In Praise of Prostitution?

trafficking-250x232When I worked as a fundraiser for an urban youth organization, we had quite an upset one week. An 8-year-old girl who could barely read, but was demonstrating great aptitude in our computer lab, proudly showed the director the website her mother had helped her build over the weekend.

Mom Helped 8-Year-Old ‘Sell’ Self

The director was shocked. The site was, to put it as inoffensively as possible, a personal marketing site. The mother, when confronted, suggested that our reading lessons, which the girl generally ignored, taught a skill much less important for a girl than the ability to sell herself.

This experience was startling in itself. But even more startling was the response of a donor with whom I shared it.

Donor Praised Mom’s Prostitution Business

“At least the mother is an entrepreneur,” said the man, a leader in his conservative church. “She’s not depending on the government for a handout.”

All I could think was that he, like many, was far more familiar with conservative political philosophy than with what God teaches. Here’s what God teaches:

  • It is wrong to degrade our children by making them prostitutes. (Leviticus 19:29)
  • None of the children of God is to work as prostitutes. (Deuteronomy 23:18)
  • Anyone who patronizes a prostitute has reduced him or herself to a loaf of bread – that is to say, they have turned one of God’s greatest gifts into a mere economic exchange. (Proverbs 6:25-26)
  • God specifically charges Christian men not to wrong or take advantage of their brothers sexually – that is to say, God reminds men that it is as possible to exploit men as to exploit women and that both are wrong. (1 Thess. 4:3-6)

Our sexuality is a good gift from God, designed to bond marriages into permanent and joyful unions. God has not given us the right to set rules for others that degrade them, while maintaining the purity of our own families. In fact, as God says in Leviticus 19:29, when daughters are degraded by being forced into prostitution, the land turns to prostitution and is filled with wickedness.

Action Opportunities

Participate in a local organization that battles child prostitution.

Join a local campaign against sexual trafficking of women and children.

Choose personal purity, within your married or single state.

What other action opportunities would you suggest?

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About Carlene Hill Byron

The former editor of New England Church Life and The New England Christian, Carlene Hill Byron is enjoying being home in Maine after 20 years in North Carolina. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Find her at, and on Facebook at MyHouseHasHistory.
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