The Exodus Cry Podcast

The Exodus Cry Podcast is a resource for anyone who wants to learn more about sex trafficking and how they can fight it.

Join the Exodus Cry team as they discuss the most current updates on all aspects of the commercial sex industry, including sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and stripping. They'll dive into controversial and often hotly debated topics surrounding global sex industry policy, ideology, gender and sexuality, and even the spiritual aspects of injustice.

In addition to hearing from the staff at Exodus Cry, you’ll hear from leading voices who specialize in the areas of abolition, prevention, restoration, and intervention—including survivors and game changers in the movement to end sexual exploitation.

October 17th, 2017

Ep. 33: Hugh Hefner: The Father of Porn Culture

Benjamin and Laila react to and reflect on the recent death of Hugh Hefner. They speak into the questions: What was his “legacy”? How did he affect our world? What does his death mean for us now?
October 16th, 2017

Ep. 32: Reaction to Harvey Weinstein Sexual Abuse Allegations

Hollywood media mogul Harvey Weinstein has been exposed this week under a slew of sexual assault allegations. Benjamin and Laila discuss the developing story--what happened, how it happened, and what we should expect moving forward.
October 10th, 2017

Ep. 31: How to Take Action: Reclaim Your Identity Part 1

Taking action to combat the commercial sex industry starts on an individual heart level with several important internal responses. One of those responses is to reclaim your identity as a compassionate and loving person made in the image of God, not allowing pop-culture to define your identity as either a sexual consumer or sexual object.
October 3rd, 2017

Ep. 30: Counting the Cost

After an extremely powerful interview with former sex buyer Gene McConnel for episode 27, Benjamin and Laila felt the need to sit down and process some of what they heard. They dig deeper into some of the issues touched on during the interview, and also talk about some of their thoughts and insights that were inspired by hearing Gene’s story.
September 26th, 2017

Ep. 29: How to Take Action: Be Compassionate Part 2

What is compassion? Why is it important? How can we overcome hurdles that hinder our compassion? In this episode the internal response to exploitation of being a compassionate person is discussed by Benjamin and Laila.
September 19th, 2017

Ep. 28: How to Take Action: Be Compassionate Part 1

Ending the injustice of commercial sexual exploitation requires a response. In this episode Benjamin and Laila talk about the internal responses of love and compassion, and how those two things are central to changing the status quo.
September 12th, 2017

Ep. 27: Interview With Former Sex Buyer Gene McConnell

Gene McConnell is the founder and president of Authentic Relationships International, a non-profit organization dedicated to liberating people from toxic influences and beliefs. For over 31 years, he has trained therapists, pastors, law enforcement, medical professionals, and others about domestic violence, sexual abuse, shame, and building and maintaining healthy relationships. Gene’s real life experience of brokenness and recovery has positioned him to develop highly successful programs that have helped hundreds...
August 15th, 2017

Ep. 26: How to Take Action – Choose Love

When fighting exploitation there are a variety of actions one can take. There are external responses and internal ones. Internal responses deal with one’s own heart posture and behaviors. In this episode Benjamin and Laila unpack the internal action of “choosing love” and what that means in the context of fighting back against commercial sexual exploitation. “Love is the great conqueror of lust” - C.S. Lewis
August 1st, 2017

Ep. 25: The Top Ten Myths About Prostitution

Benji and Laila go over the top ten most common myths regarding the true nature of prostitution and how to rebut them.   Resources discussed in this episode: “Prostitution, Violence, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” by Melissa Farley PhD and Howard Barkan DrPH “Not a Choice, Not a Job: Exposing the Myths about Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade” by Janice G Raymond, July 1, 2013 Nefarious: Merchant of Souls...
June 13th, 2017

Ep. 24: Understanding HR 466 “Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act”

Laila explains the importance of HR 466, a bill aimed at curbing international demand for commercial sex. She gives an update on the status of the legislation, as well as explains how and why it came to be.   Resources discussed in this episode: Exodus Cry Blog: Fighting for the Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act Support Letter Full HR 466 Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act...