Monday, June 21, 2010

Branded Benefit Concert

It's always a blessing to see young people's hearts ignited about justice. A couple of our high school and college students organized a benefit concert this past Friday evening for a movement called Branded. Stemming from Food for the Hungry, Branded is an initiative to end the child sex slave trade here in Phonenix and (hopefully) around the world. A few sobering facts:
  • Human trafficking is considered the second largest--and fastest growing--illegal trafficking activity in the world.
  • Child prostitutes serve between 100 and 1500 "clients" annually, per child.
  • One million children are forced to work in the sex industry every year.
  • The average age of entry into prostitution in Phoenix and the United States is 13 years old.
That last stat gives me chills. The sex slave industry isn't just happening in far away places like India and Cambodia. It's happening right here in Arizona. So it was incredibly encouraging to see students organize and raise awareness and support for Branded, even having their president, Pat McCalla, come share his heart for starting a worldwide abolition movement.

I love what Pat said about Micah 6:8: "It doesn't say, 'what does the Lord request of you' or 'suggest for you.' It says 'what does the Lord require of you.' He requires that we do justice."

I'm hoping to build a partnership with Pat and Branded and become part of a grassroots movement to end the child sex slave trade. You can too. Learn more about Branded here, and check out some awesome ways you can take action.

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