Address DEMAND.

Stopping or redirecting demand requires a multi-faceted approach and a holistic view of a person. So often lust is not the dominant factor in a mans decision to visit a person in prostitution. Many men are lonely and struggle to build meaningful relationships or form intimate connections. A church family or similar can have a key role in facilitating and modeling healthy friendships between the sexes. Additionally, the church can provide a welcoming and loving expression of community. 

 

Question 

if your church is a place of hope and healing.  Is this a place where you feel comfortable to invite un-churched colleagues or friends? How do they feel in this environment? For men reaching out to other men: where do you have your most meaningful conversations?

 

Study

the biblical response to people on the margins of society. Knowing our mandate as Christians will bolster your commitment to serve the “the least of these” when times are tough.  Develop your understanding of God's use of people in prostitution throughout the bible to further his message of redemption. 

 

Know

your national and regional laws with regards to prostitution and human trafficking. Talk about them with people in your community. Identify any areas of particular concern and coordinate with organizations and ministries to change or adapt the laws. 

 

Recognize

that at their core, prostitution and human trafficking are businesses. They rely on the same laws of supply and demand as any other business does. To see change happen in the sex industry we need to be addressing both of these. 

 

Map 

out the areas around your city where the sex industry thrives. These could include massage parlors or sex shops. Some sites like wikisexguide.com provide information for clients of prostitution. Work out if there are people already reaching out to people in these areas.

 

Develop 

a code of conduct for yourself and your team and stick to it! These could involve accountability procedures or using filtering software. For teams involved in ministry, we strongly suggest going in groups of 3 to red-light districts. 

 

Look

for unusual ways to impact this injustice. In Budapest teams regularly pick up rubbish from around common areas of prostitution. The police were known to give the women fines, they were unable to pay, for mess in the designated zones. Doing something as straight forward as cleaning up an area of prostitution conveys a special message of sacrifice and love to the women.

 

Advertise

information about the realities of sex tourism. So often a man has his first experience buying sex outside of his home country. Understanding and communicating your countries laws with regards to sex tourism in a strategic way (e.g through in-flight advertising) is a step in the right direction. 

 

Confront 

people talking about women in a derogatory way or making jokes about people working as prostitutes. 

 

Donate

financially to missionaries who focus on reaching out to those in the sex industry. 

 

Challenge

your own cultural mindset. Examine how your beliefs towards issues of human trafficking and prostitution developed and compare them with what Jesus said and did. 

 

Use

your voice for good. Tell the companies that indirectly profit from the sex industry that you will not use their business. Sometimes the link is obvious (a major chain hotel located in the red-light district to serve customers of the sex industry) or more abstract (the building firm who just profited off the expansion of a local brothel). 

 

Offer

to educate hotel/airline/bar staff on what to do if they see signs of trafficking or illegal prostitution. 

 

Remove 

advertising. In Moscow, catalogues advertising prostitution are distributed en masse around the city.  Teams remove these, making it harder for people to access sex services. Throughout Europe 'gentlemen's clubs' advertise with small cards in hotels, hostels and tourist information centers. Disposing of these or talking to staff about them is a good place to start. 

 

Refuse

to buy products advertised with sexualized women's bodies (or body parts). Write to the company and tell them why you are not buying their products. Some obvious companies to start with are Astra beer and Axe body spray.

 

Educate

children (and parents) about how to use the Internet in a way that guards their innocence and protects their safety.

 

Encourage 

more men to be involved. I once heard that men do not gravitate towards anti-trafficking work because as a problem it cannot be 'fixed'. We feel that strong Christian men acting out their God-given authority and purpose can change the world! 

 

Give 

your skills to organizations and ministries. We firmly believe that every sphere of society has something to contribute to this fight for justice. Look beyond the obvious needs and offer your skills or knowledge to ministries or organizations.

 

Co-operate 

with local safe-houses or transitions centers to offer valid employment at your place of work. Alternatively, offer skills training for people who have stepped out of prostitution.

 

Get 

outside of your comfort zone! Reach out to people connected to the sex industry. We're not necessarily advocating going window to window in the red-light district. Instead, connect with people in the bars surrounding the area of prostitution. Frequently, men will go to these bars to work up the courage to buy sex. 

 

Go 

further afield and take a team to a place where men from your nation visit on bachelor weekends or for sex tourism. Reach people from your own country abroad. Be mindful of situations of peer pressure in large male groups.

 

Examine 

what avenues men have to get help. Buying sex can make a man feel ashamed or guilty and can feed into issues of self-worth. Sometimes men visiting a prostitute see something suspicious. Provide a safe place for men to reach out for guidance and support.

 

Contact

people of influence in your country or community. Make sure they are informed and aware of the injustice of human trafficking and they personally can make a difference. 

 

Distribute

The Book of Love to people working in the sex industry in your home town!

 

Tackle 

visibility. People are naturally geared towards acting sexually when they are exposed to nudity, sexual poses or images. We experience so much of this in a gratuitous fashion. Look at how we can reduce triggering images in daily life to assist people in recognizing the sacredness of the sexuality and the human body. 

 

Buy

fair-trade products. When you buy fair trade products you help people producing your clothes, coffee or chocolate to get a fair price for their work which helps them to provide for the needs of their families. Look beyond sex trafficking to people being exploited through labor. You can get fair trade products in every supermarket, in special fair trade shops or online.