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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.

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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


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.

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.

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.

Basics of Sex Trafficking – Part 1

Sex Trafficking happens when someone uses force, fraud or coercion to cause a commercial sex act, which includes prostitution, pornography and sexual performance done in exchange for something of value.

“After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the 2nd largest criminal industry in the world today, and it is the fastest growing” —National Human Trafficking Resource Center

Sexual exploitation can happen online, in strip clubs, on the streets and in massage parlors in exchange for money, drugs, shelter, food or clothes.

The Game

Within the subculture of sex trafficking, pimping is referred to as “the game” or “the life”. Women and girls talk about being “in the life” if they have been involved with prostitution for a while. The Game comes with a set of rules, hierarchy of authority, and its own language.

The Players

  • The Trafficker = “Pimp”
  • The Victim = “Prostitute”
  • The Buyer = “John”

The Pimps / Traffickers

  • Prides themselves in controlling others through manipulation
  • Sets the quota for how much the victim must earn before returning home
  • Most are 17 to 25 years old
  • Family history of prostitution
  • High self-esteem
  • History of violence towards women
  • View women as property or objects to used or sold

The Victims

  • Most are 13 to 17 years old
  • History of abuse — about 99% have been sexually abused
  • Broken families
  • Runaway
  • Low self-esteem
  • Failing in school or feeling rejected
  • Looking for attention or love

The Buyers

  • Male — 98%
  • 2 out of 3 are married
  • 2 out of 3 have kids
  • All levels of economic worth
  • All levels of jobs, social status, and background

Stages of The Game

In the United States, traffickers recruit girls to participate in The Game, with the ultimate goal of forcing them to do whatever they want.

Stage 1: Recruiting

This happens wherever the young girls like to hang out. Shopping malls, transportation hubs, schools and the internet. Runaways are particularly vulnerable — 1 out of 3 will be lured into The Game within 48 hours.

Stage 2: Grooming

  • Traffickers acts as boyfriend
  • He builds up self-esteem
  • He praises them with flattery & charm
  • He buys them gifts (clothes, food, nails)
  • He shows a lot of attention
  • He plays up the promise of the “good life”
  • She has no responsibilities
  • He provides drugs
  • He preys on the emotional weakness of the victim

Stage 3: Break

  • Isolates her from family, friends and all support groups
  • Makes her totally dependent on him
  • Once she is completely isolated and dependent on him, the trafficker coerces her into her first trick 

Stage 4: Control

The pimp lays down the rules from here out:

  • How long and when to work
  • What to charge and sets a quota per night
  • Set maximum time limits for each act
  • She cannot talk to or even look at another pimp or she will be beaten
  • Often they are branded — tattoos in prominent places to remind her that she is his property
  • Pimps keep 100% of the money

In Part 2 of this series, we will explain Why the Victims Don’t Leave The Game, and terrible impact it has on all that are involved.