What impact does sex trafficking have on our society and how deeply are we affected?
To answer my inquiry question for this semester I must first answer another question. What is sex trafficking? This must be answered before answering my inquiry question as you have to know what it is before you can know how our society is affected by it. So….
What is sex trafficking?
- Sex trafficking is a type of modern-day slavery and human trafficking
- Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 defines sex trafficking as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act.”
- Commercial sex is also known as sex work which includes prostitution, stripping, sexual massages, and more
- It is considered to be sex trafficking when a person is forced to engage in sexual acts by force, fraud, or extortion
- Sex trafficking can exist in disguise of a business or job
- Fake massage businesses, strip clubs, hostess clubs, and escort services are examples of places sex trafficking hides
- The use of a minor for commercial sex is still considered trafficking even if there was no force, fraud, or extortion happening
- Victims of sex trafficking are not treated as humans, but as animals
- Victims are often malnourished, live and work in horrifying, unsanitary conditions, and are physically abused in multiple ways
- It is common to pick up STIs, burns, bruises, skin conditions, diseases, and more physical injuries as a victim
- It is also common for victims to develop serious mental illnesses as they experience and witness more traumatic things daily, then most people can imagine
To know what sex trafficking is, you should also know how it came to be
- A couple hundred years ago, sex trafficking was like any other type of slavery, legal
- 1525 was when the first slave voyage to the Americas from Africa occurred. Many of the people sent over were forced to do sexual acts, therefore they were victims of sex trafficking
- In the early 1880s the Chinese population in the United States was 95% male, because of the gold rush. The lack of women provoked the illegal trafficking of Chinese women into the United States. These women were enslaved and forced into prostitution. In the early 1900s the trafficking of Chinese women continued and flourished
- Sex trafficking continued and got even stronger after these events