I’ve talked with a lot of people over the three or four years I’ve been involved in human trafficking, and while we talk about the victims and the demand, we always seem to skip over the why’s.
Why, in America, have we come to a place where we see so many of those we’re supposed to respect (teachers, pastors, ministers, politicians, etc) falling prey to pornography, prostitution, and sex trafficking (think of the scandal of one small town in Maine)?
Why are children bought and sold repeatedly, held as slaves, beaten, raped and drugged in this country in the thousands each day? I know it is not something we want to talk about, but how can we not?
Going back to that small town in Maine. Two people were convicted–one was the “prostitute,” and one was the man “promoting” the prostitution. Notably left out–as in so many cases–were the men who had “joined” the prostitute in her activity. Men who were “pillars” of the town, men such as a local TV personality, lawyers, and accountants and many others. In fact, there were over 13,000 Skype photos of these “activities.” The “john’s” weren’t arrested although prostitution is against the law in this small town.
So, the original question was–“Why has human trafficking become so prolific in America?” And why does it continue so? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.