Students joining the prayer time hosted by Doulos.

Several Indiana Wesleyan University students will observe Human Trafficking Awareness Day this evening by holding a prayer meeting in response to the influx of sex trafficking that many expect will surround Super Bowl XLVI.

The meeting is from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. tonight in the Prayer Furnace area of the Chapel/Auditorium. They hope to reconvene for several other prayer events before Super Bowl Sunday, February 4.

Last year in Dallas, anti-sex trafficking efforts surrounding Super Bowl XLV led to 133 arrests, according to the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

“With it being in Indy, it’s so close to home,” says IWU senior Tana Haddix, president of Doulos, a student-run social justice organization involved in the prayer meetings.

Haddix says Doulos is considering taking a group of IWU students down to Indianapolis on Super Bowl Sunday. Later this year, they’re planning to host a benefit concert to raise money for anti-sex trafficking work. They’re also looking into possibly hosting self-defense classes designed to help people protect themselves from getting caught in trafficking.

Indiana lawmakers are rushing to pass a law which will close loopholes that may shield traffickers from prosecution. It passed the Senate yesterday and is on its way to the House, with the strong support of Governor Mitch Daniels.

The Wesleyan Church as a whole is also observing Human Trafficking Awareness Day with their i x 2 against trafficking event.

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