Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mercy Hosts Freedom Forum at Tennessee State University

Mercy Ministries has been helping victims of sex trafficking for several years, and we continue to receive more and more calls for help. For the past couple of years, we have felt a tug in our hearts to get more involved in fighting this horrific issue. Mercy wants to be a voice that brings light to the disturbing fact that sex trafficking is happening in the U.S. – right in our own backyard.

Last week, Mercy Ministries hit the campus of Tennessee State University to increase awareness on college campuses and inspire young leaders to get involved in the fight against sex trafficking. Dave and Kristy Spring, Mercy’s Volunteer Directors of Student Relations, attended a fashion show hosted by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and invited everyone to attend a panel discussion on domestic sex trafficking the following afternoon.

TSU students enjoying the fashion show

Over 700 students attended

Mercy graduate Sandra with Mercy volunteer Sjhira Ellzey

Dave Spring talks about Mercy and the Freedom Forum

More than 50 passionate young activists came to the Freedom Forum to hear more about what Mercy Ministries is doing to help victims of sex trafficking. The forum began with a viewing of The Candy Shop, a powerful film about the issue of domestic sex trafficking, which was followed by an open discussion with our panel of experts. The students had many questions for the panel and were moved to action by what they heard.

Dave Spring addresses the TSU students at the Freedom Forum

Nicole Garcia shares important domestic sex trafficking statistics and findings

We are so excited to see student leaders who are passionate about joining the fight to end sex trafficking, one victim at a time. To find out more about how you can get involved or to see a clip from the film, The Candy Shop, go to Together we can bring hope and healing to these victims and ultimately save lives!