Atlanta- During the festivities of Super Bowl week, many people forgot that sex trafficking has been increasing in the Atlanta area for some time. Last week, 40 people were arrested in a sex trafficking sting. “Sex trafficking is a $32 billion organized crime industry in the United States, where 300,000 children are sold each year. One out of three girls and one out of five boys are sexually abused, and they are sold 15-40 times every 24 hours by their trafficker.”
During a private invite-only event, CEO and Co-Founder of Selah Freedom and The Selah Way Foundation, talked about the importance of protecting children from these acts, as well as how we can help those in need if we think that the child or children are involved in these types of cases. “I am grateful for the support of Northern Trust and all of the athletes and guests who took the time out of their busy schedules to learn about the work we do at Selah Freedom and The Selah Way Foundation,” said Fisher. “I commend the Atlanta law enforcement for cracking down on trafficking and arresting 40 people just days before the big game. The unfortunate reality is, trafficking and exploitation happen every day in every state in every community.”
“Northern Trust strongly believes in the power of community-based actions to effect positive change for the good of our future generations which is one of the many reasons we were truly honored to host this event with Selah Freedom,” said Glenn Weiss, President, Wealth Management, Georgia Region at Northern Trust. “We share the same belief in the importance of eradicating sex trafficking and its exploitation and hope our efforts will make a difference.”
There were a few noticeable faces such as Tony Richardson, WNBA World Champion Asjha Jones, Super Bowl Champions Tyrone Keys and Matt Stover, New York Knicks All-Star Charles Oakley, WNBA Rushia Brown American Soccer Player Mark Bloom, Actor Nicholas Smoot, Miss Universe 2017, Tim Tebow’s fiancé Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, and Afro-merge Artist Marenikae came out to support this event.
It was a great event filled with information, as well as advice on the what to do’s and how we as Americans can help each other out in a situation such as this.
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