Psalm 82:2-4 NIV
How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Prostitution is often referred to as the world’s oldest profession. Truthfully it is the world’s oldest form of oppression.
Prostituted people in Canada are seen as vulnerable by those who exploit them. Prostitution is viewed by the average Canadian as a choice women make. In actuality, 92% of prostituted women in Canada, if given a viable alternative to survive, would leave the ‘business’. Most prostitutes feel that they have no other option to make ends meet.
Child sexual abuse, poverty, and homelessness are all huge risk factors for this form of exploitation. If you are an Aboriginal woman in our country, the risk escalates dramatically.
In every way, prostituted people fit the description of those the psalmist tells us to defend. There are few other groups as stigmatized, marginalized, and oppressed in Canada as prostituted people. They count on our defense!
Being aware is the first step to “upholding the cause of the poor and oppressed”.
- How much do you know about the realities of prostitution in your location?
- Prayerfully ask God how you can be involved in defending dignity.
- Can you challenge yourself to become more aware of the issue in the next few months? Check out the Resources tab on this site, www.defenddignity.ca for tools.