Intercept the Traffickers 2012
This February many in America will watch one of the mega-entertainment events in the world and the largest sporting event in America. Super Bowl XLVI will be held February 5, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Thousands will travel to Indianapolis for the event, many along Interstate 70, a major thoroughfare linking Kansas, Missouri and Indiana.
Among the travelers will be those who arrive in Indiana by force, fraud or coercion as victims of human trafficking. Some of those who are trafficked will serve food in restaurants or at catered parties. Some will clean hotel rooms or wash dishes. Some will tidy nail salons, deliver dry cleaning or wash windows. Others will be sexually exploited, working as “escorts” or in strip clubs. Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world.
You can act to intercept the traffickers.
Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, join United Methodist Women Human Trafficking Team members Rosa Bernard, Janice Elmore, Rachel Bachenberg, Rita Gaither Gant and Yvette Richards; Emmanuel Cleaver, congressman and former pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Kansas City; Kent Millard, pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis; and our local partner organizations Stand Against Trafficking, INATP/IPATH, the Julian Center, Exodus Refugee Immigration, Center for Victim and Human Rights, ICT S.O.S., and National Immigrant Justice in our Intercept Human Trafficking campaign.
Let’s protect those who are vulnerable and prosecute those traffic in humans. Use our Human Trafficking Resource Guide to help you convene a community or church conversation on human trafficking. Learn more about this campaign and find bulletin inserts, fliers, and postcards; versions are available that allow you to add local information.
Send a copy of the bulletin insert to your pastor or church secretary to place in bulletins on Super Bowl Sunday. Encourage your pastor to include a reading of the prayer provided in the bulletin during the service.
Print fliers and postcards from your computer and hang them in designated public places—community boards in local stores, churches and community centers. Hand them out at meetings, get-togethers and at Super Bowl parties.
This Super Bowl Sunday, help us stop modern-day slavery. Let’s intercept the traffickers and reverse the momentum.