KNOWING THE FACTS

3 min read • Written by Danielle Freitag, LADC, Consultant, Survivor Advocate

Jan. 1st, 2019

We must understand that the injustice of exploitation, a modern day slavery, is not an over there issue.

To believe such, is to remain ignorant. 

 

We've become a part of the problem if we think we cannot be a part of the solution.

When this injustice, this modern day slavery, is exposed and brought to the surface by means of awareness, accurate, informed education and intervention, and listening to the reality stories, a light can shine and a path can be paved for hope and justice to prevail. 

 

Sexual exploitation includes stripping, pornography,  and being prostituted (exploited), which in most instances, is human sex trafficking. Exploitation occurs when someone is treated as a commodity, marketed and sold. Vulnerabilities are manipulated. This form of slavery can thrive in secret, or can be directly in front of us — coerced exchanges of self, fueled by influences that cause and promote hyper-sexuality. 

Human sex trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons (TIP), is a modern-day form of slavery and a type of commercial sexual exploitation. It is a crime under federal and international law; it is also a crime in every state in the United States. Human Sex Trafficking is defined as, “The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purposes of a commercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age." 1

 

We are talking about a human rights violation, when someone is approached and befriended, to later be coerced, and manipulated into a life where violation is rampant. Each and every human being, made body, spirit and soul, has intrinsic value, and purpose to be free from the results incurred by exploitation, a violation. In the case of sex trafficking, exploitation implies the coerced prostitution or sexual abuse of vulnerable men, women, and children. Some instances are highly visible, such as street prostitution. But many trafficking victims remain unseen, operating out of unmarked brothels in unsuspecting—and sometimes suburban—neighborhoods. Those in the exploitive role may operate out of a variety of public and private locations, such as massage parlors, spas and strip clubs.  While not every woman in the sex industry has been trafficked,  victims of sex trafficking  end up working in the sex industry. 70% of female trafficking victims are

trafficked into the commercial sex industry.  Adult women make up the largest  group of sex trafficking victims, followed by female children.

 

So what does happen once someone is manipulated, coerced and brought into

the entanglements of this abuse ? According to the Department of Health

and Human Services, and as identified by survivors of exploitation,  heath risks

include:

 

  • Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction

  • PTSD

  • Broken bones, concussions, burns

  • Traumatic brain injury – perhaps resulting in memory loss

  • Sexually transmitted diseases

  • Miscarriages or forced abortions

  • Other diseases like TB and hepatitis

Five Action Steps

Knowing the facts, we begin to understand the reality of exploitation. We become awake and aware to be a part of the solution. To be a part of the solution, here are five action steps: 

  • Pray 

         Prayer is the most powerful and effective weapon to combat

         exploitation. ​

  • Recognize the Signs 

         Be informed, especially through survivor led anti-trafficking  and anti-exploitation movements.

  • Give 

         Fund freedom initiatives by sowing into the prevention, intervention and restoration of survivors. Consider survivor-               led organizations and/or organizations who clearly include the voice of those who have survived exploitation. 

  • Read & Listen 

         In this justice movement, to better understand the realities of exploitation, and so we are not believing the false                           narrative, or sometimes inaccurate ideas of what exploitation is or isn't, we must read the stories, and listen to the                       stories of survivors.  Recommended Books: Fallen, by Annie Lobert, Scars and Stilettos by Harmony Dust,  My Flawless           One by Kjersti Bohrer, and Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

  • Help Stop Demand 

         Porn fuels exploitation. Stop clicking, and viewing any form of pornography. We do not partner with the same spirit that           is fueling exploitation. ​​"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light"                   (Matthew 6:22 NIV).

         Porn corrupts Innocence. If you are struggling with porn addiction, please contact us, and confidentially, we will refer                 you to our most trusted resources. There is help, hope and victory to overcome addiction. 

We've become a part of the problem if we think we cannot be a part of the solution. 

Let knowing the facts, fuel you into effective, informed, action. 

Notes

1. Federal Law (2019, January 1). National Human Trafficking Hotline. Retrieved from https://humantraffickinghotline.org/what-human-trafficking/federal-law

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