Gang membership is up 40 percent from 2009, with sex trafficking playing a significant role in expansion.
Peter Landesman’s 8,500-word feature about the sex-slave trade in the Jan. 25, 2004, New York Times Magazine, “The Girls Next Door,” has prompted six columns by Slate press critic Jack Shafer and a response by Times Magazine Editor Gerald Marzorati. Links to Shafer’s pieces, Marzorati’s response, as well as blogger Daniel Radosh’s critical piece and his 2005 exchange with Landesman follow.
If you think sex trafficking only happens in faraway places like Nepal or Thailand, then you should listen to an expert on American sex trafficking I interviewed the other day. But, first, wish her happy birthday. She turns 16 years old on Thursday.
THE biggest forum for sex trafficking of under-age girls in the United States appears to be a Web site called Backpage.com.
I WENT on a walk in Manhattan the other day with a young woman who once had to work these streets, hired out by eight pimps while she was just 16 and 17. She pointed out a McDonald’s where pimps sit while monitoring the girls outside, and a building where she had repeatedly been ordered online as if she were a pizza.
When I write about human trafficking as a modern form of slavery, people sometimes tune out as their eyes glaze over. So, Glazed Eyes, meet Srey Pov.
AGAINST my better judgment, I found myself the other day charging into a well-armed brothel in a police raid. But I was comforted to be with one of my heroes, Somaly Mam.
M. is an ebullient girl, age 10, who ranks near the top of her fourth-grade class and dreams of being a doctor. Yet she, like all of India, is at a turning point, and it looks as if her family may instead sell her to a brothel.