“It’s impossible to protect all girls from guys like I was, because that’s what we do. We eat, drink and sleep, thinking of ways to trick young girls into doing what we want them to do” (Knapp). This chilling quote from a short documentary is the exact words from an ex-pimp. Human trafficking, as defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is “organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited (as by being forced into prostitution or involuntary labor).” This definition does not cover the ways in which people are brought into this chaos; persuasion, some forced, and some even grow up in that environment. Most Americans know it as is international problem that does not affect them; some do not even know what human trafficking is. The truth is human trafficking is happening all around us; it could even be happening in your home town.
In the United States alone in 2008-2010 “federally funded task forces opened 2,515 suspected incidents of human trafficking for investigation” and of these 2,515 incidents “8 in 10…were classified as sex trafficking, and about 1 in 10 incidents were classified as labor trafficking” (Banks). The confirmed cases led to 144 known arrests. In the video Slavery Out of the Shadows: Spotlight on Human Trafficking, The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) states that human trafficking is the “second largest and fastest growing illegal industry.” TYLA also states that “trafficking is often mistaken as solely an international problem, but the number of American children at risk of trafficking is ten times higher than the 18,000 international victims trafficking across U.S. boarders each year.” Human trafficking is known as the modern day slave trade.
The video, Selling the Girl Next Door, produced by CNN really is a big eye opener. Investigator Amber Lyon goes in-depth on human sex trafficking and covers many different aspects of human trafficking. The video starts with Amber talking to a child that started sex trafficking at thirteen years old. The child ran away from home and was picked up by a man on the street that offered her a ride. The video goes on to talk about how these men and women find and sell these children and women. Amber goes over the different places online that pimps use to sell their women. She goes in-depth on the detailing of the ads that suggests these women are young and possibly even minors. Ms. Lyon goes as far as posting her own ads and seeing just how far these men are willing to go.
The video is very well produced and directed. When the mood is intense the scenery and music lines up with the intense mood. When the mood is gloomy and depressing the music and the transition effects added to the video add tons of emotional feedback from their audience. When Amber was talking to women about being sold for sex, many would begin crying thinking about the terrible history and things they had to go through. During times like these the camera...