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

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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.

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….

The Cry of My Heart <3

Sex Trafficking was something I always knew existed but never really thought that much about it. It never consumed my thoughts and never captured my heart.

Then I went to Passion 2013.

At Passion, hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, my fire for sex trafficking was fueled. There, many organizations that work with trafficked girls and work for justice in the trafficking world were represented. I heard countless slavery stories and listened to all the work that these righteous organizations do. I will never forget sitting in a dome filled with 65,000 young adults listening to a testimony of a young girl who was sold into sex slavery at the age of twelve. I sobbed. The entire time. Not even just crying a little but the kind of crying where you are trying to hold back heaving and think you might pass out. I could not handle it. What broke my heart even more was that the story of the girl we had just watched was in the crowd. It’s one thing to know that sex trafficking exists and it’s another to put a face to the story. To see human flesh that has walked through things many of us will never walk through. A living soul that has been bruised, hurt and sold beyond what I can imagine.

After I returned home from Georgia in January 2013, I couldn’t stop thinking of the millions of women and girls, some under the age of six, who felt like they had no hope in the world. Sex trafficking is not something that we talk about on a daily basis. There are always commercials on TV for animal abuse and hunger but the reality of sex trafficking is something that is literally thriving in the darkness yet it is not discussed openly. Vile, lethal, and evil cannot even begin to describe the atrocities of sex slavery. Women across the globe are forced to do things in conditions that are far worse than we can think of. They sleep with multiple, physically and mentally dirty men who don’t consider them worthy. They are not girls that were ever told that they were beautiful princesses created by the Author of the universe. Instead, they are kept in dark rooms, are used continually and looked at as a meaningless person who can only satisfy the fleshly desires that these men have.

Women in these situations truly feel there is no hope. They don’t think that anyone is going to rescue them from the pit of all evil. I thought about myself. I put myself in their shoes. If I was sold into sex slavery, either because my family needed the money, I was kidnapped, or if I was tricked into it, I would want those who are free, smart, and with so many privileges to risk what they have to come and save me. I thought of my sisters. I would dedicate my life to try and save them if they were in such deep traps as these girls. The countless stories I have read are haunting. They strike my soul and I know that I cannot sit back and just forget about them. All these women need a voice and I have the opportunity to have a voice.

With all that I am, I want to be a voice for the oppressed and hurting. The greatest thing I can do right now is raise awareness. In the future I would love to work with battered women or with trafficked women and girls but right now, as a college student, I can tell other people about the importance of fighting for those who live in conditions that are so horrific, I don’t know if I could live through them. I also want to let people know that this is real; trafficking really happens and real women, like me, you, your mothers, daughters, friends, and sisters, are forced to have sex with vulgar men.

The cry of my heart is to raise an army who will fight for these women. To make trafficking a subject that pierces the hearts of people across the globe. I want the darkness to scatter in the light. I want women who have been sold to be redeemed and affirmed that they are worth much more than what they have been sold for.

Please, think of all the women and girls you know in your life and get familiar with the subject. Read enough chilling stories so your heart is moved to action. Pray for a fire in your heart for these people. Don’t forget to pray for the men who are buying these women, they are trying to fill a void in their heart that only God can fill and if they had Jesus, they wouldn’t be going to these brothels. Pray for light to shine and the devil to be exposed. Prayer works and coupled with ACTION much can be done. I encourage you to be a voice and love as Jesus loved.

Like mentioned yesterday, we have partnered with Not For Sale.

We also want to partner with you as we spread awareness for human trafficking.

Mark your planners, agendas, calendars, phone apps, etc. because on September 3rd at 7:00 PM, we are taking over Taproom Coffee, and we want you to help the takeover.

We will give more information as the day approaches, but until then, get ready to make a difference!

We are not for sale. We are so worth loving. 

The amazing designs just keep coming, and the charities each week are so wonderful.  I have to say, the cause this one fighting for is one that so much needs your love and support.  Here is Sarah Linden, well, and Marilyn, helping out…will you?  This week, every $7 per purchase of this limited edition (and going fast) shirt goes back to helping rescue child victims from sex trafficking. Help show love to these children & click the link in @sevenly’s bio to get a beautiful product this week!