Keeping Your Children Safe Training

Keeping your children safe
Digital Safety Training Opportunity

Access to the internet via cellphone and laptops is a 24/7 activity for many of us.  It is a challenge for many families to monitor and watch what our kiddos are doing in this area.

Village is excited to offer a special training event for parents and their teens about how to navigate the digital world more safely.

Please join us on Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 PM to hear Villager BJ Park share his experience as a District Attorney. His work in prosecuting sexual assault, child pornography, and human trafficking of minors cases has taught him many lessons about the dangers on the internet and how kids can be lured into unsafe situations. BJ wants to share with us what we can do to safeguard ourselves and our families in this critical area .

This event is next Thursday at Village Baptist Church, 330 Murray Boulevard, Beaverton, in the Columbia Room, which is directly across from the main sanctuary, beginning at 6:30 PM.

Real Women Now

The fall of #Backpage has altered the marketplace of online sex trafficking.  This happened days before the recent #FOSTA #SESTA legislation was signed into federal law. It has been a great victory for all who work every day to #endtrafficking.

Real Women Now
realwomennow.com

However, the demand for anonymous, impersonal, object-driven sex remains, and so the fight continues. The Village A-Team discovered a site that provides a glimpse of the human side of the women that have survived this life. The narrative and the videos reveal how these women really think and feel about their exploitation, and the tragic impact it has on them.

These videos are targeted at the men that have bought or are considering buying women for sex. It is an important message that breaks down the myth that women freely choose this life that is so prevalent in America today.

Caution: These videos are for mature viewers only. 

To see one of these powerful and amazing videos posted there, click below. For the full site, go to Real Women Now

 

Who buys a child for sex trafficking? Otherwise ordinary men.

This is the first of 10 columns in the EXPLOITED series, which explores the cultural and economic forces that contribute to commercial sexual exploitation.

On the day she met Marcus Thompson, the girl later told the FBI, she had been ready to leap from a bridge to end her life.

She was only 15, pregnant and alone on the streets.

And in this wounded child, Thompson saw a means to make money. He promised that if she left her small Illinois town with him, he would make her a model. Grasping for hope, she climbed into his truck.

But the promise was a lie.

To read more,  go to the USA Today article posted here:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2018/01/30/sex-trafficking-column/1073459001/

Sex Trafficking: Myths, Facts and What Villagers Can Do To Help

Join us for our next Critical Conversation, where we will delve into the issue of sex trafficking. This 150 billion dollar per year global industry is exploiting the most vulnerable people in our own community and across the globe.

Hear how the culture that feeds and supports sex trafficking impacts us all. Learn more about how Village is uniquely positioned to engage in this issue, and why we should be bringing the light of Christ into this area of brokenness. We will be led by Village’s own Anti-trafficking team with speakers that include: Justin Euteneier, program manager at EPIK; Adrienne Livingston, a Villager who is WorldVenture’s Global Director for Anti-Trafficking Initiatives; and BJ Park, A Villager who is Deputy District Attorney for the Multnomah County DA’s office working in the Violent Crimes Unit.

Nine Men Arrested in Online Child Sex Sting

A coalition of local police teams arrested nine men from Clackamas County over the weekend who were pursuing local children for sex. The men arrested ranged in age from 21 to 66 years old. All nine were taken to the Clackamas County Jail, officials said. Each was charged with the online sexual corruption of a child; some received additional charges.

The coalition called INTERCEPT is led by the Clackamas County sheriff’s office, with the support of  Oregon City Police department, Oregon and Washington State Police, and the Department of Homeland Security.

For the full story, go to: 9 Men Arrested in Online Child Sex Sting

 

Legislative Bills about Trafficking

We will track and post bills that are pending in state and national governments to address sex trafficking. Please submit your inputs about pending legislative actions via our comment form. Thanks!

US Senate Bill 104

A bill to provide for the vacating of certain convictions and expungement of certain arrests of victims of human trafficking.

US Senate Bill 1693

A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of that Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sex trafficking. This bill is aimed at closing a loophole that has been exploited by some providers to assist in selling sex services online.

UPDATE – 04 Nov 17
Senate Bill 1693, also known as the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (Sesta) has been amended and now has the support from the internet Association, which includes Facebook, Google and Amazon among its members. This is a critical step to approval. For more information, see the BBC article on the subject.

The Typology of Modern Slavery

The Polaris Project conducted research to help illustrate how human trafficking works in this modern era, where there are more slaves then anytime in history .  Trafficking happens in many forms, and the Polaris Project  categorized 25 of them to help explain the power relationships between the players, the business model and who is most impacted. This article presents a Typology of Modern Slavery


Polaris analyzed more than 32,000 cases of human trafficking documented between December 2007 and December 2016 through its operation of the National Human Trafficking Hotline and BeFree Textline—the largest data set on human trafficking in the United States ever compiled and publicly analyzed. Polaris’s research team analyzed the data and developed a classification system that identifies 25 types of human trafficking in the United States. Each has its own business model, trafficker profiles, recruitment strategies, victim profiles, and methods of control that facilitate human trafficking.

http://polarisproject.org/typology

Basics of Sex Trafficking – Part 3

Four states recently passed resolutions declaring pornography to be a public health crisis — Utah, Virginia, South Dakota and Arkansas. There is on-going public controversy about this connection, and how it impacts public health, freedom of speech, and women’s rights.

