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Short Answers

So my dear friend Abigail (oh you’ve all heard about her a million times!) has started a new fabulous feature called “Short Answers” asking little children (your own children, siblings, or whatever young kids you can find…) random questions and writing down their answers to share with the world! This first instalment just happened to fall on Hudson’s third birthday. I know I’ve talked very little about my little sweet chivalrous man, but hopefully you’ll get to know him better in the future. (I really need to get a post about the boys…) Corina, my younger sister is 12 but has severe learning disabilities and she always keeps us laughing with her mix ups and things she says. We adopted her from Romania when she was 4 and her language skills still aren’t very great.

This is going to be so fun and you’ll see the craziness of the little siblings I love so much! (Note: Most of Hudson’s answers will make no sense. He just turned three today!)

What year were you born?

Nina: For me? I was born in 1999… I don’t know what born in! I don’t know what I born in Olivia!

Hudson: Like umm, mommy’s house.

Why do people wear deodorant?

Corina: Because to smell.

Hudson: Because an no no a chair (there was a lot of gibberish between the because and chair.)

What would you buy if you had a million dollars?

Nina: I’de buy a car or a electric scooter, electric scooter and I would want to buy a phone and… is a computer a million dollars? I’d buy a computer. And my own kid. And don’t you dare laugh about that.

Hudson: something something Truck.

Would you buy Olivia a yellow bug car?

Hudson: Yeah… you use my car!

What is a president?

Nina: A President is like you preach.

You think so? (Corina shakes head) So what do you think it is?

Corina: I don’t know, what is it? (Mind you… she learned all about this last year for school)

Hudson: Like umm a president and umm yeah.

Where would you like to take your family on vacation someday?

Nina: I would take my family on vacation on Hawaii or Florida or Disney World or Canada.

Hudson: I don’t know.

What place do you like?

Hudson: Car cake and *crazy giberish that I couldn’t make out*.

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Widespread Effects

With feminism came the sexual revolution and with that came a tolerance towards sexual perversion. What was horribly scandalous one hundred years ago now plays on our televisions every night. What was deemed punishable by death or public shame two hundred years ago is now flaunted, and people take pride in it. In our morally deteriorating society everything and anything is permissible.

While prostitution and sexual perversion may be permissible by society, the effects of it are deadly. Nothing good will ever come of prostitution no matter what the media and world tells us.

Whenever God’s plan for sex is abused, there are serious consequences. When sex is outside of marriage in any form, the outcome isn’t pretty. Sin never results in a good ending, and it’s no different with prostitution.

Prostitution destroys families, marriages, relationships, and lives. It gives a shallow and distorted view of sex that can just be bought, not earned or as a gift for marriage. The results of prostitution are STDs, unwanted pregnancies and abortions, fatherless children, broken marriages and families, addictions, and most importantly, another nail into the hands of Christ.

Is there any hope? With an issue so huge with it’s branches reaching out to so many spheres of life and society, is it just a hopeless case? I don’t think so, and I’ll show you why in the next post.

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The Ugly Truth about Prostitution

