Is Sports Illustrated Aiding Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking (otherwise known as slavery for sex) has been around for many many years, but my recent (unwanted) encounter with the 50th Anniversary Issue of the Sports Illustrated magazine brought this sad practice to light in a whole new way for me.

Sports Illustrated & Human Trafficking

Up until recently, I didn’t believe there was such a thing as Human Trafficking. What I had heard was the equivalent of modern slavery, and wasn’t slavery abolished long ago? This may happen in other countries, but not here, not in free United States….right? It’s probably just a bandwagon that folks are on right now, and it’s probably a way that someone’s making money. That’s it.

Then my daughter pointed out a huge sting operation that the FBI carried out during the Super Bowl. During that time, more than a dozen teen “workers” were rescued from their captivity and more than 45 people were arrested.

Fast forward a few weeks. My family stopped at a Walgreen’s after a family day of shopping and exploring our local town. My husband and I run into the store to pick up a snack and a soda. What we saw at the checkout thoroughly disgusted us – the current 50th Anniversary Issue of Sports Illustrated, complete with all its nudity, right next to the cast register. In fact, it was positioned in such a way that the front of the magazine could be seen from any angle. It’s actually pornography at its lowest – right out front for every man, woman, and child to see.

Am I the only one that feels like this is a crazy world we’re living in? When people are being used and body parts sold in the name of free speech?

What I think is incredibly odd is that this is considered normal. In fact, it’s used quite often in advertizing. If you say it often enough and long enough, people believe it’s true. This was also one of Hitler’s ways of convincing the German people of “The New Normal.” So, while Jews were being herded in cattle cars to extermination camps, the people of Germany stood idly by – good people – and felt it was perfectly normal.

Doesn’t anyone else see this as dangerous, or am I alone here?

When we brought our concerns to the manager of Walgreens, she looked at us, raised an eyebrow and gave a slight smile, like we were the ones slightly demented. Apparently it’s not normal to want to protect women from being considered as objects to be bought and sold, used like cattle.

I should think the feminists of the world would be completely up in arms over the cover of Sports Illustrated. After all, women are NOT sex objects to drool over, nor are they things to be used as money-makers.

I wonder to myself – what will the future bring if we keep on in our current pathway? Have you ever had those thoughts?

Here are a few of mine:

1. Human trafficking is real and it is on the rise. For a long time, I didn’t believe that Human Trafficking even existed, but I realize now that it’s a huge danger to our families, our children, and our nation. Is there a direct link between Sports Illustrated and Human Trafficking? I doubt we would ever find one, but one lust feeds another…

2. Magazines like Sports Illustrated, porn videos, and the Human Trafficking industry are turning women into sex objects. Objects to be used and discarded, like an old magazine, rather than to be loved and cherished for who they are.

This is totally contrary to what the Feminist movement has been trying to teach us for so many years. If we were truly “free to be me,” then we are not objects to be lusted after, but people who have much more use to society than to feed the lust of base men. I’m really surprised the feminists aren’t standing up and screaming about this.

I am not a sex object. I know you could look me up and down and say, “You’re right, honey, you’re not!” and I would laugh along with you. But no human being should ever be sold, and no human being should ever be used by others to make money. This is called slavery, and the United States has been opposed to slavery for well over 140 years.

3. The entire porn industry is feeding the lusts of base men (and women!) It’s a well-known fact that pornography alters the brain to think of women as objects, rather than people. Isn’t that what slave owners think? “This is my property, I can do with it what I want.” I know by saying all these things I’m opening myself up for a ton of criticism, but I do think it’s important for us to speak out for those who cannot, or will not, speak for themselves.

Question: Do you think there’s a connection between pornography – or even swimsuit catalogs – and Human Trafficking? What do you think the average person can do about it?

Linking up with: Monday: Moms the Word, and A Mama’s Story Tuesday: Titus Two Tuesdays, The TimeWarp Wife, Messy Marriage Wednesday: To Love Honor and Vacuum


  1. April says:

    You never know what people do behind closed doors. It is a shame that women do not see what these things are doing to them. This makes sense. My world be opened to God’s Word and see the truth of what He wants for them.

    • Lisa says:

      You’re right, April. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t think that people would do such things or like such things, and it really surprised me that Human Trafficking really does exist, and that it’s a real problem. I am a realist, though, and I’m willing to face the facts when I have to. It’s important that we seek God and ask Him what He would want us to do in this area.

  2. Christine C. says:

    I found your blog through the Wifey Wednesday linkup at To Love, Honor and Vacuum, and I wanted to pipe up and say that as a feminist, I’m totally with you on this. I saw the same magazine at a CVS today, and I was struck at how dehumanizing the cover was. The ladies’ bottoms were the focal point– their faces didn’t matter nearly as much. To me, that’s a horrible way to portray women!

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you so much for standing up and speaking out, Christine! I agree with you completely – for those of us who value women as human beings to protect, love and cherish, that cover is completely saddening.

Leave a Reply