The Freedom Journal
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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May 3rd, 2019
I Was Never a “Sex Worker” but I Am a Survivor

A survivor’s response to Teen Vogue’s article “Why Sex Work Is Real Work.” “Aren’t I a sex worker? And in some ways aren’t we all?,”1 said Dr. Tlalel Mofokeng in her recent Teen Vogue article “Why Sex Work Is Real Work.” No, I am not, nor was I ever a “sex worker,” but I am a survivor of sexual exploitation in prostitution and porn. And no, Dr. Mofokeng’s experience as...

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April 12th, 2019
Women in Porn Accuse Top Agent of Sexual Abuse, Trafficking

NBC recently reported that one of the porn industry’s top agents, Derek Hay, “has been accused by women whom he represents of fraud, sexual abuse and links to an illegal escort business — accusations including coercing performers to pay off ‘unconscionable’ fees and penalties either in cash or by performing sexual acts on him.”1 In a 75-minute NBC documentary, several actresses share how they were “financially manipulated and funneled into...

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April 5th, 2019
Incest Was My Boot Camp for Prostitution

“Incest is the boot camp for prostitution.” —Andrea Dworkin, radical feminist writer & activist I have never been in the military, but I have been through the boot camp of my father’s sexual abuse. His sexual abuse that began at age 5 formed my identity around being sexually violated by men. Sexual objectification and violation were the norms that we, as girls, should expect from men—at least that’s what I...

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March 28th, 2019
How We Dismantled A Nigerian Trafficking Ring

Header Photo: A female and male trafficker react after Russian police arrive at their apartment, where they were trafficking nine girls. Before I share this story, I want to acknowledge that the “we” in this article title refers not only to the Exodus Cry Outreach team, but also to the Russian NGO Alternativa, Russian journalists, law enforcement, and most importantly, the courageous exploited young women who reached out for help....

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February 25th, 2019
From Motel Encounters to HIV Clinic: Inside the Super Bowl Outreach

On a cool Atlanta night, our outreach van pulled into the parking lot of a dingy-curtained motel. A few team members slipped out and approached a young woman, perhaps just 18 or 19, standing by the motel door, her hair pulled back in a bun. They offered her a single pink rose—a hotline number was attached with twine—and spoke loving, encouraging words to her. I watched from the window as...

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February 7th, 2019
How I Escaped My Trafficker at Age 14

As I shared in part one and part two of my story, my sister and her boyfriend plotted to traffic me when I was twelve years old. They invited me to a “sleepover,” and the next thing I knew, I was being taken to hotel after hotel, where men lined up to pay for a virgin. In that moment, my sister’s boyfriend became my pimp. He laid out what would...

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February 6th, 2019
These New Laws on Torture Porn Are Obscene

Waterboarding, electrocution, tying a person up with ropes and chains then gagging them and tormenting them with instruments, as well as urinating on them and defecating on their face and body, are all part of the landscape of acceptable porn in England and Wales, thanks to a new law. Acts such as these were previously forbidden under the Obscene Publications Act, but a few days ago the laws were changed...

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February 1st, 2019
A Police Officer Bought Me In Middle School

Growing up, I was always the funny child. I was the one who made my siblings laugh. I had such an innocence and joy emanating from me. Before being trafficked I was the bravest kid. My grandfather often spoke about how tough and strong I was, inwardly and outwardly. I was the essence of innocence. But this was taken from me. The bold, joyful girl I was lost all her...

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January 25th, 2019
My Sister Sold My Virginity in Middle School

The night has always been frightening for me. My parents divorced when I was quite young, and as a little child I would cry throughout the night while at my dad’s home—mainly because I desperately desired to be with my mom. When I moved into my dad’s home full-time at age twelve I cried for months out of deep pain and longing for an escape. I did not think my...

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