In my opinion, this is one of the many problems facing the fight against sex trafficking.
For some reason—anti-trafficking organizations included—this is what the face of sex trafficking looks like.
Sure, it communicates the horrors of trafficking and sure we hear stories of girls beat and rapped into submission as they are “broke-in” before they are what?
But this isn’t what trafficking looks like.
Do you know what sex trafficking looks like?
And this is what most people think prostitution looks like:
Can you see the cavernous divide?
This is how men—Johns, customers—can be against sex trafficking, but still hire a prostitute.
In an effort to demonize trafficking and communicate the horrors of it, anti-trafficking activists have over extended their hand and have allowed the discussion of legalized prostitution to invade the space as some kind of viable solution to end sex trafficking. They have inadvertently shot themselves in the foot.
Because it’s hard to believe that this could ever be the same thing:
Not all prostitution is sex trafficking, but all sex trafficking is prostitution.