Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar criminal business that enslaves, humiliates, and violates women, men, girls, and boys.
The largest group of trafficked victims are women and children for sex purposes. traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to seize and control their victims.
Slave laborers are found in the agricultural industry, the tourist industry, in restaurants, in nail salons, in private homes and other places.
Sex slaves are found all over. They’re often bought online with the john told where to show up. Women and children are beaten, drugged, gang raped, tortured and threatened to keep them “in line.” Their families are often threatened too. Some are chained, locked in closets, some in cages, or in rooms where they are forced to “service” 5 to 30 men a night. Others are sold to a 3 or 4 men for all night. There is no escaping the rape and violence.
The average age when a girl is first stolen or enticed into prostitution is now between 11 and 12. She rarely lives past 19. By then, she is thought too used and too old for the trade. Where legal prostitution is, the stats are much the same. Many of the “legal” prostitutes are still pimped and forced into the life style with no way out but death.
Today 4/5th of the girls in sex trafficking are US citizens. It is cheaper snatching girls from the streets, from the foster care system, and from malls in America rather than bringing them from abroad.
Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar crime business second only to drugs—and many think it has surpassed drugs now.
Recently, DePaul College of Law conducted a research study on former pimps. The study was based on the interview of 25 former pimps in Chicago area, where child prostitution and domestic sex trafficking are rampant. http://newsroom.depaul.edu/pdf/family_law_center_report-final.pdf
According to the research, the johns, people who purchase sex, and others who exploit sex trafficking victims are “average Americans”, who view women as commodities, trivializing sexual violence against them.
Interviewees said that johns generally were well-respected men with regular jobs. Clients include teachers, stock-brokers, musicians, politicians, writers, policemen, lawyers, hotel bellmen, bartenders, cab drivers, field workers, and many others.
Pimps said they had various tactics to recruit johns, but there was no shortage of customers.
The article went on to say that many anti-human trafficking efforts focus on raising the awareness of human trafficking and criminalizing them at the state levels. But, the DePaul study shows that much more needs to be done. Though criminalizing pimps and rescuing victims are important, authorities should also tackle the “johns”.
They also need to educate johns about the truth of what happens to victims and impose dire consequences of their wrong deeds.
To the johns, the girl or woman is just a prostitute, their property for an hour.
In his book, The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men who Buy It by Victor Malarek, Malarek refers to prostitution as the “world’s oldest oppression” He goes on to say that no other group of people have been so abused and victimized as the women and children ensnared in prostitution. During his research, he spoke with many prostituted women. Their stories of being beaten, brutally raped again and again, or torture and even murder tore into his conscience, and he wondered how other men could not be touched by the plight of the women they were “using.”
What’s happened as we’ve strayed farther and farther from God’s laws is the “increasing subjugation and object-tification, of women and girls in today’s society.” And it is no longer being limited to women.” More and more boys are being raped, sold, and subjugated by other males. It is the men, on the whole, who are the users and abusers and that pay for sex that create the demand.
However, as Christians—whether men or women—we are the ones who should be standing against this ungodliness. Men and women are made in God’s image.
Let me address the women for a minute: There have been a number of articles over the last few years about how conservative Christian women still like their television sex. These stats come from the conservative south or the “red” states. It referenced Desperate Housewives but what other shows are there that show women acting badly? Sexually seducing men, having affairs, or hook-ups? How is it we Christian women think this is a show to watch?
Proverbs 1:10 & 15 and many other verses make it plain that if sinners (or evil doers) entice us, that we are not to give in to them, we are not to go along with them. In fact, we are to flee. Yet, we’ll sit and be enticed and laugh at adultery, fornication, cursing, screaming, and deceit in television shows and think somehow that it is okay.
When I read Proverbs’ chapters 3,5,6,7 and the warnings that it gives to men against adulterous women and compare that to what is happening today, I see a great chasm between what is in our culture today and how the Bible wants us to be as women. God calls for us to be chaste, modest, keepers at home. He wants us to love others not to lust after men, especially men who belong to someone else.
