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.
Traffickers 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?