Thursday, February 3, 2011

Project Love Day and a Disturbing Update

I am interrupting my regularly scheduled recipe post for today to bring to your awareness something monumentally disturbing that will happen this weekend.

As you know, this Sunday is the Super Bowl.  Many of you are excited about the match-off between the teams and equally excited about the yummy treats that will accompany the commercials.

But for the 10,000 teenage prostitutes that are expected to be brought to Dallas, excitement is not on their list of emotions for this weekend.  Their pimps will bring them in from all over the United States "hoping to do business with men arriving for the big game who have money to burn."  Many of these girls have been trapped into the life they now live; fear, abuse, shame, and psychological manipulation make it next to impossible for them to escape. 

During the previous two Super Bowls, law enforcement agencies have been able to rescue 50 girls, and each single rescue is measured in terms of success.  This year, airlines and child welfare advocates are collaborating to spot the signs of trafficking.  However, 50 out of 10,000, while great and encouraging, still leaves a lot of girls trapped and in danger.

I am going to share with you several links.  I encourage you to read them and make yourself aware of this.  The Super Bowl is the United States' largest sporting event and it is one of the biggest human trafficking events in the United States.  This hits us real close to home.

So close, you may be tempted to turn away in disgust.  Please don't.  Instead, do something.  Pray.  Do your part to raise awareness.  Become outraged at the disgusting injustice of sex trafficking.  Let your heart break for someone else's daughter as you look into the sweet face of your own.  Take a stand and let your voice be heard.  Most girls who are trapped in the commerical sex trade are only 13 when their nightmare begins, and most only have a projected life span of 7 years after that.

Project Love Day over here at The Culinary Enthusiast is the way I am trying to make my voice heard.  But you each have a voice too, and a God-given passion.  Use it.  Somewhere, in your state, in the state over, or in another country in our world, a little girl, a child, a teenager, has lost her voice in fear, terror, danger, and threat of death.  Speak up for her.

These links are just some.  Each one has other links. 

The knowledge that young girls will be forced to prostitute themselves for another's profit during the game this weekend has forever changed the Super Bowl for me.  Behind the bright lights of the stadium and the noise of the Half Time show lurks an evil and darkness and pain that my mind can barely comprehend.

I would LOVE to know your thoughts and what actions you might be contemplating or taking in regard to human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.  Please leave a comment. 

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.   
~Edmund Burke

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.  ~Edmund Burke

I challenge each of you reading this post to share it on your Facebook page, email it to your address book, or blog about it on your own blog.

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