Human Trafficking: Sex Trade
Sex is a basic function of all beings. The primary function of which is to procreate. In the animal kingdom procreation is typically the only function of sex. However, for human beings sex is more than a reproductive function it is a means to gain intimacy with another human being, relieve stress, satisfy desires, and even exercise. Satisfaction of desires is what has created an industry of sex A’ La Carte, and strict laws have hidden it in America.
We know very little about the extensiveness of the sex trade in America. Which makes what we know all the more startling. Atlanta, Georgia has a sex economy of over 290 million dollars. Pimps in Atlanta make 32,835 dollars a week tax-free. That is more than some people make in an entire year, before taxes. Those numbers show just how lucrative the business is. It also tells us how attractive it can be. Who wouldn’t want to make a years income in one week?
According to Do Something there are 14,500 to 17,500 people trafficked in the U.S (about 80% of them for the sex trade) a year. This adds up to 11,600 to 14,000 people in the U.S are trafficked for the sake of sex. This doesn’t include low-key prostitution such as street prostitution. These numbers do not seem very high, and when compared to the 320 million U.S people living in the U.S we reach a .00004% figure. However, the fact remains that 11,600 to 14,000 individuals and families are impacted: that is 11,600 to 14,000 too many.
This practice occurs in your backyard: teenage girls are targeted by gentlemen who prey on their need to be wanted, and then force these young women into sexual acts for purpose of making a profit. They use manipulation and violence to entrap, as they sell, and sell. The system is built on finding young girls from broken families who crave love or to be desired. Most of these women are not approached and within five minutes asked if they want to have sex for money. They fall in love with their pimp, who then abuses the relationship and forces them into having sex for money. Violence and threats can be used to keep the arrangement going or Stockholm syndrome takes over. The justice system is law and ineffective in reacting to this problem, as laws target the prostitute more than the pimp.
Pimps are perhaps some of the most despicable human beings on the planet. They justify the sale of sex as a women’s right to use her body for money. You will hear them say things such as, “When a women learns she can give it away for money, why would she give it away for free?” A women’s body is the vessel by which these pimps make money (Human Rights: What Are They). In Chicago, Illinois an event called The Players Ball is held. Pimps bring their girls and show them off. The women are told to look at the ground and cannot look up. This practice sounds like something cattle farmers in the Plains would do to show off their livestock prior to selling.
“All women are either a prostitute or a whore. The definition of a prostitute is a woman who sells her pussy for money. A whore fucks for free.” –Tricked
We live in a country that champions abortion as a women’s right to do what she wants with her body, but reacts poorly to men enslaving women’s bodies for their own wants and desires. This is illogical.
The solution to this problem is two fold: 1. The justice system needs to be freed and 2. Parents need to understand their role.
The justice system is broke. A woman should have the right to use her body however she wants. If she desires to sell it for money, that is her right. Not only are pimps abusing women, but also so are the laws trying to protect them. No one has the right to oppress another’s rights. Prostitution should be legalized so we can go after the men exploiting, and not the women. The pimps who are enslaving these women are the ones who need to be eliminated from the picture. The laws, and pimps, are not the entire problem.
Parents need to realize, and accept, the needs of their growing children. If they do not give the love and show desire their children will seek it from other people, and via other means. We cannot blame this problem entirely on the pimp. A vicious cycle of need and manipulation is created when human beings are left behind. We live in a culture where work and sleep dominate our days. Time is little, and if you are married and have children the time available to pour into your children is small. As they grow it is easier to let them become autonomous and take care of themselves. Yet, people do not realize that the age of 5 is the most impressionable period of a child’s life, and puberty is the time of their most need. Every human being wants to be desired. Men and women require different ways to feel desired. These young women who are preyed on by pimps come from families where their parents are after thoughts, and the man they meet offers them something they desperately need: desire. This opens the door for manipulation, which feasts upon imbalance.
Finally, we learned a few episodes back that prosecutors are responsible for the severity of convictions. Prosecutors do not have the power to put pimps behind bars, because they lack the necessary laws and witnesses. We need to equip our courts with the means to forgive the prostitute and stomp upon the pimp.
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