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/
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