Today is Shine a Light on Slavery Day, a national campaign by the End It Movement. Their goal is stated simply:
“Join us and other Freedom Fighters from around the world as we SHINE A LIGHT ON SLAVERY. Draw a RED X on your hand. Tell your world that slavery still exists and YOU WON’T STAND FOR IT. Just use your influence any way you can to help us carry the message of FREEDOM.” – http://enditmovement.com/
I’m really thankful for the work of the men and women at the End It Movement. We live in a time when it seems more popular to criticize those who are working to bring about real change instead of actually doing something to create the necessary change. While one could easily point out the flaws of a campaign based almost solely on awareness, the End It Movement has educated thousands of people on the horrors of sex trafficking, especially young people.
When teenagers, college students, and adults alike hear that there are 27 million men, women, and children trapped in modern-day slavery, something begins to stir within them to seek out change. Many have tried to explain away sex-trafficking as a lesser problem but several United Nations-sanctioned studies and sociologists all over the world keep coming up with estimates around 27 million people. Last year alone, red X’s were drawn and tweeted out to the world by US Senators, NBA/NFL/NHL/MLB players, Grammy-winning musicians, and world-renown pastors.
While the End It Movement is great, specifically because of its high impact on younger generations, it’s also foolish. It’s not intrinsically foolish, only functionally foolish, and it’s not their fault. Their failure to succeed is tragic because…
The connection between pornography and sex trafficking has been explored in depth by many people smarter than me. All the findings are conclusive and align with a simple supply-demand formula.
There is an enormous demand for pornography, specifically in our country.
Porn Usage Facts:
- Porn sites get more visitors every month than Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter…combined.
- 93% of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to Internet pornography before the age of 18.
- The average age of first exposure to Internet pornography is 11.
- The 12-17 year-old age-group is the largest consumer of Internet pornography.
These stats clearly display that our nation is infatuated with porn. Demand has never been higher and porn (supply) has never been more accessible.
Pornography has become easier to produce and demand has risen to unheard of levels. The bad news – sex traffickers have gotten in on the action. They’ve realized that the more porn they produce, the more porn will be consumed and thus, the more money they make.
Sex traffickers are now targeting and exploiting young women for the explicit purpose of forcing them to produce pornography. So the next time you want to log on to that website or click on that seemingly harmless picture, remember that. Remember that that girl might not be enjoying what’s happening to her, and that what’s happening is nothing less than rape on tape, not consensual sex between two partners. One husband even sold his own wife into sex slavery where she was forced to produce pornographic videos.
The connection between porn usage and sex slavery is clear. Now, it’s time to really #EndIt.
You see, the two are far too closely intertwined. So, if you put a Red “X” on your hand today, I’m cheering you on! Now it’s time to be consistent. No more porn. End THAT too. It’s the only way to #EndIt at all.
Are you trapped in the cycle of porn? Are you a parent and need resources to talk to your kids about porn? If they’re 11, they’ve most likely already been exposed to porn but it’s never too late!Get started early! Check out the resources below and share this post with friends.
- Even GQ Knows Porn is Bad
- Snapchat: Child Porn & Sex Predators
- 9 Resources for Parents: Navigating the Digital Age
- Who Has Better Sex?
Online Porn Resources
- Covenant Eyes – A great website filtering system that monitors all aspects of Internet usage including mobile devices and emails a content report to an accountability partner every week.
- XXX Church – A great website for porn recovery. It’s chock-full of resources and also offers a website-filtering/monitoring system that includes mobile devices as well.
- Fight the New Drug – Started on a college campus, Fight the New Drug is an organization of college students with absolutely zero political or religious allegiances. They present the proven, unbiased, scientific facts on how porn harms our brains, our relationships, and our society.
- Free iPhone Porn Filter
- A Parents’ Primer on Internet Pornography
- Sexual Detox: a Guide for Guys Who are Sick of Porn by Tim Challies
- Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert
- Sex isn’t the Problem: Lust Is by Joshua Harris
- The Purity Principle by Randy Alcorn
Ultimately, the Gospel is what sets porn addicts and all sinners, including you and me, free. For more on the power of the Gospel, watch the video below.