Sex Trafficking is…Sexy? How Buzzwords Get Our Attention

by Michelle Brock on July 27th, 2010

exploitedSex trafficking seems to be the trendy term nowadays, and automatically we picture girls being kidnapped off the street and sold across international borders.  What is interesting to me is that neither individual citizens nor the media really cared about the issue of sexual exploitation and prostitution until sex trafficking became the hot buzzword.  In other words, sex trafficking is ‘sexy.’ It’s cool to talk about the trafficking of human beings, and people are listening.

However, we have to be careful not to be selective when trying to help victims of forced prostitution and trafficking.  Does our compassion extend to girls who are in love with their pimp and sell their bodies to please their ‘boyfriend?’  Or does the victim literally have to be chained up before we consider them legitimately trafficked and worthy of our help?  Do we ignore those who are on drugs?  What about those who perhaps knew they were going to work in a strip club but then realized too late that they would be forced into performing sex acts on the side?  If we are going to put an end to sex trafficking, we need to put and end to sexual exploitation. Period.  Our compassion must extend beyond the box we try to fit the ideal trafficking victim into.

Here is a clip that portrays the progression of exploitation of girls in New York City. After you have watched it, I would encourage you to check out the GEMS website to see what they are doing to help these girls in NYC.

Michelle Brock

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