Israel Makes Buying Sex a Crime

On the final day of 2018, the Israeli government unanimously voted to Ban the Purchase of Sex, and break away from their current practice of legal prostitution. In doing so, Israel joined seven European nations and Canada in choosing to criminalize sex buying. These nine countries have determined that the best solution to the trauma and violence of the commercial sex trade is to target the buyers, rather than imprisoning the victims.

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Anti-prostitution rally in memory of a murdered sex worker, 15 Aug 18 (Courtesy Haaretz News)

Conversely, this new law removes any legal penalties against the sex workers, many of whom are  trapped in the cycle of sex trafficking that are integral to any large scale commercial sex operation.  The bill includes about $24 million each year to equip and rehabilitate survivors of the sex trafficking trade. For some, is it a step toward Gender Equity. An Israeli reporter following this issue stated their position on this law:

From the first day I began documenting the prostitution industry, I believed the bill to ban patronizing prostitutes was the most moral answer to the hell I saw going on around the country. It was happening in apartments, hotels, brothels, strip clubs, “massage” parlors and on the streets. This went on in Israel for many years with a wink from the police and the legal system (1 Jan 19)

The establishing of the Abolition Model in every nation is the single most important step to ending sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in the world. May these just laws continue to spread to the ends of the earth.

Justice Hope Freedom Fundraising Dinner

Program

Join us on November 15th at 7pm at Village Church (330 SW Murray Blvd., Beaverton, Oregon) for our first annual Justice Hope Freedom Fundraising Dinner!

Learn more about our work and how you can engage with us.

  • Girl Empowerment & Prevention Curriculum
  • Efforts to educate churches and missionaries
  • Partnerships to help equip individuals to be trauma informed

Engagement Opportunities

  • Praying
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Reserve your spot by November 8th!  Go to https://jhf.eventbrite.com/

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Sponsorship

Freedom Event Sponsor: Adorned In Grace

To sponsor the event: Contact Adrienne at a.livingston@worldventure.com.

Click here to explore sponsorship levels and benefits.

 

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
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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