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We cannot end sex trafficking without addressing demand

From a guest post on by Sarah Godoy, an anti-trafficking researcher and Professor at UCLA:

Public discourse condemning commercial sexual exploitation has largely focused on traffickers, with significantly less attention and accountability placed on the conduct of sex purchasers. Federal legislation, specifically the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, positions traffickers and sex purchasers as equally culpable. Sex purchasers, however, are rarely penalized or even addressed as exploitative, as evidenced by the countless euphemisms, like “Johns” and “hobbyist,” that reinforce an indifference — and almost benevolence — to their behaviors.

Read the full article and learn what you can do to make a difference.



Micah FriesMicah Fries blogs:

I’ll be honest. I’ve known for a while that sex trafficking exists, and that it is becoming a growing problem. However, when I read this article at Forbes, it took my breath away, hacked me off and made me want to cry, all at the same time. The very idea that 100,000 American children are being abducted and enslaved in sex slavery each year, and that there are only 100 shelter beds available – in the entire country – for these children, blows my mind. Even worse is the reality that in 40 of our states, children who are caught by the authorities are incarcerated and treated like criminals, rather than being cared for and treated like the victims that they are. This is unconscionable. It is immoral. Consider a few more statistical realities about the state of child sex trafficking in the US.

– human trafficking is the 2nd fastest growing criminal enterprise, behind only drug trafficking
– on average, trafficking begins when the child is 13 years old
– the average child who is trafficked for sex is expected to see 10-15 clients PER DAY
– this means that the average child will be raped 6,000 times during their victimization

The article goes on to provide much more detail. I hope you will read it.

So the question then becomes, what can the church do? What can a follower of Christ do? I am no expert – I hope I’ve already made that clear – but it seems to me that there are two immediate needs that we could work toward.

Read Micah’s two suggestions by clicking here.
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