According to recent studies, each year an estimated 300,000 AMERICAN adolescents are victims of trafficking, says Nancy Alcorn. In fact, adds Nancy Alcorn, sex trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises and is estimated to surpass the drug trade in less than five years. The average age of entry into pornography and prostitution in the U.S. is 12-14, reports Nancy Alcorn.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sex trafficking is defined as “a modern-day form of slavery in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion.” But ask the victim, says Nancy Alcorn, and in many cases you won’t hear that she was “sex trafficked.” You will hear that she was brutally raped, beaten and forced to fulfill the fantasies of someone who viewed her as a plaything, not a person. Nancy Alcorn says that you will find a hurting young woman who feels she is unlovable and life is not worth living.
Mercy Ministries’ Founder and President Nancy Alcorn has been helping victims of sex trafficking for years, and Nancy Alcorn and the staff at Mercy continue to receive more and more calls for help from these victims. Studies show that rescue falls short without a comprehensive residential program where victims can be cared for in a safe environment. This puts Nancy Alcorn and Mercy Ministries in the unique position of being one of the few programs of its kind. It is Nancy Alcorn’s heartfelt desire to help even more hurting young women who have been brutalized by this horrific crime.
To find out more about how you can get involved and partner with Nancy Alcorn and Mercy, visit Mercy’s new campaign website at www.endsextrafficking.com. Join with Nancy Alcorn to make a difference and see lives transformed and hope restored to victims of sex trafficking!