Proposal for Inquiry Project

I need to research way more than I have been and really look into the history background followed by the present situations. I still need to find more scholarly articles and also articles that include interviews among different situations and scenarios surrounding my topic.No, I haven’t gone in depth in the history of sex trafficking/prostitution. I still don’t really have a specific question regarding sex trafficking and prostitution. What is society’s perception of sex trafficking? Why does one judge or make assumptions of victims/prostitutes when one doesn’t know the situation they are in?

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sex trafficking

Alejandra Caudillo

English 130P

23 February 2015

In the world we live in today, human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, and is a federal crime since the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). Many may think that slavery is vanished or not big of an issue as the past, but it still exists, just in different forms. Many people in the United States don’t realize how big of an issue sex trafficking is. Does anyone pay attention with the topic “sex trafficking?” Does anyone know when the highest numbers of sex trafficking crimes occur? The real question is does anyone think this problem is important in the world? Why is sex trafficking occurring in not only other countries, but also the United States? What factors are involved in sex trafficking? This doesn’t seem to be an ideal or interesting issue.

In an article called “Staggering report exposes US sex trafficking” by Trymaine Lee, a man named Kery Rodriguez was arrested for not only drugs, but also for human trafficking. According to the National Human Trafficking Resources Center, of 9,298 cases of human trafficking, sixty-four percent involved sex trafficking. Among forty-two percent of reported sex trafficking cases, most were pimp- controlled prostitution, occurring in places like hotels, and street corners. Going back to the case of Rodriguez, an undercover agent asked Rodriguez on how he finds the girls he sells; he said that some he lures and some he takes by force. There are many different cases that occur in the world like this one, but is there another factor that is contributed in this crime? As the investigation went on, it was stated by Rodriguez that the more drugged up the women were (addicted to crack), the longer they stayed. This shows how big of an impact drugs has on sex trafficking and how it is a weapon used for women who get trafficked. This case was wrapped up with Rodriguez saying he was in the drug business and not in the business of selling women. Is this true? Or is this one of the many excuses criminals do to get themselves out of a crime?

The article “Super Bowl Is Single Largest Human Trafficking In U.S.: Attorney General” by Eleanor Golberg, clearly states from the title what an issue we have in the United States. As I was researching this issue on sex trafficking, I came across this article and I could not believe that “Super Bowl” day is not just a big day for football, but also for trafficking. I’m probably one of many people to not know of this issue. In this article, a former sex trafficking victim who was abducted and raped by her captors that she was forced to work as a prostitute at large-scale events. This article had stated that the “real crime is happening when no one’s looking and no one cares, not when every media outlet, advocate and cop has its sights set on it.” Overall, victims are greatest risk when the crowds dissipate. This article basically gives the idea that trafficking can happen even happen when there are a large number of people, and not just what everyone assumes at hidden places.

As I researched on the topic sex trafficking, I come across a website called “Women’s Funding Network” that had some personal experiences that were encountered by women. In this Women’s Foundation site, there is an essay titled “Enslaved in America” that really focuses on sex trafficking. When one thinks of the words “sex trafficking” one may think of women and children being forced into sex trade or etc. but not really thinking of it as Americans trafficked by Americans. This article is trying to explain to let go of the stereotypes you have seen or heard on television of the words sex trafficking. To let go of the media’s portrayal of the joy of prostitution and open one’s eyes to the violence occurring to the victims. Basically no one should judge anyone because you don’t know what one is going through in their life. Someone may be choosing that type of life, but others have their life at risk. A personal sex trafficking victim talks about how the word “pimp” gets praised by the media and everyone is so tied into this word and don’t really understand the reality behind the term. Has society shaped our ways of thinking of women being the bad ones and men the good ones? Why should the victims (women) be seen as the bad ones and the “pimps” not as the bad ones when in reality, they are the real criminals?

Overall, these three articles have their similarities and differences in their own ways. The first two articles are similar by both having factors that tie into sex trafficking. For example the first article involves drugs that contribute to sex trafficking and the second article involves the crime being taken place at large events (super bowl). These two factors are used as weapons for the crime of sex trafficking. The third article basically says that everyone has stereotypes of the words “sex trafficking” and really don’t know what’s really behind them.

Works cited

  1. http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/sex-trafficking-america-0
  2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/03/super-bowl-sex-trafficking_n_2607871.html
  3. http://www.womensfundingnetwork.org/enslaved-in-america-sex-trafficking-in-the-united-states/

“human trafficking” (labor)

Alejandra Caudillo

English 130P

16 February 2015

First of all, I don’t know what ways to go about the whole concept of “human trafficking.” I looked into articles that brought me up to the topic of child labor, therefore I don’t know if I want to look more into depth on a specific topic.

