Sex Trafficking Quotes

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“[S]ex trafficking and mass rape should no more be seen as women's issues than slavery was a black issue or the Holocaust was a Jewish issue. These are all humanitarian concerns, transcending any one race, gender, or creed.”
Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

“Had I glimpsed just a little of the suffering I would witness and the heartbreak I would endure, I would have fled in the other direction...But I could not foresee any of these things...And many years later, with tears in my eyes, I remembered my decision to follow this God no matter what the cost.”
Daniel Walker, God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey Into Sex Trafficking and Rescue

Marquita Burke-DeJesus
“I cannot fail these girls by diverting my eyes from the invisible residue of slavery that clings to them like a shadow.”
Marquita Burke-DeJesus, Radically Ordinary

Gladys Lawson
“I’ve been held down like a piece of meat while monsters disguised as men violated me again & again. ”
Gladys Lawson, Blood Borne Connections

“If women really choose prostitution, why is it mostly marginalized and disadvantaged women who do? If we want to discuss the issue of choice, let’s look at who is doing the actual choosing in the context of prostitution. Surely the issue is not why women allegedly choose to be in prostitution, but why men choose to buy the bodies of millions of women and children worldwide and call it sex.

Philosophically, the response to the choice debate is ‘not’ to deny that women are capable of choosing within contexts of powerlessness, but to question how much real value, worth, and power these so-called choices confer.

Politically, the question becomes, should the state sanction the sex industry based on the claim that some women choose prostitution when most women’s choice is actually 'compliance’ to the only options available?

When governments idealize women’s alleged choice to be in prostitution by legalizing, decriminalizing, or regulating the sex industry, they endorse a new range of 'conformity’ for women.

Increasingly, what is defended as a choice is not a triumph over oppression but another name for it.”
Janice G. Raymond, Not a Choice, Not a Job: Exposing the Myths about Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade

“Slowly, I'm beginning to realise that what happened to me wasn't my fault, that I was taken advantage of by a group of vile, twisted men.”
Girl A, Girl A: The truth about the Rochdale sex ring by the victim who stopped them

“Your character will always go ahead of you and speak words - good or bad - words will be spoken.”
Blood Borne Connections - Gladys Lawson.

“All I wanted to do was hide away from the world, but I still had a role to play. I had to be 'Girl A' - the key witness in the trial that finally saw my abusers locked up. Girl A - the girl in the newspaper stories who had been through the most hideous experience imaginable. When I read those stories, I felt like I was reading about somebody else, another girl who was subjected to the depths of human depravity. But it wasn't. It was about me. I am Girl A.”
Girl A, Girl A: The truth about the Rochdale sex ring by the victim who stopped them

Gladys Lawson
“Rape is a vicious thing.It’s not gentle or considerate.To the recipient it’s violent & painful.”
Gladys Lawson, Blood Borne Connections

Gladys Lawson
“They may use my body but my mind is free. In my mind I escape.”
Gladys Lawson, Blood Borne Connections

“In the studies I have directed, and in my international experience speaking with women in prostitution, the majority of women in prostitution come from marginalized groups with a history of sexual abuse, drug and alcohol dependencies, poverty or financial disadvantage, lack of education, and histories of other vulnerabilities. These factors characterize women in both off and on-street locations. A large number of women in prostitution are pimped or drawn into the sex industry at an early age. These are women whose lives will not change for the better if prostitution is decriminalized. Many have entrenched problems that are best addressed not by keeping women indoors but in establishing programs where women can be provided with an exit strategy and the services that they need to regain their lost lives. There is little evidence that decriminalization or legalization of prostitution improves conditions for women in prostitution, on or off the street. It certainly makes things better for the sex industry, which is provided with legal standing, and the government that enjoys increased revenues from accompanying regulation.”
Janice G. Raymond

Gladys Lawson
“Don’t let those wicked men win, don’t let them destroy you!”
Gladys Lawson, Blood Borne Connections

Gladys Lawson
“Did you ask to have sex with all those men? “Did you ask to be sold as a sex slave?”
Gladys Lawson, Blood Borne Connections

Gladys Lawson
“I know that my future will be better than my past 'cos I believe & will act on my belief. ”
Gladys Lawson, Blood Borne Connections

Gladys Lawson
“Wicked men have done dirty things to u but never ever think that u are dirty!”
Gladys Lawson, Blood Borne Connections

Marquita Burke-DeJesus
“No matter what chains are broken, slavery is a condition of the heart.”
Marquita Burke-DeJesus, Radically Ordinary

Gladys Lawson
“I hate all men associated with stealing children,selling & sleeping with children.”
Gladys Lawson, Blood Borne Connections

“There is a slave trade still in this country—yes, the real and horrific sex and human trafficking trade run by organised criminal gangs, which is appalling and must be stopped. But there's the hidden slavery too of children exploited and used within their own families, within organised and ritual abuse.”
Carolyn Spring, Living with the Reality of Dissociative Identity Disorder: Campaigning Voices

S.G. Savage
“Perhaps great fiction is in reality, deep hidden truths.”
S.G. Savage

Marquita Burke-DeJesus
“Illusions of freedom will never satisfy me.”
Marquita Burke-DeJesus, Radically Ordinary

Added to the shock of the routine violation of their bodies was the trauma of
“Added to the shock of the routine violation of their bodies was the trauma of having to relinquish their children to unknown slave-holders. [W.E.B.] Du Bois considered this physical, mental, and spiritual abuse of black women--with its inevitable result being the destruction of the traditional African family--the highest crime committed by slave-holders and the one thing for which he said he could not forgive them.”
Aberjhani, The Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois

“I am not who I was. I am not even who I was yesterday. Tomorrow I will be new again, and again, until I am completely the woman I was meant to be.”
Harmony Dust

“our pain can be turned to purpose”
Harmony Dust

“Our pain can be turned into purpose”
Harmony Dust

“Story humanizes the woman on the other end of the dollar. When we see the humanity in someone, it becomes difficult to sexualize and objectify them.”
Harmony Dust

“My story matters, but it does not define me.”
Harmony Dust

Nancy Jean Walker
“You're never too old or too damaged to make a difference. Nancy Walker”
Nancy Jean Walker, Wildflower: An Abducted Life: A Survivor's Story