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Your pimp, Jesus Christ

From the dimly lit corner of the main room of the strip club, I see a man sitting by himself. He catches me looking and gestures for me to come over. As I approach, he is wearing a warm smile and has a distinct twinkle in his eye.

He says, “Looks like you’re having a slow night.”  I passively agree, although he actually just caught me in a bit of a lull on a relatively busy night. I sit down with him. After the usual casual small talk, he moves into his pitch.

“You know you don’t have to suffer these slow nights. I can help you get out of here and make some real money. You can do so much better than this place, but you can’t do it alone. You need protection from the bad people out to do you harm. You need someone who will appreciate you; someone who will help you reach your true potential. I can take you away from all this."

Satisfied that he’s got me on the hook he goes quiet. Not wanting to cause a scene, or sour my night, I simply say nothing and walk away. Before heading to the dressing room to prepare for my upcoming stage performance, I let the bouncer know that there is a pimp in the club soliciting girls. The bouncer then asks him to leave. 

On a similar night a week or two later, I see a female customer sitting in a similar darkened corner of the room.

She also gestures for me to come over. As I approach, she does not ask my name as she gestures for me to sit by her a minute. Instead, she asks, “Don’t you want to be loved? Wouldn’t you like to be respected and valued? You are so much better than this place. I can offer you a safe place, with love, and help you become the person you were created to be. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to do this anymore?” 

Presumably to soften the insult she comes with a little gift bag.

I consider walking away as before, but my irritation at some of what she said gets the better of me. I’m insulted and offended that this person assumes no one loves, respects, or values me. I like my job. In fact, I love my job. I’m proud of myself and my independence. I reply, “I’m sorry, but this club doesn’t allow soliciting of the entertainers."

I then walk away as before. I again tell the bouncer we have another pimp trying to recruit the girls. However, this time, he laughs and does nothing. 

These two people have much more in common than it may seem at first glance. They both assume I’m not happy, need help, and am not living up my potential. They assume I’m broken, unloved, and probably addicted. They both offer salvation through servitude and submission. One of these people however is far worse than the other.

The one who tells you that you are worthless without them, unloved, without respect. The one who tells the girls they will never find meaning, fulfillment, or love on their own. That’s the one who is allowed to stay in the club. You must get on your knees to serve their pimp to find your purpose, they say. You must submit, turn over everything you are, and admit you are powerless to control your own life, they say. You need someone to guide you – but not without cost. You must give them everything or face consequences.

The bottom line: You are nothing without your pimp Jesus Christ. 

Why is this person with such an abhorrent message allowed to stay, while the other is asked to leave? They are both essentially saying the same thing. Christian outreach groups that solicit women to join them rely on the assumption that women in adult entertainment are unwilling participants. They conflate the very real and serious problem of sex trafficking with women who choose these kinds of professions to further their agenda.

These groups are usually run by women who used to be porn stars, strippers, or prostitutes themselves, who have been hurt or damaged by the industry. They use their experiences, as a means to lend credibility to their false claim that most if not all women in the industry are victims. Knowing otherwise. They purposefully use the ignorance of the general, caring public to raise funds and support for their groups. Sometimes even receiving federal funding for their open proselytizing.  

They want the public to think that all women in these industries are abused, damaged, broken, and want out. They claim to be rescuing women, but all they are really doing by presenting their false narrative is stereotypes in order to advance their Christian agenda, their real purpose in talking with the girls. They rely on the misperception that they are working in the women’s best interests. In fact, they make the same demands as the traditional pimp.

While life would be easier if everything were black and white, it's not. So I'm going to add a bit of nuance here. If given a choice between letting a women die of an opioid overdose and accepting help from a predatory evangelical Christian group, I'd say let her find Jesus. When she sobers up, she can find her way to reason.

But she will be told she is broken, sinful, and in need of redemption. She will be saddled with guilt and shame; that the only remedy is total and complete surrender. For those who take up this offer, they risk spending the rest of their lives on their knees to serve their pimp Jesus.

*Originally published by Only Sky Media


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