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About Amie Longmire

Amie Longmire currently teaches writing at Biola University. She recieved her Masters in Professional Writing at USC. Her work has recently appeared in Divine Caroline Magazine and Darling Magazine but you can read more of her work at AmieLongmire.com.

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  1. It’s always sad and sobering to read about countries where the sex industry is involuntary and women are forced into it. Glad this particular group had a happier ending.

  2. The more I think about this piece, the more troubling it becomes to me.

    First it mentions “Speak Up For The Poor, a non-profit organization specializing in legal advocacy work for refugees and women trapped in the sex industry.” This sounds admirable, until I dig further. Googling the organization, most references I review describe a non-profit organization, but a page on mercyworks.org calls it a ministry, and the narrator describes meeting Troy at a church where recent converts are being baptized. Apparently the organization wants to be all things to all people.

    Another organization mentioned is “NightLight,” which the piece describes as existing to “rescue and reintegrate woman …” The nightlightinternational.com website includes in its goals “Introduce women and children to the love, mercy and healing power of Jesus Christ by giving them opportunities to grow strong in their faith and become influencers who impact their communities.” Again Aime did not see fit to share this goal with us.

    Worst of all, the piece describes “Alingon home.” From the piece: “The women who run the Alingon home require mothers to sign over custody of their daughters so that these children will receive an education and a future.” So now we’re coercing women to give up custody of their children? Perhaps so these children of fallen women can be raised by good Christian couples? And this is supposed to be a good thing?

    I reviewed Aime’s other piece, which deals with dating. This includes the quote: “I am not a victim and I don’t need rescuing.” Some sex workers would insist that they don’t need rescuing, either. Tell me Aime, what is your criteria for determining who does and does not need to be “rescued” by upstanding organizations such as these?

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