"The Law is just the means, Justice is the end." Help stop human trafficking.
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On October 19th I got to watch a documentary titled, I am Jane Doe. It portrayed the documented stories of young girls who were victims of child/human trafficking in different parts of the United States. Human trafficking is the illegal abduction of the victims who are used as products in illegal trades like prostitution and so on. It persistence and prevalence within our societies should warrant authorities as well as ordinary citizens to take up a fight against it, as it destroying the lives of many young girls, and also disrupting the peaceful functioning of families. As seen in this documentary, the victims were young girls who were abducted and forced into sex trade. They used hard drugs on them in order to be able to control them, a method that made posing these girls in certain positions easier. All sort of sexual positions were demonstrated, and it was through these displayed that the buyers request which girl they are interested in. The buyers and sellers used a medium, which claimed to stand against such acts within society by exposing them to the public, for their interactions and transactions. The Village Voice and Backpage.com used their platform to orchestrate an illegal and shameful activity, and when they were confronted about their wrongdoing, they used a legal document to protect their image as well as their source of revenue. As heart wrenching as it was to find out that these girls are only thirteen and fifteen years old, I was even more disappointed and agitated that there were people who defended these companies using section 230 of the communication decency act of 1996. It is already bad enough that our societies have to deal with issues like human trafficking, therefore, we need to make sure that there are consequences for the platforms enhancing such behaviors. It could be you! or someone you know. It always hit close to home. Let us make sure that does not happen and let the victims and/or survivors get the justice they deserve.
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