity and exploiting vulnerable people. So they will be bringing in literally vans full of girls who work. They’ll be putting their pictures up on Backpage and Craigslist, and offering them for sale. They’ll be going to area motels to service these men,” explains Flores. She says most girls will be domestically trafficked runaways–American preteens.
InterVarsity students at the Indiana University/Purdue University commuter campus in Indianapolis are making people aware about this tragic consequence of the Super Bowl. InterVarsity campus leader Bob Shultz says students have decided to hand out fliers and send out anti-trafficking videos in preparation for the event.
It’s a way to follow Christ’s command to care for the least of these, but it’s also a reminder to non-believers about who Christ really is.
“[Advocacy is] something we think that anybody–not just Christians, but people who are exploring the faith–can sink their teeth into and get a taste of what it means to be Kingdom-minded, and to see what Christ does in and through the life of a person,” explains Shultz.
InterVarsity students are excited to raise awareness during this event, but to also use this as a launching pad for a series of anti-slavery campaigns. Students hope to advocate on behalf of victims in multiple ways from now on.
The Super Bowl comes with all sorts of unintended consequences, but thankfully the Lord has the power to take even the world’s darkness and turn it into opportunities for light. Pray for victims of this year’s trade to be brought to safety through the efforts of S.O.A.P. and to experience the peace of Christ.
Pray also for InterVarsity students as they advocate, and for the hearts of those they reach. Pray that their work would have a real impact on the sex trade, helping to abolish it for good in the future.
- The Connection Between Internet Porn And Child Sex Trafficking (stopchildslavery.com)
- TRAFFICKED with Dottie Laster: Trafficking at the Super Bowl (imaginepublicity.com)
- The IN State House: Protect Victims & Punish Human Traffickers by Polaris Project (socialactions.net)
- Cab drivers enlisted to combat sex-trafficking at the Super Bowl (fourbluehills.com)
- Police Bust Prostitution & Human Trafficking Ring In Rockville (baltimore.cbslocal.com)
- FBI: Human Trafficking Prevention Help Us Identify Potential Victims (gloucestercitynews.net)
- Peter Thomas Senese Releases Major Study on Pitfalls of WHTI Program as Human Trafficking Prevention and Anti-Slavery Advocates Meet at HUMAN HOPE 2012 in Los Angeles (prweb.com)
- Ask your Senator to Put an End to Human Trafficking by Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (socialactions.net)