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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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Hope For the Prostitute – Introduction

The American church is often plagued by a horrible disease. It’s a disease that effects how we look at others and how we minister to them. It’s a disease that causes our ministry and personal spiritual lives to suffer. It’s a disease that is deadly and it’s effects have already been seen. What’s this disease? It’s as simple as pride, which leads to self-righteousness and judgmental attitude toward others.
These have all plagued humanity since the fall, but I want to address how it’s present and effecting our current time and culture. In so many Christians, including myself, there is often a focus on how naughty “those people” are. “Those people” that are outside the church and doing “really bad things” that are not usually found inside the church. Those “huge” sins like drug addictions, homosexuality, murder, theft, sexual abuse, and prostitutes.
Now prostitution is never even mentioned in our churches. In almost fourteen years of growing up in a church I’ve never heard it mentioned once. It’s one of those “outside” things that is dirty and we don’t like to touch us. It’s something we may fight against in the form of not wanting strip clubs and such in our neighborhoods, but that’s just about it. We often see prostitution as something “out there” when it’s actually in our neighborhoods and communities, it’s even in the Bible belt! (I have an interesting story about that…)
So how does this go back to the things like pride and self-righteousness?  A prostitute’s sin is blatant and easy to see and recognize, for a self-righteous person, they don’t even think that anything is wrong. It’s so easy to forget that if it wasn’t for the grace of God we would be worse then they.
My main goal for this series is to focus on reaching those we term the lowest of the low with the gospel. But before we do that we need to lay down our pride, self-righteousness, and judgmental attitudes. Now the reason I’m focusing on prostitutes is because it’s something that has been laid so heavily on my heart. God has caused my heart to ache for the women enslaved to sexual sin and selling their bodies. It’s also an ignored subject in the church and as I’ve been studying it, I’ve found that it is often misunderstood, especially by the young people in the church.
The biggest goal for this series is ultimately that God is glorified and the gospel is preached. These men and women need the gospel so badly, just like we do! I was to encourage you to be the hands and feet of Jesus to everyone but especially in our sex driven culture with it’s perversion and sin. From the pregnant teen sitting in our pews to the prostitute on the streets of Las Vegas, it’s our job to proclaim the gospel to them and to love them. That’s why I believe that this is a topic worthy of my time and energy.

{Finally I’m posting the first part to my series entitled Hope For the Prostitute. Big thanks to my friend Josh for being my super duper editor man. Note: I hope to aproach this topic in a way that is clean, pure, and holy while not denying the ugliness, evilness, and sinfulness that surrounds it. In no way will I disguise the truth or try to paint it as a prettier picture but I will not be blunt for the sake of being blunt. Thank you all for your time and (maybe) attention.}

The American church is often plagued by a horrible disease. It’s a disease that effects how we look at others and how we minister to them. It’s a disease that causes our ministry and personal spiritual lives to suffer. It’s a disease that is deadly and it’s effects have already been seen. What’s this disease? It’s as simple as pride, which leads to self-righteousness and judgmental attitude toward others.

These have all plagued humanity since the fall, but I want to address how it’s present and effecting our current time and culture. In so many Christians, including myself, there is often a focus on how naughty “those people” are. “Those people” that are outside the church and doing “really bad things” that are not usually found inside the church. Those “huge” sins like drug addictions, homosexuality, murder, theft, sexual abuse, and prostitution.

Now prostitution is never even mentioned in our churches. In almost fourteen years of growing up in a church I’ve never heard it mentioned once. It’s one of those “outside” things that is dirty and we don’t like to touch us. It’s something we may fight against in the form of not wanting strip clubs and such in our neighborhoods, but that’s just about it. We often see prostitution as something “out there” when it’s actually in our neighborhoods and communities, it’s even in the Bible belt! (I have an interesting story about that…)

So how does this go back to the things like pride and self-righteousness?  A prostitute’s sin is blatant and easy to see and recognize, for a self-righteous person, they don’t even think that anything is wrong. It’s so easy to forget that if it wasn’t for the grace of God we would be worse then they.

My main goal for this series is to focus on reaching those we term the lowest of the low with the gospel. But before we do that we need to lay down our pride, self-righteousness, and judgmental attitudes. Now the reason I’m focusing on prostitutes is because it’s something that has been laid so heavily on my heart. God has caused my heart to ache for the women enslaved to sexual sin and selling their bodies. It’s also an ignored subject in the church and as I’ve been studying it, I’ve found that it is often misunderstood, especially by the young people in the church.

The biggest goal for this series is ultimately that God is glorified and the gospel is preached. These men and women need the gospel so badly, just like we do! I want to encourage you to be the hands and feet of Jesus to everyone but especially in our sex driven culture with it’s perversion and sin. From the pregnant teen sitting in our pews to the prostitute on the streets of Las Vegas, it’s our job to proclaim the gospel to them and to love them. That’s why I believe that this is a topic worthy of my time and energy.

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Project Rescue

 I’m obsessed. I realized that quite awhile ago but it’s hitting me again.  What is this obsession of mine, you ask? What is this thing that when I hear it I instantly sit up strait in my chair and excitedly look at my friends with a smile on my face? Or make me want to break down weeping with sorrow and pain? This is a relatively new obsession for me and has grown as my knowledge grows. So what is it? Slavery. Particularly when it comes to young women who are sex slaves. It breaks my heart and all I want to do is to weep with these girls.

 I have to wonder if some of you broke out your calendar, checking to see if there was any “justice” or “freedom” holiday. :) No, it’s no holiday, unless “Olivia is Uber Passionate Again Day” but that happens almost weekly… maybe it should just be a day of the week. Wouldn’t that be fun? :) And yet it’s more serious than just that. It’s one of the things that God has laid on my heart with an incredible burden and I can’t ignore this call on my life to pursue justice.

A few months ago I was looking around Leslie Ludy’s website and stumbled across Project Rescue. I was so excited to find this anti slavery mission that was not only working with mainly women and doing mostly aftercare work but was also mainly located in INDIA!!!! (Those of you who don’t know, I also have a slight, moderate ok, huge obsession with India and a burden for the people there.) Last night I looked at their site again and was overcome with a renewed passion for these young women and a deep desire to help.

 Not only is Project Rescue providing medical care, education, counseling, and a home to victims of human trafficking, they are offering hope and freedom in Christ! They are boldly and apologetically a Christian mission and they share the light of the gospel to those in the darkness. So please go to to their website and check them out! It’s such a fantastic and needed ministry. Just think about the ripe harvest waiting to be gathered when it comes to these sex slaves! What a desire for love and hope that must dwell inside of them and there is no one else who can better satisfy their desire than Jesus! For He has already said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

 So what can we do to help? Well of course we can pray. That is a huge thing that is so important. But in addition to that I think that educating ourselves and others is a great place to start. Project Rescue have some great article links on their site like this article from the New York Times about sex slavery in Asia. Also you can find stories of former slaves on their site as well. If you are on Facebook I would encourage you to join the Project Rescue cause as well as the group they have. Not only is this showing support for the organization but it can also open up windows of opportunity to share with friends. One last thing that is unique is that you can buy items made from the survivors in Nepal HERE.  Pashmina shawls, hats (they are really really cute!), journals, bags, and table runners. All very beautiful and  are giving these women a chance at a new life (and you don’t have to worry about the workers being paid fare wages for once!).

 God loves the fatherless and the opressed and hates injustice. We are the hands and feet of Christ on earth. Our responce to seeing injustice is action, or at least it should be. What will your responce be?

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