The Freedom Journal
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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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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June 21st, 2019
What Goes on in a Trafficking Survivor’s Mind?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most prevalent diagnosis’ trafficking and prostitution survivors are faced with after leaving a life of sexual exploitation. PTSD, simply put, is the result of trauma. From the physical torture and emotional manipulation often inflicted by the pimps to the continual sexual assault they endure from the tricks, trauma is truly the cornerstone of sex trafficking and prostitution. Trauma can be categorized in...

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June 6th, 2019
5 Ways to Protect Your Kids from Porn

92.5 million. That’s how many times just one porn site was visited each day in 2018. EACH DAY! It’s devastating and straight-up frightening. Pornography and explicit imagery have become a custom of modern culture and, tragically, our kids are being targeted. What is now being called a public health crisis, the porn industry is fighting for the minds and hearts of the next generation. As a father, I am grasping...

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May 31st, 2019
Benjamin Nolot’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 24th, 2019
Here’s Why Nevada Is Not Safe for Women

Forty-eight years ago prostitution was legalized in Nevada and as a result, Nevada has developed into a breeding ground for sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. In fact, Nevada has the highest rate of prostitution in the country—its illegal sex trade is 63% higher than the next highest state. It also ranks in the top 10 states for trafficked and exploited youth. None of this is surprising because research has...

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May 17th, 2019
Prostitution Survivor Deconstructs a Pro “Sex Work” TED Talk

In her recent TEDx Talk “What a Sex Worker Can Teach Us About Human Connection”1 Nicole Emma spun a story of prostitution as one of healing for toxic masculinity. She characterized her role in this story as a “sexual health professional.” Her story pulls you in as all fairytales do, but to me, that is all it really was—a fairytale. I did not find the everyday reality of prostitution in...

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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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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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