The Freedom Journal

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Changing Laws

October 4th, 2017
City in Focus: Tel Aviv, Israel

"For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." —Isaiah 2:3 Many might be surprised to know that prostitution is legal in Israel and that it is, in fact, a hotbed of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. However Israel stands on the brink of a massive breakthrough concerning the issue of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. There is a very promising...

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June 5th, 2017
Fighting for the Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act

How can we uproot the system of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in our world? At the top of the list is reducing and eliminating the demand for illicit sex. That means rightly putting the focus back on the buyers, making it difficult for them to purchase sex, and enforcing penalties against them accordingly. Unfortunately, many countries neglect to pass laws making the purchase of sex illegal, which means...

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February 15th, 2017
BREAKING NEWS: The Republic of Ireland Passes the Equality Model of Legislation

Today we all can collectively celebrate another WIN for the abolition movement! Yesterday the Republic of Ireland followed the lead of Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Canada, France, and Northern Ireland, to be the seventh country in the world to pass the Equality Model (Nordic Model) of legislation—making the purchase of sex illegal. This is the same model of legislation we both endorse and celebrate in our sex trafficking documentary film, Nefarious:...

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February 8th, 2017
City in Focus: Washington D.C.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2 This quarter we will be praying for our nation’s capitol, a place in great need of God’s divine intervention and leadership. Washington...

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January 11th, 2017
Backpage Shuts Down Prostitution Ads Section

This is a historic week for the movement to end trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation! On Jan. 9, Backpage.com, a website notorious for its facilitation of prostitution and sex trafficking finally shut down the “adult” sexual services advertising section of its website. The website, which Polaris Project calls “the world’s top online brothel,” removed the prostitution ads section only hours after a scathing U.S. Senate report concluded that the website...

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June 2nd, 2016
A Shift in the Netherlands

On Tuesday, in a nation with arguably the most famous red light district in the world, the government took a step in the right direction. In the Netherlands, members of parliament in the Dutch lower house voted to criminalize the purchase of sex in cases where the buyer had suspicion that the woman was there by force or threat. Although this is not the Equality Model (Nordic Model) it is...

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April 7th, 2016
Groundbreaking Victory in France for Abolition

We are so excited to announce that YOU have helped to change history once again through your dedicated prayers! From January to April of last year, Paris, France, was Exodus Cry’s City in Focus. For three months you joined forces with us to pray for the changing of prostitution laws in the nation. On Tuesday April 5, 2016, our prayers were answered when 62 members of parliament voted to pass...

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February 26th, 2016
Watch Our Historic Briefing in D.C.

We're grateful that our very own Director of Abolition, Laila Mickelwait, went to Washington D.C. to help facilitate a historic congressional briefing titled “The Demand Factor in the Global Sex Trade.” Exodus Cry—together with Shared Hope International and Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission—hosted this briefing, featuring an all-star panel. The briefing helped to educate members of congress, congressional staff, and the public on how the demand for commercial sex fuels the global...

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August 25th, 2015
Amnesty International Supports Pimps, Traffickers, and Sex Buyers

On August 11, Amnesty International made an egregious decision by voting to adopt a resolution that blatantly protects pimps and johns at the expense of millions of women and girls throughout the world who are prostituted, abused and trafficked in the sex industry. By calling for the complete decriminalization of all aspects of the sex industry, Amnesty International has now essentially declared it a “human right” for men to buy...

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April 27th, 2015
Injustice in Italy

In Italy, disturbing trends regarding the commercial sex industry are in the news. The country’s laws that make it legal for men to purchase sex are fueling the demand for prostitution. Reports indicate that issues involving the sex trade are becoming increasingly out of control, and government representatives are scrambling for ways to contain the industry and its impact on surrounding areas. As a possible solution, officials in Rome have...

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