The Super Bowl has come to an end with the victorious NY Giants having proven their worthiness of the championship. The fans are cheerfully raising a toast in their honor and polishing off the last of the guacamole. Myself being a 49er fan, watched with slight interest… next year will be ours!
While we celebrate and recap on Madonna’s colorful show,
there are under aged girls being prepared to be solicited in the very city that the celebration is taking place. The girls are being solicited for Sex.
Sex trafficking is running rampant in the United States of America and it increases with events such as the Super Bowl. Under aged American children and teens are being coerced into prostitution and being brain washed to obey. The girls and boys range from runaways searching for a way out, to young mislead girls and boys thinking fame will follow if they just give up their bodies for the “mean time”. Many are forced by their older “boyfriends” and even more twisted, by a controlling family member. Life lead in this manner is fragile and the potential to succeed decreases as the power of the controlling pimp increases.
This week in Indianapolis, the city of this year’s Super Bowl, volunteers took matters into their own hands and worked to rescue the adolescents who have fallen into the darkness of this epidemic. StudentReach, a non-profit organization from California, which empowers high school and college aged students to make a difference in this world, joined the volunteers who placed over 10,000 human trafficking stickers on bars of soaps. These soaps were then placed in the hotels surrounding the Super Bowl Stadium and provided the number to a human trafficking hotline. Last year 9 girls were rescued from the grips of human trafficking from the soap outreach and this year 14 were brought to safety.
14 Girls! That is 14 future women, 14 future wives, 14 future mothers and maybe even 14 incredible leaders. This is a fight that we can all easily join in. You don’t have to be a women’s rights advocate to care about helpless girls and boys. You don’t have to be a diehard volunteer. You just need to be vigilant and help spread the awareness. If you know of a situation that sounds like, feels like or looks like Sex Trafficking of a minor inform your local authorities. Stop the brain washing before it begins. If you have an appropriate relationship with an at risk adolescent tell them that letting someone else persuade them into sexual activity with others is wrong and dangerous to both their safety and health. Inform the parents/guardian of the victim that this is not the victims fault, they may no longer have control over their activities and their life is at-risk.
If you are a teen with a friend in this situation please notify an adult to help save your friend. Let the adult know that something is wrong with the way your friend is being treated.
If you are the victim do not feel shame, get out and get to a safe place; see the number below for more information.
We need must take back power from the modern-day pimp.
Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888-3737-888 for professional help with this matter and to report incidents.