not a lot of time to blog lately, but i've been seeing a ton of headlines recently about trafficking. 

Sex trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years.

and it's everywhere.

and those stories are all from april 2009. 

from the Independent Student Weekly of the Harvard Business School:
"Trafficking is not a simple issue. It is a problem created by a complex stew of social, cultural, economic and political factors and, as would fit the chemistry of the problem, there is no one person, organization or economic sector that can handle the issue on its own." 

no, trafficking isn't simple. but frankly, i think the reason that sex trafficking is so prevalent is pretty clear. according to the state department, 70% of trafficking victims are women and girls.  

the reason is because, the world over, women and girls are seen as valuable based solely on their sexuality.  and because of that, their lives are forfeit. sex trafficking has been called 21st century slavery, and the systematic abuse of women and girls across the globe certainly meets the main requirements to be considered slavery: "Slavery is a form of forced labor in which people are considered to be, or treated as, the property of others."

in other words, women and girls are property, because of the price they fetch. for that reason only. because they can be bought and sold, they are. supply and demand. 

two grassroots organizations working to combat sex trafficking and help victims and survivors- you should shop, and give your $1. 

@mrskutcher thanks for posting the BuckUp link- the inspiration for this post.


Elizabeth said...

Somehow both of your links go to the Emancipation Network - here's the actual link for the BuckUp Campaign:


I love this type of organization - same idea as Heifer project. Giving people a way to make their lives better, not just throwing money & walking away.

I can sense some gifts being purchased....=)

Carolynn said...

thanks!! i fixed the link!