Have you ever done something that you didn’t want to do? Have you ever made someone do something they did not want to do? Well that is what a girl who is sex trafficked deals with everyday. Imagine a minor that is 17 or under being forced to have sex with multiple men everyday. This is rape.
Rape: The crime, committed by a man, of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse with him without their consent and against their will, esp. by the threat or use of violence against them.
So many times we like to candy-coat the picture but to pour sugar on poop doesn’t mean it isn’t poop. And it still smells like crap. I think this is what we do when we talk about prostitution, we either make it a joke, blame the girl or say “boys will be boys.” When the reality of buying sex looks very different than any of these three outlooks.
If I guy is buying sex from a girl who is being trafficked then they are paying to rape a victim. They are not buying sex from someone who wants to be there. That girl is forced to be there against her will and is under threat to her health if she does not sleep with the buyer. This is the reality of human trafficking. The buyer himself become a rapist.
Most of the statistics for buyers in the United States are married men ages 35-50 years-old. Out of the number of men who purchased sex 47% went through with buying even when they found out the girl was a minor. I wonder if men would buy sex if they knew they could be charged with rape?
In America agencies and organizations fighting against human trafficking want to change the laws to make it tougher on people buying sex. Right now men are just getting a ticket they can pay and it goes off their background or past record. But new laws are being looked at to make it a felony to pay for sex. This means it would go on their background and they could do prison time or get probation, which could cause problems for them in their future.
I am sure some of you are reading this ane thinking that is harsh. But we must stop seeing buying sex as a victimless crime. I have been working with victims and even the women who are strong and have healthy lives are still dealing with the after-effects of what happened to them while being trafficked. It is not a victimless crime.
I believe change happens when people face the reality of the situation and address the issues that need change. We believe if you are seeking God and truly want freedom that it’s available for you, if you have a problem with addiction to pornography or sex their are ways to get help. Here are a few XXXchurch, PureHope.
Next week starts the beginning of the “White Ribbon Campaign” hosted by Porn Harms. From October 27th through November 4th people will wear a white ribbon to show solidarity with those who have suffered from the effects of pornography. Join us next week as we stand with the “White Ribbon Campaign” and pray for victims, societies and people around the world