It was just a week ago that I saw this shocking and heartbreaking episode of the Dr. Phil show that I’ve been watching every day for several years now and honestly, I’m still not over it. I’ve never had a show stick with me like this before, but sadly the issue of human trafficking and prostitution is nothing new to me. I’ve seen many documentaries about it while studying social issues and one of my good friends is in a line of work that involves dealing with human trafficking victims and survivors.
What I find to be very sad is how these people (both men and women can become victims of this, however the majority are women) are looked down upon in society as being filthy rats with no value. We do not understand what road brought them to this point, maybe they were forced or maybe they had no choice if they wanted to survive. Even if they did it voluntarily for whichever reason in the beginning it often spirals out of control and they cannot break the cycle. That is why I was very touched by the important article that I’ve reposted below. Too many of us have forgotten this side of the story.
Personally I would be in favor of legalizing prostitution, not because I like that because believe me I don’t, but precisely to protect the most vulnerable and be able to safely and adequately reach them without getting them into some sort of legal trouble. The person buying the services should be the criminal in this case, not the other way around!
It’s also noteworthy to mention the Sunni tradition where God forgave a prostitute for being merciful to a thirsty dog. While other Muslim groups may not share this tradition, it’s not the first time that we hear of God forgiving a prostitute in the history of the Abrahamic faith. In both the Jewish and Christian Bible we hear the story of a prostitute named Rahab and you know what? She ended up doing good and God ended up forgiving her and accepting her. This is not to say that prostitution is okay or that God will just turn a blind eyes, but this does teach that sex workers are still beloved by God. God cares about them, and we should too!
I strongly encourage you to watch the Dr. Phil show that aired on March 21st, 2017 called Private Planes, Black-Tie Parties, Elite Sporting Events but this is just a very small piece of the story. This is an industry worth billions of dollars with an endless number of victims. I would also recommend watching a series called The Vanishing Women which also makes mention of the evil cycle of drugs, prostitution and helplessness. Kendall got to escape in one piece, but the women in The Vanishing Women did not. May God help the most vulnerable in our society and may we do our part to help them too.