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.


March 16th, 2017

Episode 15: Interview with Rebecca Bender

Benjamin and Laila were honored to interview Rebecca Bender in this week’s podcast episode. Rebecca is a nationally recognized and awarded expert on domestic sex trafficking. After escaping nearly six years of both labor and sex trafficking, she emerged as a Survivor Leader, providing consulting, training and speaking with some of the largest anti-trafficking groups and government agencies in the country, including FBI, Homeland Security and former president Jimmy Carter....
March 7th, 2017

Episode 14: Interview with Dr. Melissa Farley

Benjamin and Laila are privileged to interview Dr. Melissa Farley in this podcast episode. Dr. Farley has practiced as a clinical psychologist for 40 years. She brings that experience to her consultations with agencies, governments, and advocates for prostituted and trafficked women. She has articulated the harms of prostitution, pornography, and trafficking as an expert witness in forensic evaluations and has been categorized as a legal expert on the effects...
February 28th, 2017

Episode 13: Is Prostitution A Choice? Part 3

The conversation surrounding the issue of choice in prostitution continues. Benjamin Nolot and Laila Mickelwait go even deeper to dispute some of society's most commonly believed “exceptions” to the rule, that allow the alleviation of moral conflict. They also discuss the way in which our modern pornographic culture is also a coercive force pulling women and girls into prostitution.   Resources discussed in this episode: Paid For: My Journey Through...
February 21st, 2017

Episode 12: Is Prostitution A Choice? Part 2

Benjamin Nolot and Laila Mickelwait continue to discuss the issue of choice within the context of the prostitution industry. This time they focus the conversation on the way that people are pushed into prostitution by a coercive landscape caused by a variety of vulnerabilities.   Resources discussed in this episode: Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution book by Rachel Moran http://theprostitutionexperience.com Nefarious: Merchant of Souls documentary Exodus Cry
February 14th, 2017

Episode 11: Is Prostitution A Choice? Part 1

Is prostitution a choice? That is the question that Benjamin Nolot and Laila Mickelwait unpack and seek to answer in the first of a three part podcast series on the topic. Specifically in this episode they focus on the seller/pimp/trafficker side of the “choice” equation.   Resources discussed in this episode: Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution book by Rachel Moran http://theprostitutionexperience.com Nefarious: Merchant of Souls documentary Exodus Cry
February 7th, 2017

Episode 10: Understanding Prostitution as a Form of Sexual Abuse Part 2

The reality of the harmful experience of prostitution as told by survivors is further discussed by Benjamin Nolot and Laila Mickelwait. They highlight the abuse, trauma and resulting dissociation that go part and parcel with the sex trade and the way that it is the humanity of a person that is being bought in prostitution, which results in prostitution being a form of slavery. Show Notes Amnesty International’s Policy on...
January 31st, 2017

Episode 09: Understanding Prostitution as a Form of Sexual Abuse

Continuing the discussion from Episode 8, Benjamin Nolot and Laila Mickelwait go deeper into explaining how prostitution is experienced as sexual abuse. In doing so, they discuss the way in which dissociation is necessary for the person being prostituted and the implications that holds for understanding the nature of prostitution. Show Notes For more information on dissociation in prostitution see “Dissociation Among Women in Prostitution”, Colin A. Ross MD, Melissa...
January 24th, 2017

Episode 08: Does Legalizing Prostitution Make it Safer?

Benjamin Nolot and Laila Mickelwait discuss the false notion that legalization or decriminalization of prostitution mitigates the harm present within the sex industry. They also talk about the reality of “the prostitution experience” as told by countless survivors of the sex trade. Show Notes “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking” - Albert Einstein “Working in...
January 11th, 2017

Episode 07: The Myth of the “Empowered & Liberated ‘Sex Worker’”

Benjamin Nolot and Laila Mickelwait talk about the myth promoted by those that support prostitution of the independent, empowered, and liberated “sex worker” and how the reality of prostitution tells a much different story. Show Notes “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking” - Albert Einstein Field research that took place in nine countries (five of...
January 5th, 2017

Episode 06: The Pro “Sex Work” Narrative and the Normalization of Prostitution

Benjamin Nolot and Laila Mickelwait discuss how the global pro-prostitution movement has used the promotion of the term “sex work” as a way to legitimize and normalize the commercial sex industry. They talk about the way in which the term “sex work” is deeply embedded with meaning, and how it sets an entire framework for understanding prostitution and shaping legislation. Show Notes The pro-prostitution New York Times article discussed during...