Friday's editorial in The Nation, “We are all failing in the fight against human trafficking” is a sad reminder of the extreme polarisation on this issue.
These two writers flew their true colours when they said, “Human trafficking is a crime. It therefore requires a criminal response – prosecuting and punishing offenders.” Only recently did trafficking become a crime due to growing hysteria over the issue. I ask readers to never forget that for over 15 years the US has had many millions, even billions, of dollars to fund payments for experts like these and many others whom we call “the rescue industry”. Every year every the TIP (Trafficking In Persons] report demands that countries must find more victims and prosecute more traffickers. Yet year after year they do not find them. Sex workers do not agree to be victims because they are not victims. It is time to start treating trafficking like the migration issue that it is.
Friday’s editorial demands that countries work together to win the challenge presented by America’s international fantasy about trafficking. In this regard, American politics lives within it own bubble. It is the NGOs, funding organisations, and experts who reap the rewards. American blogs routinely refer to trafficking as one of several American hysterias gone wild. This is also being called America’s War on Prostitution and it is being compared to America’s War on Drugs. Conflated issues of sex trafficking and sex-work only exist on a foundation of exaggeration, misinformation, and, yes, hysteria. Every year this foundation slowly erodes. Now is a time when many countries are slowly finding their sovereignty again in the face of growing American hegemony. I highly recommend a 2017 book, “War on Sex”. America is going through a weird
sexual cultural shift and America’s international interest in trafficking and prostitution is dragging the rest of the world along with them.