The Freedom Journal
February 4th, 2020
What I Hope My Sons Learn from the Super Bowl Halftime Show

This guest post was written by Alison Phillips, an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City specializing in human trafficking. Like millions of other Americans, I excitedly tuned into this year’s Super Bowl. I was especially thrilled to see my beloved Kansas City Chiefs bring home their first Super Bowl victory in 50 years! As an active abolitionist, however, my enthusiasm for the Super Bowl is always tempered...

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January 29th, 2020
Why Prostitution Is Slavery

“So enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable did its wickedness appear, that my own mind was completely made up for the abolition. A trade founded in iniquity, and carried on as this was, must be abolished, let the price be what it might.”1 -William Wilberforce William Wilberforce decried the injustice of the African slave trade when it was very unpopular to do so. He used his voice and political influence for...

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January 22nd, 2020
We’re Tackling Sexual Exploitation at Miami’s Super Bowl

Z, as she calls herself, was 13 when she first met a man named Roman Thomas on the streets of Miami. He was 26, but she didn’t realize how much older he was at the time. He asked if she wanted to hang out. When she agreed he took her to the Motel Shores at Biscayne on 105th Street and Biscayne Boulevard. Within hours she was being sold to strangers...

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January 6th, 2020
22 Women Win $13 Million in Lawsuit Against Predatory Porn Company

This past August, 22 women gathered for a trial in San Diego, where they testified to being deceived into producing internet pornography for the mainstream porn site, Girls Do Porn. They have now won this lawsuit. What was spun as a modeling job on Craigslist, featuring photos of fully clothed women, was actually a recruitment scheme to produce amateur pornography—producers claimed that the content would never appear online. Website owners,...

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December 20th, 2019
Our New Film Rips the Mask Off the Porn Industry

Help this film impact the masses with the truth about the porn industry's rampant human rights abuses! Give to our year-end campaign today and help us reach our $250,000 goal. Give Freedom --- “And then we just lay it on harder and I lay it on harder and I lay it on harder, until they snap—until we find the end. So I am guilty of that, I push to the...

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November 21st, 2019
17-year-old: How I Escaped an International Trafficking Ring

Stories like this happen because people like you help exploited women cross over into freedom. Will you be a bridge to freedom today and help us meet our $250K year-end goal? Your gift will send expertly trained outreach teams to hotbeds of commercial sexual exploitation around the world and transform lives in 2020. Give Freedom “Are you being held here in Moscow against your will?” the stoic Russian judge asked...

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November 14th, 2019
Why This Jailed Survivor Was Excited to See Us

Stories like this one happen because people like you help exploited women cross over into freedom. Will you be a bridge to freedom today and help us meet our $250K end-of-year goal? Your gift will transform lives in 2020. Give Freedom We waited for the guard to open the clunky iron door of the "pod"—a large holding space for anywhere between 10 to 70 women—where inmates sleep, eat, and hang...

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November 8th, 2019
Men Use 50 Shades Defense to Get Away with Murder

She had it coming. She was asking for it. She consented to this. She never said her safe word. These phrases are being used at an alarming rate not only to diminish the severity but to condone violence against women, and it’s not something that’s only started happening in the last decade. The “rough sex” defense has been around since the 1980s but has become an increasingly popular plea since...

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November 1st, 2019
Missing 15-year-old Girl Trafficked in Porn, 58 Videos Found

After being trafficked in porn for nearly a year, a 15-year old girl is finally free. The crimes perpetrated against her are clear because they were recorded and posted on porn websites. Sex trafficking has been most often associated with prostitution, but as this case reminds us sex trafficking also happens in porn. Last week the New York Post reported that “a teenage girl who had been missing for nearly...

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October 23rd, 2019
Our Testimony to D.C. Council on Prostitution Bill

A few days ago the D.C. Council held a hearing to help decide whether or not they'll pass the Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019, a deceptively named bill that would fully decriminalize the sex trade in that city. This would include not only the sale of sex, but buying sex, pimping, and brothel-keeping. During this very long day, the council listened to testimonies from the pro "sex...

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