The Freedom Journal
September 17th, 2019
BREAKING: German Politicians Want to Criminalize Sex Buying

Germany is a country where prostitution has been legalized and normalized to the degree that over one million men are purchasing sex in the country per day. Nearly half a million women are sold in 3500 brothels, on the streets, in drive-through sex stalls, and other locations. Because of laws that allow men to buy sex with impunity, the sex industry in the country is enormous and sexual exploitation is...

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September 6th, 2019
Modeling Ad Deceives 22 Women into Porn Scheme

On August 19, a trial began in San Diego, in which 22 women testified to being manipulated and tricked by producers into making internet pornography for a website called Girls Do Porn. Each woman’s claim includes being seriously deceived by the producers from beginning to end. What began as a Craigslist ad for a modeling job, featuring pictures of fully clothed women, turned into a bait-and-switch to make amateur porn....

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August 30th, 2019
When Exploitation Fails Our Expectations

When we hear the term “sex trafficking,” something in our hearts ignites. Visions of women drugged and smuggled across the border, awakening to the dingy smell of a back-end brothel flood our minds. We are immediately infuriated by the blatant injustice. We raise impassioned pleas for the violence to end. We organize fundraisers, start social media campaigns, and tell all our friends. We muster all our sympathy against a crime...

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August 22nd, 2019
Survivor: Sharing Our Stories Is Harder Than You Think

I tried to kill myself when I was 17. I count that as my first real act of speaking. I screamed the excruciating pain of being sexually exploited in prostitution and porn, as I swallowed an entire bottle of pills. And then I collapsed back into silence. I was able to speak the truth in that moment only because I thought I would never have to face the consequences. When...

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August 15th, 2019
Buyers Must Be Held Accountable in Epstein Case

This guest post was written by Alison Phillips, an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City specializing in human trafficking. This past week, headlines splashed around the country announcing the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, a famous and wealthy financier charged with operating a sex trafficking network and sexually exploiting dozens of underage girls. His death means that he will not be prosecuted in a court of law,...

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August 8th, 2019
I Had Lunch Next to a Pimp

This guest blog post was submitted by anti-trafficking advocate Abby Shrewsbury. I had lunch next to a pimp.   I had been in anti-trafficking meetings all day with local organizations I partner with and hadn’t eaten a full meal all day (sorry mom). I was planning to shop until I met some friends in the area later that night, but I decided to stop at a restaurant nearby for a...

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August 1st, 2019
How Porn Can Turn Kids Into Sex Criminals

Lately, it feels like I am surrounded by nudity or (borderline) pornographic material everywhere I turn. From random advertisements, YouTube, all the popular movies and television shows, and now, even the most prominent social networking sites have started to disappoint me. Nudity is everywhere, and if it's not full-frontal nudity, it's a picture of a beautiful woman covered in just enough strings to be classified as a bikini. Sometimes it's a...

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July 24th, 2019
Charlize Theron Narrowly Escaped Exploitation

Recently, Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron, arguably one of the most powerful and highly paid women in Hollywood, recounted a “casting couch” experience that she had with a big-name producer. At the time of the incident, she was only eighteen or nineteen and just starting out in her acting career. She said in the interview that the man “was a very big deal and is still a big deal,” hinting...

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July 17th, 2019
Rebuke the Oppressor: Confronting Rampant Sexual Abuse in the Church

On the heels of consistent breaking stories of sexual abuse scandals being uncovered in the Church at the hands of men in positions of power, news broke this week of a yet another tragedy. This time mega-church leader Joaquín García has been arrested on charges of sex trafficking and child rape. It is reported that over a period of years the “pastor” raped the underage girls and coerced them into...

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July 10th, 2019
Survivors Lead the Fight Against Millionaire Jeffrey Epstein

In a shocking, yet relieving turn of events, multi-millionaire and notorious buyer of sex, Jeffrey Epstein, has finally been indicted in the state of New York for his involvement in the sex trafficking and exploitation of teenage girls. He was arrested on Saturday, July 6 and soon after, investigators searched his Upper East Side townhouse only to uncover additional evidence of his sexual obsessions with young women. It is reported...

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