Two Little Girls: Short Film About Sex Trafficking

by Michelle Brock on January 3rd, 2011

A fairytale gone wrong.

In my opinion, this is a very creative and tastefully done clip about how forced prostitution can happen. I found a conversation online about this video, which kicks off with this comment:

Whilst I’m very sympathetic to the plight of females caught up in the appalling sex trafficking industry, I want to criticise the film for mis-representation. This wasn’t the story of two little girls, it was the story of two young women – they weren’t trafficked as children. And as normal young women, they should perhaps, have some skepticism about men’s promises – even accompanied with such assurances as “trust me”. – Marc Cheyne

In response to this comment, a woman named Sally Moss says the following:

It seems more proportionate to me to focus first on those responsible for the business of trafficking and enslaving others, rather than starting with the lesser “crime” of “being too trusting/desperate for an escape from poverty”…

What you advocate above, Mr Cheyne, is the old, old strategy that goes like this: “expect men to be untrustworthy, and expect women to solve men’s untrustworthiness by taking responsibility for being ever watchful and ever to blame if they are not watchful enough.” If that strategy was going to solve our social ills and make people happy, it would have done so by now.

There is a lot going on here.  First, Marc makes the assumption that normal young women know to be wary of men.  That implies that trafficking victims are somehow abnormal.

trustTraffickers have perfected manipulation, creating invisible chains that hold girls in their clutches.  They know which girls to target – usually ones who do not have healthy relationships or families.  Yes, educated middle class girls who come from good families generally learn to be wary of men, but poverty, abuse, and desperation make people much easier to manipulate. So no, victims of trafficking are not abnormal; they simply make decisions based on a shaky foundation.

Another commenter adds his two cents:

I think you’re over-simplifying some of the issues and the reality is that the more people need to trust others the easier and more attractive prey they become.

Is trust a good or bad thing?  Is there a difference between trust and dependency?

What do you think – should victims be blamed for trusting traffickers too much?  If so, how can this be changed?

Michelle Brock

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Curiosity63 Jan 4, 2011 - 10:01:51

Hello Michelle,
thank you for writing this blogpost.

“Is trust a good or bad thing?” I think trust in a good person is good, but if the person is evil and you don’t know that trust is a risky business.

“Is there a difference between trust and dependency?” Trust in my opinion can lead to dependency if the person can manipulate the other without knowing. Dependency is not always followed after trust in my opinion. Trust and dependency can both be good or bad depending on the circumstances a person is in.

“What do you think – should victims be blamed for trusting traffickers too much?” Victims should never be blamed for what unscrupulous people are up to in my opinion. A victim like the woman in the video that trusted her relative shouldn’t be blamed. Relatives are family members and should know better than to sell family members of for a price. With boyfriends is it kinda the same. Love is all about unconditional trust! That such boyfriend turns out to be as evil as shown in the video is an exception of the rule that can’t be the norm!! Otherwise no one would get into a relationship anymore!

Great video that perfectly examples what and how trafficking is done.
Human trafficking is always wrong no matter how you look at it, in my opinion.

Greetings,
nick

Michelle Brock Jan 4, 2011 - 04:01:23

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Curiosity 63. I totally agree with you in that victims should not be blamed. Educating women about these dangers is key, but in no way should their situation be considered their fault. It is so sad when relatives are brought into the mix – in many cases they knowingly or unknowingly are part of the trafficking chain.

I do think that trust is supposed to be a good thing. Just goes to show how important healthy community is. Taht way, if something fishy is going on, someone who loves you will step in.

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