Today is the day after my partner and I presented our project to the parents and teachers in the gym, it was a really great experience. The work that had to be out in and all the effort that was put into this project by my mentor teachers, my partner, and I was definitely worth the end result. I feel that if I had the chance to do symposium again I would take it because then I would know what to expect. Gate Symposium was a huge challenge and it forced me to go beyond expectations, which is something I need to learn to do more. Overall, Symposium was a challenging, yet fun thing to do and it gave me a really good experience.
Driving Question: What ethical forces contribute to the perpetuation of human trafficking around the world?
Language of the discipline:
Force- Attracts, holds, repels.
Force- May be countered with equal or greater force
Student-Led Research Results (Interview)
For our Student-Led Research, we partnered up with another team who is also researching human trafficking. Jackie Kong from ISanctuary, an organization that helps to spread the word about human trafficking and empowers human trafficking survivors, was who was interviewed. Here are her answers to the following questions:
1.) Is human trafficking being kept physically, or does it also relate to emotional or mental captivity as well?
“Human Trafficking can be being physically, but most people being human trafficking are not chained up like we imagine it to be. Pimps psychologically manipulate their victims through emotional and mental needs. There is an article that a pimp wrote called "How to be a pimp" in which he uses Maslow's Hierarchy of needs to show how to manipulate a woman. There are also different types of pimps, the most widely known one is a Romeo Pimp in which he pretends to be a girls boyfriend, will provide her a cell phone, nice clothes, food, shelter and most importantly safety and love.”
“Pimps know how to prey on the vulnerable. Sometimes, traffickers and the women/men they traffic become like a family structure. The pimp is "Daddy" and all the women are ‘sisters.’ ”
2.)What systems would you say are the most prominent in contributing to Human trafficking today?
“Trafficking is the most widely known form of human trafficking. Media has a huge part in this - movies, TV shows, music all normalize these ideas. Media also normalizes a cheating culture - which plays into the [idea of buying women.] I believe our culture's tendency for immediacy and instant pleasure also plays a huge part in trafficking. Gangs are another system that plays into the role of trafficking as gang members are realizing that weapons and drugs are dispensable, but women are not."
I learned that I more patient with people than I thought I was. I also learned that if you want something to happen you have to ask for it, you can’t wait for it. I am planning for my creative component, to make a tunnel out of clay, because a tunnel represents a dark, lonely, empty place, just like the feelings of the victim of human trafficking are. Inside of the tunnel maybe we could make a girl with her head on her knees to represent that she is alone and sort of hopeless. What I need to do in order to make sure I successfully complete the creative piece is run it by Ms.Park and see if she likes the idea or not. After, we need to get to work and bring it all together. I have to make sure that my partners work on it and I also. Our collaboration so far could be better. I am only collaborating well with one of my partners the other one not so much, it could be better.
During my research, I found out that the economy of the region contributes a lot to the human trafficking that occurs. My driving question did change about 2-4 times with Ms.Park. Now that I am in the student-led research option, we are conducting an interview to have the perspective of an expert on the ethical forces that contribute to human trafficking. What has been difficult about the student-lead research component is coming up with well written questions and questions that match with our driving question. Finding credible articles with the author’s name has been difficult as well. In my next steps, I need to make sure that the “ISD” gets completed and is organized. Some things I need to do is complete the “ISD” and send the interview questions out to the person we are going to interview.We also need to make sure that there are no gaps in our research.
In the exploration of the topic, we did change the topic. At first it was child abandonment in general, but we didn’t feel that it was interesting enough to research for 2 months about it, we felt that we would lose interest in the topic. We thought more about the harsh things that children have to go through every single day of their lives and Kennya (one of my partners) thought about child trafficking. We know that it is a horrific thing that people do to children so we decided that we wouldn’t get bored of researching about it for 2 months. We got really into the topic and found our twist the same day we chose it. The twist was what goes through the mind of the capturer, the strategies that are used, why they do what they do, what happened in their life that made them do this to children?