On Tuesday, March 15, Family Research Council will Webcast a gripping presentation, hosted by FRC President Tony Perkins, titled "Sex Trafficking in America: From the Boulevard to Planned Parenthood".

Tony will be joined by leading experts to discuss this growing scourge and what concerned citizens can do to stop it. Included will be:

  • J. Robert (Bob) Flores, former Administrator of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJD)
  • Tina Frundt, founder and executive director of Courtneys House, which provides specialized housing for sex-trafficked girls
  • Lila Rose, Live Action
  • Lisa Thompson, Liaison for the Abolition of Sexual Trafficking at the Salvation Army
  • Pat Trueman, president, PornHarms.com and former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division, U. S. Department of Justice
  • Samantha Vardaman, senior director, Shared Hope International

You can register to watch this live Webcast by going to http://www.frc.org/traffic

As recently shown by Live Action, Planned Parenthood has been willing to provide sexually-trafficked girls and women not only with contraception but even abortion, without reporting the plight of the victims to law enforcement authorities.

This is only one aspect of the problem. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as many as 17,500 people -- the overwhelming majority of them young women and girls -- are "trafficked" as sexual slaves in the United States annually.

That number well could be low. As cited in the text of the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005, a study issued by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 (found that) as many as 300,000 children in the United States are at risk for commercial sexual exploitation, including trafficking, at any given time.

What is not in dispute is the horror undergone by the victims of this abominable trade -- nor that it strikes very close to home. Just a few miles outside of the nations capital, 42 year-old Derwin Smith of Glen Burnie, Maryland, a few days ago pleaded guilty to prostituting a 12 year-old girl he had "picked up on the street." This girl was raped repeatedly by many men while held by Smith, who now faces the possibility of life in prison without parole. U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake will announce his sentence on May 11.

Many of the victims of sex trafficking are trapped in run-down brothels or cheap hotels. Some are found in so-called "health spas" or massage parlors. Of course, many others are simply thrust onto the street, and others are used in child pornography. All are sexually and physically abused and carry deep psychological scars.

If you have observed a young woman or girl in a situation that suggests she is involved in prostitution or pornography, or even that she simply is in need of help, call the 24/7, toll-free Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

This coming Tuesday, be sure to watch "Sex Trafficking in America: From the Boulevard to Planned Parenthood" and let your friends know about this important broadcast.