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.
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
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)
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