LEGAL VS ILLEGAL SEX INDUSTRY
LACE MINISTERS TO WOMEN AND MEN IN THE LEGAL SEX INDUSTRIES.
All aspects of the sex industry are not the same.
Sex trafficking is the illegal aspect of the sex trade, and the adult entertainment industries (porn, strip clubs, adult bookstores, porn shows) are the legal franchise. By the very nature of its business, the adult industry attracts pimps and johns who actively prey on victims. However, as a ministry, we must recognize what separates both to effectively minister to the women and men we meet.
Most of those we meet in strip clubs and adult venues are there because they choose to be. There are a plethora of deep reasons that drove their choice, but it’s important to recognize that the majority do not face physical restraint. They would most likely be insulted if you insinuated such. Women in the industry are not looking to be rescued or saved by us. They are looking for authenticity. Will we unconditionally love and accept them? Will we treat them like a project, or will we remove the barriers and step into their world and invite them into ours? Through this authentic relationship building, we will have doors of opportunity to assist these women and men in a much greater capacity, should they want it, than if we viewed them as helpless victims.
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(Thank you to Kelly Master for her definitions of the two industries)