Last night Zach and I went to a fund raising event for an organization called Love 146.
It was a fabulous night with good food and great company, but it was also a really uncomfortable night as the realities of the world-wide epidemic of child sex trafficking was brought to light.
The statistics about child sex trafficking are not just horrifying, but extremely atrocious. Need the facts?
- Two children are sold into sex slavery every MINUTE.
- Over 1.2 MILLION children are trafficked annually.
- Over 100,000 U.S. Children are forcefully engaged in prostitution and pornography.
- The average age of a child is the sex trade in AMERICA is 12. Children as young as 6 are often taken to brothels and forced into this business.
- Child pornography is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States right now. Nationally, there has been a 2500% increase in arrests in 10 years.
These few statistics alone definitely put your problems into perspective as most of us live rich, safe, healthy lives full of real love and relationships. These devastating crimes are happening not just across the globe, but right under our noses here in the US.
- An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year. The number of U.S. citizens trafficked within the country is even higher, with an estimated 200,000 American children at risk for trafficking into the sex industry.
Love 146's passion and commitment to help end child sex slavery and exploitation is executed through prevention and aftercare programs around the world. Co-founder of Love 146, Lamont Hiebert, (who you might remember from Ten Shekle Shirt) spent last night sharing his heart for this cause, singing songs, and telling stories of children restored to health and happiness through Love 146's programs.
Zach and I were really moved by this organization and hope we can help the cause. Here's how you can help too:
- Pray for Love146
- Financially support Love146
- Spread the word about Love146
- And spread the word to teens and adults about the real ugliness behind porn and prostitution so they avoid this entrapment like the plague. Often times we tell students to not engage in porn and sexual sin because of how it hurts them and their future. We've neglected to bring to light the real ugliness is what they are looking at and watching - heavily abused children (50% of porn sites show underage girls) who are fearfully forced into the business and beaten, neglected, and completely traumatized behind the scenes.
Thanks Dowd and Webb for being such great hosts and for sharing your passion for abolishing child sex trafficking and your continual partnership with Love146! We are blessed to call you friends.