Pornography is an undeniable contributor to the demand for sex trafficking. In Episode 24 of the podcast Ending Human Trafficking, Dave Stachowiak and Sandie Morgan discuss the connection between the two. Below also are several links to further information on the topic.
As a side note, the Ending Human Trafficking podcast is an excellent resource for anyone looking to further their knowledge of the issue of sex trafficking, and human trafficking in general. Sandie Morgan is the Director of the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California, and among many other notable distinctions, has served on the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force and is responsible for the Ensure Justice Conference, held annually.
Awareness among men is a critical piece in the fight against sex trafficking. Demand is what drives the market for women – sex trafficking, pornography, and all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
The Defenders are the men of Shared Hope. Below is the Defender Pledge:
- I will not purchase or participate in pornography, prostitution or any form of the commercial sex industry.
- I will hold my friends accountable for their actions toward women and children.
- I will take immediate action to protect those I love from this destructive market.
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Men – will you take time during this month to read a book, research online, listen to a podcast, or attend an awareness event to learn more about our vital role in ending sex trafficking, and all forms of commercial sexual exploitation?
Today – 12/10/2013 – National Day of Prayer to Strengthen the Fight Against Pornography
The holiday season, for many of us, is also synonymous with football season. Our favorite college teams are gearing up for bowl games, and NFL squads are making the final push for playoff spots.
This is also an important time for all of us to recognize how sporting events are related to perpetuating the problem of sexual slavery in the United States.
The Super Bowl in particular, held annually in late January or early February, is particularly spotlighted due to the size of the event, and its TV presence in an overwhelming majority of American homes.
But the Super Bowl is definitely not isolated in its contribution to the problem. Sporting events in all cities, at all times, are ideal for traffickers who are looking to match demand with their supply.
Here are several links to learn more about the Super Bowl and sex trafficking:
Friday January 10th, 2014 will be “Blackout Day” at Grants Pass High School. Student leadership is organizing a campaign encouraging all students to wear black to raise awareness for the prevention of sex trafficking in our town and region.
The day before on Thursday, survivor-advocate Rebecca Bender will speak to the entire student body about her experience having been trafficked for 6 years, from Oregon to Las Vegas.
Chosen – a documentary from Shared Hope International – will also be shown at the assembly.
ACT Southern Oregon has been asked to be present on Thursday with educational materials and to answer questions students may have. ACT T-shirts will be available for $10 each.
Terry Rasmussen, President and Marketing Director at Redemption Ridge, has been honored by the Rogue Valley Association of Realtors with the 2013 Outstanding Service Award. Redemption Ridge is local non-profit organization that provides healing and restoration to female victims of domestic minor sex trafficking. Read about the award and watch the ceremony at RogueValleyRealtors.org.
ACT is a proud supporter of Redemption Ridge. One way as Rogue Valley citizens we can help in the fight against sex trafficking is to attend a Redemption Ridge presentation, learn more about their mission, and to give financially, even if only in as small an amount as $5 each month. As Terry is known for saying, the “raindrops of giving” create a downpour of blessing.
Please consider making a one time or on-going donation to Redemption Ridge today.
This year’s report cards are out. Oregon jumped to a “B” grade, all the way up from a “D”, one of four states to do so. Click the below image for details. Full listings and reports are also available.
The legislative front is one of the most important in combating sex trafficking within Oregon’s borders. Writing our politicians truly makes a difference. This past spring and summer, many ordinary citizens wrote, emailed, and called their state senator(s) to express their desire to see Senate Bill 673 passed into Oregon Law. Please join our email newsletter – click on the Legislative Efforts category – and receive alerts of new bills needing our support from a grass roots level.
Oregon House – Tim Freeman – Roseburg, Glendale, Hugo
Oregon House – Wally Hicks – Grants Pass, Merlin, Cave Junction, Murphy, Williams
Oregon House – Dennis Richardson – Rogue River, Applegate Valley, Central Point, Eagle Point
Oregon House – Peter Buckley – Jacksonville, Phoenix, Talent, Ashland
Oregon House – Sal Esquivel – Medford
Oregon Senate – Jeff Kruse – Roseburg, Glendale, Merlin
Oregon Senate – Herman Baertschiger – Grants Pass, Central Point, Eagle Point
Oregon Senate – Alan Bates – Medford, Applegate, Ashland
U.S. House – Peter DeFazio – Roseburg, Cave Junction, Merlin, Murphy, Williams
U.S. House – Greg Walden – Grants Pass, Central Point, Eagle Point, Medford, Ashland
Are you just now learning about the issue of sex trafficking? Let your state and national elected officials know you are concerned and will support efforts to eradicate the problem within our borders.
Click here for Oregon’s 2012 “Sex Trafficking” Legislative Report Card