Research funded by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that though 90% of Americans recognize human trafficking to be a form of slavery, many still have misconceptions about what that looks like.
The report, Identifying Effective Counter-Trafficking Programs and Practices in the U.S.: Legislative, Legal, and Public Opinion Strategies that Work, was a collaborative effort between researchers at Northeastern University, Texas Christian University, and Colorado College.
Public Opinion Findings
Respondents who consumed pornography or visited a strip club within the last year have more knowledge of human trafficking but think it should be less of a government priority.
Read the whole report here.
- It’s no wonder so many still think smuggling and trafficking are the same thing. Even media reports get the two confused. Here’s an example of the danger of mixing up definitions.
- 59% think trafficking involves being moved across an international border. This would be a case of international human trafficking, but domestic trafficking is happening all around us. If someone is locked in their own home and sold for sex, they are a victim without even leaving their own town.
- It’s interesting that people who watch porn or go to strip clubs know more about human trafficking but think of it as a lesser priority for the government. This could be a lack of empathy due to their objectification of women, or it could be an attempt to put distance between their own actions and what they consider exploitation.