Legalizing Prostitution=Decrease in Human Trafficking?

Prostitution. Prostitution is known as the practice of engaging in sexual activity for money. In many countries, prostitution is illegal, but that does not stop it from occurring. Anyone can go anywhere and find a prostitute. Unfortunately, many prostitutes are forced into their occupation by a pimp, but there are also many that want to do it. Some women argue that prostitution gettyimages-460601008is empowering and gives them the ability to do what they want with their body when they want. Personally, standing on a corner and having sex with random men that could potentially kill me just does not sound empowering, but that’s just me. The link between prostitution and human trafficking is highly debated. Some believe legalizing prostitution will decrease human trafficking because people will choose the legal option along with providing a safer environment for prostitutes while others argue that legalizing prostitution will fuel the demand for human trafficking.

Thanks to the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, and different states in Australia, data on whether legalizing prostitution decreases rates of human trafficking is available. All of the places above have either legalized or decriminalized prostitution. Though prostitution is legal, specific regulations on the sex industry were prostitution-legal-supreme-courtimplemented. After years of legal prostitution, not one of the countries reported a decrease in human trafficking or illegal prostitution according to Equality Now. In fact, many reported that the new laws made it more difficult to prosecute those involved in trafficking or go into brothels and search for trafficked victims. Equality Now reported, “In 2009 the University of Queensland found that an estimated 90% of the commercial sex industry existed outside the legal sex industry as “illegal forms of prostitution cater for a demand that is not met by the legal industry.” Ultimately, there was not a notable decrease in human trafficking. There was still a demand for underage children. Pimps were still around. If anything, there was more trafficking that was going undetected. Prostitutes were still put in situations they did not want to be in and they were not free to do what they wanted Prostitutes in windows in Red Light District in Amsterdam The Netherlandsto do.

Looking at the data presented by Equality Now and many of the articles I looked at on the topic, there is not much data. There are many statements saying that legalizing prostitution did not decrease human trafficking, but the numbers were not always there. That being said, much of the data available came from credible sources such as the University of Queensland. Once again, finding specific data on human trafficking is scarce. It is hard to find the data online and even harder to be the person having to come up with the data.

So what does this data mean? Why is it important? Who cares? Well.. first off, legalizing prostitution does not seem to have a positive affect on anyone involved. Therefore, prostitution should not be legalized in the United States, not like it ever would be, but now there’s data to show it will not help anything. And second off, more data on human trafficking must be collected. I know that is not an easy task, but with little data, the topic can be highly debated with people on both sides saying it happens all the time and others saying it never happens and the numbers available are skewed. Personally, I want to see human trafficking taken down. Demolished. Never to be seen again. Probably not a very realistic goal, but it is obvious that legalizing prostitution will not aid in the efforts to decrease human trafficking. Something else needs to be done. What may that be? I really do not know, but the more I learn, the more I can help.

Atlanta-A human trafficking hub?

Human trafficking happens everywhere. Big cities, small towns, or anywhere you can imagine. Any person, at any time, can find a victim they can buy by simply searching the Internet. Some random person can fly into a town at 5 pm, buy a young girl from their pimp, and be out of town by 8 pm. It’s so easy, yet why would anyone morally pay to have sex with a child? I don’t have an answer for that. To me it is disgusting.

The question of why people traffic innocent people is a little easier to answer. Money. Money. Money. CNN‘s article on human trafficking centered around human trafficking within Atlanta, Georgia. The article used credible data  from the Urban Institute and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. With a price tag on each victim, a pimp makes money off of selling innocent people to random strangers. According to the article,the sex industry in Atlanta alone brings in$290 million a year with some pimps making more than $32,ooo a week. That’s $4,571.43 a day and $1,668,571 a year. That’s more
money than most people dream of as they work their legal, 9-5 job to support their family. Atlanta is a big city. People partynightly, fly in and out for various things, there are hotels everywhere, making Atlanta a prime location for pimps to make the most money.

As most people would, the CNN article has a bias towards the victims of human trafficking. From the first hand story of a victim to the title “Victim’s, not prostitutes,” the article obviously sympathizes with the victims, but whowouldn’t? AnyoneStop Human Trafficking Graphicthat thinks beyond money and continually monitors the rightand wrong aspect of their actions would sympathize with the victims. Although there was a bias, the bias did not effect the data stated within the article. Human trafficking is a multimillion dollar illegal practice around the world. It needs to be stopped. Be aware. Share your knowledge. End human trafficking.




*Images from the FBI on Human Trafficking and Project Set Me Free

What’s in your backyard?

Human trafficking…Many times when one thinks of human trafficking their mind races to third world countries. The thought process that human trafficking doesn’t occur in the United States is ever so common, but slowing awareness on the subject is growing. From labor trafficking to sex trafficking, human trafficking occurs every single day and it may be right in your backyard. According to the Polaris Project, there are about 27 million people in modern slavery across the world.  In the United States, between 100,000 and 300,000 children alone are prostituted in the United States. This data does not include labor trafficking of minors or any trafficking with adults. On average girls enter prostitution between the ages of 12 and 14 and boys enter between the ages of 11 and 13. What if this was your son or daughter?

Unfortunately, statistics on human trafficking are scarce causing difficulties in finding accurate information on the topic. What if those 1,078 youth in Ohio trafficked every year were really 5,000 from lack of data? Because there is little data, the statistics given fail to emphasize the full magnitude of human trafficking in the world. The scarce data surrounding human trafficking already depicts an immensely sad world of human trafficking. 27 million people trafficked around the world. 27 million people that are owned. 27 million people that have no way out. Imagine being owned by some pimp or completely disrespected by people day in and day out as one more person pays your pimp to use you for sex. As more and more data on human trafficking emerges, the United States and the rest of the world will need to increase awareness and continue to prosecute pimps in order to decrease the amount of trafficking around the world. No human deserves to be trafficked. It is happening everywhere. Be aware. Share your knowledge. End human trafficking.