IT’S NOT JUST AN “INTERNATIONAL” ISSUE.
You may have heard the term “sex trafficking” and thought that it was just an international issue. While the term trafficking may conjure images of desperate illegal immigrants being forced into prostitution by human smugglers, over 80 percent of victims in 2011 confirmed sex trafficking cases in this country were American citizens. Or, maybe, you heard about the recent case in Ohio where three girls were kidnapped and kept as sex slaves…and you thought it was just one guy with a serious problem.
Think again. It’s happening in plain sight, and you probably don’t even realize it.
WOMEN & GIRLS80% of sex trafficking victims are women and girls and up to 50% are minors. (U.S. State Department)
ABUSED AS A CHILD90% of prostituted women have been physically abused as children (Encyclopedia of Women and Gender).
LINKED TO ORGANIZED CRIME70% of sex trafficking is linked to organized crime (Real Stories: Legal Efforts to Curb Sex Trafficking).
ATTEMPT SUICIDE75& of prostituted women have attempted suicide (Prostitution: Factsheet on Human Rights Violations).
12-14 is the average age for girls trafficked into prostitution in the United States.
PIMP’S YEARLY INCOME
Working nearly seven days a week, four women meeting a daily quota of $500 per night would earn their pimp an estimated $632,000 according to the research of the Polaris Project.
WHERE IT’S HAPPENING
Did you know that women and children are being forced, frauded, and coerced into what amounts to sexual slavery?
Whether a “date” is acquired on Craigslist.com or Backpage.com or by calling a number on a newspaper ad, escort services are nothing more than thinly-veiled prostitution.
There are over 4,000 brothels disguised as fake massage businesses in the United States according to online lists meticulously updated by “johns” on a daily basis.
Often insulated from local communities, truck stops and welcome centers are convenient places for transient customers to purchase sex with minimal concerns of detection.
STREETS, MOTELS, RESIDENTIAL
While you may think of a prostitute walking down the street, it’s more likely that she’s living and working out of a motel or local residence and setting up “dates” via phone.
WHAT WE’RE LAUNCHING
In an effort to raise awareness of sex trafficking in the US and promote positive solutions, we are launching:
To be released in stores nationwide by Word Films in 2014, the IN PLAIN SIGHT documentary will open your eyes to how sex trafficking is occurring “in plain sight” within seven US cities and simultaneously highlight how five non-profits, each belonging to the Abolition International Shelter Association, are bringing hope and freedom to victims of sex trafficking in their particular context.
31 DAY GROUP STUDY GUIDE
To be released in stores nationwide alongside the documentary, the 31 day group study guide is a faith-based journey to understand God’s heart for the vulnerable and broken within our world. While stories of sex trafficking survivors and abolitionists will be interwoven each week, the workbook is designed to be read as a daily devotional and discussion guide – challenging you and your group to cultivate compassion and start taking action in your own community.
To be released in stores nationwide by Word Records in 2014, the IN PLAIN SIGHT album will be comprised of hymns from well-known artists who turn our attention to the Source of hope and healing needed to overcome the darkness of sex trafficking in the US. Proceeds from the sale of the album to benefit Abolition International.
We’ve assembled a dedicated team of professionals to produce IN PLAIN SIGHT including: