Wednesday, September 26, 2007
A night at the bars
I hope this video gives a better picture of what it is like to walk into the bar area.
Lately I have been trying to figure out what exactly it is Nightlight does and where does justice take place in that.
I have been accustom to relating justice with, child soldiers, child prostitution, and physically forced prostitution. I have painted in my mind a picture of injustice, that in a sense, has limited my understanding of it.
I want to clarify what exactly it is Nightlight does (and this is to the best of my knowledge, only being here one full week).
They seek to build relationships with girls in the bars who prostitute themselves. They build these relationships by visiting the bars twice a week. The girls that have come out of prostitution and the ones we visit, are not in physical chains or in some way tricked into this life of prostitution. I hope that this does not however, in some way, lessen the compassion you have for these women. I actually think I have been struggling with that. In my head when I think of social injustice, choosing prostitution doesn't really coincide. However, after talking with one of the workers here at NL, I was corrected and enlightened in my way of thinking.
No one ever chooses to sell his or her body. No one desires to be treated like a toy that can be used in whatever way the power over them (the purchaser) desires. No one desires to live in a country where there are no other job opportunities with good enough pay to support family but prostitution. No one desires to have a job where they only get 2 days off a month and when they do work, they have to wear close to nothing in a freezing cold bar, while dancing and entertaining in heels.
But for many women this is their last resort. They are the supply and the men demand.
This has caused me to continue to wonder, 'why is the demand so high?'
I always find myself coming back to the same thoughts. The normalization of sex. The movies we go to and watch, MTV, our favorite TV shows, pornography... all play a part. They teach us, and sadly instill in us, a view of sex that desensitizes us, to what it really is.
At this point I feel like I should write a concluding paragraph, but I don't have one because I still am learning. Thanks for reading and being interested in what I am seeing and learning. I, again, am most appreciative of all your prayers!!