Thursday, January 27, 2011

Abolition!!! Global Anti-Sex Trafficking Crusader Speaks At Mercy Ministries

Guest speaker, Lisa Thompson
Girls ages 11-17 are the most marketable sex trafficking victims in America, and the demand is high. Mercy Ministries staff and residents at the Nashville home were honored yesterday to hear from Lisa Thompson, the Salvation Army’s National Liaison for the Abolition of Sex Trafficking and coordinator for Initiative Against Sex Trafficking (IAST). Lisa is a highly sought after presenter and expert on the issue and travels around the world speaking out against this horrific crime.


Sex trafficking in the U.S. is an issue the Salvation Army has been fighting since the 1800’s but as Lisa pointed out, the objectification and prostitution of women goes all the way back to Biblical times. She feels passionately that curbing demand for commercial sex is essential to ending sex trafficking.

One example Lisa showed of an ad exploiting young girls
Lisa delivered a powerful presentation exposing the roots of this epidemic by showing several examples of what she called the “pornification” of America. She displayed illustration after illustration of advertisements, magazines and videos that promote the idea that young girls are sex objects to be used by men. These provocative and disturbing messages are all around us and the girls being used as sex objects are getting younger and younger…and so is their target audience. Many of the images, especially those of girls as young as 6 and 7, brought gasps while others left many in the classroom speechless.

While the issue of sex trafficking weighs so heavily on her heart, Lisa told the girls there is hope in the Lord, citing Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” She read Psalm 139, reminding the residents that they are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” and encouraged them to guard the images they allow into their hearts and heads. Lisa concluded by encouraging everyone to begin addressing this issue by speaking openly about it within their immediate circles of influence.

Our staff and girls were captivated by Lisa's presentation

Mercy Ministries has been helping victims of sex trafficking for several years, and we continue to receive more and more calls for help. To find out how you can partner with us to bring hope and healing to these hurting young women, go to www.endsextrafficking.com and sign up to be a part of one of our street teams.

Kristy and Dave Spring (on right) are lending us their global campus ministry expertise for our anti-trafficking cause
 To find out more about The Salvation Army’s efforts to fight sex trafficking, go to http://www.iast.net.