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Human Trafficking Definitions and Red Flags

Truckers Against Trafficking (28:11) from iEmpathize on Vimeo.

Human trafficking is the sale or commodification of a person and/or their labor for the benefit of another through methods of force, coercion, fraud, or if the victim is a minor.  Here's a further explanation from The Polaris Project.

As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will. The factors that each of these situations have in common are elements of force, fraud, or coercion that are used to control people.  Then, that control is tied to inducing someone into commercial sex acts, or labor or services. 

Many of the outreach and prevention efforts are centered around children, but they are not the only victims of human tra…

Anti Rape Undergarments Cannot Stop Sexual Violence

ARWEAR from ARWEAR on Vimeo.

I would like to think that all of us want to solve the problem of sexual violence.It impacts 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men.  It can have negative lasting effects on someone’s life.We want to think of solutions, to be part of a solution, and yet there is only so much that we can do.Well, someone has tried to do something; two women created ARWEAR and they are looking for funding.I understand their purpose in trying to prevent sexual violence.  However, this is not going to solve the sexual violence problem for a variety of reasons.
This product perpetuates the stereotype that sexual assault happens at night, by strangers or people you barely know (1st date) and that something the victim did could have prevented the sexual assault.This is not the case, as 73% of sexual assaults were committed by a non-stranger.Even if they didn’t include that information in the pitch for funding, I don’t think the average person is going to wear anti-rape undergarments every da…