Where is God When I’m Suffering?

When your world is closing in on you and despair is gaining the upper-hand, there is help and hope.

Written by Bridget Battistoni on November 25, 2014

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on November 25, 2014

5 Incredible Years: What’s Next

Not long ago, REST celebrated helping our 50th young woman completely leave the life of commercial sexual exploitation.

Written by Bridget Battistoni on November 15, 2014

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on November 15, 2014

What Happens When 500 People Come Together and #GiveREST

We’ve always known that you who partner with REST are some of the most hard-working and compassionate people around. And that you’re motivated to use your talents and resources to change our world for the...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on November 10, 2014

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on November 10, 2014

Buyer Beware Campaign Moves the State One Step Closer to Being Inhospitable to Traffickers

In 2011, sex buyers tipped their hands and disclosed what they believed would dissuade them from using women involved in prostitution. In the comprehensive study, “Comparing Sex Buyers with Men Who Don’t Buy...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on October 21, 2014

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on October 21, 2014

How Celebrity Hacks Reveal Privilege

By now, you’ve likely seen headlines about the hacking of more than one hundred celebrities’ iCloud accounts and the subsequent release of their nude photos and intimate videos. These celebrities, as well as the...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on September 08, 2014

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on September 08, 2014

Dear Jim Norton, You’re Not Funny.

While researching, I came across several blog posts defending Norton’s position. His defenders cite Norton’s position, calling it "consensual sex with adult women," despite Norton’s own words to the contrary....

Written by Bridget Battistoni on August 18, 2014

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on August 18, 2014

Heroin is a Bad Boyfriend

“I had no idea this type of help was available.” These were the words that rang in my ears throughout the night and into the early morning, as I counted the hours for the sun to appear. Asmine*, a forty-two...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on July 09, 2014

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on July 09, 2014

Men Who Buy Sex, Part 1: Sin is Trafficked Goodness

I sat with a man named Jeffrey who had been arrested on charges of soliciting prostitution. He is one of the tens of thousands of Seattle’s johns. In our first session together, Jeffrey remarked, “Friday...

Written by Jay Stringer on June 17, 2014

Written by Jay Stringer
Posted on June 17, 2014

5 Considerations When Starting an Anti-trafficking Organization

On a monthly basis, REST receives inquiries from people all over the country who are considering starting an anti-trafficking organization and are looking for a “how-to.” We are so grateful to be receiving these...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on June 04, 2014

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on June 04, 2014

Counting the Cost of Justice

I imagine most of you who attended REST’s Sex Trafficking & the Gospel event this past weekend are still considering the powerful teachings presented. I am, too. In fact, I’ve spent the weekend pondering the...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on April 29, 2014

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on April 29, 2014

Sex Trafficking & The Gospel: Is There Cause to Despair?

It would seem there is cause to despair. Hundreds of girls and young women are being bought and sold for sex every night in Seattle. They are forced to endure repeated acts of violent sexual exploitation for the...

Written by Edward Sumner on March 27, 2014

Written by Edward Sumner
Posted on March 27, 2014

Foster Care: A Pipeline for Traffickers

Economics teaches that the principle of supply and demand determines the availability of a particular product. If a supply is readily available, prices drop and demand soars. Human trafficking is no exception....

Written by Bridget Battistoni on March 08, 2014

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on March 08, 2014

How Traffickers Exploit People for Sex

Exploitation has many faces. Human exploitation, at its most simple definition, is an abuse of power for personal gain and/or profitable advantage at the expense of another. Sex traffickers – those who recruit,...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on February 04, 2014

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on February 04, 2014

5 Things to Start in 2014

New Year’s celebrations started as a pagan tradition, worshiping Janus (a two-faced god who looks backward into the old year and forward into the new) thought to be the protector of beginnings and endings. During...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on December 30, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on December 30, 2013

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2013

As we wind down 2013, we thought we’d take a look back at this year’s top blogs. Rate your favorite and let us know how they’ve impacted you.

Written by Bridget Battistoni on December 26, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on December 26, 2013

Men: We’re Calling You to Something Radical

This one is for the guys. Arizona State study estimates 5% of men in the United States buy sex online. Three years ago, when men would ask me how they could become involved in the fight against trafficking, I would...

Written by Brent Turner on December 20, 2013

Written by Brent Turner
Posted on December 20, 2013

10 Things You Might Not Know About Porn

Discussions around pornography and its impact on society are often relegated to a debate between moralism and First Amendment infringements. When considered beyond these perimeters, there is strong evidence to show...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on December 10, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on December 10, 2013

One Hundred & Twenty-Six Thousand Thank Yous!

