Sex trafficking up 18% in Europe (Reporting from Austria)

via Mission Network News

Your prayers are needed for Austria.

Operation Mobilization says plans to build Europe’s largest brothel are in the works. Called the „FunMotel,” a large-scale brothel on the outskirts of Vienna would service 1000 customers a day in nearly 150 rooms.

The Austrian businessman behind this project reportedly claims the FunMotel will transform the sex industry from „grocer to supermarket.” Along with decreasing the social stigma attached to prostitution and brothels, an increase in market demand will put more women at risk of sex trafficking.

Ask the Lord to intervene in this situation. Pray the brothel won’t be built.

According to an April report from the European Commission, human trafficking is on the rise in Europe. Trafficking went up 18% between 2008 and 2010; this could be „the tip of the iceberg,” though, according to some EU officials.

A „clear majority” of victims in the European Commission’s report, some 61 percent, hail from a European Union nation. Most claimed citizenship in Romania or Bulgaria, the two poorest EU states.

OM EAST, an OM team supporting churches throughout Eurasia, brings the hope of Christ to Vienna’s prostitutes. Their claims support this finding, stating on the OM EAST Web site that every second prostitute in Greece and Austria is from Romania.

To try and „turn the tide” of this massive injustice, OM EAST is networking with other agencies on preventative measures like outreaches, meetings in Eastern European churches and schools, and good literature projects to strengthen families.

Click here to learn more about the work of OM EAST and how you can come alongside their efforts.

Please pray for those caught in the hopeless web of sex trafficking. Pray that the light of Christ will shine into their lives through OM workers. Pray that more will be done to protect women from this evil.

Human trafficking at the Indianapolis Superbowl? Some things just can’t be ignored any longer!

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.

You can get involved yourself through prayer, advocacy and even financial support. Partner with S.O.A.P. at future events when you visit www.traffickfree.com. Read the entire article here.

Passion 2012 Freedom Film

There are 27 million people  in captivity today in many forms all across the globe. You can get involved if you open your eyes to the reality of what is happening under our very noses. This is the full freedom film shown at the Passion 2012 conference. All of the movie and music featured is owned by 268generation, Passion 2012 Conferences.

Get involved!
The A21 Campaign: http://www.thea21campaign.org/
International Justice Mission (IJM): http://www.ijm.org/
Tiny Hands International: http://www.tinyhandsinternational.org/
Do Something Now: http://www.dosomethingnow.com/

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