The trafficking of humans into sexual slavery is the third largest organized crime in the world and is the second fast growing crime in the United States. The very existence of sexual enslavement should alarm everyone and should motivate all people to strive for its abolishment. Many states have begun to dedicate their resources to tackle this threat. The Attorney General of Wisconsin, J. B. Van Hollen wrote:
As many as 2.8 million children run away each year in the U.S. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, within 48 hours of hitting the streets, one-third of these children are lured or recruited into the underground world of prostitution and pornography.
The sheer magnitude of the problem is staggering, with the Internet creating an easy and accessible venue for trafficking transactions. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice estimated between 200,000 and 300,000 children were being forced into prostitution at any given time in the United States and that the average age of a new child prostitute was 13 years old.
Of all the non-profit and charitable groups dedicated to helping women, Christian organizations are the main groups dedicated to liberating women from sexual enslavement. The A21 Campaign with Christine Caine and Abolition International founded by singer Natalie Grant are two important Christian organizations with the mission to combat sexual slavery.
Scripture is very specific in its condemnation of prostitution and harlotry.
"Do not prostitute your daughter, to cause her to be a harlot, lest the land fall into harlotry and the land become full of wickedness." (Leviticus 19:29)
And this verse applies to all men and women. Do not prostitute your neighbor's daughter, either. Because we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (Leviticus 19:18, Mark 12:31), there should never be any such slavery within our society. The annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:1-25) and the near-extermination of the Benjaminites (Judges 19 and 20) are two clear examples of how God seriously hates sexual enslavement.
God directed this condemnation (Leviticus 19:29) at the men who wanted to prostitute women. God never blamed the women for becoming prostitutes, and instead He placed the brunt of the blame on men for desiring to use harlots. The men who prostitute women are ignorant, callous, cold-hearted, and selfish. The men who use harlots dwell in a spiritual abyss or void.
"The flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the spirit against the flesh." (Galatians 5:17)
"Now, the works of the flesh are evident: adultery, fornication, uncleanness lewdness, (Galatians 5:19)
"[Christians] should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk. [Gentiles walk] in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of blindness of their heart, who being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness." (Ephesians 4:17-19)
Sexual enslavement is the ultimate form of slavery because it steals a person's physical and emotional dignity. Other forms of slavery steal a person's work or labor, but sexual enslavement steals a person's right to have an individual self. The sex act, even consensual sex, is abdication of one's bodily self-control to another person (1 Corinthians 7:4). When it is stolen repeatedly through force, it can shatter and destroy a person. The human soul is intricately connected to the body, and any violation of the body is a violation of the human soul. Victims become psychologically numb, wasted, emotionally barren. It is like a living death.
This living death is the wage of harlotry. The wages of harlotry are an abomination to God (Deuteronomy 23:18) who created us in His spiritual image and who gave us these physical forms to honor and respect.
Detailed statistics are difficult to find simply because the plight of women has received little and almost no attention. Using federal statistics, the website humantrafficking.org has cited:
The United States of America is principally a transit and destination country for trafficking in persons. It is estimated that 14,500 to 17,500 people, primarily women and children, are trafficked to the U.S. annually. The U.S. Government is strongly committed to combating trafficking in persons at home and abroad. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, enhances pre-existing criminal penalties, affords new protections to trafficking victims and makes available certain benefits and services to victims of severe forms of trafficking. It also establishes a Cabinet-level federal interagency task force and establishes a federal program to provide services to trafficking victims.
According to the website Hands Across the World, the campaign to eliminate sexual slavery had its biggest success in 2002, when the United States was the most dedicated in the War on Terror. the increase in slavery correlates to decreasing support for the War on Terror. When enthusiasm for the War on Terror dwindled, so did efforts to combat slavery. There was an increase between 2002 and 2003, but the numbers failed to reach pre-2000 levels for several years. The most dramatic increase sexual enslavement came between 2008 and 2009. The number of adult victims increased by an estimated 4,400 while child victims increased by 1,900. The numbers on the diagram on page 2 of the pdf are shorthand for thousands. The actual number is unknown simply because the criminals hide their victims and strive to avoid detection. Officials reach their numbers through the survivors they found.
The secularists and athiests championed the War on Women, but their main objective was providing free birth control and free abortions. The secularists refuse to consider the real War on Women which is sexual enslavement. Perhaps if they focused on it, they would realize that sex is not the liberating or empowering thing that they presumed it to be. Perhaps because of pop culture Lady Gaga's "I wanna be your hooker" and the Slut Vote, the secularists do not understand the difference between empowerment and enslavement.
It is a hideous irony and hideous hypocrisy that the people and the organizations who accuse Christians of hating women or forbidding women's rights are the same people and organizations that ignore the plight of women trafficked into sexual slavery. If the feminists combatted sexual enslavement, then the plight of women would receive massive media attention. Instead, there is massive silence. The largest organizations dedicated to truly liberating women are the Christian organizations that secularists hate and accuse.