Call it what it is: Sex-trafficking

“While Weeks maintains that everything that happened at the shoot was consensual, it was not the best experience. “They try to figure out what makes you tick and fuck with you. I remember getting naked, and the guy said, ‘You have cuts on your legs. You’re a cutter.’ He could tell I had written the word ‘fat’ in my thigh, so he started calling me fat.” Once they called “action,” she was pushed to the ground and slapped. “And I said, ‘Stop, stop, stop. No, no.’ And then they stopped, and they were like, ‘We have to keep going.’


"And I was like, ‘Just please don’t hit me so hard.’ But it went on like that, me getting hit, pushed, spit on. I was being told I was fat, that I was a terrible feminist, was going to fail all my classes, was stupid, dumb, a slut. But I got through it. You know how you kind of zone out sometimes? I just disassociated.” It wasn’t until she got back to Duke that she felt the weight of it all. “I remember just being a wreck, like, ‘Oh, my God, what have I done? This is the most embarrassing thing ever. What if somebody finds it?’”

-Excerpt from Rolling Stone interview with Miriam Weeks (aka Belle Knox)


Reading Miriam Weeks’s story makes me so upset and angry. What is more frustrating is how much she and many others insist that this type of behavior is acceptable. Abuse is considered an occupational hazard. But I want to talk about a simple thing that we all can do to take steps towards some transparency in the porn industry. We see stories like this from survivors all the time. It’s time to call this what it is: sex trafficking.


The Federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines sex-trafficking as: The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age.

That being said, it’s time to hold the industry accountable:

  • When a performer tells the other performers to stop, and they keep going, she is a victim of sex-trafficking (and rape of course)
  • When a performer is given a dishonest or inaccurate description of a scene ahead of time, and then coerced into performing it, she is a victim of sex-trafficking.
  • When a producer/directer blackmails or threatens a performer when she doesn’t want to do something, she is a victim of sex trafficking

Consent is all or nothing. It is either fully informed and freely given or it is nonexistent. The porn industry is ridden with trafficking, blackmail, rape, abuse, fraud, and drug use. Call these crimes what they are. Women who have these experiences are victims. Many try to say that they like it or that they feel empowered, because like anyone else in traumatic situations, many people go into survival mode. Their stories should be treated with empathy and respect, but we also need to recognize that this type of behavior must not be accepted.

At the very least, there needs to be more transparency:

  • The actors should know exactly, down to the last detail, what the scene will consist of.
  • There should be no drugs involved.
  • The actor should be able to decide at any moment that she does not want to start/continue the scene.
  • There should not even be a hint of any consequences should a performer decide she does not want to do something.
  • No performer, at any time, should ever fear scared to say no because they are scared of physical retaliation.


Pro-porners like to say that porn is fine, because it’s just consenting adults…but how many people do you think actually have the experience listed above? How many performers give their full consent?

Link to Rolling Stone article

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-blue-devil-in-miss-belle-knox-meet-duke-porn-star-miriam-weeks-20140423?page=2

As we see our brothers and sisters in middle east being persecuted in the name of religion, we know that God’s heart breaks for them. The events occurring there are so devastating and inhuman.  We ask that you continually pray for everyone involved - both Christians and Isis. Try and get involved in any support possible. If possible, donate to Christian aids available for Syrian/Iraq Christian refugees. Raise awareness of love. Pray for the persecuted and, as Jesus said, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44), Bless those who persecute you; bless and don’t curse, and pray that God will bless them (Romans12:14). This is hard, but love always overcomes evil. We need to pray that those lost people may see God and repent. Peace for all the earth!!  ____________________________________________ PrayforN by the Color Movement  (#prayforN) Design by: Aileen // Personal // Color Movement

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Sex-trafficking survivor Cheryl Briggs, of The Woodlands, has been through a lot in her life.

Her most recent health issue may be slowing her down some, but Briggs said it is not stopping her from continuing the fight on human sex-trafficking and opening ‘My Daughter’s House,’ a 1,700-square-foot, six-bed facility for women, in Montgomery County, to recover and help them prepare to restart their lives.

