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Run To Stop It

Benji Nolot | Exodus Cry

“We say that slavery has vanished, but this is not true. Slavery still exists but it applies only to women and its name is prostitution. Women have become the new product to be bought, sold, and used by men.” – Victor Hugo

Slavery in the form of human sex trafficking is a very real and very pervasive. It thrives in a pornographic culture, is rooted in demand, and is growing every single day not only in far away countries, but also right here at home.

There are 42 million people trapped in prostitution. 42 million. 98% of those (about 41,160,000 people) are women and children. These are daughters, sons, sisters, students, mothers, friends. 42 million souls imprisoned for evil. 42 million hearts that are broken and without Love. 42 million lives victim to the enemy.

Why? How can this be an issue in our modern world? Because of money. Because of brokenness. And because the enemy is alive and well.

Sex trafficking is a $100 billion dollar industry fed by the commercial sex industry. In addition to being incredibly lucrative, sex trafficking is also less dangerous than trafficking drugs or arms. It is the largest growing criminal enterprise in the world.

In the war against sex trafficking, there is an entire movement to legalize sex work. There are people, law makers, religious people, leaders, who are spearheading the pro-sex work movement. The pro sex-work movement paints a picture of empowerment, sexual liberation, safety, and human rights.

We have to constantly rewrite this false narrative. We have to continually shine the spotlight on the truth: that the commercial sex industry is a system of exploitation, violence, and gender inequality.

The first place we have to start is by addressing the demand. It’s simple – if men would stop buying women and children for sex, the entire industry would collapse. When we don’t tackle the demand, when we focus only on stories of rescue, the enemy just goes in through the back door of demand and continues to ruin lives.

The dissolution of the commercial sex industry and sex trafficking is an uphill battle. But it is gaining traction. Because for every inch of darkness, there are miles of Light. Because the darkness doesn’t get to win. And because there are good people, aligned with God, who have their feet on the ground, standing up for what is right and good and true.

They are ministering to the broken, to the imprisoned, to the trafficked. They are ministering to the pimps, to the men paying for sex. They are pushing legislation to criminalize sex work. They are risking their lives, going into dangerous situations with dangerous people in the name of hope and light and peace.

“Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.” -James 1:27

This weekend, we kicked off our annual Run To Stop It campaign, an effort to raise funds to assist in the abolition of human sex trafficking. At The Rock, we have the honor of partnering with those on the front lines. Because of your continued support of this cause, we have been able to donate over $700,000 dollars towards the abolition of sex trafficking. This year, our goal is to raise an additional $300,000. For more information, to donate, or to learn about specific organizations we partner with, visit http://www.runtostopit.com

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