“The Lord said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done ? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot. And I said after she has done all these things, ‘Return to Me’ But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. Then I saw that for all the causes backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. And it came to pass through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with land and trees. And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretence, saith the Lord.” Jeremiah 3:6-11 (NKJV).
While the sexual revolution of the 80s through the mid 90s may be on the decline in America, the International Sex Trade is currently on a boom in many other countries. Sexual slavery and sexual tourism is a marketable trade for many drug gangs, sex industry employers, sex smugglers, governments, selected bars, and other profiteers who randomly use, capture, smuggle, kidnap, or seduce women and children into prostitution for revenue. Western countries are not immune, and even highly regarded United Nations officials, and other persons of highly regarded employment levels, or income affiliations have not escaped the accusations of either operating, or interacting within an illegal sexual climate which harbors underage, or for the most part controversial clients or employers. In some countries prostitution is legal, but when it comes to the issue of underage youth, or people being held against their will to engage in illicit sexual discourse, the road towards liberation is eager to be walked. Discrimination practices due to racial, gender, or other inherent differences that steer people into selling their bodies for payment, because they lose hope in the industrial sector of society is also an issue. Human Rights abuse issues often become the focus of international attention, and while some governments look the other way, others dare to speak out when unethical practices seemingly become ubiquitous beyond their borders. The list of countries which has an annual influx of vacationers seeking sexual pleasure has grown significantly, and includes no less than Germany, Thailand, the Philippines, Brazil, The Dominican Republic, parts of Canada, Ghana, the Gambia, Kenya, Cambodia, India, Russia, the Czech Republic, Jamaica, and to a lesser extent Costa Rica, and many others.
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William Tisdale Copyright (c) November 2007 – Revised 2015