The Gethsemane United Methodist Women are opening their umbrellas to intercept human trafficking.

Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world. Like any big sporting event, the Super Bowl can lead to increased demand for trafficking in persons for labor and sexual exploitation. This Super Bowl Sunday, help us stop modern-day slavery. Let’s intercept the traffickers and reverse the momentum.

Male and female victims of human trafficking can be found in all types of establishments and locations, in rural, suburban and urban settings in the United States and worldwide. You’ll find victims on the streets, in houses, in trailers and on farms. Victims of human trafficking can be landscaping and agricultural workers, panhandlers, day laborers, factory and sweatshop workers, hotel workers, and housekeepers.

Victims are exploited by the service industries in restaurants, bars, strip clubs, nail salons, and similar businesses. You’ll find many victims on “adult services” Internet sites; the commercial sex industry relies heavily on human trafficking victims. Prostitutes, strippers, escorts, and workers in massage parlors, brothels and for phone chat lines are often victims. Right now traffickers in many American cities are exploiting workers and sexually abusing women and girls.

This Super Bowl Sunday, help us stop modern-day slavery. Let’s intercept the traffickers and reverse the momentum. If you suspect human trafficking, call the

  • San Francisco Police Department to report it at 415-553-1361 or to give a tip at 415-643-6233
  • Bay Area Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-222-TIPS (8477)
  • California Youth Crisis Line at 800-843-5200
  • Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking Hotline at 888-539-2373
  • National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888-373-7888.

For more ways to help, visit: United Methodist Women: www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/act Pillars of Hope: pillarsofhope.us Help One Child: helponechild.org Freedom House: freedomhouseSF.org Misssey: misssey.org

If you’d like to host an education forum, call the United Methodist Women Washington Office of Public Policy If you’d like to host an education forum, call the United Methodist Women Washington Office of Public Policy at 202-488-5660 to identify a program facilitator.