Human Trafficking Part 7

by wildfeministappears


            This paper has outlined the various struggles that come with studying human trafficking, particularly in the United States.  The problem is diverse and widespread, with very little methodological grasp on the situation.  While the government and some organizations are helping to limit the crime and rescue victims, it is still a widely underreported phenomenon that needs to be addressed more thoroughly by researchers.

            The first step to stopping human trafficking is through education and awareness, a step that this paper and many others hope to accomplish.  While this paper was being written, Stephanie Hepburn, who wrote “Hidden in Plain Sight: Human Trafficking in the United States”, completed the book that was based on the article I have drawn on several times in my own research.  Kevin Bales, who works with, has written numerous books about modern day slavery and works to come up with positive solutions.  CNN continues to report on human trafficking with its freedom project, creating awareness through popular media.  The Polaris Project continues to tell stories of survivors in order to show the severity of human trafficking.  Many blogs are dedicated to reporting about human trafficking.  Facebook pages against human trafficking continue to crop up and bring in followers.

            This is only the beginning of the research that could be done about human trafficking.  There have been numerous attempts to quantify and understand the crime, but, “Today, there is only a glimmer of an organized response to our need to study and understand the lives of slaves and slaveholders in America.  We have no journal, no institute, no accepted body of knowledge, only the first few college courses and a loose handful of experts who are learning on the job and piecing things together as best they can” (Bales: 2009).  We’ve only studied the surface of this crime, and until we can find a way to search deeper, we have little hope in eliminating the problem.

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