Thursday, May 20, 2010

Forced prostitution and forced labor is the new slavery!

That's what Alesia Adams said when she spoke at The Salvation Army’s Human Trafficking Forum at The Salvation Army Mabee Social Service Center on Thursday, May 20th.

“As a descendant of slaves, I’m not going to see that happen to anybody,” said Adams, who is The Salvation Army’s Coordinator Against Human and Sexual Trafficking for the southern territory of the U.S.

During the forum, Adams talked about how America's sexually oriented culture desensitizes people toward sexual exploitation.

Stop! Desensitizing?

Think about the different messages we receive through music, entertainment, and advertising.

Deena Graves, Executive Director of Fort Worth-based Traffick911, gave a great example at the forum...

"The show 'Pimp My Ride' has glamorized the word 'pimp' and made it a verb," Graves said. "If you want to make something sexy, you 'pimp it.'"

The idea that being a pimp is something cool contributes to a perverse, cultural mindset that helps fuel the growth of commercial exploitation within the U.S. boarders.

But, it's not cool. And The Salvation Army believes it is important to bring awareness, so people can be free and their lives can be restored.

Let's talk about what is going on at the local level....

Did you know, the National Human Trafficking Hotline receives more calls from Texas than any other state – and 15% of those calls are from Dallas-Fort Worth.....

And it appears that the targeted victims of sex trafficking are predominantly children and teens. In Tarrant County, the average age of entry into prostitution is 14...

Local awareness is critical!
We encourage everyone to bring individuals, churches, organizations and law enforcement agencies together to create a community-wide effort in stopping human trafficking.

Do you want to get involved and make a difference? Here's how...


Report an instance of suspected trafficking, by calling HOTLINE: 1.888.3737.888

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