Monday, December 13, 2010

Mercy Ministries Is Outraged, And Thinks You Should Be Too!

Do you think you’ve ever passed a quiet house in your own community that operates as a hub for sex trafficking? Have you ever stayed at what appeared to be a clean and safe hotel, while down the hall young women are being forced into the sex trade? Unfortunately, it’s quite possible you have. The truth is, sex trafficking is happening right here in our neighborhoods and Mercy Ministries is committed to being a voice that brings light to this issue. This weekend, The Tennessean reported that five men operating a sex trafficking ring in Nashville, Spring Hill, Murfreesboro, and Columbia, Tennessee are now facing federal charges. One of the men indicted in this case advertised the young women on backpage.com and then bragged about the money he earned as a pimp on MySpace. Despite the maximum penalty for this horrific crime of life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, the sex trade continues to flourish in Tennessee and around the U.S. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that 1 in 4 runaways are approached by a sex trafficker within 48 hours of leaving home!

We have seen God transform the lives of sex trafficking victims at Mercy Ministries and we continue to receive more and more cries for help. It is vital that we stand together against these criminals and be a voice that brings hope to these hurting young women. For the past two weeks we have discussed the issue of sex trafficking on our live radio show, Mercy Multiplied, with special guests Stacia Freeman and Dove award winning artist, Natalie Grant, both of The Home Foundation. We will continue our discussion this Sunday, December 19th from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM (CST) at SuperTalk 99.7 WTN. Join us live by calling (615) 737-9986 and share your stories, questions and concerns on this issue. Middle Tennesseans can tune in to 99.7 FM but anyone can listen live at www.mercymultiplied.com. If you missed a show, the podcast is available here. To read more of this news story from The Tennessean, click here.