The Pink Room and Fifty Shades of Grey

Tonight, at Common Grounds cafe in Belfast, I saw a screening of  The Pink Room, a documentary about child sex-trafficking in Cambodia. Watch the trailer here:

The film was incredibly eye-opening; it makes its audience aware of the sheer severity of child sex-trafficking  and doesn’t try to sugar-coat the truth about what’s happening in Cambodia. There were quite a few teary eyes in the room (myself included) by the end as we listened to heart-breaking stories of girls as young as four sold into slavery so their families could survive.

When I got home I was scrolling the Facebook news feed and saw a link to a news story that a friend had posted, entitled Why Pastors Should Respond to “Fifty Shades of Grey”. I’d heard of the book but had no idea what the fuss was about so I clicked the link, began to read, and after gaining a general understanding read this plot summary:

“Anastasia Steele, 21, and a virginal college student, can’t say no to dashing 27-year-old Christian Grey, who insists she sign a contract that allows him to submit her to his every sadomasochistic whim.  In their first sexual encounter, Grey unveils his silver tie and binds her wrists in knots, and Steele does as she is told.  He is also fabulously rich, a telecommunications tycoon, and uses his wealth to take care of her like a pampered princess.  “Ana,” as he calls her, willingly and excitedly agrees to spanking, whipping and gagging, with props like ice, rope, tape — a repertoire right out of a BDSM [bondage, discipline, dominance and submission] manual.  Grey instructs her to call him, “sir,” and sets rules on everything from her diet to her most intimate grooming routines.”

 People are rapidly losing respect for their fellow humans.

 The society we live in no longer cares for the human, they just care about the body and what it can give them. Fifty Shades of Grey has been affectionately labelled “mummy porn”; women can now acceptably read erotic literature. While I’m sure many women (and probably men) are jumping for joy at this apparent “liberation”, we have to look back to the young girls in Cambodia who are forced into a life of sex long before they’re ready for it. Violent, brutal sex, fetish, bondage, rape. 

Little girls, beautiful little princesses as young as four who deserve to know a childhood of innocence and purity are forced into sex slavery, responding to the needs of grown men, because the society we live in has allowed sex to lose any meaning it once had. Sex no longer means love to a lot of people, it’s simply an act to gratify ones selfish physical desires.

Sex-trafficking and slavery, involving both children and adults, doesn’t just happen in Cambodia, it’s a problem all across the world. If you would like to learn more on the fight against slavery in Northern Ireland head over to Belfast Abolition Collective’s website, for information about the fight against sex trafficking and prostitution throughout Ireland check out Turn Off Red Light’s page and to find out further worldwide information take a look at International Justice Mission’s site.

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