February 2, 2012
This weekend, the New York Giants and New England Patriots will face off in the Super Bowl. With that comes parties, food, of course, the commercials. I used to think football was one of our harmless American pastimes. Of course, there are plenty of things we can all find fault with – the gazillion dollars we spend on “useless” information and entertainment, the way we sacrifice our time for sports, etc.
But there is a very dark side to the world of professional sports you won’t see mentioned anywhere on TV this weekend—sex trafficking and slavery. Did you know that thousands of women and girls were trafficked into South Africa for the last World Cup in 2010?
Sex trafficking turns people into commodities – sexual objects to be bought, sold, used and discarded. It’s easy to think of trafficking as a problem that happens “out there” – in other countries, but not America. The reality is that this horrible evil is alive and well in the United States. Some experts believe that at any given moment, approximately 100,000 to 300,000 American kids are at risk of being sexually exploited.
And the biggest event of the year for America’s favorite pastime is one of the places where we find the most human trafficking. Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, says it’s all about supply and demand. And every Super Bowl brings with it a high demand for this kind of atrocity.
Anti-trafficking experts have been working hard to reduce the number of sex-trafficking victims that will be forced to work the streets of Indianapolis during this year’s Super Bowl. In fact, Indiana’s governor signed a bill into law that aims to reduce the number of victims bought and sold into sex slavery by providing tougher penalties and an easier way to prosecute sex traffickers.
But as long as there is a demand, there will be a supply. The question is, how are we in the Christian community helping to stop the demand for this horrible industry? If you want to educate yourself more on this topic, and find tips on how to get involved in ending this form of modern-day slavery, check out this info.