Mothers Deserve A Break

Mother’s Day has just passed. Families around the United States gave their mothers flowers, beautiful handmade cards, and breakfast in bed. You know what else they gave mothers? Primary responsibility for their children, including financial and caregiving responsibilities. You know what they didn’t give mothers? They didn’t give them access to affordable childcare, extra family [Read More…]

December 17: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

I wrote this on December 18, 2007: I didn’t know her, but her life informed my life as much as anyone ever has. All the news reports said she was an exotic dancer, and they flashed a stock photo of a strip club on the screen. The weekend report asked people to look for her. [Read More…]

Too Legit To Quit

According to the an article in the New York Times, a Nevada brothel owner has been elected to a seat on the Storey County Board of Commissioners. Lance Gilman, the owner of the Mustang Ranch is entering politics. There are some who believe that brothel owners should be seen and not heard, but others who [Read More…]

It’s Not about Trafficking

It’s not about trafficking. It’s not about trafficking. It’s not about trafficking. My new book, I Heart Sex Workers: A Christian Response to People in  the Sex Trade is available as an eBook, as of this weekend. And guess what?!? It’s not about trafficking. Yes. Trafficking is awful. Yes. Trafficking is massively unjust. Yes. Trafficking [Read More…]

Ending Demand: Hurt or Help?

“Ending Demand” refers to a number of initiatives aimed at the purchasers of sex, including diversion programs (John schools), advertising campaigns, shaming campaigns (photos and names printed and posted in public forums), and arrest of clients of sex workers. The model for many of these End Demand programs is the Swedish model, which has decriminalized [Read More…]

Contempt or Critique

A recent commenter on a post wrote that he’s a pastor involved in the anti-trafficking movement: I’m very interested to learn more about your contempt for/critiques of that movement. I was a little stunned at the question. Contempt? Do I really have contempt for the movement? The answer to that question makes me dig a [Read More…]

Victim or Perpetrator?

Go to google right now. Search for “prostitution arrest” and select “images.” Or even better yet, don’t do that. Take my word for it. That google search will give you page after page of mug shots of women and men who have been arrested on solicitation charges. If sex workers are victims, as the anti-trafficking [Read More…]

Trafficking: Misunderstood Scourge

The Christian Science Monitor published an article by this name on September 10. In it, they write: As with anything that involves the letters S, E, and X, academics, advocates, and the general public are emotional and divided. Dig beneath the surface of the anti-sex-trafficking movement and there are ambiguities and confusions and facts and [Read More…]

Setting Ministry Boundaries

Lesson One: She was referred by a friend to Star Light Ministries. She was desperate for help. Her daughter was stripping in a local club, and she didn’t know what to do. We talked some about the club, about the work her daughter was doing. And we talked about ways for her to stay connected [Read More…]

Why Should You Care?

Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless. Exodus 22:22-24 I’ve been blogging a lot more about sex [Read More…]