I learned a great deal about human trafficking yesterday in my capstone class. It was inadvertent, as we were supposed to be learning about how to use the library resources, but my topic of human trafficking in the Midwest was used, and most of the time nothing came up. It wasn’t so much human trafficking as the Midwest that was hard to pin down, but when it came to recent news, there were a lot of pings. In fact, Google was kind enough to autofill “Human trafficking in Indiana”, where I live. One woman was so surprised that she read the line out loud. Human trafficking in Indiana?
A few people laughed uncomfortably, realizing that this should not shock anyone. But I heard the thought process across the room, because I had heard it out loud before. Human trafficking can’t happen here! That’s so third world!
Unfortunately, the case stands. To believe that you are safe from human travesty is just a self defense mechanism. Sex trafficking happens in third world countries. Sex trafficking happens here.
People get sick and die in third world countries because they can’t access health care.
People get sick and die in America because they can’t access health care.
People are raped and beaten with no legal recourse.
And we are all forced to listen to people in power make remarks that hurt us and undermine our lives.
This is no third world experience. This is the human experience. And when it comes right down to it, we are no different than our ancestors. Our house is still a hut designed to protect us from wild animals and intruders. We still use light to protect ourselves from being snatched up in the darkness. We still eat animals and food from the ground. We still live in tribes and defend ourselves from the other tribes.
Empires have risen and fallen, and despite the common idea that America was there yesterday and will be there tomorrow, we still live in a system that allows nations to crumble to the ground and be built back up as new nations.
So yes, modern day slavery in the Midwest may resonate as impossible, but it happens every day. Ohio just found out that an average of 1000 children are taken into slavery every year in their state.
Don’t deny that crimes are happening around you! Defend your tribe! Defend yourself! Expose the dangers that are taking over our lives!
You do not live in a different world from anyone else. You just wish you did.