The perception of what trafficking victims look like can often jump to mind: young, foreign, female. There are many victims of trafficking like her, but she’s not the only one. Men and boys can be trafficked, too.
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Many of us see the phrase, “If you see something, say something,” on signs at public transportation stations, but how many of us actually speak up?
How does the epidemic of human trafficking hide in plain sight? It can be easy to move and transport victims when traffickers don’t think anyone is looking. But this is what happens when people start paying attention.
Let’s take a closer look at one part of the healing process through the eyes of a victim shelter city director who also works in Illinois.
Spoiler alert: whether a consumer is paying for their porn or not, clicking on porn is fueling the demand for a toxic industry and fueling the demand for sex trafficking.
Supporting the porn industry is supporting the exploitation of teens who are often tricked, forced, or coerced into shooting “adult” content.
“Behind each video, each image, a shattered, lost human being who needs our help, not our exploitation of them. I started to see everything now with a different perspective.”
Every January during #HumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth, In-N-Out Burger encourages customers to donate to their nonprofit organization Slave2Nothing and help fight sexual exploitation.
In many cases, porn portrays people who want nothing to do with it, but are coerced into being a part of it. Now is the time to speak up and stand out.
After a long legal battle, a California judge not only ordered Girls Do Porn to pay out $12.7 million in damages, but granted the Jane Does ownership rights to the content.
It’s inspiring to see the ways people are developing technology to fight against exploitation. Be sure to look into utilizing some of these technologies!
Sex trafficking, abuse, and other forms of exploitation blend right in with what’s mainstream, normalized, and celebrated in our porn and sex-obsessed society.