Right in our own Backyard

I looked around the room as we learned about the dark side of life for some of the children in Boca Chica.  I could easily read the sadness, disbelief, and confusion on the faces staring back at the slide show.  While the idea of human trafficking and child exploitation wasn’t new to any of us, hearing a firsthand account of what we might be seeing in the DR forced a different perspective.  I’m sure we’ve all heard about it on the news, read an article, and even seen a movie that depicted the atrocities of modern day slavery, but it’s different when you find it staring you in the face.  It’s much easier to look past things that are happening far away (where we’ve never been).  It’s even easier to subconsciously  convince ourselves that it’s not “real” when we see it on TV; after all, even so-called “reality” TV is contrived. However, the unimaginable truth remains that it is happening… at alarming rates… even in our own backyard.  
My own sadness, confusion, and disbelief multiplied during Hiram’s guest presentation last week by members of the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking.  This seminar highlighted the occurrence of human trafficking in the US (specifically in OH).  I left the lecture and headed straight for Google.  I’ve done what feels like millions of searches on the internet, but never one on this subject.  The results were relentless.  Below are a few articles and videos (warning: graphic adult material) that made me hold my breath.  I was especially stricken by the reports of Superbowl weekend being a lucrative event for the trafficking industry.  As sick and empty as it makes me feel to think about the reality of the business of humans buying humans, the idea of ignoring it makes me feel even worse.   -Cristina

Sex trafficking at the Super Bowl 

Super Bowl Host Committee to Stand Up and Protect Children

Hawaii man charged with sex trafficking at Super Bowl – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL Home

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  • ______________

    This is not a peer-reviewed journal, an edited manifesto, or the final product of thought and purposeful writing. Most importantly, this is not a Hiram College endorsed publication nor does it reflect the opinions and views of Hiram College or of Caminante.
  • __The Fine Print __

    This is a blog. It is intended to be a living and growing journal for the individual reflections of college students and educators dedicated to helping people and trying to improve the world. The views expressed by the authors on this blog do not necessarily reflect the collective views of all of the authors, the website, those who link to this website, the author’s mother, father, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, grandparents, friends, or their pet. The authors aim to be as honest, accurate, respectful, complete, humble, and vulnerable as possible. None of these attributes are however guaranteed.
  • ______________

    Comments on this blog are the sole responsibility of their writers and the writer will take full responsibility for any claim that may result from something written in a comment. The administrators retain the right to omit any comments that may be offensive, disrespectful, or against the good-will of mankind.
%d bloggers like this: