7 thoughts on “Sex, Smut, and Slavery: One film unpacks it all

  1. The 100,000 number is a MYTH. Stop using it.

    Myth #14: The Child Trafficking Myth: “It’s between 100,000 and 300,000 child sex slaves in the United States today,” Ashton Kutcher

    Claimed Source: End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Exploitation (ECPAT). 1996. Europe and North America Regional Profile (issued by the World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, held in Stockholm, Sweden, August 1996, p.70.) ECPAT does not have the original source work

    Fact: These numbers are “estimates” of individuals “at risk” youth. Actual risks for sex trafficking are far lower than expected.
    Total sex trafficking arrests (Jan. 2008-June 2010) 410 suspects and 460 victims, of which 248 are under age 18. [Duren Banks and Tracey Kyckelhahn (2011) “Characteristics of Suspected Human Trafficking Incidents, 2008-2010. BJS.gov

    Followup source: Estes, Richard J. and Neil Alan Weiner, “The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children In the U. S., Canada and Mexico”, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2001, p.10 “A Cautionary Note: These estimates reported in Exhibit ES.2a reflect what we believe to the number of children in the United States ‘at risk’ of commercial sexual exploitation, i.e., children who because of their unique circumstances as runaways, thrownaways, victims of physical or sexual abuse, users of psychotropic drugs, members of sexual minority groups, illegally trafficked children, children who cross international borders in search of cheap drugs and sex, and other illicit fare, are at special risk of sexual exploitation. The numbers presented in these exhibits do not, therefore, reflect the actual number of cases of the CSEC in the United States but, rather, what we estimate to be the number of children ‘at risk’ of commercial sexual exploitation.”

    • While I agree that we need to be careful about how we use statistics (and be extra careful to be as accurate as possible), in the reality of what this article is talking about does it really matter if it is 100,000 or 1? Any child being used in this way is wrong! If this movie/article saves one child from such a life, then it has been worthwhile.

    • It is worthwhile, yes. But talking about the number of children also raises awareness about the ubiquity of the problem: people are more alert to see it if they know it is common.

  2. Hi there! Thiis post couldn’t be wrtten any better! Readng through this post reminds mee of mmy oldd room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this page to him.

    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you forr sharing!

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