Traffic Stop— Putting the brakes on sex trafficking

January 2016 - Feature Article
by Deena C. Bouknight

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January 2016 - Feature Article

February 7 marks the 50th Super Bowl, one of the most celebrated and watched events in sports. While millions are enjoying the football game live or on television, there is an evil flip side. More young girls and women are victimized through sex trafficking during Super Bowl weekend than at any other time of the year.

Annie Lobert, a sex trafficking survivor who wrote the 2015 book Fallen: Out of the Sex Industry and Into the Arms of the Savior, says that at events where many men congregate, she was often forced to service 10 to 30 men a night.

Although accurate numbers are difficult to find, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recognizes sex trafficking as a $32 billion a year industry that also victimizes between 300,000 and 400,000 American children. An estimated 100,000 to 300,000 are at risk of being coerced or forced into sex trafficking each year, cites The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Sex trafficking has become so prevalent that it was the theme of last October’s event  at Northside Christian Academy. West Columbia private school teamed up with Lighthouse for Life (LFL), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization seeking to combat sex trafficking, and hosted “A Night of Education  & Commitment to Stop Human Trafficking.” Its special guest was Grammy-nominated singer Natalie Grant.

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