BEYOND LAWS, HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS
NOW IN PLAIN SIGHT
As voters in California prepare to cast their ballot for or against the CASE Act (Proposition 35), there will be legitimate debate about what the best approaches are to fighting human trafficking and modern slavery.
Nobody has a monopoly on the truth. And there are no perfect answers.
It’s crucial that a multi-pronged approach to fighting trafficking include all stakeholders. Details must be discussed, analyzed, built on and refined.
And no doubt disagreements will remain.
But beyond the details of the CASE Act, and the discussions in California, one thing is becoming eminently clear - the realities of human trafficking in America are finally becoming acknowledged by our mainstream culture - and victims and survivors are being recognized for what they are - people deserving of support, not vilification.
From the president’s recent speech to a slow but steady shift in the terminology used by mainstream media (yes, teen prostitute is an oxymoron!) - we are witnessing a cultural shift that is long overdue. And as we have witnessed with increased acceptance of other marginalized elements of society before, as attitudes shift toward trafficking and trafficking victims, it should become easier for those needing help or support to step forward and speak out.
As we continue to hold our discussions and debates, let’s not lose sight of this fact.
It may be the most important outcome of ALL of our efforts.