Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Taking the war to the sex traffickers

DES MOINES, Iowa – On Oct. 19, a new army will be recruited to combat the frightening abduction of thousands of children in the U.S. each year, some of whom are subject to sexual abuse and even slavery.
The 10th Preventing Abuse Conference will convene at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines to inform, equip and organize people to be part of the solution to a rampant human trafficking problem made only worse in recent years by child pornography, an increasingly sexualized culture and the spread of drug cartels smuggling children across the border.

The numbers staggering: According to the U.S. Department of Justice, nearly 1,000,000 children are reported missing in the U.S. each year, and of those, somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 are abducted by nonfamily members.

“At 80,000 per year, that’s over 1,500 children per week getting kidnapped in the U.S.,” explained Tony Nassif, founder and president of the Preventing Abuse Conferences. “And here’s the problem: A lot of the missing children, they get sucked in by pimps within the first 48 hours. Put it together: The FBI says that child porn is the fastest growing form of pornography on the Internet. Where do you think they get the kids?”

Nassif told WND the conference is for anyone, but it’s especially aimed at educating concerned parents, training police officials and, most especially, for mobilizing the church to get into the battle.
“A major aspect of our conference is focusing on the church, because the church is the largest grassroots organization the world has ever known or ever will know,” Nassif told WND. “And grassroots is the key to exposing any crime. No law enforcement agency can match the vast reach of the church, and the church has a moral mandate from God to relieve the oppressed and set the captive free.


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