What if we waged “war” on child sex trafficking?

I am not a fan of the whole “war on drugs” ideology. I don’t much like the idea of waging war generally. And the DARE campaigns and Red Ribbon Week’s seem pretty useless in lots of ways — as well as full of misinformation. My daughter learned, for example, that aspirin and caffeine are DRUGS in 1st grade. Seeing me pour my morning coffee the next day she wailed, “Mommy, don’t drink that, you’ll die.”

Though not a fan of turning problems into wars, I agree with Dan Rather’s suggestion here that it’s ludicrous we have a “war on drugs” but no concomitant “war on child sex trafficking.”

This issue needs to go mainstream, and I hope the hour long coverage pulls a wide audience and sparks not a war,  but a movement to end what is in practice child abuse, sexual assault, and rape on a MASSIVE scale.

Read Rather’s full piece here.


4 thoughts on “What if we waged “war” on child sex trafficking?”

  1. I am not a big fan of the word “war” on anything (and definitely NOT a fan of the very racist, classist and ineffective “war on drugs”) but I can get behind stopping child abuse of any kind.

    It is interesting the words we use re: child sexual abuse. I understand that trafficking definitely adds a multitude of layers, but essentially, what it is is child sexual abuse. Perhaps I like simplicity in wording. And no wars. Yes, it is the end of a long day. I am tired and incoherent.

    Thanks for the post!

  2. For what it’s worth, here in L.A. there are bus ads encouraging people with info. on potential traffickers to call the anonymous hotline. The issue is in fact going mainstream, I’m happy to say 🙂

    Hopefully this war is waged more competently than the others!

  3. There are some great organizations out there working to wage a war against traffickers and pimps and trying to get this issue mainstream coverage. One such is Shared Hope International- visit their website to find out more about what they are doing to fight sex trafficking and how you can get involved!

  4. The neighbors’ kids, when i was growing up, came home from school upset at their parents for having a beer now and then, like your daughter was with the coffee. They had an awful time trying to explain to their kids that they weren’t, in fact, druggies.

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