Blinded By Red Lights Summary

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The article ““Blinded by Red Lights: Why Trafficking Discourse Should Shift Away from Sex and the “Perfect Victim” Paradigm” by Robert Uy focuses on several points in the comparison and treatment of sex trafficking versus forced labor and human trafficking at large. Uy’s states five assertions: l) Prostitution and sex trafficking are not the same issue; 2) A focus [solely] on sex trafficking minimizes the discussion on labor trafficking; 3) Society’s focus on sex trafficking has “racial and sexist implications;” 4) Labor trafficking is less ‘advertised’ than sex trafficking so its victims have fewer resources available; 5) Society can fight the war on human trafficking on a systemic level. Human trafficking includes many forms of trafficking…show more content…
Mass media focuses on the sensationalism of sex trafficking and ignores other forms of slavery. News agencies feature stories about sex trafficking and its victims, so sex trafficking stays on society’s radar. Hollywood propagates the interest in sex trafficking through television specials, documentaries, and movies. The Taken series is a recent example of Hollywood using sex trafficking as a draw. Labor trafficking is less ‘exciting’ than sex trafficking, so it receives less attention and support and resources. Uy does not even mention any documentaries or movies that mainstream human…show more content…
In order to see true success, society must change its perception. Humanity needs to understand two key concepts: 1) sex trafficking is a single classification of human trafficking; 2) there is no “perfect victim.” Communities can create a victim-centered model of encouragement and opportunities, rather than focus solely on eliminating sex trafficking. Educating victims about exploitation and awakening their sense of self-identity can reduce the chance of further mistreatment. Communities can enlighten organizations, such as law enforcement, social services, community outreach, or educational institutions, about victims, victimization, and trafficking, and provide better opportunities for success to the needy recipients. Providing a range of resource, such as legal aid, counseling, housing, and medical care, to all victims will empower them. A victim-centered model, for example CAST LA (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking) and AATC (Asian Anti-Trafficking Collaborative) encourages cooperation between law enforcement and non-governmental organizations, such as local outreach agencies. Resources and funding can be available for agencies, especially on the community level, so that the agencies can continue to offer support, staffing, and growth for future development. Victims who see value and support in the system may ‘pay it forward’ to

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