Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sex Trafficking at the Superbowl


This weekend it's estimated that over 100 million people will watch the Superbowl.  Indianapolis estimates that over 150,00 people will visit their city for the big game.  Millions of dollars will be spent in celebration.
  This is probably the largest party in the US.

  But, what a huge amount of people don't realize is that some of those coming into the Indianapolis area for the Superbowl are coming against their will.
  They are victims of trafficking.

What is human trafficking?
It is modern day slavery.
And it's the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world.
 Victims are recruited, forced, defrauded, or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation.  They are transported and harbored against their will.
  8 out of 10 human trafficking victims are used in the sex trade.

The dark truth of the Superbowl is that it is, among other sporting events, a magnet for sex-trafficking.  Some even say that the Superbowl is the largest sex-trafficking event in the United States.  The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that Superbowl 2010 had 10,000 sex workers brought into Miami.

Victims of sex-trafficking are taken against their will to the Superbowl and forced to have sex with multiple men each night.  Human trafficking has been on the rise for the past few 
years and it's an estimated $32 billion industry annually.

Slaves, people, most of them women and young girls and boys, are an industry in this country and around the world.

According to a recent report by the Detroit Free Press, Metro Detroit, which is close to the Superbowl venue, is becoming a major hub for human trafficking in this country.  
Authorities have stated that the frequency of incidents of human trafficking in the area is increasing at nearly the same rate as the illegal drug trade.

Some encouraging news is that just days ago, in anticipation of the Superbowl and it's dark side, Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana passed a tightened up, more comprehensive human trafficking law.  And with it come new training recommendations for cab drivers and hotel workers so that they can recognize red flags and be empowered to help victims.

Human trafficking is evil and it goes on everyday and in every part of the world.  It's a sin against the victim and against God.  These victims are helpless and hopeless.  But they are not unseen by God.  And it's Christians and churches, who know Him and love Him, that can stand up and make a difference.

Let us wake up to the evil in our cities and rise to the cry for freedom.

So, as you go about your weekend, would you keep those in prayer who are in Indianapolis today and trapped in this evil?  That we would see an end to this horrific evil in this country and around the world?

Want to learn more and find out how you can help make a difference?
  Check out these organizations that are bringing awareness to this issue and rescue to those trapped in slavery.


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