Large sporting events are magnets for sex trafficking and child prostitution, but one group is raising awareness to fight it.
According to Justin Holcomb, pastor at Mars Hill and executive director of Resurgence, “the Super Bowl and other large sporting events like the Olympics and the World Cup are increasingly being recognized as magnets for sex trafficking and child prostitution. 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. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott acknowledged the Super Bowl as ‘the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.”
Shared Hope International, a Christian group fighting human trafficking and the commercial sex trade, has launched a social media campaign hoping to create awareness and online advocacy in some of the over 12 million Super Bowl-related posts expected during the game. They are encouraging viewers to share their concerns about human trafficking and Facebook and Twitter and link to the “report cards” issued by the legal system of each state rating that state’s ability to prevent/fight sex crimes. (View your state’s report card here.)
“It’s time we encourage the masses tuning into the big game to know the real score that matters, for women and children all across our great nation,” SHI officials stated in The Christian Post. “As Christian abolitionists we believe trafficking survivors deserve the opportunity to be restored to dignity and purpose, regardless of their faith or system of belief. As Christian stewards we prayerfully seek to use wisdom and Biblical guidance for every dollar we spend. As Christian leaders we seek to inspire change by informing and empowering activists, providing strategic guidance to local shelter and service partners, and influencing policy makers and first responders.”
Learn more about SHI’s campaign here.