English Profile 5 - Nancy Shaba Eng 1010- Olsen 22 November...

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Nancy Shaba Eng 1010- Olsen 22 November 2011 Enslaved in America: Human Trafficking in the United States When we hear the words "sex trafficking," as Americans we immediately think of women and children overseas who are being forced into the sex trade or who are brought into the United States for the purpose of sexual exploitation. We don't usually think closer to home, Americans trafficked by Americans. But I want you to think about young women and even girls that you have seen late at night when you come home from work or a social event. Maybe you have seen them in the streets in short dresses and spike heels. You turn your heads to look away. We do not look at the faces of these young women and girls who are forced to be out in the street. Maybe we think this is what they want to do, or they wouldn't be out there. Maybe it is easier to believe that it is an empowering choice they have, rather than face the harsh reality of sexual abuse, physical and mental abuse, and the pimps that prey on the young women and girls. To understand all aspects of sex trafficking in the United States, you need to let go of the media's portrayal of the "joys" of street prostitution, and open your eyes to the violence and control the pimps and sex traffickers exercise over their victims, who are mostly girls and young women. The pimps who are trafficking young women and girls on the street have a great marketing tool: the media. You can turn on the TV now and see pimps glamorized in TV shows, music videos, and movies. Young people use "pimp" in everyday conversation: "my ride is pimped out," "your clothes are pimping." They do not understand the reality behind the term. Pimps prey on young women and girls by finding their weakness and then exploiting it. After the
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course ENG 1010 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '20 term at Wayne State University.

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