The Disconnect

pureHOPE’s Noel Bouché shares a brief thought about opposing sex trafficking, and why understanding the “seamless fabric” of sexual exploitation is so important to an effective, just response to this evil.


3 thoughts on “The Disconnect

  1. Pingback: Noel Bouche: The Disconnect « Intentional Warriors

  2. Sex trafficking is a PART of human trafficking. “Human trafficking is generally defined as labor or services or commercial sex acts obtained through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. The most common types of human trafficking include forced labor, sex trafficking, bonded labor or debt bondage, and involuntary domestic servitude. In the United States, victims of human trafficking can be found working as prostitutes or in massage parlors, strip clubs, domestic service, agriculture, construction, manufacturing,landscaping, and hospitality industries.” “In Kentucky there have been about 70 cases of human trafficking since 2007” and I’ll wager that most of those cases are of domestic servants and migrant workers. I’ll bet they don’t make one arrest during the Kentucky Derby for sex trafficking.

    Porn and prostitution are not sex trafficking or human trafficking. Most people who are involved in these are not trafficked or promoting trafficking. There’s a big difference between consensual activities freely decided upon (though they may be in hardship situations) and non-consensual activities carried out under coercion. There are no dots to connect. If you don’t think your congregation should watch commercial porn, then let them watch amateur porn. This is a red herring in the effort to encourage people to not look at porn; it avoids the fundamental questions and tries to substitute guilt trips over supposed trafficked porn stars for logic and reasonable arguments against watching porn, which could have been made. I think this diversion is an insult to the women and children who actually are victims of trafficking.

    • Thank you for viewing our blog and joining the conversation.

      You are correct that human trafficking breaks down into two types of exploitation: sex trafficking and labor trafficking. The focus of our mission is the injustice of the trafficking of women and girls for commercial sex.

      You are incorrect, however, in the assertion that porn and prostitution are not sex trafficking.

      U.S. law defines “sex trafficking” as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act” (22 USC 7102). Porn production and prostitution fall into that definition. Whether individual cases of women or girls in porn or prostitution constitute a “severe form of trafficking” involving force, fraud, or coercion must be proven on a case-by-case basis.

      We suspect, along with many in the anti-trafficking movement, that far more women caught in porn, stripping, prostitution, etc., are victims of coercion than is commonly believed, perhaps even than is believed by victims themselves. The reason: exploitation grows and victims are increased when commercial sex is allowed to thrive (see Leviticus 19:29).

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