For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God. Psalm 62:5-7
Minneapolis will be the host city for the 2018 Super Bowl. Our state is preparing exciting activities to entertain the locals and those traveling from great distances. But there is another flurry of activity afoot as well: a combined effort by social service agencies, volunteers, and survivors of sexual abuse to put a halt to the sex trafficking that will also be available for the right price. “Party buses” and online sex trafficking operations are commonplace alongside our nation’s large sporting events.
The FBI reports that sex trafficking, much of it involving children, is the fastest-growing organized crime in the U.S. and that victims are regularly transported for sale at “lucrative venues” such as major sporting events. Many previous drug dealers have turned to sex trafficking because they can only sell drugs once, but they can “sell” young girls multiple times.
Joy McElroy, Cherish All Children Executive Director, wrote this in her weekly email: “At our Super Bowl Kick-off event this weekend in Minnesota, one of our speakers, a survivor of sex trafficking, shared how God is at the core of her healing and well-being. As…Executive Director of a survivor-led organization…, she offers a Bible study to the women in her program, (offering) them the hope and refuge of a loving God, eager to provide a fortress from evil.
“A question came from the audience about what people of faith can do to support survivors. Each of our panelists responded, ‘You can pray.’ We can help build (a) verbal fortress….They went on to say we can support them with our donations, whether food, clothing, specific life or job skills training we possess. One shared how beautiful it was to watch young people in her program learning to knit with a volunteer. They were in a safe place, with a safe person, doing a simple craft they had never experienced before. Make a connection with an anti-trafficking organization in your community to find out what you can do. And pray. We can pray.”
O God, on You rests our deliverance and honor. Keep our children safely in Your loving arms. Amen