Monday, January 23, 2012

Why I Don't Like the Big Game

The Big Game (since I don't want to incur the wrath of any NFL copyright folks) is in Indianapolis this year.

My city. Well, my adopted city, anyway. They'll never have one in my hometown of Cleveland. Even though Detroit got one, and Cleveland's weather is at least comparable to Detroit's...

But I digress.

I'm not the world's biggest football fan, although I'll tolerate watching it for teams I like. The Patriots and the Giants? Eh. I'll pick the Giants, just because the Patriots are—well, horrible. I'd throw out the word "evil," like I usually do when talking about the Patriots or the Ravens or the Steelers, but the word "evil" has a little more weight on a Christian blog. So I'll just go with "horrible."

But that's not why I don't like the Big Game this year, or why I don't want it in my city.

As it turns out, human trafficking is rampant wherever there are major sporting events.

This is the part of the Big Game you don't know about until it comes to your city. People with lots of money show up in a city for a game, and they want want their money can buy. That often means sex, and that's where the human sex trafficking comes in. Officials have really had to crack down here—massage places have popped up that are actually fronts for human trafficking, and they've had to raid these places and shut them down. And over the next couple weeks, hundreds—maybe thousands—of underage prostitutes will be brought into our city to be sold.

It makes me sick to think that will be going on here. In my city.

So, if you'll do me a favor, when you think of the Big Game or Indianapolis in these weeks leading up to the event, please pray for the children (yes, children) that will be forced to sell themselves right under our noses. Pray they would be able to reach out to someone who will be able to rescue them from this terrible life. Pray that the eyes of our residents would be open and that wrongdoing will not go unnoticed or unreported.

Please pray against this true evil that will be present in our city.

5 comments:

  1. Unfortunately you are so very right. Praying. It's a cause so close to my heart.

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  2. Oh wow. I had no idea. Sharing this forward to get more praying.... Ever since I went to Bangkok and saw little girls dancing in every dark alley and doorway of the Red Light District, I haven't gotten it out of my mind. Praying alongside you...

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  3. Wow, that's a new slant on the SuperBowl that I didn't know. Thanks, Rachel, for bringing that to my attention. I did three blog posts on human trafficking this last year in an effort to raise awareness, and help fight it too. Have you seen the free posters, wallet cards and resources that Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) provide? There is a free phone number there for anyone to call anonymously to report suspicions or to ask for help. They can be placed up in bathrooms, gas stations, etc. Check out my links, if you'd like. Spread the word. We can all print out easy free posters and put them up.

    http://www.jenniferdougan.com/2011/10/calls-in-dark.html

    http://www.jenniferdougan.com/2011/10/cookies-milkshakes-and-hero-truck.html

    This is the one with free posters, and a story of one trucker who made a call and saved many minors! Spread the word.

    Praying with you,
    Jennifer Dougan
    www.jenniferdougan.com

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  4. Wow, that's a new slant on the SuperBowl that I didn't know. Thanks, Rachel, for bringing that to my attention. I did three blog posts on human trafficking this last year in an effort to raise awareness, and help fight it too. Have you seen the free posters, wallet cards and resources that Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) provide? There is a free phone number there for anyone to call anonymously to report suspicions or to ask for help. They can be placed up in bathrooms, gas stations, etc. Check out my links, if you'd like. Spread the word. We can all print out easy free posters and put them up.

    http://www.jenniferdougan.com/2011/10/calls-in-dark.html

    http://www.jenniferdougan.com/2011/10/cookies-milkshakes-and-hero-truck.html

    This is the one with free posters, and a story of one trucker who made a call and saved many minors! Spread the word.

    Praying with you,
    Jennifer Dougan
    www.jenniferdougan.com

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  5. nice post thanks for sharing...blessings

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