‘Someone Rescue Them’ as he makes his way to Capitol Hill to combat child sex trafficking

Tim Tebow, a former NFL player, minor league baseball player, and ESPN college football pundit, was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, pressing lawmakers to take more action against the trafficking of children for sex. In its more than ten years of fighting human trafficking, Tebow’s organization has assisted in the rescue of 2,000 victims and the prosecution of more than 500 perpetrators. In front of parliamentarians, he stated, “In summary, we fight for people who can’t fight for themselves.”

 

Tebow began his argument in front of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Federal Government Surveillance, stating that over 50,000 boys and girls who are not identifiable but have been sexually exploited internationally. He continued by saying that those unnamed kids are being raped, beaten, and tormented, and that while their pictures and videos have been posted online, no one is aware of their identities. “It’s unknown,” he clarified. “And until someone knows them how could someone rescue them.” His foundation claims that more than any other country in the world, the United States is the home of a large number of those websites that are filled with this dangerous content.

 

The professional athlete ran a campaign to gather more than $1 million to bring attention to the problem in August of last year. Tebow told the committee during his testimony that his group was a part of a “incredible operation” in March of last year that managed to save 316 children who had been exploited. But he told lawmakers, “That’s a tiny dent.” He requested the committee’s approval for a bill that would increase funding available to victims. “The creation of a rescue team is the true aim of this legislation. Because there are just not enough heroes and fighters on the front lines, despite their abundance. To reach these 50,000 boys and girls, we need to help them and we need more of them,” Tebow said.

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