With the Superbowl coming to town, it is estimated that pimps will bring 12,000 minors into the area for forced prostitution. Some of our own neighborhoods may find rented homes turned into makeshift brothels.
Several Southwestern Seminary students are trying to raise awareness to this problem. They have started a website called “lose the chains” and have organized a discussion on the subject of sex trafficking. The open forum will feature Southwestern PhD student Mindy may and Deena Graves from Traffick 911. Traffick911’s “I’m not buying it” campaign also seeks to raise awareness about the problem and rescue as many girls as possible.
The Southern Baptist of Texas recently wrote an article on the subject which you can find here. In addition to the article, I was privileged to serve as chairman of the resolutions committee for the 2010 meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention of Texas. One of the five resolutions we presented to the convention spoke to the issue of sex trafficking. The convention overwhelmingly demonstrated its opposition to the crime.
I want to commend the SBTC for writing on article and passing a resolution on the matter, and also the Southwestern Seminary students trying to raise awareness for this issue. Will you help by passing the word? Can you imagine if all Christians in the Dallas/Fort Worth area did what we could? Thousands of extra eyes watching for trafficking and forced prostitution. That would send a message to the criminals. Sex trafficking is not welcome–not in our house!
If you see something, please call the national hotline at 1-888-3737-888. The text of the SBTC resolution clearly demonstrates the horror of this tragedy and our responsibility to do what we can.
WHEREAS, sex-trafficking is the act of defrauding, coercing and deceiving victims into acts of sexual depravity and slavery; and
WHEREAS, the United States Department of Justice predicts that each year more than 293,000 minors are at risk of ending up in childhood sexual exploitation in the U.S.; and
WHEREAS, twenty percent of these victims are brought illegally to the United States; and
WHEREAS, the average entry age of these children into sexual exploitation is between eleven and fourteen; and
WHEREAS, these criminal acts incapacitate victims by permanently scarring them physically and emotionally–and also result in the deaths of thousands; and
WHEREAS, the ever-expanding and increasingly mainstream pornography industry–which seeks ever- younger children for its lucrative films, videos and printed materials–drives the demand for child sexual exploitation; and
WHEREAS, this brutal sex-trafficking industry generates more than $32 billion dollars each year for pimps and madams who serve as slave masters and repeatedly sell the bodies of children for personal enrichment; and
WHEREAS, this crime, typically committed out of the sight of caring people, goes largely unrecognized and unreported by our communities; and
WHEREAS, Proverbs 24:11-12 says, “Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Behold, we did not know this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?”; now, therefore, let it be
RESOLVED, we, the messengers to the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention, assembled in Corpus Christi, Texas, November 15-16, 2010, call on churches to make available church ministry programs that educate members about this insidious problem–including awareness of the vulnerability of some children, the recruiting methods of these criminals, and the best policies for crime prevention, protection of vulnerable children and the prosecution of the perpetrators (Luke 17:2); and be it further
RESOLVED, we advertise the national sex-trafficking hotline reporting number: 1-888-3737-888; and be it finally
RESOLVED, we encourage churches to support victim rescue and restoration ministries, demonstrating the spirit of Psalm 82:3-4, “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless: maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”