Easy as Takeout: Sunday Times

Online ordering is a ‘wave of the future;’ an easy option for delivery without even the hassle of a phone conversation.

But of course, you just thought of ordering pizza or take-out from some other favorite restaurant.

What about ordering something else?  Say, girls for sex?

Apparently, it’s not only possible, it’s prevalent, something I did not know until I read Nicolas Kristof’s “How Pimps Use the Web to Sell Girls” a few weeks ago.  Websites like Backpage.com make ordering a girl for sex as easy as ordering dinner.

Today, Kristof’s blog introduces us to Alissa (street name), who was lured into prostitution and sold on Backpage.  (Learn more about her story.)

Alissa escaped a life of prostitution. She is currently finishing school.

According to AIM Group, a media research and consulting company:

Backpage[.com] accounts for about 70 percent of prostitution advertising among five Web sites that carry such ads in the United States, earning more than $22 million annually from prostitution ads.

At the risk of stating the obvious, this is unacceptable.  In 2007, the UN stated that human trafficking was a $32 billion industry.  If the entire industry was a single corporation, it would be #283 on the list of 2011 Fortune 500 companies.

When I find myself overwhelmed by the magnitude of injustice, I try to connect to the passion God has to see this world made right and the lives of his beloved people restored.  I love the way Bill Hybels represents God’s heart for justice:

If you want to stir the passions and raise the ire of an indescribably just God, I have a plan for you. Ignore the poor. Neglect widows and orphans. Devalue someone with a different color skin. Turn away from the homeless, snub the hungry, stand by while innocent people are being oppressed or victimized. It really doesn’t take too much to inflame the passions of God when it comes to issues pertaining to justice.

Admittedly, it is difficult to know what to do when we learn about these types of injustices.  Solving them is complex and difficult.  But doing something can still be as easy as ordering takeout.

Change.org is a site that allows everyday people to create petitions for various causes.  There is a Change.org petition to tell Village Voice, owners of Backpage.org, to stop sex trafficking through Backpage.

What could this do?  Well, when Craiglist stopped accepting them in 2010, online prostitution ads plummeted 50%. I encourage you to learn more about the petition, and if you choose to sign, leave a comment to say so.


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