1 thought on “Stoplight for Human Trafficking

  1. What can students do? Learn about trafficking. Learn about how human trafficking discourse has been largely centered around sexual trafficking, and how this discourse is harmful in that it equates sexual trafficking and/or sexual slavery to all forms of sexual labor. Trafficking is horrible. But so is denying rights to those who participate in the sex industry. A center on human rights would not seek to criminalize or moralize actions of others, it would afford rights to all. As students, perhaps we learn to critically engage with statistics that are provided, like the ones in this article – are we to be morally outraged that such a high percentage of U.S. citizens are trafficked? That the statistics provided seem to center around an idea of women and children in sexual slavery, despite evidence to the contrary- that the majority of trafficked persons are men in the non sex labor industry? As students, NAY AS CITIZENS, we need to stop perpetuating ideas about regulating sexuality. This is not accurate information. Human trafficking is a serious issue, and it does not need to center around our morals of what appropriate sex is – conversations like these further marginalize sex workers, and tend to overlook tangible solutions for actual victims of trafficking because of the overemphasis on sex and prostitution. I’d love to see an analysis of the statistics provided, and a different view point than the one provided.

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