I am an avid football fan. I have only missed watching 1 Superbowl in the last 24 years.
I never really stopped to think about the dirty underbelly of the game.
The Superbowl is the single biggest human trafficking incident in the US! A recent USA Today article highlights this sad story: Child sex rings spike during the Super Bowl
I find this disturbing.
Of course any large event; the Olympics, the World Cup...it's the same story.
What can we do?
Well if you are in the US you can send a message to President Obama. The International Justice Mission is making it easy. You can click here and find a petition to send to Obama asking him to help stop modern day slavery. I would encourage you to send a copy to every one of your government officials.
Outside the US, maybe you can copy and make a variation of this petition for your leaders as well.
You can also help organizations that are fighting this terrible modern day atrocity:
International Justice Mission, IJM Canada, IJM Germany, IJM Netherlands, IJM UK
Free the Slaves
The Salvation Army
Even if all you do is pray, and IJM has a prayer bulletin, you can do something!
Today is the day to get involved. Let's remember Philippians 2:4, "not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."