Blind Eyes Will Be Opened to the Reality of Human Trafficking in Tampa

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Ships of Tarshish to host Tampa Bay’s largest ever human trafficking awareness event and fundraiser for “Blind Eyes Opened.”

"Blind Eyes Opened"
"The Christian approach we are taking with 'Blind Eyes Opened' is resonating across the nation and quickly gaining national interest," said Geoffrey Rogers, President of Ships of Tarshish.

Ships of Tarshish, Inc. announced today that it will host what is quickly becoming Tampa Bay’s largest ever human trafficking awareness event and fundraiser for “Blind Eyes Opened” on October 3rd, at the Straz Center in downtown Tampa, FL.

“Blind Eyes Opened” is a first-of-a-kind Christian documentary series focused on sex trafficking in the United States. This 10-episode series intends to dive deep into the sex trafficking industry and what is fueling the demand in 10 U.S. cities. With Tampa Bay in the list of the top human trafficking cities across the country, the production is starting in the Tampa Bay region. Details can be found about the series that the Ships of Tarshish is developing at

The Straz Center’s Carol Morsani Hall is the secured venue for the October 3rd event, which offers a seating capacity of over 2,600 people. Attendees will be able to meet with 25 local anti-trafficking organizations when the doors open at 6:00 p.m. that evening. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. Included in the lineup are: 1) Rolando Lopez, Former FBI Special Agent and now Founder and President of Orphan Secure; 2) Representative Ross Spano, FL House of Representatives; 3) Geoffrey Rogers, Founder and President of Ships of Tarshish; 4) Rachel Burgin; Executive Director of FL Right to Life, who will Emcee the event; 5) Edie Rhea, Tampa Bay Human trafficking survivor who’s story will be told; 6) Grace Craichy; 11 year old who realizes all things are possible to those who believe; 7) Tifanee Wright, Tampa Bay Musical Artist; and more. Attendees will learn the troubling facts about human trafficking worldwide, within the U.S., and even in the Tampa Bay area. The “Blind Eyes Opened” series will be discussed in detail, as well as the history and direction of the Ships of Tarshish ministry. The most recent information about the event can be found online at

“The momentum that we are seeing across the Tampa Bay area about this event is encouraging on so many levels. It shows the amount of public interest in the topic of Human Trafficking, as well as the broad support we are getting from the Christian community to focus on sex trafficking from a Christian perspective. The Christian approach we are taking with “Blind Eyes Opened” is resonating across the nation and quickly gaining national interest,” said Geoffrey Rogers, President of Ships of Tarshish.

The Straz Center is located at 1010 N Macinnes Pl, Tampa, FL 33602. For directions and parking information, go to

About Ships of Tarshish:
Ships of Tarshish is established to redefine Christian Television in America through a new breed of high quality Christian programming that is relevant, exciting and entertaining to watch, showing every day Christians releasing the Power of God by fulfilling the Great Commission. Their mission is to redefine Christian Television by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Each show produced will be of the highest quality, revealing the Glory of the Lord and His salvation, like a lighthouse to the nations. As a 501(c)3 organization, Ships of Tarshish productions are funded through charitable donations from viewers and others interested in seeing Christian television redefined. Visit Ships of Tarshish online at or on Facebook at

Geoffrey Rogers
Ships of Tarshish, Inc.

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