Ep. 04: Victor Hugo: A Prophet for Our Time

Benjamin Nolot (CEO/Founder, Exodus Cry) and Laila Mickelwait (Director of Abolition, Exodus Cry) discuss the way that William Wilberforce changed the popular narrative about slavery and how Victor Hugo identified an unfinished work regarding prostitution. They also talk about the connections between sex trafficking and the prostitution industry.

Show Notes

  • “We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution.” – Victor Hugo
  • Sex trafficking alone generates 99 billion dollars per year. Source
  • There are 1.5 million sex purchases in Germany’s legal sex market every day. “Inside Germany’s Sex Supermarkets” See also Herz, A. (2003). Investigating and prosecuting trafficking in human beings – with special emphasis on the new German prostitution law. Freiburg, Germany: Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law from www.iuscrim.de/ forsch/krim/herz.html


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