Happy new year, folks! January is recognized as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month”, and Elan and I advocate for it with our own personal twist on the name. It makes sense that the first month of the year, symbolic of new beginnings, is also symbolic of how we need to educate ourselves on issues such as sexual violence that require more people-power in its awareness efforts. Human trafficking tends to be perceived as an issue with a gendered lens that limits people’s understanding of it and their ability to help. While it is statistically true that most victims of human trafficking are female, males and LGBT individuals tend not to be mentioned and are then disregarded in the research. This unequal attention cannot be taken lightly because in order to instigate practical change to combat sexual violence, our efforts must be unified and take an intersectional approach to see how certain facets of a person’s life affect him/her/hir.
While the focus of this blog’s past entries has been on male victims of human trafficking, it will soon feature posts on female perpetrators of human trafficking. This shift in gender perspective does not mean complete abandonment of interest in male victims of trafficking, but it is just a prioritized focus in my personal research. There’s no better way for me to hold myself accountable to blogging deadlines than by publicly declaring I shall update this blog once a week with progress on my research project. I’ll look like Dee Dee (below), typing away furiously and with determination. And you, dear reader, are always free to challenge the opinions expressed on this blog.
TONIGHT at 8pm: Join anti-trafficking organization Restore One for their first Twitter chat, #4BoysChat. Tonight’s topic is on the question of, “Why is there a lack of awareness for male sex trafficking?”