While California has many wonderful claims to fame, there is one distinction the members of the Zonta Club of Burbank would like to eliminate. Along with Texas, New York and Florida, California rounds out the top four destinations in the country for sex trafficking.
This week, signs provided by Zonta Club of Tampa confront politicians, dignitaries and global journalists attending the Republican Convention. Supported by Zonta Clubs around the world, nine billboards remind visitors that the threat to young women exists and is everywhere.
The billboard, at first glance, looks harmless enough: A portly man wearing a gold wedding band adjusts his suit jacket, presumably preparing to tackle some important business deal. A message accompanying the image confirms that a transaction is indeed under way. However, it's of a more sinister nature. “This man,” the billboard says, “wants to rent your daughter.”