The Exodus Cry Podcast

The Exodus Cry Podcast is a resource for anyone who wants to learn more about sex trafficking and how they can fight it.

Join the Exodus Cry team as they discuss the most current updates on all aspects of the commercial sex industry, including sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and stripping. They'll dive into controversial and often hotly debated topics surrounding global sex industry policy, ideology, gender and sexuality, and even the spiritual aspects of injustice.

In addition to hearing from the staff at Exodus Cry, you’ll hear from leading voices who specialize in the areas of abolition, prevention, restoration, and intervention—including survivors and game changers in the movement to end sexual exploitation.

September 19th, 2017

Episode 28: How to Take Action: Choose to be Compassionate Part 1

Ending the injustice of commercial sexual exploitation requires a response. In this episode Benjamin and Laila talk about the internal responses of love and compassion, and how those two things are central to changing the status quo.
September 12th, 2017

Episode 27: Interview With Former Sex Buyer Gene McConnell

Gene McConnell is the founder and president of Authentic Relationships International, a non-profit organization dedicated to liberating people from toxic influences and beliefs. For over 31 years, he has trained therapists, pastors, law enforcement, medical professionals, and others about domestic violence, sexual abuse, shame, and building and maintaining healthy relationships. Gene’s real life experience of brokenness and recovery has positioned him to develop highly successful programs that have helped hundreds...
August 15th, 2017

Episode 26: How to Take Action – Choose Love

When fighting exploitation there are a variety of actions one can take. There are external responses and internal ones. Internal responses deal with one’s own heart posture and behaviors. In this episode Benjamin and Laila unpack the internal action of “choosing love” and what that means in the context of fighting back against commercial sexual exploitation. “Love is the great conqueror of lust” - C.S. Lewis
August 1st, 2017

Episode 25: The Top Ten Myths About Prostitution

Benji and Laila go over the top ten most common myths regarding the true nature of prostitution and how to rebut them.   Resources discussed in this episode: “Prostitution, Violence, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” by Melissa Farley PhD and Howard Barkan DrPH “Not a Choice, Not a Job: Exposing the Myths about Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade” by Janice G Raymond, July 1, 2013 Nefarious: Merchant of Souls...
June 13th, 2017

Episode 24: Understanding HR 466 “Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act”

Laila explains the importance of HR 466, a bill aimed at curbing international demand for commercial sex. She gives an update on the status of the legislation, as well as explains how and why it came to be.   Resources discussed in this episode: Exodus Cry Blog: Fighting for the Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act Support Letter Full HR 466 Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act...
May 9th, 2017

Episode 23: Interview with Kajsa Ekis Ekman

Kajsa Ekis Ekman is a Swedish journalist, author, and expert on the issue of prostitution and trafficking. She is the author of “Being and Being Bought: Prostitution, Surrogacy and the Split Self,” which has been translated into French and English. She lectures across the world on sex trafficking and prostitution, and is a regular contributor for the Guardian, TruthDig and Feminist Current. Kajsa lives in Sweden.   Resources discussed in...
May 2nd, 2017

Episode 22: Interview With Rachel Moran

Rachel Moran is a survivor and leader in the abolition movement. She is the author of the book Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution and is also the founder of the organization SPACE International (Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling for Enlightenment). Rachel has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in creative writing and speaks globally on prostitution and sex-trafficking. She lives in Dublin, Ireland. Donate to SPACE International...
April 25th, 2017

Episode 21: Understanding the Predominant Attitudes of Sex Buyers

Benjamin Nolot and Laila Mickelwait discuss the violence, misogyny, and rage of sex buyers within the context of prostitution.   Resources discussed in this episode: “Comparing Sex Buyers with Men Who Do Not Buy Sex: New Data on Prostitution and Trafficking” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Aug. 31, 2015 “Men who buy sex: in their own words” The Johns book by Victor Malarek Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution book by...
April 18th, 2017

Episode 20: Who are “the Johns” and What do They Want? Part 2

Benjamin and Laila continue to discuss who the sex buyers are and what they desire out of the prostitution encounter. They also address why these men buy sex as well as the role of pornography in developing the desires and expectations of sex buyers.   Resources discussed in this episode: The Johns book by Victor Malarek
April 11th, 2017

Episode 19: Who are “the Johns” and What do They Want? Part 1

Who are “the Johns” and what do they want? Why do they buy sex? How do they interact with each other and the women they buy, and how does that affect prostituted women?   Resources discussed in this episode: The Johns book by Victor Malarek