The Freedom Journal

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June 25th, 2019
An Open Letter to All Presidential Candidates

This letter by Rev. Dr. Marian Hatcher and Rebecca Bender was originally posted here. Dear Presidential Candidates, We, the undersigned survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking, have experienced years of abuse, violence, objectification, and dehumanization in the sex trade. We know first-hand the devastating harm and long-term trauma that happens as a result of being exploited in an industry predicated on racial, gender, and income inequality. We are aware that...

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May 31st, 2019
Our Founder’s (Literal) Abolition Dream

Our founder, Benjamin Nolot, recently had a deeply sobering dream, which he posted to social media soon afterwards. Through the overwhelmingly positive response and widespread exposure it has received, it’s clear that the message of the dream is really resonating with a lot of people. As such, we wanted to share it with our Exodus Cry community. In sharing this dream we aren’t attempting to make any claims about ourselves...

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May 9th, 2019
Our Letter to Sex Buyers (and One Man’s Response)

While in Moscow during the World Cup this past summer, we reached out to trafficked and sexually exploited women across the city. But, as the sex industry only exists due to male demand, we also reached out to sex buyers in hopes of inspiring change in their minds and hearts. We set up a fake ad online for a woman in prostitution and gathered the email addresses of many men...

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July 31st, 2018
Our Undercover Date with a Sex Buyer

Anya is a 22-year-old white Russian girl offering all kinds of “erotic services” in Moscow, whose ad could be found on an international escorting website. During the World Cup, sex buyers (aka “Johns”) scoured the internet looking for women they could purchase nearby. Many came across Anya’s ad and sent her a text. Here are two actual text exchanges between Anya and prospective sex buyers. Chat #1 Chat #2 But...

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July 17th, 2018
Police Raid Our Forest Outreach Location, Pimp Arrested

The forests in and around Moscow have become “outdoor brothels” where sex buyers flock to each night. With prostitution being illegal in Russia, these locations provide a veil of separation from the more visible city environment. As we shared in a previous post, men will often drive up in their cars to a parked van in a remote forest location. This van will be filled with women, many of whom...

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July 11th, 2018
Personal Encounters With Moscow’s Most Vulnerable

For the past several weeks our Director of Outreach and Intervention, Helen Taylor, has been leading a team in Moscow as they reach out to trafficked and exploited women across the city during the 2018 World Cup. Since the LuBlue: Love Russia campaign began, Helen and her team have worked with local churches to launch 24/7 prayer, train Russians in reaching the exploited, and lead outreach to women being sold...

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June 28th, 2018
Honest Reactions to Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution

From celebrities to professors, sexual assault victims to college partiers, here are some of the honest and inspiring things people are saying about Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution. We also want you to add your voice to the conversation and help share the truth! You can boost exposure for this film and fight the sexual violation that pervades our world by rating and reviewing Liberated on IMDB and Netflix. For...

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December 21st, 2016
Raw, Unscripted Moments with Benjamin Nolot

Benjamin Nolot took a few moments to share some provoking stories that remind us all why we must continue to fight sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. This video was originally broadcast on Facebook Live. It's not too late to help write new stories for those who are bound in sexual exploitation. Your gift today will fuel the changing of laws, transformation of culture, and personal outreach to those who...

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July 26th, 2016
Q&A With Naomi Zacharias

Naomi Zacharias is the director of Wellspring International—a humanitarian arm of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries—which is devoted to helping at-risk women and children across the globe. In this candid Q&A, Naomi Zacharias opens up on how she came to join the fight against trafficking, offers some insider advice for those who want to join the fight, and shares how she gets through times of discouragement. Come learn from Naomi Zacharias...

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December 21st, 2015
How Her Real Scars Were Healed

The entire length of Lydia’s* back was scarred with the words “Property of XXXX.” It was the name of her pimp—her trafficker. But it wasn’t just a “tattoo.” As this permanent ink was violently, forcibly embedded into her skin something even more painful and devastating was being communicated to her by her trafficker: “You belong to me.” Lydia was being stripped of her identity, her dignity, her autonomy. And it...

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