Thursday, April 28, 2011

Update - How You Can Help End Sex Trafficking One Victim at A Time!!!

Mercy Ministries has been helping victims of sex trafficking for several years, and we continue to receive more and more calls for help. These hurting young women are looking for hope and freedom and desire a new life. Mercy Ministries’ transitional care department helps graduates by providing extensive life-skills training as well as assistance with securing housing and transportation, job placement and school application. Our goal is to have each young woman not only complete the program, but also discover the purpose for her life and bring value to her community as a productive citizen.

Unfortunately, there are women around the U.S. who are struggling to move on with their lives because of wrongful prostitution charges during the time they were trafficked. Several states around the U.S. are working towards legislation that would help these victims start their new lives with a clean slate. Check out this recent article from New York:

Convicted Sex Trafficking Victims Have Chance at Clean Record
by Angela Longerbeam

Applying for a new job or apartment is hard enough for any of us, right? In the U.S., former sex trafficking victims can hit an even bigger snag when securing employment and housing, especially if they have been (wrongly) convicted of prostitution. So, in addition to physical and emotional recovery from sexual exploitation, these victims often will be denied the basics, as well.

Kudos, then, to the State of New York (NYS) for recognizing this issue and proposing legislation that will do something about it. Bill S.4429/A.7670, which is being sponsored by Senator Thomas Duane and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, will give sex trafficking victims a clean slate by allowing them to expunge their records. The bill has already been passed by the Assembly, and is currently in the Senate Codes Committee.


Conference Call
If you would like to know more about what Mercy Ministries is doing to help victims of sex trafficking, join our free 30-minute conference call on Thursday, May 19 at 12:00 PM EST. In the U.S. and Canada, call toll free 1-866-642-1665. To RSVP for the conference call, email wants you to "like" us on Facebook. Help spread the word and tell everyone you know to give us the "thumbs up!" CLICK HERE to see our Fan Page and show your support.

Freedom Forums!!!
Students at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga was on the campus of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga earlier this week. Kristy Spring, Mercy’s Volunteer Director of Student Relations, set up a table at the University Center and met with students to increase awareness and inspire young leaders to get involved in the fight against sex trafficking. They held a mixer on Tuesday evening and showed the trailer for The Candy Shop, a powerful film about the issue of domestic sex trafficking. Today, will head back to the campus of Tennessee State University in Nashville. If you are in the area, be sure to check it the Freedom Forum with Q & A at 6:30 PM in the Women’s Center!

Mercy Ministries’ End Sex Trafficking T-Shirts Now Available
This t-shirt plays an important part in our campaign to help young women who are victims of domestic sex trafficking. We need your financial support to help more hurting young women who have been brutalized by this horrific crime.

By purchasing this shirt, you will help victims of sex trafficking who come to Mercy Ministries' free-of-charge Christian residential program to find hope and healing. When you wear this t-shirt, you will help spread the message about the growing epidemic of sex trafficking in the U.S. and what Mercy Ministries is doing to help sex trafficking victims.

Make a statement right now and help end sex trafficking, one victim at a time, by purchasing an t-shirt. This high quality Good Work(s) brand t-shirt features the logo on the front. Printed on the inside of the shirt, you will find the incredible and inspirational story of “Ally,” a young woman who escaped sex trafficking, came to Mercy Ministries and had her life completely restored! Purchase this t-shirt, and you can help bring hope and healing to victims of this horrific crime and ultimately save a young woman's life! To order, click on the button below.