I’ve got exciting news to share! Saturday’s A Night of REST Silent & Live Auction raised $126,000! To put this into perspective, that is almost the same amount as our 2012 total yearly income. More amazing than...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on November 21, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on November 21, 2013

A Survivor’s Story: Meet Summer

For Summer Prescott, the definition of home is not one most of us would recognize. Without the familial compassion many of us take for granted, Summer attempted to find home–initially, within the framework of...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on November 12, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on November 12, 2013

Twerk or Treat

Halloween has never been my favorite holiday. I have just never been into silly things, like dress-up. Even as a child, I generally skipped the cartoons and Froot Loops cereal. I guess I’ve always been just too...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on October 18, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on October 18, 2013

10 Things You Might Not Know about Women Being Sold for Sex

Many say prostitution is the oldest profession in the world and believe the private affairs of consenting adults should not be infringed upon. Those same people are quick to claim that prostitution does not harm...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on September 17, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on September 17, 2013

If We Can Send a Man to the Moon, Surely We Can Tackle Internet Porn

On Christmas Eve 1968, one of the largest audiences in television history tuned their rabbit ears to see an extraordinary sight: a live telecast of the moon’s surface as seen from Apollo 8, the first manned space...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on August 27, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on August 27, 2013

Why Washington Leads the Way

According to the Department of Justice, the city of Seattle is considered one of the United States’ worst sex trafficking offenders. In fact, just three weeks ago, fifty-five adults engaging in prostitution were...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on August 15, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on August 15, 2013

The Day Julie Was Rescued From Her Pimp

Julie said she couldn’t believe she was outside, walking free. As soon as the words passed her lips, her eyes scanned the parking lot. He wasn’t there. She said she felt like any minute she’d wake up from a...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on August 01, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on August 01, 2013

Slavery Is No Laughing Matter. Or Is It?

Recently, popular primetime Fox Television series *Family Guy* aired an episode where “Meg,” a self-conscious teenage girl appeared onstage for a sex-slave auction. While on stage wearing just a bra and...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on July 18, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on July 18, 2013

Prostitution: The Powerful Allure of the Street Family

A friend of mine met “Anna” at a busy intersection, while driving home from work one afternoon in Renton, Washington. She noticed Anna panhandling on a corner and had just begun to consider how young she was,...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on June 28, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on June 28, 2013

The Thing 95% of Women Involved in Prostitution Report (Infographic)

Written by Bridget Battistoni on June 04, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on June 04, 2013

3 Essential Components to Winning the War on Human Trafficking

In order to win a war, the strategy must include air-assault, ground-rescue, and tribunal justice. First, a key component in winning a war is air war superiority. The goal of an air war is to secure freedom of...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on May 14, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on May 14, 2013

10 Things You Might Not Know about Men Who Buy Sex

In a comprehensive study, “Comparing Sex Buyers with Men Who Don’t Buy Sex,” Melissa Farley, PHD, Founding Director of the Prostitution Research and Education, compares the characteristics of men who buy sex...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on April 30, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on April 30, 2013

6 Ways Parents Can Protect Their Children from Sex Trafficking

Last week I opened my internet browser in hopes to catch up with the chatter I’d been hearing about North Korea. Instead of reading about the potential threat of a terrorist attack from a foreign nation, my eyes...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on April 19, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on April 19, 2013

Seattle’s Long History with Prostitution

According to the Department of Justice, Seattle is considered one of the United States’ worst cities for sex trafficking. While Washington led the nation to criminalize human trafficking, it remains a hotbed for...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on March 20, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on March 20, 2013

5 Myths About Buying Sex

Prostitution is a victimless crime. The most often stated defense of proponents of the legalization of buying sex is that it is a victimless crime. Of working adult women in the sex trade, 82% have been physically...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on February 12, 2013

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on February 12, 2013

Sex Trafficking at the Superbowl

For some Superbowl Sunday is filled with football, food and friends, but for many underage girls and women this day is what Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott calls, “the single largest human trafficking incident...

