Thursday, February 25, 2016

Human trafficking

In class we have been talking a lot in depth about human trafficking. This is a topic that really drives my attention simply for the fact it's heart breaking to see so many innocent lives ruined. Many people who are victims of trafficking are drawn in by deceptive/misleading ads for potential occupations abroad in local newspapers, and employment and travel agencies mislead people to believe that they will be migrating for legitimate jobs. 
Below I have attached a link to a website that I would love for to review. It's called Sex Workers Project. It's one of the first programs in the nation to help and assist survived victims of human trafficking. The beautiful thing with this organization is they provide legal and social services to those who reach out, without being judgmental. 
They have many resources listed on the page from domestic violence hotline phone number, suicide hotline, and many other crisis. Again, this is a really helpful website if you guys are interested in getting to know a little bit more about human trafficking.

1 comment:

  1. I really like that the Sex Workers Project pertains to sex workers whether they choose it by choice or are coerced into it by force. I think a lot of women in the sex industry are criticized for choosing such a profession to engage in sexual acts by choice. I remember talking in class last Thursday about how human trafficking survivors are either placed in juvenile delinquent or in foster care. I like that this project provides legal and social services, such as housing, safe working conditions, job opportunities, clear criminal records, legal immigration status, etc. I like how it even said that they consider of a staff that is multi-lingual to deal with workers of different intersectionality of race, gender, socioeconomic status, etc. This reminds me of the example from the reading, Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color, of the Latina woman who was repeatedly denied shelter due to her ability to speak limited English. It amazes me that professionals in shelters are not necessarily trained to deal with women of different backgrounds even in the case of language barriers. It is just not one group of women who deal with sexual and domestic abuse, it is all types of groups of women and even men. I think institutions who try to address such issues as these do not provide enough resources for women of different backgrounds, because they need to take into account different challenges different women will face and how to approach these specific challenges. Thank you for sharing this website. I think it is very beneficial for us to know about and that this is a good example for a project that addresses multiple aspects that are not necessarily always offered to sex workers.