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Imagine you are with your mates- Saturday night, having a few beers. One suggests why don’t you all go to the lap dancing club down the road- it would be a laugh, and you’ve heard from other guys that there’s some hot girls in there. They’ll often go further with you, one comments. Another laughs that there’s no decent girls in this town and it’s worth the twenty quid. So you walk the short distance- some joke about the last few times they have been there, and what the girls did, which ones were the hottest (and the ones who did the most) and who they ended up fucking that night. Others tail off and have a joke about the prostitutes in there and in the town- apparently one of the strippers gave a blowjob for a fiver. Best blowjob ever, apparently. We have to go to Amsterdam or a lads holiday, one suggests, they’re cheaper out there and the girls are so easy. You all laugh and walk into the club. 

You here the loud music, and it’s very dark, but as you go down a narrow flight of stairs, you see a snippet of the low lighting, a stage and a pole, and one of the girls. You see some of the men sitting, in awe. You’re quite drunk can’t wait to be in there and get some. 

The wait with your mates, and with other older men, and get handed a leaflet by the bouncer before you hand over your money. It reads:

Some say that there is currently 30 Million trafficked people in the world. It is a multi billion pound business, and is the second largest and profitable criminal industry next to drugs.

The average entrance to human trafficking and sex slavery is 12.

Count to 60. Another person has been sold- no name, no choice, just a price. A tag with a number- maybe not even that.

Billions are generated from the abduction of mainly young women and children. Physically kidnapped at home or on holiday, lured in with emotional support or pretend friendship, and voluntarily/involuntarily given high doses of drugs, you are taken by the ring leaders and traffickers. They will rape you, sell you, abuse you, flog you, torture you, molest you, take your picture, impregnate you, beat you, starve you.

You are as worthy as a box of crackers, you are a product. 

You will be abused by so many people that you are no longer a human.

Like a product, you have a monetary value. 

You are somebody’s daughter, somebody’s mother, somebody’s child, somebody’s sister or brother, somebody’s best friend, but you may be paraded with no clothes on, made to dance, with a tag on you naming the price. Or your “number”, so they can pick you out easier to buy, rape, dance for them. Customers and ring leaders bet for you, and you are asked to do many things.

A rich man likes the look of you. You are bought and only speak unless spoken to. You have no country, no name, no language- you now belong and serve as a slave.

By the way- virgin? Very young? Bonus points.

You will be taken far and are unlikely to return. You are taken to a bed and tied up, and tortured or drugged regularly. You may stay there for days in a brothel. You may end up on the streets begging and prostituting yourself- you keep none of the money and all your belongings and your passport has been seized. If you do not make enough, then your suffering will be intensified. If you escape, they will track you down. They are fraud and cyber-hacking experts.

You may not speak the customer’s languages and you will probably be imprisoned in a place you do not recognise, passing borders and taken to many countries to be raped and abused by up to hundreds of clients a day, including your trafficker, at any time they wish. They are pretty brutal is you refuse and your mental and physical health deteriorates rapidly. Your family and friends may also feel the repercussions if you refuse anything, no matter how tired, sick or battered you are. 

Human trafficking is a world-wide network, you could be anywhere. You are passed from person to person and enslaved to their demands, including sexual and domestic. You rarely sleep, eat and you will be raped countlessly without protection, at risk of STIs including HIV/AIDs and pregnancy, with no treatment and safe abortions available. Your living standards are slum-like and you are likely to die or be long-term physically and mentally damaged from the experience. If you die, from murder, exhaustion, illness, starvation, drugs, abuse or an illegal abortion, then your body is discarded or burnt, and your name never said again.

As you see tourists and friends out partying, you are behind a window or stage, so close but so far. You go on stage to dance as long as they tell you to dance, men leering at you and touching you. They make jokes, they slap you, they pull you by your hair to get you to lapdance another customer or lay down in a private area. You may be behind a curtain in a make-shift cubicle with many other trafficked people- somewhere, their mothers, fathers and family are looking for them. But they’re in a window in their knickers, maybe drugged and limp, maybe making a show, luring men in to watch them, touch them, use them under the lights.Your vagina is big cash to them, and time becomes non-existent, your shift never ends. You are a piece of meat, bound up, injected, thrown on the floor, brutally raped and made to perform acts against your will. 

Please be warned this workers in this club may make out it’s their choice to be there.

Please be aware that most of these dancers are mothers that need to feed their children, drug-users, mentally unstable women, trafficked dancers and prostitutes. Your money goes straight into the hands of their abusers, who are high-profile human rights abusers and international criminals.

