Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mercy Ministries Speaks Out On This Historic Day!

It is time for Americans to realize that their citizens are for sale, and today, 1-11-11, marks the first National Human Trafficking Awareness Day! Eighty percent of human trafficking victims are females and ninety percent of human trafficking is sex trafficking. According to studies done by Shared Hope International, the majority of domestic sex trafficking victims are American citizens, most of them underage girls.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, sex trafficking is defined as “a modern-day form of slavery in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion.” But ask the victim and you won’t hear that she was “sex trafficked,” you will hear that she was brutally raped, beaten and forced to fulfill the fantasies of someone who viewed her as a plaything, not a person. You will find a hurting young woman who feels she is unlovable and life is not worth living.

Mercy Ministries has been helping victims of sex trafficking for years, and we continue to receive more and more cries for help from victims of this horrific crime. Today we ask you to stand with us and be a voice that brings light to this issue. Please join us on this historic day, and pray that these hurting young women would know the unconditional love of Christ that brings hope and healing.

Check back tomorrow to learn more about what Mercy Ministries is doing to help victims of domestic sex trafficking. Click here to read the incredible story of one victim of sex trafficking who had her hope restored and life transformed while at Mercy Ministries. To find National Human Trafficking Awareness events in your area, click here.