HUMBLE, Texas – On Thursday, February 20th Rep. Ted Poe met with a group of nearly 40 concerned pastors and other members of the faith-based community to brainstorm how to enlist the faith community’s influence and reach in not only raising awareness about human trafficking but also stopping it.
Poe spoke passionately about a young victim, 7 year-old Lilly, a girl that had been rescued by nuns. He said “she does not talk, she does not speak to anyone”
The congressman listened attentively to suggestions that were offered from around the room that overflowed in to the hallway.
Recently Rep. Poe noted in an address in the House of Representatives, “Mr. Speaker, the United States is gearing up for the next Super Bowl. Unfortunately, so are human sex traffickers. Super Bowl Sunday is not just the sporting event of the year; it has also become America’s traveling human trafficking magnet. Exploiters roam the streets looking for prey.
Last year, while the two teams battled it out on the field, a young trafficked girl prayed for her life while sold for sex. These are women and children who have been taken as sex slaves, becoming sought-after entertainment on Super Bowl weekend.”
Along with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) Poe has introduced H.R. 3530, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which will go after the traffickers and the consumers of this slavery.
This meeting was intended as a call to action. The group expressed interest in reconvening in the future with some specific battle plans.
To get your place of worship or faith-based organization involved in this effort contact Dr. Buddy Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Rep. Ted Poe visit https://poe.house.gov. To read the full text of H.R. 3530 go to https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3530/text. For more information about human trafficking visit http://www.dhs.gov/topic/human-trafficking .
To Report suspected human trafficking activity to law enforcement (available 24/7, in over 300 languages and dialects at):
Call 1-866-347-2423 (toll free)
Call 1-802-872-6199 (non toll free international)
Report online at www.ice.gov/tips