Rest Stop Ministries will have its second annual fundraising dinner Sept. 5, in the Shankle Center at Hermitage Church of the Nazarene.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50, and funds raised will be used to purchase a home in Lebanon for victims of sex trafficking to restore them to wholeness.
Are you aware that human trafficking, or modern day slavery, is the 2nd largest and fastest growing criminal enterprise on the planet today?
The same people who traffic drugs and weapons realize that selling people is profitable and less risky. People can be sold repeatedly, especially those forced to become sex slaves and victims of sex trafficking.
Most people think this is the only happening in the other parts of the world, but not in America. Wrong! Every two minutes a child is trafficked in America for the purpose of sexual exploitation, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Atlanta is the number one trafficking hub for children, and the entry point for most internationally trafficked victims.
With our proximity to Atlanta and our complex interstate system, Nashville is also a top trafficking city, according to a 2011 TBI report.
We are proclaiming, “not in our city!” Rest Stop Ministries is partnering with other Nashville based organizations like End Slavery Tennessee and Abolition International to fight for justice, freedom and to stop these atrocities. We are also going one step further in being part of the solution. We want to help the innocent victims of these crimes regain their lives, freedom and dignity.
We want to embrace, love and support them until full healing can occur and they can transition back into living as productive, fruitful and free citizens.