Human trafficking was a hard topic. The lady did a great job at presenting the information. She talked about the process that they take to recover the women and children and there was a view thing’s that stuck out to me. Their process is very intensive. They have a very inclusive way of looking at the rescue, from the police officers to the social workers. In America I have always heard of social workers being the last piece of the puzzle. While they have a very important job, they often don’t get treated like they do but here they are very apart of the system. Social workers are on the scene when the women and children are rescued. After the police clears the area and assures that it’s safe, the social workers come in and directly work with the victims. Our speaker explained that this is done to show the victim support from the start of the healing process to the ending. She mentioned how police officers could be less compassionate (not purposely but just given the job their there to do) and this could ruin the relationship and growth of the victims. In this rescue system, all trained parties are there to do the job they do best, and the victims are better off because of it.
Another interesting piece to this rescue was the sad stories of some of the victims. Apparently, most victims are in the sex business to pay off debt or have been in the business for so long that it becomes their only means of financial stability which makes rescues a little tricky. Some victims are under-age but tell say they are 20 years of age when the rescue happens. This is reported to the police because the pimps or controllers of that victim has instructed them to do so, so they want be arrested and continue to work. This saddens me. A lot of the people are strung out on drugs because of the pimps and have a habit that can only be fixed at the hand of their oppressor. While others may simple get in the sex business because they’re parents did it or sold them and there’s no way out; no matter the reason, these young people have a difficult pattern to try to break.
I certainly didn’t pass judgment on the young people that were exposed to this life, I merely felt sad. I was sad that in 2012 this kind of business still exists and most importantly, sad that people or Johns still support them. The hardest part about it all is there is no quick solution, you can educate and be educated but unfortunately that’s not going to be enough. And as of right now, I’m not sure what is.