Because I’m sick to fucking death of viral posts about zip ties, or those scam signs about selling houses or needing cheap labor, or mini-vans hanging out at the gas station. That shit isn’t real, and it VICTIMIZES! real victims by covering up what really happens with fake 1980s stranger danger BS and makes it harder for real victims to get support and sets up a blame the victim narrative. So fucking stop it god damn.
and most victims of child sex trafficking fall into two categories:
- children exploited and trafficked by their families
- Homeless minors engaging in survival sex work
One of the best ways to reduce sex trafficking is to provide resources and a robust safety net to allow people to escape from abusive situations. Housing first initiatives, safe injection sites with addictive drugs provided by local governments, and support for nontraditional family structures can all help to reduce sex trafficking.
Most of the victims of sex trafficking are safe to traffic because they’re people society has already decided that they don’t care about. Most are easy to traffic because they don’t have anyone they can go to for help.
I know these tweets are from 2019 but 2020 saw a massive surge in discussions of sex trafficking with almost no talk about who the victims are, and even less talk about how much more common labor trafficking is (and how hard things are for trafficked workers).
So. Like. Please shut the fuck up about the wayfair conspiracy theory and direct that energy to harassing your city council about housing first plans and expanding city services resources for abuse survivors.
I’m not sure about the government providing addictive drugs (like, shouldn’t we be trying to get them off the drugs they’re addicted to?), but other than that I agree with this.
I’ve also seen some measures taken where I live. There are awareness signs in many public places (bus stations, etc) saying “Sex Trafficking is Modern-Day Slavery” and encouraging people to do something. And in my local libraries I’ve seen signs on the back of stall doors in the girls’ restroom listing city resources for victims to make use of, and they’re usually in multiple languages.
Also does the “metal object in the underwear” trick really work for trafficking, I wonder? I’ve heard that suggested, that girls should put like a metal spoon or something in their underwear if they’re being taken on a plane, because it will set off the metal detector in the airport, and since it’s in your private area you have to be searched in private for decency reasons, and usually by an officer of the same gender.
I do think the advice the original tweeter was giving tho, about pepper spray and all that, is good general advice for girls though. I do have pepper spray (tho since I’m not usually in dangerous places I don’t usually carry it, which I guess negates the purpose), plus I bought a personal alarm for $10 at Big Lots that makes a loud noise when pressed to scare away “creepy crawlers” (as this guy at my work likes to call them). I know it works cause I keep it in my bag and have accidentally bumped it a few times 😅