Women today are more sexualized because of the culture and by what they are watching and reading. In fact, this is the way pimps “groom” their victims—by having them watch pornography. This sexualization is not a good thing as the world would have us believe, because the type of sexuality being portrayed today is that of sex before marriage, adultery after marriage, and lesbianism. It has nothing to do with love and everything to do with lust.
We, as women, need to turn back to the Bible and begin to seek out its truth, its wisdom and find out what God wants us to be and then ask him for the strength to be that.
And now the men. When are you, as Christian men, going to stand up and say that sex before marriage is wrong? That paying for sex is wrong? That looking at pornography is wrong? When are you going to help the man next to you who is struggling with these very things?
Because of the internet and pornography on our TVs, movies, and computers, the desire for illicit and ungodly sex has skyrocketed. And because we’ve slipped away from God, and we don’t keep his Word before our eyes or in our hearts, we cave to the lies of the culture. Statistics say that between 50 to 75% of all pastors struggle with pornography. This is an astounding number.
Listen to God’s Word. 1st Corinthians 6: 9-11 says, “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the spirit of God.”
Verse 13 says, “The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead and he will raise us also. Do you not know that your bodies are the members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!”
And Verse 18 to 20 “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
What makes a Catholic priest or a football coach molest countless boys and young men? It’s because outside the confines of marriage, sex has becomes a fire like the ones that have devastated part of the West—burning everything in its path—trees, bush, houses, businesses.
Yet inside the right confinement—a fireplace, a firepot, a campfire circle—it’s beautiful and warm.
God created marriage and sex and both are good within the boundaries. They reflect God’s love for us. No wonder satan has gone to such lengths to destroy them.
So the thing now is how are we going to stop the type of ungodly sexuality that leads to sex trafficking and the dehumanization of others?
I think we’re going to have to start with our own lives first and then reach out to help others. We’ve got to stop—like take time this weekend—an take an inventory of our lives. See where we are with Christ.
Or maybe we’ve already been too brainwashed by the culture or by the media? Do you remember the place where God says “Come out from among them and be separate?” And the other place where Jesus says, “If they hated me, they will hate you”?
Who is Jesus to you? Are you willing to be different from the world for His sake and for the sake of those around you, to walk righteously? Are you willing to be hated? I can remember going to Tallahassee to walk from the stadium to the capital in a silent protest against the legalization of abortion—and hearing and feeling the hate from the pro-abortion people that stood on the sidewalks.
Let me challenge you. How long has it been since you read Romans 1 for your own sakes and not just so you could pass a test? Or write a paper on it? Why not read it this weekend and pray before you do?
God gives us warnings and gives us his laws for our own good. He knows better than we do. He knows Satan is out to kill, steal, and destroy us, and satan won’t let us stop at a little sin, but will drive us deeper and deeper into places we thought we would never go.
In the end, it still comes back to Who is this God we serve? Who is this Jesus? Instead of playing church, of playing Christian, why don’t we find out what we really believe—and who we really want to serve: God, satan, or yourself.
Remember God tempts no man with evil, and he tells us to flee. If you have someone that is pulling you down, pulling you back to the world, be nice but separate yourself from them. And if you’re dragging someone down, step back, quit enticing them to do evil. Remove yourself from their presence.
We want to stand against the sin that is in the world—especially the sexual sin that is so prevalent today. If we love like God does, we won’t “buy” them, humiliate them, or seduce them on a date just to satisfy our lust.
After all, Christianity is not about what we can get or what we lust after, but its about what we can give and how we can love others and God. It’s about a supreme sacrifice that was made for us. For God so loved the world that he gave… and God is hoping we’ll imitate that. He’s asked us to be “living sacrifices”—holy and acceptable unto Him.
And that’s what it’s all about.