The Freedom Journal

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Changing Laws

October 10th, 2019
The Sex Industry Wants to Keep You Confused About This

Several years ago, I attended a film screening hosted by a reputable anti-trafficking organization. The documentary was about the reality of prostitution and the commercial sex trade. At the end of the film, the event organizers introduced a panel of subject matter experts and invited the audience to ask questions. The very first question was, "so this is why we need to legalize prostitution, right?" I looked around at the...

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September 25th, 2019
Why Survivors Oppose D.C.’s Pro-Prostitution Bill

In the city where our Supreme Court of justice resides a bill is being considered to fully decriminalize prostitution in Washington, D.C. They call it “The Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019,” but it will not make prostituted women safe. And legalizing sex buying, pimping, and brothel keeping of vulnerable women is not justice. It is a human rights disaster. “Council members would do well to look beyond...

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September 20th, 2019
Could This Bill Help End Global Sex Trafficking?

Last week Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-08) jointly introduced the bi-partisan Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act HR 4326 in Congress. This important bill will strengthen the United States government’s efforts to ensure that nations around the world are effectively preventing sex trafficking by working to eliminate the demand for commercial sex. In practice, this means passing laws that greatly reduce the number of sex buyers. Upon...

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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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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 12th, 2019
NY Introduces Bill to Decriminalize Sex Buying

This post is an updated version of "Don’t Pass this ‘Pimp Protection Act’" published by the New York Post, written by Laila Mickelwait. Laila is Exodus Cry's Director of Abolition. State Sens. Jessica Ramos and Julia Salazar, along with ­Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, have officially introduced a bill to “fully decriminalize” what they call “sex work” in the Empire State. Their agenda sounds progressive, but it should alarm anyone who cares...

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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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March 20th, 2019
CA Senator and Notorious Porn Producer Push for Legal Pimping

Recently, California Senator Kamala Harris expressed her support of the full decriminalization of “sex work” in the state of California. What this means in practice is that in addition to decriminalizing the sale of sex, Harris is advocating for removing criminal responsibility for the acts of pimping, buying sex, and brothel keeping. Under this type of legislation pimps, traffickers, and brothel owners could operate as ordinary businessmen and exploit some...

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February 28th, 2019
New Law In Canadian City Will Expose Sex Buyers

Last week, police from the Canadian city of London, Ontario announced that effective immediately the names of sex buyers would be made public information. This new policy is an attempt to curb the demand for prostitution by outing men who would otherwise be able to hide the harm they are perpetrating. London police previously had withheld the names of men charged with buying sex, even in human trafficking cases. The...

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January 4th, 2019
It’s Official: Israel Bans the Purchase of Sex

On December 31, as 2018 was coming to a close and the dawn of 2019 was on the horizon, the members of the Israeli Knesset joined together, in Jerusalem, to make a united, historic declaration about the values of their society. With no dissenters, the government of Israel approved legislation that sent a clear message: humans are not property to be bought and sold. In a momentous stand for human...

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