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Website: http://www.iwantrest.com/(info)

Address: Seattle, Washington, United States
Countries served: United States
Geographic scope: Local

Phone: 425-395-4691
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: wewantrest
Twitter: @iwantREST
EIN (Guidestar profile): 45-3531020

Type: Religious
Faith-based: Yes
Sex work positive: No
Female led: Yes
Sex worker led: No

About Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST)

Established in 2009

Public facts about Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST)

Revenue

2013 – $388,268.00 – Salaries Paid – $169,744.00

2012 – $119,632.00 – Salaries Paid – $42,680.00

People involved with Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST)

Amanda Hightower – Executive Director

Bridget Battistoni – Director of Operations

Edward Sumner – Director of Development

Sex work focus for Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST)

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Services offered by Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST)

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One comment

  1. GGasnight says:

    REST claims to be in the business of rescuing girls from the sex trade. Make no mistake: this is a proselytizing organization that only intervenes with the goal of converting girls into fundamentalist christians.

    The operation is slick: REST volunteers approached me last year when they found out I was a adult movie star who visited clients on the side. On the surface, their intentions seemed true: they were concerned for my well being, they wanted to give me a way out of a “bad life” and help me find my “path” and “calling.”

    But when I assured them that I was happy in my life, that I was not being used or coerced, their tactics swiftly changed to sIut shaming: they accused me of being a sexual deviant who was perpetuating sin and putting other girls at risk by glamorizing a dangerous lifestyle. They asked me how I could live this life and make my parents and friends ashamed of me. They hurled bible passages at me. They did everything in their power to shame me for who I am and what I choose to do. That is not acceptable.

    I endured weeks of harassment and abusive tactics from REST volunteers: phone calls, visits, interruptions in my WORK LIFE, constant bible thumping, and psychological assault. Sorry, but I don’t need jesus to save me. I’m doing just fine, thanks.

    REST is not an organization dedicated to helping people trapped in the sex trade. It’s just a gimmick. Their real interest is in religious recruitment and forcing women to fit into christian gender norms that teach us sex is bad and we will go to eternal darnation if we think about it for even a second.

    REST is not interested in helping women: they don’t offer to take you to Planned Parenthood so that you can tend to your personal and reproductive health. They refuse to talk about basic protection! They use half truths and outdated information about STIs to scare you. REST doesn’t talk medical science. They don’t talk about the impact of economics and institutionalized sexism. They quote the bible to make their point. To the volunteers of REST it is your fault that you have sex demons inside you and you are a bad person for harboring them. You are a lost soul with a sex curse that must be cast out. And, surprise surprise: they just happen to have the religion and the book that cures all that is wrong with you. How convenient! There is no distinguishable difference between REST propaganda and a bible-belt state’s abstinence-only curriculum. And, as study after study has shown, abstinence-only curriculum is, by far, the least effective way to protect people from unwanted pregnancy and the spread of STIs.

    Should there be organizations that rescue girls and women from the sex trade? Absolutely. There are a lot of predators who abuse and destroy lives in the name of money and the control of women. But such an organization should not be backed by a conflict of religious interest, especially when the tactics turn abusive. Religion is simply not a necessary part of the equation of a humanitarian effort. In fact, it’s antithetical to the entire endeavor.

    I find it tragic that misguided and ultimately hurtful organizations like REST are the ones who are trying to claim attention in battling sex trafficking. They conflate sex crimes with legal activities and the transactions of informed and consenting adults all in the name of demonizing sex. REST’s mission is a self-righteous morality crusade that serves no one!

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