There are more than 20,000,000 reported incidences of child sex trafficking on social media annually in the US. It’s time for an end to this.
Sex trafficking is evil and yet it’s commonplace with millions of children trafficked annually. It’s an issue of grave importance in our society, but it is often overlooked because of its grotesque nature and overwhelming statistics.
At Timothy Plan, we believe in protecting children and have chosen to join the fight against child sex trafficking. The battle began long ago and has developed in numerous ways. Thanks be to God, resistance to trafficking is building.
Pushing Back Starts with One
Brian Mumbert, Principal, Timothy Partners, Ltd., distributor of Timothy Plan has created a petition on change.org to sound the alarm on sex trafficking as facilitated on social media giants like Facebook and Instagram.
“Christians invest billions in Facebook stock while Facebook continues to allow sexual predators to recruit child victims,” Mumbert said. “It’s time for that to stop. Our goal is to get a million signatures and affect immediate change.”
According to a 2020 report by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Facebook accounts for 20.3 million of reported incidents of child sexual content, including child pornography and child sex trafficking.
“Facebook has myriad filters in place that silence and remove people and groups that it deems to be detrimental to the public good. Yet somehow, there is no filter for the more than 20 million instances of sex trafficking and child exploitation,” Mumbert said. “I’m not even certain how that could be possible or justifiable.”
“As Christians, as human beings, we have a moral obligation to defend the children. The Bible makes it very clear.”
There are Biblical warnings about the treatment of children such as the scripture in Matthew 18:6-7: “If anyone causes one of these little ones – those who believe in me – to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
Partnering with Others in the Fight
In 2020, Timothy Plan staff members signed a petition and donated money to fight sex trafficking with Laila Mickelwait, founder of the Traffickinghub movement. More than 2 million people signed the petition that resulted in Pornhub, Mindgeek’s flagship site, being forced to delete 80% of their site content, more than 10 million videos. This dramatic move came on the heels of MasterCard, Visa, and Discover cutting ties with the MindGeek due to confirming the presence of child sexual abuse and rape on Pornhub. Additionally, Xtube.com, the first porn site to allow individuals to upload their own videos is completely shut down.
The Traffickinghub.com campaign, powered by the anti-trafficking organization Exodus Cry, is a non-religious, nonpartisan effort supported by activists from 192 countries and a broad spectrum of over 300 organizations.
Filtering Out Companies that Profit from Sex Trafficking
One of Timothy Plan’s mutual fund filters is dedicated to strengthening families by excluding companies from its portfolios that engage in anti-family entertainment. The filter “seeks to preserve innocence” by weeding out firms that trade in “violence, language, sex and drugs through advertisements, media, games, stores, establishments, publications and the Internet.”
Timothy Plan has been educating people of faith and those who care where their money is invested about Facebook’s disregard for their values since Facebook went public, noting that the social media giant has used shareholder assets to support abortion and other immoral activity. Companies that violate human rights and faith-based values have always been filtered out of all Timothy Plan investments. For 25 years, the Timothy Plan family of biblically responsible mutual funds has helped people achieve their financial goals while investing in a morally responsible manner.
An intricate filtering process provided by eVALUEator Services LLC has been an essential tool to ensure Timothy Plan funds remain biblically responsible. Since 1994, Timothy Plan has existed to help advisers and investors achieve their financial goals through a pro-life, pro-family approach to investing—not only to benefit the investor but the broader culture.
Join us in the fight against child sex trafficking by signing the change.org PETITION today.