Every year, the Super Bowl brings in huge business deals and the generally acceptable “wining and dining” now includes having a young “prostitute” waiting for you in your hotel room. That, along with the many men seeking to “have some fun” causes the Super Bowl to be the largest human trafficking event in the United States every year. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that 10,000 women and girls were trafficked into Miami for the 2010 event.
The many factors we can attribute to this tragedy include: the demand for sex rising as men flock to the city for the event, an oversexualized culture fueled by the porn industry as well as mainstream media causing men to be more prone to seek out elicit sexual encounters in order to use, consume, and discard another human being as a mere object for self-gratification, organized crime rising up to meet that demand and being able to successfully do it without being prosecuted to the full extent of the law, cultures existing in third world countries that are so willing to exploit the vulnerable, and a patriarchal world system that perpetuates a subculture of docile women who are easily exploited and abused.
What do we do in the face of such a deep-seeded evil? It didn’t get this way overnight and it will not be cured overnight but we have a great hope that comes from the promises of Jesus Christ who will return to judge the living and the dead, set all things right, and make all things new. So I encourage you to do what you can! Raise awareness! Spread the word! And don’t forget the power of prayer. We need God to work through His church to bring about a lasting change for every single girl who can be saved from this grievous crime against His image-bearers. Let’s all together from our hearts pray as Jesus taught us to pray: “Your kingdom come…”