The World Cup soccer championships are underway in Brazil, but one of the top issues is what's happening off the field: sex trafficking.
There's concern sex tourists will abuse thousands of young people and children literally in the shadows of stadiums. But Operation Blessing is on the scene in Brazil, working to fight this abuse with a new documentary.
The World Cup in Brazil is one of the biggest sporting events in the world -- attracting more than half a million fans.
Unfortunately, it is also a huge magnet for sex traffickers who often target vulnerable children.
"I used to seek out girls from out of state, good looking girls. I would look at their financial situation through pictures and comments (online), then I would talk to them and offer them a better life," a trafficking perpetrator confessed.
CBN's Operation Blessing is helping combat the issue through its documentary, "One Real: The other side of the coin."
The film cites a government report which states some 40,000 children and adolescents disappear in Brazil every year. Fifteen percent of those cases go unsolved.
"We're trying to raise the stigma against this and educate the people coming in for the World Cup that this isn't just a service you can buy without consequences--that these are children trapped in a hell," David Darg, Operation Blessing's vice president of international operations, said.
The film is translated into several languages, and Operation Blessing volunteers are traveling cross country on a special bus, showing it in all 12 World Cup match cities.
Operation Blessing is also delivering food and bags of hope to trafficking victims on the streets of Brazil.