Shocking Trafficked Numbers Are Not What You Think

The term trafficked referring to human sex slaves means something far different from what you might think. I have read a variety of ‘shocking’ reports that claim the number of people trafficked worldwide is simply astronomical and that apparently the number of people forced into sex slavery is far greater now than in any time in history. Well, part of the reason for this is the loose definition of the term ‘trafficked’. And with loose enough a definition, then yeah, human trafficking is all around you.

You see, the way I understood the term ‘trafficked’ was that people, mostly young girls, are illegally kidnapped and transported to another country where they are beaten and forced to work as prostitutes while their kidnappers keep all of the money that they earn. Under this definition, which I think is common, seeing that there are millions of trafficked people worldwide is deeply distressing.

However, the definition of trafficked is far different from that above, at least according to the academics of generation snowflake. Now trafficked does not have to involve changing countries. In fact, you can stay in the same neighborhood and still be trafficked…even though the word itself seems to imply transport from one place to another. But this isn’t the case. And this is just the beginning.

The definition of trafficked is now so broad that it applies to…well, just about anyone with a damn job! Here is the definition accepted found in the Ted Talk for ‘Human Trafficking is All Around You’:
Trafficked: Anyone whose circumstances force to them to work.

Seriously?? Isn’t that just about everyone?

In the video, she gives the example of a young Thai who moves to the city to try and earn an income to help support their family. Eventually, this underage Thai person finds that they can earn the most by working in the sex trade and begins offering sexual services to rich foreigners. No pimp is mentioned. No kidnaping takes place. The sex worker keeps all of the money they earn. But they are considered trafficked. Why?

Is this not a simple case of someone choosing to do a job that earns the most that they can for the skills they have? By this definition, any sex worker who does it for the money is trafficked. Huh?? How many people do you know that, if asked, would say they would work regardless if they were paid? How can this be the definition? Of course people work to get paid!

I think that this definition was intentionally made so broad to purposefully inflate the numbers so people would become outraged. It doesn’t allow people to make choices in their life because ‘circumstances’ are forcing them into prostitution – but there is a major difference between ‘feeling forced to do something because of lack of options’ and ‘Evil Ivan has kidnapped, transported, chained and beaten me and now sells me to 30 men a day so he can earn money.’

So when you see the numbers claiming so many victims of human trafficking, take it with a grain of salt. Now I am NOT saying that people are not kidnapped and forced into sex slavery – I am just saying that the number of those people are being buried by a definition so broad that it applies to anyone with any job. And that does a great disservice to those actually in the dire circumstances of being kidnapped and forced into daily sex work so that others can profit.

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