While men and women around the nation are anxiously awaiting Sunday, the Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday -- child-girls and women are heart-rendingly dreding this entire weekend with every inch of their bodies.
The Super Bowl and other large sporting events (the Olympics and World Cup) are some of the strongest magnets for the sex trade industry. Right now, countless feminine hearts are being prepared to be transported to New Orleans, Louisiana to "entertain" the good-time seeking men with tickets to Super Bowl XLVII.
The Christian Post says that, "the 2010 Super Bowl saw an estimated 10,000 sex workers brought in to Miami, while the 2011 event resulted in 133 'prostitution'-related arrests in Dallas." The men trafficking these women pour the enslaved souls into the hotels surrounding the Super Bowl; in this year's case the hotels of New Orleans. While the authorities have tried to contain this issue in the past, the trafficked girl were locked up and treated like criminals rather than the true victims.
As Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller explained, "There are enormous economic benefits of hosting large sporting events such as the Super Bowl, but the disturbing reality is that such gatherings in other states have drawn criminal rings that traffic young women and children into the commercial sex trade."
Is the Super Bowl to blame for this horrible exploitation of women and girls? Absolutely not. The underlying problem is the increasing demand from men flooding one city for a weekend of a lifetime. If the eager market willing to pay and enjoy the slavery of women was nonexistent, sex trafficking and child prostitution would have no reason to continue.
Unfortunately we live in a culture that is hyper-sexualized and were everyday marketing is in the form of, let's face it, modern porn. And yes, porn is fiercely fueling the sex trade, teaching the consumers that they can obtain the body of a woman at the very moment they desire one.
What can you do right now?
1) Donate to the A21 Campaign. They have successfully freedom girls and women from the sex trade, and they're a powerfully trying to abolish the reality of today's slavery, and epidemic that is still very real and wider than ever. I'm sure an enslaved girl would appreciate any amount put forth to her freedom.
2) Please join me in prayer for the girls and women who are drowning in the ocean of the sex trade, this weekend in particular. Pray for them as they are being transported to New Orleans; pray for them when you make your Super Bowl Day plans; pray for them during the game, and especially before and after the 49ers and the Ravens are on the field, when the game's attendees are in their hotel rooms. Join me in prayer, that those girls will keep holding hope, remember their value, and know the Real Love that their Jesus is longing to wrap them up in.
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