I’ve been asked why we are still covering the anti-trafficking area during this crisis. Certainly, the thinking goes, COVID presentes more pressing needs.
I certainly will not minimize the great needs COVID has created and magnified. But I think it is important to note a few things during this crisis as well.
We made a commitment to help in this area during this time and it’s important to honor our committments.
Online buying or sex during this crisis has increased. This may be due to greater loneliness or time at home, but more people are buying and sexually abusing people now than before this crisis. In fact, they are being delivered straight to the homes of those who are stuck at home! The greatest increase right now is in the Galveston/coastline areas, perhaps at some people’s vacation homes where they may be “riding out” their time at home.
“Street traffic ” has not slowed down, either. In fact, several walkers have not even heard of the Coronavirus/COVID-19! This is how isolated many who are being trafficked and abused are kept!
The current economic downturn everyone is facing is affecting those who are either teetering on trying to get out of the industry or those who have recently but current finances are pushing them toward possibly needing to go back to it to be able to survive.
PornHub (see information here) is offering free “premium memberships” right now during this virus so people who are stuck at home (which includes children!) have easy access to hard pornography, thus fertilizing future addicts and fueling the sex trafficking industry.
The HPD Vice department, to protect their force, is minimizing enforcement of trafficking right now, which allows traffickers to victimize with even more impunity.
Please pray for these victims and the horrendous situation they face daily; and even more so during this crisis!
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Provides a wealth of research based information on the effects of porn on the brain and on people so people can make an informed decision about it. They also provide resources for those struggling with it.
“Fighting sex trafficking by reducing demand.”
Help for parents and friends of those who are struggling – as well as for those who are themselves struggling.
“The Traffickinghub campaign is a non-religious, non-partisan effort to hold the largest porn website in the world accountable for enabling and profiting off of the mass sex-trafficking and exploitation of women and minors.”
Starting this Lent, LifeBridge will engage in “OPERATION
FREEDOM: Be The Light!” The first endeavor of this LifeBridge ministry will
take place this Lenten season as we conduct a community service project to fill
“GoBags” to aid the victims of human trafficking in Houston.
What is a “GoBag”
Rescue America works with victims of sex trafficking, providing emergency rescue services and helps to reintegrate victims back into society. These bags will go to these victims to help in this process. LifeBridge will work with The Freedom Church Alliance (who supplies the bags and many more resources for the Church to fight the scourge of sex trafficking) to collect the needed supplies and help many victims.
Our goal is 75 bags and will run from Sunday, March 1, until Easter, Sunday, April 12.
See below for a card with the contents needed for each bag. PLEASE NOTE THE BAG COLORS/SIZES and PUT IN ALL AND ONLY THOSE ITEMS LISTED. No changes or substitutions, please.
Along with the bags, our sermon series for Lent will also touch on some of the many facets of human trafficking and what our Call, as followers of Jesus, means in the context of this needed fight!
Thank you for being a part of the solution to fight human trafficking!