This year’s Super Bowl halftime show was nothing if not controversial! People from all walks of life, backgrounds in faith, genders and sexual identities fell on both sides of the fence when it came to answering the question: was this performance empowering or degrading to women?
Enter Brandi Voth, the woman behind The Power Project who is working to bring empowerment to women and men alike. She is a podcaster, author, and volunteer working with people in after-care who have been sexually exploited and trafficked.
In this episode, Brandi and I sit down and talk about what the commercial sex trade industry looks like, who is targeted for sex trafficking, how the church can better come alongside those who’ve been exploited, and what women’s empowerment looks like.
Brandi dropped some hard truths about what drives the sex industry and opened my eyes to the prevalence it has not only in our nation but even in our small towns.
Table of Contents:
:05 The Road Home to You website
2:55 Welcome Brandi Voth; The Power Project – empowering people to live purposeful lives
5:00 Awareness to sex trafficking industry in Melbourne, Australia
9:10 A21 “Walk for Freedom”
10:40 What sex trafficking really looks like and where it is
13:54 The grooming process happens in social media apps and chat rooms
15:15 bark.us app and Tik Tok
17:10 Be where your kids and their friends are spending time online
18:20 Predators in public places
20:00 Red flags that someone is endangered
23:59 The Church’s response to help the exploited
28:10 Testimony from after-care client
31:59 Seeing the hurting and being the hands and feet of Jesus
32:57 Super Bowl halftime show re-cap and conflict
36:07 Female empowerment and the messages sent to boys/men
37:40 Empowerment vs. Sexual Objectification
39:15 Strip club and pornography – exploitation and consumption
40:39 Super Bowl is the single largest event for sex trafficking
41:35 Take a stand against the demand
43:00 The message sent to girls/women
45:28 Early exposure to pornography and the cycle of addiction
48:00 Defining empowerment
48:43 Finding your voice and using it
52:05 Signs you’re not in a safe relationship
53:19 Resources and Hotlines
53:52 Bottom line – You’re worth it
54:37 Thank you, Brandy
55:15 Brandi’s information: The Power Project and Power Hat Co.
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Join Brandy next week for a discussion with guest, Mischelle Saunders-Gottsch and the impact of growing up in a cult.
Future topics will also include infidelity, Biblical meditation, alcohol recovery, and so much more!
Thanks to the Jingle Punks for the use of their song, “Dusty Road” as our intro and outro.
This episode was recorded, edited and produced at 4G’s Studios in Sandy, Oregon. 2020. All rights reserved.