LOVE I-35 is a strategic network of JSL City Teams, churches, businesses, schools, and community partnerships connecting dancers to hope...along the Interstate 35 corridor and beyond.
Over the past 14 years of strip club ministry, we have observed a consistent pattern: those in the commercial sex industry move from one club to another...from one city to the next. She may dance in Dallas, then move to San Antonio to leave the industry...only to find herself dancing there six months later.
The idea is simple: If a JSL client moves cities to dance, she will find us there. That JSL team then forms a friendship with her and connects her to that area’s community resources. No matter where she moves, her JSL support system is available.
Interstate 35 is approximately 1,568 miles of highway stretching from Laredo, Texas to Duluth, Minnesota. Over 1/3 of the entire I-35 corridor is in Texas with just over 407 miles of roadway. There are approximately 220 strip clubs across the state of Texas alone. Approximately 40% of those clubs are located in cities along the I-35 corridor.
- Strip Club revenue in the United States is an estimated $3.1 Billion dollars.
- 69% of women in the sex industry experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This rate is equivalent to veterans of combat war.
- 89% of women in the industry say they want to escape, but have no other means for survival.
- Today, there are an estimated 220 strip clubs operating in Texas.
- 40% of those clubs are located in cities along the Interstate 35 corridor.
- 25% of all human trafficking victims are in Texas.
Sources: 1) US Department of Justice, Assessment of US Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons: 2004 2) Bureau of Labor Statistics 3) Melissa Farley, from “Prostitution and Trafficking in Nine Countries: An Update on Violence and PTSD” 4) Private research conducted by Jesus Said Love. 5) US Department of Health and Human Services.
The Motivation: Isaiah 35
There will be a highway called the Holy Road. No one rude or rebellious is permitted on this road. It’s for God’s people exclusively—impossible to get lost on this road. Not even fools can get lost on it. No lions on this road, no dangerous wild animals—Nothing and no one dangerous or threatening. Only the Redeemed will walk on it. The people God has ransomed will come back on this road. They’ll sing as they make their way home to Zion, unfading halos of joy encircling their heads, Welcomed home with gifts of joy and gladness as all sorrows and sighs scurry into the night. (vs 8-10)