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Praying for the Victims of Sex Trafficking

My last few posts have stirred quite a bit of controversy around Sex Trafficking and CraigsList. One of the suggestions I made was to boycott CraigsList and my good friend, (who I love dearly!) Anne Jackson, doesn't agree with me on that point. The debate is pretty hot in her comments section. You should check it out.

Fine, we all have are opinions. But let me say that this is not an issue of, and I quote, "It’s the Christian Status Quo to boycott." This has nothing to do with our voices being heard because we are Christian. It has to do with our voices being heard because we are human. I wouldn't even approach CraigsList about this because "it's against my Christian values," but because they're practices are against the law, and provides the opportunity for sex traffickers to use the site to enslave and abuse women without any monitoring or repercussions.


Whatever you choose to do, please do something. Scripture does tell us to, "Seek Justice," and we all have to live that out. Why don't we start by praying together.

Scriptures to study:

  • Isaiah 1:17: Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
  • Psalm 25:20: Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
  • Psalm 18:48 : Who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from violent men you rescued me.

Prayer Focus:

Pray for the eyes of the rescue organizations to be opened to see girls who need rescuing Pray that the rescuers who are strategizing how to rescue will have discernment Pray for safety during rescue efforts


Thanks to the Salvation Army for the following:

Rescue and Restoration
Pray for the rescue and restoration of the countless number of children who have become victims of sexual trafficking, including the following:

  • for an end to their captivity and sexual abuse,
  • for as many safe and secure shelters as are needed to provide for their material needs,
  • for loving care takers to provide comfort, solace, and a sense of family,
  • for training and education to provide these children with meaningful and productive livelihoods,
  • for medical treatment to meet their many health concerns;
  • for the Gospel message to reach their ears and be received in their hearts

Breakdown of the Sex Industry
Pray for the breakdown of the sex industry, which fuels the sexual trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children, including the following:


  • the demise of pornographic magazines;
  • a ban on internet pornography and sex tourism sites;
  • for the closure of clubs with nude dancing and stripping;
  • strong law enforcement efforts the world over to enforce obscenity laws, fight corruption, and to arrest/convict the pimps, traffickers and “customers”;
  • permanently close all brothels.
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posted May 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I’m praying with you on this, Tom. Thanks for the bold stand.

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Amy Savage

posted May 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Totally joining you in prayer on this. God’s heart must be shattered not only by the atrocity itself but by the silence of His people. Asking God to raise up voices for justice. Thank you for making your voice heard as I think it reflects not only the Father heart of God but His passion for justice.

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posted May 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I love having you lead this charge – I hope we can wake a sleeping giant in the process.

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Marcus Toussaint

posted May 5, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I appreciate both perspectives on this issue, but as I told Anne, I agree with your comparing Craiglist with the “Sex Cafe”. I could not continue to go eat at a cafe, knowing it is also misused by sex traffickers, even if the cafe employees themselves were not involved yet tolerated its existence; likewise, I cannot continue to use Craigslist in good conscience knowing that while I buy an xbox in one area, there is this substantially dark corner of the site in which people are being sold for sex.
Yet I understand stigma of boycott-crazy Christianity. And maybe boycotting Craiglist will not accomplish the sort of results we want…but as a Christian first, I consider this to be a matter of principle over pragmatism. We are accountable for what we know.
In boycotting it may be important to specify what we are NOT necessarily saying in order to clarify what we ARE saying. We are not necessarily trying “to bring down Craigslist”, accusing them of being this evil conglomerate with sex-traffickers in their back pocket (although technically…). Nor are we saying that they are entitled to close their eyes to their site’s misuse. We are not villainizing or victimizing them, rather we are saying that we cannot stand for what they are obviously, consciously allowing because they technically have the ‘right’ to bank off of it.

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Jen~Beautiful Mess

posted May 6, 2010 at 5:34 am

Battling in PRAYER! For sure!

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Mark Donnelly

posted May 6, 2010 at 8:54 am

EXCELLENT point Tom!!! (“This has nothing to do with our voices being heard because we are Christian.”) I am all about lighting a lamp rather than cursing the darkness. However, there is a time to stand up and be bold, AS A HUMAN. For example, several days ago, after a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game (here in St. Louie), there was a “strippermobile” circling the stadium. More here:,0,7979523.story
I guess I (mistakenly) thought that I can keep my toddler boys from being exposed to things like this simply by avoiding certainly areas of town at night. But seriously, a baseball game? I’m a huge baseball fan and am looking forward to taking my boys to their first game (when I know they can last 9 innings). Glad the mayor took action. It’s like cussing I guess. I can walk by someone who is using F-bombs over and over and ignore it. But, if I have my boys with me and they SEE my boys, yet still use that language, I’m going to say something. Do something that messes with me, I can take it. Do something that messes with children, that get’s my Irish going big time. And yes, this has nothing to do with being a Christian, it has everything to do with being a good, human-being parent.
So in the case of Craigslist, we have power, as consumers. People use the site because of its popularity. So even if you place an ad to sell a couch, which is free, you still are contributing to their popularity and therefore perpetuating EVERYTHING they do. How many times has Facebook done something stupid and ENOUGH users complained that they changed it back? There is power in numbers. Choose this day whom you will support. You’ve already made it clear where you stand Tom, not just by your words but by your actions, and I thank you for that.

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