The Epstein case may have brought the topic of trafficking back into the public forum. But his case, and his victims, are only part of the story. There are many faces of trafficking: an immigrant, lured with the promise of a good job and a new life, or young, vulnerable women desperate to earn money or who believe they have found someone who loves them until the dark side is exposed, and it is too late. But the law has been slow to catch up with this particular crime. Sex Trafficking was called a crime by New York State in 2007. It became a federal crime in 2000. Before that, prosecutions could only be done for underlying crimes, like kidnapping, assault or rape. But law enforcement is still learning what works when it comes to catching traffickers while protecting victims. Many, if not most, of the victims are undocumented and fear coming forward. Others have been threatened, or their families have been threatened. Our guests talk about the delicate task of turning victims into witnesses, and survivors. And Carolina Holderness reminds us, it’s not about someone who’s held captive in someone’s basement. We see trafficking victims every day, but we just don’t know it. They may be clearing the table at the restaurant where you’re dining, or doing your nails at a nearby spa.
Why Sex Trafficking Can No Longer Remain in the Shadows
PUBLISHED July 28, 2019 @2:25 PM