Written by Justin Holcomb on January 22, 2013

Written by Justin Holcomb
Posted on January 22, 2013

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2012

Written by Bridget Battistoni on December 31, 2012

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on December 31, 2012

Why We Love Giving Gifts

Last month, this photo circulated the social media world. With 613,968 “likes” there’s a good chance you’ve already seen it. Here, an NYC police officer was unknowingly photographed kneeling down giving a...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on December 19, 2012

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on December 19, 2012

7 Things I Wish Every Girl Knew

You are beautiful.** God is breathtakingly beautiful and like DNA from a parent, His beautiful image is imprinted on you. Nothing you that have done or that has been done to you can ever remove your beauty because...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on December 04, 2012

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on December 04, 2012

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

Several years ago, I worked in north Seattle as a preschool teacher and would commute up and down highway 99. Around the same time, several hotels along the stretch of 99 that I traveled frequently began to be...

Written by Allison Sherill on November 21, 2012

Written by Allison Sherill
Posted on November 21, 2012

The Power of Community

A couple of weeks ago as I was making dinner one evening, I witnessed a strange and spectacular scene right outside of my kitchen window. The neighborhood was still, with the exception of some after-work traffic....

Written by Maggie Farag on November 06, 2012

Written by Maggie Farag
Posted on November 06, 2012

Pimps: Who’s Your Daddy?

God is referred to as ‘Father’ 245 times in the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. Above all else, as our Creator and Father, he wants to shower us, his beloved children, with pure and undefiled love as a...

Written by Alexa Whiting on October 16, 2012

Written by Alexa Whiting
Posted on October 16, 2012

Jesus Works on Hearts on Both Sides of the Stand

One thing I have learned this past year while serving in REST’s outreach to the Bikini Barista stands is that I can never be certain of what kind of reaction we will get from the girls we encounter. The responses...

Written by Hannah Lorence on September 30, 2012

Written by Hannah Lorence
Posted on September 30, 2012

Home Sweet Home

I have been working on a quilt for over a year. It is made of house-shaped scraps and pieces of silk in the colors of the sky and plants, fine metals and jewels. The house pieces are embroidered with gold and silver...

Written by Natalie St. Martin on September 05, 2012

Written by Natalie St. Martin
Posted on September 05, 2012

“Can I Violate Your Daughter?”

If you’ve been to Seafair in Seattle, you know there is something for everyone: carnival food, zip lines, local bands, military recruiters, bouncy houses for kids, hydroplane races for the fans, a log boom for the...

Written by Amanda Hightower on August 20, 2012

Written by Amanda Hightower
Posted on August 20, 2012

Sexual Exploitation Touches More Lives Than I Ever Thought

Suddenly, this meeting with my long-time friend Kate (not her real name) had gotten a lot more personal. We hadn’t seen each other in a few years, but I had called her up and asked her to lunch because I thought...

Written by Brent Turner on July 02, 2012

Written by Brent Turner
Posted on July 02, 2012

Qualified?

Do you feel unqualified to do the things God has put in front of you? Join the club! Even before I started working with women in the sex industry, I had a lot of fear about lacking experience and education in the...

Written by Alaina McConnell on June 21, 2012

Written by Alaina McConnell
Posted on June 21, 2012

One Dress for One Month

I decided to wear one dress for the entire month of April this year. I don’t have a fascination with smelling badly, I just wanted to stand up for something that needs attention. Sex trafficking in Seattle is, as...

Written by Alaina McConnell on June 20, 2012

Written by Alaina McConnell
Posted on June 20, 2012

How Joe came to REST

I have wanted to work in anti sex trafficking but have never done anything about it. This time last year I had no plans to live in Seattle. My plan was to move from my little town west of Jacksonville, Florida to...

Written by Joseph Register on June 05, 2012

Written by Joseph Register
Posted on June 05, 2012

Thank you for Providing REST

Thank you for attending Providing REST! Without a doubt, we are getting ready for one of the most challenging years of ministry to those enslaved in the sex trade which makes your support both much needed and much...

Written by Bridget Battistoni on May 28, 2012

Written by Bridget Battistoni
Posted on May 28, 2012

Providing REST

Last November, REST was launched out from Mars Hill Church as an official nonprofit organization. Since that time, the leadership team has expanded and people have been so eager to volunteer, we can barely keep up...

Written by Amanda Hightower on May 10, 2012

Written by Amanda Hightower
Posted on May 10, 2012

Volunteer with REST

If you want to help bring freedom, safety, and hope to girls, women, and men involved in the sex trade, there are many ways to serve with REST either directly or indirectly. We invite you to consider joining one of...

Written by Amanda Hightower on February 12, 2012

Written by Amanda Hightower
Posted on February 12, 2012