What drives someone to pay for sex? Is it lust? Loneliness? Sexual addiction? A need for control? A search for power? Here is one man’s explanation: Listening to this man fills me with sadness. I am sad for the single moms and students who, according to him, constitute the majority of those he buys sex […]
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I heard my mom’s laughter upstairs. “Michelle, come take a look at this!” I bolted up the steps and saw her pointing at the large stuffed animal mouse that stood in the corner of her bedroom. Its face was covered in lipstick, the red marks concentrated primarily on the lips and eyes. We considered the culprit […]
Jay and I love meeting fellow storytellers. Once of our favourites is Roxanne Krystalli, who has some wise words about stewarding the stories of those who have experienced violence and trauma. Based on her experience in conflict and post-conflict zones around the world, Roxanne shares some insights that we can all learn from.
After much anticipation, I am excited to announce that the Red Light Green Light documentary website is now live! Red Light Green Light addresses a critical piece of the anti-trafficking discussion that is often absent: prevention. Canada is currently reconsidering its prostitution laws, and a deeper understanding of this issue is timely and important […]
My husband, Jay, was chatting with children’s author Peter Reynolds this week, and Peter shared an incredibly insightful short video (3 mins) that relates to sex trafficking. While we were filming our upcoming documentary, we interviewed a researcher who told us about a particularly disturbing tradition in the Philippines- young men are taken to brothels […]
Are you trying to get out of the sex industry, but are afraid of all the unknowns? Three ex-industry girls share what life was like following the big decision. You can check out the rest of the X-Girls series here. For resources (including the resume template mentioned in one of the clips above), you can […]
I recently watched It’s a Girl, a documentary about gendercide in India and China. It opened my eyes to how issues of gender inequality – domestic violence, rape, gendercide, sex trafficking, and income inequality – all bleed into each other. Evan Grae Davis, the director of It’s a Girl, kindly agreed to an interview with […]
I’ve been listening to this song on the radio this week, and watched an interview with Serena Ryder about how depression can leave people overwhelmed and paralyzed. Her song talks about overcoming these struggles, and I thought it would serve as a perfect follow-up to my previous post about compassion fatigue. This song is for […]
Last week in LA’s San Fernando Valley, where 95% of the world’s legal porn is made or distributed, Jay and I met a wonderful woman named Harmony. Harmony used to be a stripper and now runs Treasures, an organization that comes alongside women to help them discover their worth and purpose in an industry that […]