Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Super Bowl and Sex Trafficking…

Our friend who spoke at Mercy last week, Lisa Thompson, is the National Liaison for the Abolition of Sex Trafficking for the United State’s Salvation Army. Lisa just forwarded this story to me today about how there is so much happening in the sex trafficking industry around the international stage of the Super Bowl coming up this weekend. I hope you will take the time to read this and educate yourself to the reality that this gross evil and injustice is happening right here in the United States of America. We at Mercy know this to be true because we are taking in these young women who have been used and abused in the most inhumane ways. Yes, my friend…it is happening here in America. Here’s a bit of what Lisa Thompson sent out today…

Bikers rally in DFW to expose child trafficking during Super Bowl week
By Robert Engler

The slave trade is thriving in the Dallas-Fort Worth MetroPlex and business is booming during Super Bowl week for the pimps and human traffickers.

That’s because, among the football fans flooding the Big D for the big game, there are hundreds-maybe thousands-of morally hollow men who will pay the pimps so they can have sex with runaway teens and thrown-away children who have been forced into prostitution.

But a cohort of motorcyclists are also heading to the MetroPlex with a different agenda.
On Saturday, February 5 - the day before the Super Bowl - hundreds of bikers from all over North Texas will fall in behind an 18-wheeler flying a banner "Kids are NOT for sale" for a parade around Cowboys Stadium.

“We are speaking out for the children who are bought and sold for profit and pleasure, raising awareness about this appalling crime, and fighting to stop it," said Suzy Hemming, a member of the Christ Church Plano Riders motorcycle club.

The ride is being organized by Traffick911, a Fort Worth-based non-profit committed to rescuing enslaved children and helping them recover from the nightmare of being sold for profit and sexual pleasure, and the EPIK Project, a national network of men fighting to end the perverse demand for sex with children. Over 74,000 people have signed a petition asking the Super Bowl Host Committee to endorse Traffick911’s “I’m Not Buying It” campaign to raise awareness and deter potential johns. Dallas Cowboy, Jay Ratliff, is also on board and made a public service announcement entitled "Real men don't buy children. They don't buy sex.”

Traffick 911 PSA 10 from Nate Bernard on Vimeo.



Laura said...

I wrote about the same thing today. This is a horrible situation.

But there is power in numbers!