Sex trafficking is in the news quite a lot and a significant problem in today’s world, but did it exist in biblical times and if so what does the Bibles say about it? After doing a careful study into the matter of sex slavery in the Bible, the conclusion that seems inescapable is that the god called Yahweh not only allowed sex-trafficking, but supports it and promotes it as a legitimate means of gathering women for the Hebrew men. I am presenting a handful of biblical verses that more than adequately covers the practice of taking women captive for the specific purpose of sex. The first verse I will examine comes from Deuteronomy; it specifically lays out the procedure of how a man may capture a beautiful woman whom he desires and keep her for sexual purposes until he tires of her.

 

Deut. 21:10-14 When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive, And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails; And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife. And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise of her, because thou hast humbled her.

 

The second incident of sex slavery I will present comes from the book of Numbers. These verses describe orders given to Moses by Yahweh, where the Hebrew soldiers are commanded to kill all the Midianites – except the virgin girls – which are to be given to the men for sexual purposes. The biblical record claims that there are 32,000 captured virgins, who are to be divided up among the Hebrew men by order of Yahweh, along with all of the livestock that were taken from the Midianites. Clearly a case of women being trafficked and given to men as slaves for the purpose of sex, all done under the direct auspices of Yahweh.

 

 

Numbers 31:15-18 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD. Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

 

 

Numbers 31:30-31 & 35 And of the children of Israel’s half, thou shalt take one portion of fifty, of the persons, of the cattle, of the asses, and of the flocks, of all manner of beasts, and give them unto the Levites, which keep the charge of the tabernacle of the LORD. And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses…..And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of women that had not known man by lying with him.

 

 

The third example of sex slavery I selected comes from the book of Judges. Here sex trafficking is ordered because of a need of six hundred women to satisfy a deficit of the female gender in the Hebrew tribe of Benjamin. The shortage of women came about because of a divine command given to kill all the members of the tribe of Benjamin, of which six hundred men escaped death by hiding in mountain caves. When the fighting was over all the women of the tribe of Benjamin were dead, and the six hundred surviving men wanted wives. None of the other Hebrew tribes were willing to give up their women, so they gathered together twelve thousand strong Hebrew men and went to a place called Jabeshgilead and slaughtered everyone there EXCEPT four hundred virgins who were taken to be sex slaves. Since Jabeshgilead only supplied four hundred women for six hundred men, there was still an additional two hundred women needed to at least give every man a wife. This time the men of Benjamin were told to go and hide in the vineyards, when the young girls of Shiloh came out to dance, the men would jump out, kidnap two hundred of the girls and take them as slaves. At least this time they only took the virgin girls without slaughtering everyone else.

 

Judge 21:10-12 And the congregation sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and commanded them, saying, Go and smite the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the children. And this is the thing that ye shall do, Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man. And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-Gilead four hundred young virgins, that had known no man by lying with any male: and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan…..14) And Benjamin came again at that time; and they gave them wives which they had saved alive of the women of Jabesh-Gilead: and yet so they sufficed them not….20) Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards; And see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch (chataph) you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.

 

It’s no wonder the value of women in the Bible is only seen as what they are worth to men, because even in the New Testament the apostle Paul makes it abundantly clear that women were created for the sole purpose of serving men.

 

 

1Cor.11:8-9 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

 

Also, it is noteworthy to mention that nowhere in all the teachings of Jesus, or the apostles is one word of condemnation ever given to any biblical passage that supports the sex trafficking and slavery of women. So, to reiterate the answer to the opening question of “Does the Bible Support Sex Slavery?” I will have to give a resounding YES. Not only does the Bible support the slavery of women for sexual purposes, it also encourages men to look at women as inferior beings and useful for only one purpose…to fulfill their desires. This inevitably leads to the question that we all should be asking; why does the Bible support sex slavery?

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