By: Alma Corado, Purchased Intern
In my opinion, we are sometimes so oblivious to what goes on around us that we dissociate ourselves from others. I think this is rather true when it comes to human trafficking. I, personally, thought that human trafficking was more of an international issue. This thinking could possibly originate from the movie Taken, in which a girl who travels to Europe is taken away and sold in the sex trade. With this, I believe that sometimes we fall into creating a false interpretation of the problem, which then, in result, clouds our understanding. So, if our understanding of the problem is inaccurate, how can we help and make a difference? That is why awareness and education are so important. We all need to take it upon ourselves to do a little of research. Check out this article about sex trafficking in the Midwest:
After reading this article, I think my understanding of human trafficking expanded. The first point I want to express is that we as a community need to begin to care and stop dissociating ourselves from our surroundings. HUMAN TRAFFICKING DOES EXISTS IN THE MIDWEST; IT IS VERY REAL! I think this is one of the biggest reasons people don’t get involve. It’s because we, at times, have the mentality that the given issue does not affect us. I would be lying if I said I didn’t catch myself occasionally doing this. The following quote from the article highlights this point. John Choi, the Chief Prosecutor of Ramsy County said, “We think the children being trafficked are not our children, but they are our children and they come from our communities.” The second point I want to bring some attention to is the fact that some victims who become sold in the sex trade are runaways. I think we should begin to focus on the origin; what is making these girls runaway? We need to start to hammer into our girls the dangers of running away. I know this is broad point but let’s all brainstorm. What’s the origin in your mind? What can we do? Better yet, what will we do?