In the ever-changing illegal world of sex trafficking, the criminals who perpetuate the sale of women’s bodies are continually changing their strategies to adapt to the growing efforts against their lucrative trade.
In recent years we have seen a clear trend towards the sale of girls in online venues of prostitution. For example, police in Syracuse, New York, estimated that 90% of that city’s prostitution trade had gone online between 2009 and 2011.1
Online prostitution provides greater anonymity for johns and pimps and it blurs jurisdictional boundaries, since internet content can be accessed and published anywhere.2In this changing landscape of exploitation it’s important for advocates and outreach efforts to adapt to effectively reach the American-born and international girls that are being sold through these online venues.
Although we may not be able to easily see these girls being sold on the corners of our neighborhoods, with just a few clicks we are able to find them, see their faces, and often make contact with them.
The question we must ask ourselves is this: If the men who buy them for sex can find them, why can’t we?
Today’s street corners are online ads leading to young girls isolated in hotel rooms across our cities. Here, the only people they interact with are either profiting off their abuse, or using them for their own pleasure. The question we must ask ourselves is this: If the men who buy them for sex can find them, why can’t we?
Since 2013 Exodus Cry’s Intervention team has been effectively reaching out to women trafficked for sex through online venues. On January 30, we will be hosting our second Intervention Workshop in Kansas City. It’s designed to provide you with equipping, tools, and resources, which will enable you to do regular outreach to exploited persons in your city.
Whether you are an individual wanting to better understand the state of the sex trade in America or a person who is currently doing outreach in your city, come join us for a collaborative one-day training and learn the values and best practices of an effective online outreach.
Topics will include:
- A foundation of justice and prayer
- Intervention 101
- Online exploitation and the texting model of outreach
- Building relationship with exploited individuals
- Men in outreach
- Intake and aftercare
- Self-care for field workers
A copy of our newly released Intervention Manual will be given to every attendee, along with a free lunch!
Saturday, January 30, 9am-5pm
(Lunch will be provided)
Exodus Cry Office
714 Main Street
Grandview, MO, 64030
Cost: $40 Early Bird Registration (through January 16), $50 Regular Registration (plus processing fee)
Past Workshop Testimonials
“The passion and the experience that you guys have is awesome and I went away feeling inspired, more equipped, and thankful… I wanted to thank you for advancing the Kingdom and lighting fires. If all the anti-trafficking charities came together and shared in the way that you guys have, what impact we will all have. I especially appreciated the time spent discussing safeguarding our own hearts and for sharing your heartbreak and the strength and grace that God continues to give you. A million thank yous.”
—Lisa Crosby (Newcastle, UK)
“The workshop was life-changing for us and for the women that we are going to encounter in the future!”
—Doug Bennett (Magdalene Hope, CA)
- 1. Dowty, Douglas. “Syracuse Police Charge 36 in Prostitution Sting Originating On Internet.” Web. 7 December 2012. http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/04/syracuse_police_charge_36_in_p.html
- 2. Farley, Melissa. “Online Prostitution and Trafficking.” 2014.