By Kristen Johnson
S.O.A.P. (Save our Adolescents from Prostitution) has just come across my radar as a way that absolutely anyone can participate in fighting human trafficking, including sex trafficking, the social justice problem that I have dedicated my life to fighting. I am stunned that I did not know about this wonderful project until now and I can’t wait to participate. (And I can’t wait to get my Church women’s group involved!)
S.O.A.P‘s mission is fabulous: To rescue victims being trafficked at hotels, to provide victims a number to call for help, to educate motels and hotels on the signs of trafficking, and to mobilize volunteers on a human trafficking outreach.
I have written about sex trafficking on my blog many, many times and I will continue to do so until it is wiped off the map. There are so many ways each and every one of us can help fight it, and assisting S.O.A.P. is one of those ways.
The idea is to purchase a box of soap for your group (church group, business group, etc.) then label it with the human trafficking awareness and hotline information and send it back. The soaps are then distributed to hotels. It is brilliant and it works. Phone calls to the help hotline double during S.O.A.P. outreach weeks and at least one missing child is identified during each outreach! (S.O.A.P.)
For more information on getting your volunteer group involved, see here: https://www.soapproject.org/participate.php.
Just a little reminder about what we are dealing with:
- 12-14 years of age is the average age of entry into “prostitution” in the U.S.
- If a person under the age of 18 is involved in commercial sex, they are being trafficked.
- If a person is over 18 and has a pimp, they are being trafficked.
- The majority of trafficking occurs in hotels and motels.
- Although there is always a demand for sex, sporting events and large events that draw a great deal of people – particularly men – increase the demand for sex-for-sale.
- Victims have a 30% higher chance of death (by murder, overdose or suicide) than the normal person.
- 77% of all adults involved in prostitution were trafficked as a child. (S.O.A.P.)
Thank you to S.O.A.P. for the wonderful work that you do on behalf of victims of sex trafficking. I am in awe of you and I am proud to be a supporter.
Psalm 82:3 (NRSV): Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.
Serve all with love.
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