Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Brilliant New Tinder Campaign Sparks Interest in Sex Trafficking Crimes

As evidenced by the countless screenshots of funny / weird / comically stereotypical Tinder profiles found online, you never really know what you're going to find behind that next hopeful swipe while using the mobile dating app.

Somewhere between that photo of a guy holding up a fish and a hamburger with googly eyes could be the love of your life — or, if you're in Ireland, a powerful message about human rights.

This week, the Immigration Council of Ireland launched an innovative Tinder-based ad campaign to create awareness about the crimes behind sex trafficking and prostitution.

Working on behalf of the council, Marketing agency eightytwenty has seeded Ireland's Tinder network with what they describe as "a large number" of fake profiles designed to look like those of sex trafficking victims.

Each profile contains a series of photos that get progressively more graphic with each swipe.

Most of the models used for the project appear well-dressed and relatively happy in the first photo, but as the gallery progresses, she is seen in various states of undress with bruises, cuts and other signs of abuse.

The last photo in the series is a call to action.

"Sex Trafficking victims have no options. You have the option to help end it now," the photo reads, linking to a website that contains more information.

“Sex trafficking is one of the most lucrative crimes with the sums involved on a par with those for drug smuggling and gun running, yet many people are not aware that it is a reality in communities right across Ireland," said Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council of Ireland in a press release. "The Immigrant Council of Ireland is committed to using every possible opportunity to increase awareness about the activities of the thugs behind these crimes and the impact on their victims."

On why the agency chose Tinder as a platform, Cathal Gillen of eightytwenty told The Daily Dot that the dating app "was chosen as it allowed us to create a standout campaign with cut through in a unique and novel way."

"[Tinder] allowed us reach an audience that is often difficult to reach through more traditional media," Gillen continued. "The idea stems from the fact that Tinder profiles are stories of people in their own right, and we could use this to create a form of native advertising (at no media cost)."

According to the campaign's press release, feedback from Ireland's Tinder users so far has been "great."

With an estimated 50 million active users worldwide, Tinder has become an incredibly powerful platform in terms of connecting people and, increasingly, for the purpose of spreading information.

Earlier this year, a group of advocates used the dating app quite succesfully to raise awareness about men's health through a fake nurse profile.

Fake Tinder nurse promotes men's health awareness
Going to the doctor for a prostate exam doesn't rank very high on the average man's list of "fun things to do." Cruising Tinder to chat with beautiful women, on the other hand...

According to Tinder's most recently released figures, the app is currently processing more than 1 billion swipes per day worldwide.

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It's nice to think that perhaps at least some of those swipes are for a good cause.