Stop Shaming Women, Start Arresting Pimps and Johns

The headline in the feed from my local news station declares “Reading Police bust 8 women in undercover prostitution sting.”  Then there was the picture: 8 women each with clear bruises on her face, all looking totally dejected. My first thought – where are the pictures of the pimps and the johns (customers) who haveContinue reading “Stop Shaming Women, Start Arresting Pimps and Johns”

Resources to Learn About And Act Against Human Trafficking

Last evening CSF took a night off from our usual meeting to attend a Human Trafficking Awareness Month event.  As a group we visited another local college where we took part in an event called Walk in a Victim’s Shoes.  The goal of this event is to help participants get a bit of a feelContinue reading “Resources to Learn About And Act Against Human Trafficking”

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  This comes with a Presidential Proclamation as well as dozens of news articles and events to take part in.  Ever since I first learned about the reality of modern-day slavery a few years back, it seems that more and more people are talking about it.  Awareness has been growing, thoughContinue reading “Human Trafficking Awareness Month”

Culture of Pornography, Sexting and Trafficking (Recent Reads)

There are many times when being a parent terrifies me.  One example is when I think about the sort of world my daughter is going to grow up in.  Articles like this one make me sick, scared and angry: Children and the Culture of Pornography: “Boys will ask you everyday until you say yes.”  Continue reading “Culture of Pornography, Sexting and Trafficking (Recent Reads)”

Another Book that Broke My Heart: Girls Like Us by Rachel Loyd

Rachel Loyd’s fantastic book, Girls Like Us, interweaves her story as a survivor of sexual abuse with stories of girls she works with in New York City through her organization GEMS (Girls Education and Mentoring Services).  What is happening to girls in our world right now is heart-breaking and I am thankful for those likeContinue reading “Another Book that Broke My Heart: Girls Like Us by Rachel Loyd”

Real Men Don’t Buy Girls.

Estimates are that between 100,000 and 300,000 girls are enslaved and sold for sex in the United States every year.  Millions more are sold for sex worldwide.   Those who sell them make billions of dollars.  The average age for entry into prostitution is twelve years old.  This means that even most women who areContinue reading “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls.”

Why Does Turning a Camera on Make Abuse Legal?

A few weeks ago woman was arrested in my town when detectives raided a massage parlor.  The woman arrested was charged with prostitution, selling sex. The story was passed on to my from a friend who knows I volunteer with a local group that seeks to raise awareness of human trafficking, as well as to becomeContinue reading “Why Does Turning a Camera on Make Abuse Legal?”

Porn is Everywhere and it is a Gateway Drug

I absolutely cherish my 15 month old daughter Junia.  She has become my obsession.  As I play with her during the day or pray with her before bedtime I often find myself imagining what kind of person she will be when she is older. Maybe she’ll be a teacher.  Or perhaps she’ll want to beContinue reading “Porn is Everywhere and it is a Gateway Drug”

Is Legalized Prostitution Safer?

This is the debate going on in the New York Times “Room for Debate” It is easy to assume that legalizing prostitution, with the regulation that would then go with it, would make it safer for some of the women.  This is the case argued by a few of the participants. Yet I have difficultyContinue reading “Is Legalized Prostitution Safer?”