In the world we live in today, human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, and is a federal crime since the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). Many may think that slavery is vanished or not big of an issue as the past, but it still exists, just in different forms. It is known to be the sale, transport and profit from humans who are forced to work for others against their will. Many people in the United States don’t realize how big of an issue this is; yet don’t seem to notice that they are a part of this whole issue. Does anyone in the U.S ever think about where the products they buy are from? Does one ever think about who made the products? Or how much the workers are being paid? Some common goods that are often produced by traffickers are cotton, tobacco, coal, rice, bricks, garments, coal, etc. This doesn’t seem to be an ideal or interesting issue for many; well that’s what I think. Human trafficking is among one of many growing criminal industries in the world. There are different forms of human trafficking that fall under the categories of labor exploitation and sexual exploitation.

An article by Monica Alexandru called, “Labor Exploitation, aForm of Child Trafficking in Romania”, talks about how  one can tell the difference whether any kind of child work may be defined as exploitation and forced labor, that is, child trafficking. “ Child labor is defined by criteria of age, duration of labor and type of economic activity. Light work is globally recognized as an activity suitable to be performed by children, whereas heavy work and forced labor in particular are elements of human trafficking (Alexandru, 37). Also this article shows or explains about how child trafficking can embody a bad form of children rights violation, which can be life threatening, and can affect children’s development and future. The whole idea of this article is to point out that children can be affected by this sort of exposure to the work labor.

In an article by Stephanie Hepburn called, “Hidden in Plain Sight:Human Trafficking in the United States”,  I found an interesting section that was labeled “Lack of Understanding of the Realities of Labor Trafficking.” This really caught my attention and as I read, it really made me realize that labor trafficking isn’t really paid much attention to as it is with sex trafficking.  “Since the general activities such as domestic work, farming, factory work, or restaurant work are all legal activities, there is a perception that ‘it’s not as bad as sex trafficking’, because in sex trafficking people are being forced into an illegal activity.”  The point of this article is to show how less attention is spent on labor trafficking, while sex trafficking has more attention.

The third article is based on labor trafficking in the United States. “The core of human trafficking is exploitation;trafficking does not necessarily involve movement of individuals across borders.” An example would be that the undocumented workers may get taken advantage of and can pay lower wages, or discrimination  in the work place.

Overall, the articles don’t seem to connect to each other but they do have something in common, and that is the word “trafficking.” The differences in the articles is that the first source includes the discussion of children being in the “trafficking” issue and the third includes talking about adults in the “trafficking” issue.

Works Cited

Alexandru, M. L. (2013). Labor Exploitation, a Form of Child Trafficking in Romania. Social

Work Review / Revista De Asistenta Sociala, (3), 37-45.

COUNTERACTING THE BIAS: THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S UNIQUE

OPPORTUNITY TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING. (2013). Harvard Law Review,

126(4), 1012-1033.

Hepburn, S., & Simon, R. (2010). Hidden in Plain Sight: Human Trafficking in the United

States. Gender Issues, 27(1/2), 1-26. doi:10.1007/s12147-010-9087-7

What makes the internet dangerous?

As I’m researching on the topic of technology, I started to look more into the danger of internet use and what can come about it. There are many dangerous scenarios that have occurred throughout the world that may or may not have been noticed. As one may think the internet is safe, it can lead to problems such as rape, sex-trafficking, etc. In an article I looked into, the purpose of it was to increase the understanding of children and youth’s online interactions and experiences of cyber abuse. Some topics included in the article is the awareness of potential online danger, cyber abuse and its effects, online dating, cyber stalking and exposure to pornography. With all this being said, the internet can be ones worst nightmare. An example provided in one of my links is how a thirty year old man got arrested for sending explicit photos to a eleven year old girl on Facebook. In my opinion this isn’t only the mans fault, but also the parent’s of the little girl. Should they have been more stricter on internet sites? This is fascinating because it shows that no matter where you are from, things like this can happen anywhere including the town of Chico. This is important because you think about how this could have gone farther and things could been worse. In many cases, death or rape can occur and luckily, nothing happened to the girl. Also the internet has a big impact on sex-trafficking, which is unfortunately sad and upsetting.

Is this a possible topic that can possibly be successful? I don’t really have any questions as of right now.

http://eds.a.ebscohost.com.mantis.csuchico.edu/eds/detail/detail?vid=14&sid=d134899d-9452-47a2-af68-e715061224b9%40sessionmgr4003&hid=4205&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#db=rzh&AN=2010288483

http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2014/05/02/internet-dangerous-human-trafficking/

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=208825144

http://www.actionnewsnow.com/news/chico-man-arrested-for-allegedly-sending-explicit-photos-to-11-year-old/