However, recent studies show that viewing pornography powerfully affects the brain, releasing pleasure chemicals much like what drugs do for the body. The addiction cycle leads to more tolerance of this activity, while seeking increasingly extreme forms of pornography to achieve the same degree of pleasure. It changes your brain, and degrades how you see yourself and others around you.

  • Teaches us that women are objects for pleasure
  • View real-world women as less attractive
  • More difficult to establish intimate relationships
  • Creates the expectation of pleasure on demand
  • More cultural acceptance of explicit sexual behavior
  • Decreases Our Sexual Satisfaction
  • Desensitizes us to Cruelty
  • Makes us want to watch more porn

The Triple A Engine

Access to pornography is ubiquitous and anonymous. A dangerous combination where the viewer has no accountability.

  • Accessible — At our fingertips via internet delivery to our smart phones, tables and connected devices
  • Anonymous — Can be done in complete privacy, there is no dedicated stores or public oversight
  • Affordable — Most of the time it is completely free of charge

According to Juniper Research, by 2017, a quarter of a billion people are expected to be accessing mobile adult content from their phones or tablets, an increase of more than 30% from 2013. Mobile adult video chat alone will have a compound annual growth rate of 25%.

Pornography users are among us all. No social group is exempt. A few facts include:

  • 65% of men view pornography at least once a month
  • Church-going men view pornography at basically the same rate as the rest of the men — 64%
  • 30% of women view pornography regularly
  • 15% of church-going women view pornography regularly
  • 12% of all web sites on the planet are pornographic
  • 25% of all search engine requests are pornography related, which is about 68 millions request each day.
  • The average age of the first exposure to internet porn is between 9 and 11 years old.

The Digital Native Generation

Access to internet technology is easier than ever, and kids start using it at a young age. Most of the time, the first experience with pornography is by accident.

  • Age 5, 50% go online daily
  • Age 8, 67% are online each day
  • By age 13, 73% have their own smartphone

Pornography makes sexually exploiting others seem normal. Our modern culture accepts pornography as normal. It encourages it. Pornography keeps pushing itself into our daily lives. Smart phones put it at our fingertips. It is an epidemic in our society. And it is driving up the demand for purchasing sex from women who have been trafficked.

Trafficking and pornography are direct attacks on the image of God in us. It destroys our ability to value others as God values them. It changes our brain so that we depend on degrading images for comfort and relief instead of God. God calls us to value and honor the image of God in everyone on this planet.

We are sons and daughters of the King. And we believe that we are called to be the protectors of the image of God within ourselves and the champions of the image of God in others.

“In the heart of every man is a desire to be brave, to be good, and to protect. In the heart of every woman is a desire to be beautiful, to be desired, to be the treasure.”

–Matt Fradd, Catholic apologist and speaker

Basics of Sex Trafficking – Part 2

Part 1 of this series explained the basic elements and players of The Game. The following helps answer a few common questions that we hear about it.

  • Why Don’t the Victims Just Leave the Game?
  • Isn’t this a harmless crime?

Why They Don’t Leave

About 89 percent of people in prostitution wanted to escape that life and stayed anyway because of the following reasons:

  • Pimp tells her she is committing a crime and police are her enemy
  • Pimp creates fear in her that he will hurt her or her family
  • Pimp controls her kid(s)
  • Blackmail (threatens to release videos of her being raped)
  • Addicted to drugs
  • She is in love with the pimp (trauma bond – abuse cycle)
  • Shame and isolated from family and social networks
  • Truly believe they are making a lot of money (pimp is “holding it”)
  • The only area of their lives that they feel they are valuable
  • Nowhere to go that is safe

The tools of guilt, shame, fear and violence are applied relentlessly by the Traffickers upon the Victims to keep them in The Game.

The Impacts of The Game

The legal system is learning that the long-held view of prostitution being a victimless crime is false. There are no winners in this game. All of the players are broken and need true healing that only Jesus Christ can bring. The harsh facts about what is really happening includes the following.

  • Average age of entry is between 13 to 15 years old
  • Life expectancy in The Game is 7 years
  • Violence is a constant threat (from pimps and from buyers)
    • Rape
    • Murder
    • Assaults
    • Robbery
    • Kidnapping
  •  Sexually transmitted diseases are rampant — can affect innocent wives, girlfriends
  • $99 billion globally from sex trafficking
  • Human trafficking is the second largest international crime industry
  • 1.2 – 1.8 Million children are sex trafficked each year in 161 countries around the globe
  • 100,000 – 300,000 children are sex trafficked each year in the United States

In Part 3 of this series, we talk about what the role of pornography is in The Game.