1) what is the value of a sex slave?
2) picture in your mind a young girl, sold by her parents into the sex industry when she was but eleven years of age; her body and her mind ravished by drugs and hordes of foul men. Perhaps the value of such a girl is merely a matter of utility. If this is the case, she is only as valuable as she is useful. But what is her use to society? She is uneducated, she is addicted to drugs, she is psychologically damaged . . . how useful to society is such a person? Perhaps, her usefulness is tied to the only job she has ever known? Perhaps the only thing which shall ever define her is one word: prostitute. Is this her identity? Is this her fate?
3) tell me, dear ethicist, does such a girl cease to have value when she ceases to be useful? Do your ethical theories align you with the slave drivers–those dealers in human flesh? When the slaver deems his product useless, the product losses its value–and it is only fitting, in the mind of such a business man, to destroy what has become a worthless commodity. After all, this is only good business.
4) how wretched is this thought! How degrading! How base! That a human life should be reduced to mere utility . . . but, if God is dead, if we are simply the endless motion of atoms, what else shall we conclude?
5) I thank my Father in heaven, the Creator and sustainer of all life, that such is not the fate of this young sex slave. For she is made in your ineffable image–in the likeness of Beauty, and Life, and Goodness Himself. I thank you that she has value and dignity–that she is worthy of love and compassion–that she is worthy of our respect. For her identity, her nature, will never be destroyed because her circumstances do not define her. For as long as she has being, no amount of torture or abuse can destroy the image of the invisible God that constitutes her essence.
6) I extol the wonders of our Lord who loves this young girl, who bled for this girl, who died for this girl–that she might have life. Truly you ground our being; our very existence depends upon You. Truly, it is in you that human beings find their eternal value; and, in turn, their usefulness.