The month of January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
You’ve read the devastating statistics. But did you know that this epidemic is running rampant at one of the largest sporting events in the world? As we gear up for Super Bowl festivities on February 2nd, there’s a grim reality veiled behind the hype of this iconic sporting event: human sex trafficking. As hundreds of thousands of sports fans descend upon New Jersey and the surrounding area, traffickers are among them. And they’re not coming to watch the game. They’re coming to buy and sell human beings, most of which are underage girls. The horror doesn’t just masquerade itself within the weekend revelries – it goes on for weeks and months after the game clock has run out.
Traffickers target sporting events around the world
The Super Bowl isn’t the only arena where human trafficking has taken up residence. The problem is common at large sporting events all over the world. Federal and local governments of the United States and other countries have enacted legislation against forced prostitution, but host cities to large sporting events like the Super Bowl and the World Cup still find that the traffickers are one step ahead of them.
What you can do
It’s time for the Body of Christ to step in and step up.
One million foreigners will travel to Brazil this year for the World Cup. The churches of Brazil need help, and we’ll be sending a team from Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale to do just that. Here’s what we’ll do: evangelism, soccer clinics, youth ministry, and ministry and community outreach in slums. We will also be present at the Stadium and at Fan Zones during the World Cup. We’ll take a stand against the human trafficking that happens at these large events. We’ll connect with the locals and visitors and share the love of Jesus.
The noiseless terror of human trafficking and the grief of God’s heart for the modern-day slave calls us to action. Pray about getting involved today and being part of this trip.