Passion 2013 tackles sex trafficking, slavery | News
ATLANTA -- As many as 60,000 college students taking part in the Passion 2013 Conference are discovering the harsh reality that slave labor and sex trafficking are real problems.
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They're also learning how to do something about it as they feed their Christian faith.
"It looks a little different here in the States than it does around the world," said Bryson Vogeltanz, chief steward of the Passion 2013 Freedom Initiative. "But it's true, girls are being bought and sold against their will here in Atlanta. Sex trafficking and slavery are realities right here in our city."
Atlanta is considered one of the major hubs for child trafficking.
It's estimated that 500 underage girls are working the streets of Atlanta on any given night.
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The young people at Passion want to do their part to end it.
They'll donate money this week to open two new WellSpring Living safe houses in the U.S., train thousands of law enforcement officers and rescue 10 women from the sex industry in Atlanta through a group called Out of Darkness.
Together, they'll give millions of dollars to 19 nonprofits working in Atlanta, the U.S. and around the world.
"People say these are college students, how can that happen? These are poor Ramen-noodle eating students, how can that happen?" said Vogeltanz. "Here's the deal, when their heart awakens to the reality of what's going on in the world, they're saying 'I can do something'."
The group held a candlelight vigil for victims of sex trafficking and slave labor on Thursday night outside the Georgia World Congress Center.