What has been your favorite role? My favorite role I’ve done would be Cookie Cusack in Neil Simon’s “Rumors.” It has been my only straight play and was a challenging role since I usually only do musicals. I think that’s what makes this my favorite…
Oh friends, I don’t know what to say… Updating has seemed a task daunting and impossible as our girl lay in her bed at Cottage intermittently crying out in pain, sleeping, and dreamily remarking about the shadows of the birds on the wall.
January 13th marked one month in the hospital. She…
Sweet Daisy passed away 2/16/13. Please say a prayer for her family as their beloved little girl is home with Jesus now.
When it came time for the Super Bowl, Clemmie Greenlee was expected to sleep with anywhere from 25 to 50 men a day. It’s a staggering figure, but it doesn’t shock advocates who say that the sporting event attracts more traffickers than any other in the U.S.
“The Super Bowl is the greatest show on Earth, but it also has an ugly underbelly,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told USA Today in 2011 when his state was gearing up to host the event. “It’s commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.”
The influx of fans fosters the optimal breeding ground for pimps looking to boost their profits. Experts say that the sheer number of men looking to pay for sex substantially increases demand and the massive crowds allow for pimps and victims to essentially go unnoticed, newsnet5.com reports.
“It’s not so much that you become a victim at the Super Bowl, but that many victims are brought in to be used for all the men at the Super Bowl,” Stephanie Kilper, a representative for Operation Freedom Taskforce in Akron, Ohio — an organization which aims to end to human trafficking –- told newsnet5.com
According to Forbes, 10,000 prostitutes were brought to Miami for the Super Bowl in 2010 and 133 underage arrests for prostitution were made in Dallas during the 2011 Super Bowl.
Greenlee, a former sex trafficking victim who was abducted and raped by her captors at 12, told the Times-Picayune that she was shuttled around cities in the South to work as a prostitute at large-scale events. The 53-year-old, who now works as an advocate for sex trafficking victims in Louisiana, said there was immense pressure to meet her traffickers’ demands at events like the Super Bowl.
“If you don’t make that number (of sex customers), you’re going to dearly, dearly, severely pay for it,” Greenlee told the Times-Picayune.”I mean with beatings, I mean with over and over rapings. With just straight torture. The worst torture they put on you is when they make you watch the other girl get tortured because of your mistake.”
As of Friday, five women were rescued and eight human-trafficking related arrests were made in New Orleans, according to FOX 8.
To help crack down on the number of sex trafficking cases this weekend, law enforcement agencies and advocacy groups are collaborating with local businesses.
They’re handing out pamphlets to local clubs and bars, explaining what to look out for and advocacy groups have been doling out bars of soap to hotels that have hotline numbers etched on them so that victims in need of an escape know where they can turn for help.
“We treat these people as victims,” Ray Parmer, the local special agent-in-charge with Immigration and Customs Enforcement told FOX 8. “They are not arrested, they are not removed from the United States, we treat them as victims.”
I am so irritated with all of these political posts. Yes, I realize that it is contradicting to complain about political posts, and then post something about politics.
But here is what I don’t understand…
We serve a God who is sovereign, right? We serve a God who is in control, right? We serve a God who orchastrates everything for His glory, right? So how is it that we dare complain about who God has put in control of our country? The scriptures are clear:
"I urge … that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority." 1 Timothy 2:1-2
"You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people” (Exodus 22:28, Revised Standard Version)
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Romans 13:1
I read a blog where a writer used Scripture to back up which candidate he voted for on six different platforms. It was really quite interesting because if how much research the man put into why he voted the way he did. However, in response to this blog, a man who went to the same Christian high school, college, and church as the writer, responded with why he voted for the opposite candidate also backing it up with immense research and scripture. The man who responded received hateful comments and was told what an awful person he was. I was very surprised in how vengeful people were in response to this.
My point in this blog is not to bash using scripture to back up your beliefs. By all means please research why you believe what you believe and what the Bible says. My point is not to criticize one candidate over another. My point is this:
God orchestrated who is in the White House. God is in complete control. Our job, as Christians, is not to complain about our leaders. Our job is not to indicate the faults of our brothers and sisters. But rather, we are called to lift our leaders up in daily prayer to the Almighty God that we serve. We are called to put our trust in Him alone.
When Jesus said "Love them like I loved them", He didn't mean just those who fit into our idea of lovable. He meant those who are broken. Those who are scarred. Those who no one else will touch. Jesus meant love them all. We don't get to pick and choose.