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."