So what’s the big deal about prostitutes? I mean, aren’t they all those Marilyn Monroe types that are in it for the fun? At least that’s how most people see the whole issue of prostitution. It’s called a “victimless crime” and it’s claimed that it’s a civil agreement where both parties get what they want and no one gets hurt. But is that the case?
Let’s take a look at some statistics starting with age:
Average age of entry for a prostitute: 14 – 16 yrs
Average mean age: 31
Average years in prostitution: 11
Percent younger then age 18 at entry: 42% #
The most shocking of those stats is that average entry age. I will be fourteen in a week. Most of my friends are 15, 16, and 17. It’s so sad and scary to think of so many of my peers being in prostitution. Also, it is not legal and should not be. Most juvenile prostitutes are runaways and are (obviously) not doing so with parent’s permission.
Violence in Prostitution:
Threatened with a weapon: 78%
Physically assaulted: 82%
Raped: 82% (note from Annie Lobert: many prostitutes are confused by the definition of rape and so the numbers are suspected to be higher then this.)
Raped more than 5 times: 73%
Current or past homelessness: 84%
As a child, been beaten by a caregiver until injured or bruised: 49%
Sexually abused as a child: 65-95%
Victimless crime, huh? Hollywood and pop culture has glamorized it when the facts don’t show that glamour, in fact, they show horror and evil. Prostitution also gives great opportunity for slavery and many women in prostitution as being held there against their will, either with threats and fear of their pimps, substance addictions (that they now have to get money for the only way they see possible), or debts that they are told need to be paid.
So what’s the big deal about prostitutes? I mean, aren’t they all those Marilyn Monroe types that are in it for the fun? At least that’s how most people see the whole issue of prostitution. It’s called a “victimless crime” and it’s claimed that it’s a civil agreement where both parties get what they want and no one gets hurt. But is that the case?

The Statistics show otherwise. Let’s take a look at some statistics starting with age:
  • Average age of entry for a prostitute: 14 – 16 yrs
  • Average mean age: 31
  • Average years in prostitution: 11
  • Percent younger then age 18 at entry: 42%
The most shocking of those stats is that average entry age. I just turned fourteen last week. Most of my friends are 15, 16, and 17. It’s so sad and scary to think of so many of my peers being in prostitution. Also, it is not legal and should not be. Most juvenile prostitutes are runaways and are (obviously) not doing so with parent’s permission.


Violence in Prostitution:
  • Threatened with a weapon: 78%
  • Physically assaulted: 82%
  • Raped: 82% (note from Annie Lobert: many prostitutes are confused by the definition of rape and so the numbers are suspected to be higher then this.)
  • Raped more than 5 times: 73%
  • Current or past homelessness: 84%
  • As a child, been beaten by a caregiver until injured or bruised: 49%
  • Sexually abused as a child: 65-95%
Victimless crime, huh? Hollywood and pop culture has glamorized it when the facts don’t show that glamour, in fact, they show horror and evil. Prostitution also gives great opportunity for slavery and many women in prostitution as being held there against their will, either with threats and fear of their pimps, substance addictions (that they now have to get money for the only way they see possible), or debts that they are told need to be paid.


Drug and Alcohol use:
  • Drugs: 75%
  • Alcohol: 26%
Another sobering statistic. From what I’ve read of personal stories and such, pimps will get their women addicted to drugs in order to make them stay and keep earning money. No working. No drugs.


The Most Shocking Statistic:
  • 87% of prostitutes say they would leave prostitution.

Now that is a HUGE number! There are an estimated 100,000 prostitutes in America.  That means that around 87,000 prostitutes want to get out of the trade. That shatters all our preconceived ideas that we have about prostitution, or at least it has shattered mine.


My journey that lead to this burden on my heart started with my passion to end modern day slavery. At first the whole issue that some slavery involve forced prostitution made me feel uncomfortable and I wasn’t sure if I should even share that when mentioning slavery. Then as I learned more about sex slaves and eventually about prostitution in general, God really laid on my heart a burden and a boldness to do what I can to help and to bring awareness of this issue to others.

I hope to share a little about the after effects of prostitution on our culture and upon the Western world in the next post. The issue with prostitution lies deeper then just with the women. Ultimately, it effects almost everyone in America and Canada to some degree or another.

(Note: Statistics provided by Annie Lobert via powerhouse-ministry.org. Annie was a former prostitute and now follower of Christ as well as founder of Hookers for Jesus. The estimate of prostitutes comes from bayswan.org/stats.html)

[Disclaimer about statistics… they are almost always estimates and can usually be spun whatever way you so chose too. I was careful about who I took my statistics from and made sure it was a reliable source. In this case that’s a former prostitute who now works with prostitutes.]

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