Art Stop – “Girls Like Us”

Looking outside of the Bible, never have I underlined so much text in a single book.  In “Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an  Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself” author and trafficking survivor Rachel Lloyd takes readers through the realities of trafficking.

The margins of my copy of this book are filled with agreeing comments like “YES!” and “So true!” and stars implying my solemn similarity of story.  Personally, Rachel’s words have been validating and reassuring that I’m not alone in this journey.  For those without a past in the Life, it’s an excellent portray not only of the facts of trafficking, but of the emotions behind survival and abuse.  My simple direction is, read this book! It’s educational and uplifting and impacting.

To read the full review or purchase this book, click here.

May this blog serve as an education to those who do not yet know or understand the atrocities of trafficking and may it serve as an encouragement to those who understand it all too well.

(Post originally written 5/11/12)

Pimpology: The 48 Laws That Make Me Sick

WARNING: The following post contains lots of judgement and little grace

There’s a book called “Pimpology: The 48 Laws of the Game“.  I’d like to officially rename it “Pimpology: The 48 Laws That Make Me Sick.”  I’m angry – no furious – that a book like this exists.  I know first hand how brutal and manipulative a pimp can be, but there’s something especially nauseating about seeing the strategy for his abuse in written (and published) form.

Published in 2008 by Gallery Books, “Pimpology” is 192 pages worth of step by step instructions on how to become a successful pimp.  Law #5: Prey on the weak, Law #20: Get into a Ho’s head, Law #29: Play one Ho against the next, Law #36: Be international know, nationally recognized and locally accepted… the list goes on.  Every “law” (1-48) has an entire chapter to coincide.  Entire chapters were written on how to break a girl’s spirit, how to scan a crowd for the easiest prey, how to keep her psychologically entrapped once you’ve got her and how to make money from it all– prestige from it all. “He breaks down real life situations and explains the art of manipulation, and persuasion that is pimping.” says one reviewer.

For as little as $11.98 you too can learn how to be a pimp.  Just check out Barnes&Noble.com.  You could even order a used copy for $8.33 or read it instantly on your Nook for a mere $10.99.  $10.99… apparently all it takes these days is $10.99 to learn the proven method of breaking the spirit of a 13-year-old girl by shoving her into habitual rape.  All it takes is $10.99 to learn how to dehumanize a child by placing her in a dog crate for hours on end.

It sickens me that this #@%$ is allowed to be in print.  I’m all for upholding our rights of free speech but this is absurd. This book – whether is says it on the dust cover or not– is the promotion of torture and trafficking in its most obviously of terms.  Shame on you Barnes&Noble and other retailers who sell this publication.  Shame on you Nook and other e-book carriers.  Shame on you Gallery Books and other publishing companies who promote similar writings (yes, there’s more than one of these books). Shame on you author, Karen Hunter– you’re a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist– AND A WOMEN.  How dare you help further the lie that the culture of pimping should be glorified.

Yes, I’m angry.  Yes I’m using strong language and keeping my viewpoint narrow.  Usually, I strive to see both sides of a coin, but in this circumstance I make no apology for my close-mindedness.  Eleven years of my life were destroyed using principals like the ones shared in this text so I believe I have a right to some righteous anger here.

To the credit of Barnes & Noble, there was a recent petition launched to remove another book called “The Pimp Game” from their online marketplace.  After only 1,134 signatures, acquired through Change.org, the effort became a success and to my understanding the book is gone from B&N’s online listings.  Check out the progress by clicking here.  There still are however, many other publications, like the one talked about in this post, still available for purchase.  Since a petition has been proven to work in this area, check out these two others available for signing or start your own today! It may not be huge step in helping, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Ask Target to stop selling the book Pimpology. OR Tell Amazon to take a stand against human trafficking.

Thank you.

May this blog serve as an education to those who do not yet know or understand the atrocities of trafficking and may it serve as an encouragement to those who understand it all too well.

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