Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mercy Ministries Takes Action AND YOU CAN TOO!

The month of January has become a time to fight for freedom here in the U.S. On Tuesday, January 4, 2011, President Obama declared the month of January as the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Eighty percent of human trafficking victims are females and ninety percent of human trafficking is sex trafficking. Mercy Ministries has been helping victims of sex trafficking for years, and we continue to receive more and more cries for help from young women who are victims of this horrific crime.

The average age of entry into sex trafficking is 12 to 14 and over 200,000 youth are at high risk for commercial sexual exploitation each year. Check out this powerful video released by GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services) of a young woman describing how she was lured into sex trafficking:

Because many victims of sex trafficking are abused, homeless and in danger, one of the major keys in helping them is to provide a residential program. At Mercy Ministries, we not only provide a residential program free of charge, but we show them the unconditional love of Christ who is the ultimate key to freedom and transformation!

We have launched a new website to serve as a resource for all who are concerned with this issue at Raising awareness about sex trafficking in the U.S. is important, but our primary goal is to expand and provide more beds to help more young women who have been victimized by this horrendous injustice. To find out more about how you can get involved and partner with Mercy, visit our new campaign website at Together we can make a difference to see lives transformed and hope restored to victims of sex trafficking!