The Naughty Baptist

We must reduce the demand

If you haven't seen the news, a sex trafficking has been busted in Savannah.

A lot of the time when I talk about this issue, people assume it's something that only happens overseas. That is a massive mistake. Atlanta is one of the major hubs of human trafficking. And, when we see articles like this, we have to acknowledge that it happens here, too. This bust is just the tip of the iceberg, but does help draw attention to it.

There's a lot that needs to be done about this. There's a lot of talk these days, but we need action. But one aspect of this stands out to me:

We have to address the demand.

Women and children and bought and sold for sex because people -- primarily men -- create a demand for it. If men are willing to pay for sex, someone will sell it to them. It really is that simple.

Porn, strip clubs, prostitution, hookup culture -- all this feeds our culture that objectifies women, and turns them into sexual objects that are to be used and disposed of.

This is not just a matter of telling men to "man up" -- that's a simplistic answer for a complex problem, and it ignores the Gospel entirely. We need grace-saturated, God-glorifying, brutally honest discussion of how to reduce and ultimately eliminate the demand.