Are you planning to watch the Superbowl? Who will you pull for, the Seattle Seahawks or the Denver Broncos? I don’t have a pony in the race, but I will probably watch some of it for the commercials alone. Superbowl commercials are legendary. Advertising firms work endless hours trying to perfect commercials people will be talking about long after the Superbowl is over. They’re looking for the perfect scenario to wow you and leave a lasting impression.
Leading up to Superbowl another group of people has been trying to grasp your attention and leave a lasting impression as well. Those in the fight against human sex trafficking in America have worked tirelessly to draw attention to this issue during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Many report the Superbowl not only brings the largest draw of fans to view it, but claim it is the largest venue for sex traffickers in any given year. Others, such as GEMS founder, Rachel Lloyd, state it is not so and by promoting it as such we fail to acknowledge the issue is just as strong the other 364 days of the year.
It is my personal opinion we should take any and every opportunity to raise awareness and educate the public on how prolific this issue is in our nation daily. It won’t just take place in New Jersey on Sunday, but anywhere people happen to be, especially where they’re gathered in groups celebrating with alcohol and/or drugs involved. It will also take place the Monday after and three months afterwards. It happens daily across our nation and it has to stop.
I have one simple request of each of you. This weekend you’ll be somewhere with other people, whether its a Superbowl party, church, or just hanging out with friends. Take the opportunity to share what you know and raise awareness. Walk out Proverbs 31:8 wherever you are.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
But please don’t stop on Monday morning. We need to speak up until there are no more in need of rescuing. They’re depending on us. God is depending on us. Help make the victims of human sex trafficking the winners of this year’s Superbowl.
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