“Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

Laila Mickelwait MPd

While reading through the gospels this past week so many things struck me that I had never seen in the past.  In fact, something happened while reading that had never happened before, it was as if I was there.  I was there and I could hear the way Jesus was speaking, more than that, it was as if I could feel his heart’s emotions as he said the words.  One of the things that hit me was the meaning behind the words Jesus cried out while hanging on the cross. Mark 15:33-34 says “And when the sixth hour had come there was a darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.  And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  In the past I had always read this verse and felt…

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Interview about Human Trafficking and Nefarious with Michelle Kwok on RTHK Hong Kong

http://programme.rthk.hk//assets/contentindex/asx/radio3_5160_177891_18932.asx


Nefarious: Merchant of Souls on DVD Today!

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is by far the best documentary/film on human trafficking ever made. It goes in depth to look at all of the complex factors that enable this horrific crime against humanity to continue and offers solutions in order to empower the viewer to take action. Unlike other films on the topic, Nefarious makes the important connection between prostitution and human trafficking and has a global perspective. The film is packed with solid facts, statistics and expert interviews and it is a must see for anyone who is interested in tackling the issue of human trafficking.  The re-enactments are well done, the interviews are hard hitting and he was able to engage the hearts and emotions of the audience while at the same time engaging the mind. The film is inspirational, emotive, hard-hitting, informative and will leave you both speechless and empowered.

Order your DVD today at www.nefariousdocumentary.com 


Israel to Ban the Purchase of Sexual Services

By RUTH EGLASH Jerusalem Post
Last updated: 02/15/2012 18:59

Bill passes first reading in Knesset plenum, to be forwarded to parliamentary c’tee for adjustments before becoming law.

Prostitute [illustrative]

By Edgard Garrido / Reuters

A bill that will make paying for sex services a criminal offense passed its preliminary reading in the Knesset plenum on Wednesday and will be forwarded to one of the parliamentary committees for further review and adjustments before becoming law.

The legislation was proposed by MK Orit Zuaretz (Kadima), chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Trafficking in Women, and is supported by many Knesset members from across the political spectrum.

It will impose a sentence of six-months in jail or community service on any person who utilizes the services of a prostitute or pays for any other related sexual services.

On Sunday, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation gave the bill its initial stamp of approval, and the proposed draft is already being well-received by nonprofit organizations working with victims of prostitution and trafficking.

Earlier on Wednesday, Zuaretz held a hearing in her committee to discuss the success of the bill thus far and to explore next steps if and when the law is finally passed.

In her opening statement to the committee, Zuaretz emphasized that she feels it is her duty as an elected official to “protect human dignity” and that her work in making this law a reality is part and parcel of that. She described the legislation as a central element in empowering social change with regard to prostitution and human trafficking.

MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), chairwoman of the Committee on the Status of Women, called the bill an “historic achievement.”

“When I signed on this law, I thought it was only a pipe dream and that nothing would really be done to protect these women,” she said.

“But I believe that if you are determined then you can, one day, create a new order in society.”

Hotovely added that in the process of making this law a reality, Zuaretz had succeeded in changing accepted social norms, similar to when the law dealing with sexual harassment was first approved.

Heads of various nongovernment organizations working to eliminate human trafficking and sexual slavery, academics and other government officials also hailed the preliminary approval of the law, pointing out that it has already gone a long way toward changing accepted social attitudes toward the country’s booming sex industry.

Although there are no official figures, it is estimated that there are currently more than 15,000 people working in the prostitution industry in Israel, 5,000 of whom are minors. Israel has been a destination country for more than 25,000 victims of human trafficking since the 1990s.

Research further suggests that many of Israel’s prostitutes and sex slaves are controlled by pimps and some experience violence at the hands of their clients. The clients come from every segment of society and every ethnic, religious and socioeconomic stratum.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Tzippi Nachshon-Glick, director of Services for Adults and Young Adults at Risk in the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs, also spoke about the existing government program to help rehabilitate women looking to leave the sex industry.

Nachshon-Glick said that the program, which was initiated by the government in 2006 and receives up to NIS 10 million a year for shelters and rehabilitation programs in Haifa and Tel Aviv, will soon be expanded to Beersheba and Eilat.


Interview about prostitution reform and the Swedish model of legislation

http://blogs.abc.net.au/files/laila-mickelwait.mp3 


We are called to be faithful

I am currently touring the entire continent of Australia with Exodus Cry and the Australian Christian Lobby showing the film Nefarious: Merchant of Souls to the state parliaments and to the public.  I have been in some very intense situations over the past three weeks but God has been miraculously moving and I am constantly reminded of the fact that HE is doing this work and I am blessed enough to be able to go along for the ride.  Over the past few weeks I have come to understand more and more that God will put us in situations and pit us against problems that are overwhelming…I am constantly faced with the huge global injustice of sex trafficking, the resistance of lawmakers, the lies and deception surrounding the issue and the pervasiveness of the sex industry in our culture. The question many people ask me is “this is so huge, what can we do?” I have thought about that question many times and I believe we can do our part. God has been speaking these words to me lately, “I did not call you to be successful, I called you to be faithful.”  Revelation 17:14 says,  “for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”  What does it mean to be faithful? The Greek word for “faithful” is pistos and it speaks of someone who has shown themselves trustworthy in the execution of duties. It can also refer to one that is trusting rather than trustworthy. God has called us to trust Him and to carry out the assignments He has given us to the best of our ability and HE will do the rest….

Isaiah 42 says that Jesus will bring forth justice…we do our small part and He does His big part.

Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.

He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.

He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.


February 2012 News

I am honored to have the privilege of coming on board with such a dedicated team of abolitionists at Exodus Cry and  look forward to seeing what the Lord is going to do in this next season. Our strategy is to raise awareness unto prevention, and reform is an essential aspect of effective prevention.  Isaiah 42:4 says, “…the coastlands wait for His law” and I am passionate about seeing the law of the Lord go forth. Many countries around the globe still endorse the sex industry, laying out a welcome mat for traffickers, johns and pimps through weak laws, lack of enforcement and the outright legalization of prostitution.  This must come to an end. A global governmental paradigm shift concerning the sex industry must take place and it will happen state by state and nation by nation.  Sweden has pioneered the way forward with progressive legislation that criminalizes the purchase of sex and protects the women and girls who are victims of sexual violence also known as prostitution. This law has been in effect in Sweden since 1999 and has been extremely successful in combating both prostitution and human trafficking. Other governments are witnessing Sweden’s success and implementing similar laws.  I believe that a multi-national adoption of the “Swedish Model” is essential in the pursuit of a comprehensive global prevention strategy.  This month Exodus Cry is working to promote this model in both Australia and Israel. Currently prostitution is legal in various forms in both countries.  In partnership with the Australian Christian Lobby, we will be making the case for reform and screening Nefarious Merchant of Souls at the state and federal parliaments across the continent along with engaging in private meetings with key politicians from February 15 through March 6.  In Israel we are working with the Jerusalem Institute of Justice to promote an anti-prostitution bill in the Knesset that will go to the first round of voting on February 12.  To learn more please visit http://www.exoduscry.com