Take a seat and enjoy the show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2UaymytjO4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IJiWCHpFRs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C9VwiCP2bQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnrkMkEAFnE

Sex trafficking in the US is shocking. In Indramayu, Indonesia, it’s the norm.

Some families in this province celebrate when a daughter is born because they know they’ll be able to sell her body in 15 years for money. The girls often work for pimps in Jakarta until they become pregnant or die of an STD.

READ about this community that is wrapped up in a system of sex slavery.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: A CRIME IN MOTION

This is a guest blog post by Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson.

As an elected County Commissioner in Southfield, Michigan, a suburban community bordering Detroit, I am committed and proud to take part in numerous efforts locally to combat the crime of human trafficking and address the issue of internet safety.

Location = Trafficking Access

Southfield, Michigan is a majority-minority populated suburb with a 75% African American demographic. We are located just north of one of Detroit’s red light districts. There are numerous hotels located here with convenient freeway access. My city is viewed as strategic territory for trafficking. Our local police force understands this significant fact and collaborates with the FBI, the State Police and other local police departments, task forces, businesses and hotel owners, to fight this crime.

Many Sides to the Trafficking Fight

Sting operations over the years have recovered under-aged victims and levied charges against pimps and perpetrators. However, this is only one side in the fight against this crime. Law enforcement can prosecute, but it is the job of community partners to come together to raise awareness and prevention by educating the community concerning child and internet safety which is another side in this fight.

Free Resources and Ongoing Outreach

For over five years, resources provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have engaged collaborative groups by teaching about the risks of the internet and the many facets of intervention. Russell Petty, Senior National Outreach Coordinator for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, has travelled to my area annually. He has given internet safety and anti-human trafficking presentations. He has provided free resources and informational materials from the NCMEC to alert the public about methods used to lure children into criminal activity. He has informed and directed people to legal and community service agencies that provide assistance to victims. As the internet has proven to be a continuum and a gateway that exploiters can use to entice and take advantage of minors.

The information provided by Mr. Petty helps protect our young residents and parents informing and empowering them about responsible use of the internet. He has provided free resource lessons suitable for all ages. These popular discussions have been utilized at public school educator assemblies, municipal park and recreational events.

Last November, the Oakland County Human Trafficking Workshop Committee held a two-day event featuring keynote guest speakers, Teresa Flores (a survivor), and Russell Petty. They were joined by a panel of professional and community partners. The event attracted over 500 participants from the entire county and Metro-Detroit area.

Participants learned about new state legislation, prosecution efforts and internet safety as part of our effort to connect the Dots to Keep Oakland County Safe, and eradicate human trafficking.

Human Trafficking is a crime in motion, one that requires ongoing informational outreach efforts.

About the Author

Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson is currently serving her fourth term in District 21. She represents a portion of the communities of Southfield and Farmington Hills in Michigan. Her passion as a public servant is to enhance and to create a safer community for her residents and their children. Janet is a member of the Diversity Advisory Committee for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, D.C.

There’s a growing awareness that sex trafficking is one of the most serious human rights abuses around, with some 100,000 juveniles estimated to be trafficked into the sex trade in the United States each year.

Some women sell sex on their own, but coercion, beatings and recruitment of underage girls are central to the business as well. Just a few weeks ago, New York City police officers rescued a 14-year-old girl in Queens who had run away from home and ended up locked up by pimps and sold for sex. According to court documents, she was told she would be killed if she tried to run away, but after three months she managed to call 911.

Police increasingly recognize that the simplest way to reduce the scale of human trafficking is to arrest men who buy sex. That isn’t prudishness or sanctimony but a strategy to dampen demand….

❌With it being a day for everyone to raise awareness of sex trafficking and slavery I feel like now is appropriate to share this amazing book with you all. Super big appreciation to @francesca_loccisano for letting me borrow it. 🌻
Sold by Patricia McCormick. A book that brought me both smiles and tears, it’s just truly amazing. The book gives you a little insight on what many women, mostly young, go through when sold into sex trafficking. This is definitely a must read. This situation can not be ignored. Nobody should ever have to live like this. Many girls are sold at a very young age into this life and can be sold for as little as 300$. All women are beautiful and wonderful and worth so much more than this. Take a stand, be the change. (BTW I still have that child slavery website in my bio if you feel like making a donation today❤️)❌
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