In my last post, I made it very simple case: sex trafficking would cease to exist if men stopped demanding women and children’s bodies for sex. I also posed a straightforward question—if legislators and society truly cared about the millions of women abused through commercial sexual exploitation, why isn’t everyone calling for the government to address demand?
I was sitting across the table in a warm coffee shop on a cold day, the clock was ticking. I had so many questions, but a language barrier and time were working against me. Within these limitations, how do you tell someone that they are being trafficked if they don’t realize it? How do you build their trust? What is THE most important thing that you can say at a moment like this?
This Valentine’s Day, Americans will spend an estimated $18.2 billion on flowers, candy, and cards. For most of us, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to spend a little extra time (and money) on the people we love. But for some, the holiday can serve as the perfect stage to enact a much more sinister plot. Many women and girls who become victims of sex trafficking receive attention and romantic gifts from men as a means to lure them into the trade.
With the Super Bowl coming up, you will likely see the issue of sex trafficking surface more than normal. As I stated in my post last year about the Super Bowl, I advocate raising awareness about sex trafficking surrounding the Super Bowl. But while the Super Bowl comes and goes, sex trafficking continues.