50 Shades and Sex Trafficking

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Today is my final post in the 50 Shades of Grey series. I never intended to write more than one post. When that post went viral, I received many questions that needed to be addressed. I realized how confused and in the dark people actually were on this subject.

Next week I resume my typical writings. Ones that I hope will encourage you in your daily walk and inspire you to draw closer to the Lord. Thank you for sticking around this week with me as I’ve felt so passionate for encouraging our sisters in Christ to stay away from what God knows wants to make them a slave.

Pornography creates an ever increasing appetite that can never be fully satisfied. Pornography is a trap, it’s a life of bondage, a slave to desires and lusts of the flesh. A book like 50 Shades of Grey is pornography, plain and simple. We use terms like erotica to make us feel better about what we are reading, but it is pornography. Men are visual, women are emotional and relational. Men ingest pornography through images, women ingest through a story that draws on their desire for intimate connection through emotions and relationships.

The mind is more powerful than we realize, and what we feed our minds drives our lives.

The following is taken from this article

“Psychologist Dr. Julia Slattery, author of Finding the Hero in Your Husband, says there are similarities between what happens to a woman when she reads a romance novel and what happens to a man when he views pornography.”

“There is a neurochemical element with men and visual porn, but an emotional element with women and these novels,” she writes.”

Webster’s defines pornography like this:

1
: the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing) intended to cause sexual excitement
2
: material (as books or a photograph) that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to cause sexual excitement
3
: the depiction of acts in a sensational manner so as to arouse a quick intense emotional reaction

In my first post, I mentioned the link between 50 Shades of Grey and sex trafficking. I want to explain further this line of thought.

Here are some fantastic resources if you want to really see how these 2 are linked.

The Connection Between Sex Trafficking and Pornography

Pornography – A Gateway to Human Trafficking

The Connections Between Pornography and Sex Trafficking

Connecting the dots between sex trafficking and pornography

The sex trafficking industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Like all industries, demand drives it. Remember supply and demand from economics? Increase in demand creates a need to increase the supply to fulfill the demand.

When our culture supports pornography, we are sending a message that we support sex trafficking. We can’t hide away in our homes reading this genre and think it doesn’t affect anyone else. That is a lie. Girls and women are lured into the sex industry in shocking numbers every minute.

Reading or watching pornography (whether it’s classified as erotic romance fiction or more) places us as a participant in sex trafficking. If we consume drugs, we are a participant in the drug trafficking crisis. If we consume, we are part of the chain. It’s all linked.

If we are going to wear colors to bring awareness to sex trafficking, we need to hope we aren’t a part of the problem first.

The first step in fighting sex trafficking is to stop driving up the demand.

Additional posts in this series:

What the Bible Says About 50 Shades of Grey

Are We Being Judgmental? – 50 Shades of Grey

Does God Really Care if I Watch 50 Shades of Grey?

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