June 28, 2018
 
Our Speaker this week is Dr. Rodney Hammer, Chairman of the Board, Restoration House. His topic is: "Minor Sexual Exploitation: "Not in our City."

Dr. Rodney Hammer is Chairman of the Board of Restoration House and Executive Director of Missions for Blue River Kansas City Baptist Association.  He served for 18 years with the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board. He spent 10 years in China and Southeast Asia, and another 8 years as the Regional Leader for Central & Eastern Europe. Dr. Hammer holds a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Hammer and his wife, Debbie have one son, Luke. They reside in Lee’s Summit, MO.

 

It is estimated that each year 1,650 children in the Kansas City Metro Area are “victims” of sexual exploitation. The average age is 12 years old. The Department of Justice commissioned a study to determine the risk of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking(DMST). The findings indicated that out of ten key cities studied in the United States, the Kansas City Metro area was number two in terms of risk for DMST. Another recent survey showed that 14.5% of males over the age of 18 in Kansas City were online searching for sex. Another recent survey by the KCPD sting operation using ads as decoys selling young girls for sex received more than 500 phone calls in the first 24 hours.

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