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.


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...
December 29th, 2016

Episode 05: The Roots of Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation: Demand and Commodification

Benjamin Nolot (CEO/Founder, Exodus Cry) and Laila Mickelwait (Director of Abolition, Exodus Cry) highlight some of the reasons that sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) exist in our world today. They hit on the phenomenon of supply and demand, and the role that men play in perpetuating CSE by creating the demand for commercial sex. They also discuss the concept of the commodification of the human body, and how...
December 13th, 2016

Episode 04: Victor Hugo: A Prophet for Our Time

Benjamin Nolot (CEO/Founder, Exodus Cry) and Laila Mickelwait (Director of Abolition, Exodus Cry) discuss the way that William Wilberforce changed the popular narrative about slavery and how Victor Hugo identified an unfinished work regarding prostitution. They also talk about the connections between sex trafficking and the prostitution industry. Show Notes “We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it...
December 6th, 2016

Episode 03: Lessons From History

Benjamin Nolot (CEO/Founder, Exodus Cry) and Laila Mickelwait (Director of Abolition, Exodus Cry) continue to discuss William Wilberforce’s strategy to end historical slavery and how it applies to the modern abolition movement.   Resources discussed in this episode: Amazing Grace book by Eric Metaxas Proslavery, A History of the Defense of Slavery in America, 1701-1840 by Larry E Tise Nefarious: Merchant of Souls documentary Exodus Cry
November 2nd, 2016

Episode 02: The Strategy of Abolition

Benjamin Nolot (Founder/CEO, Exodus Cry) and Laila Mickelwait (Director of Abolition, Exodus Cry) go in depth discussing the abolition strategy of William Wilberforce. They unpack the concept of the winning story or “cover narrative” in influencing history. Show Notes Benjamin speaks about his journey of producing the documentary Nefarious: Merchant of Souls and how it changed his initial understanding sex trafficking to one where he realized that all forms of...