Trafficking happens because of the culmination of generational trauma, inadequate resources, and historically marginalized communities.
Traffickers thrive in situations where inequality is present and some individuals lack access to social support and justice — millions of men, women, and children—are treated like commodities and forced into commercial sexual exploitation, traded like goods for sex and labor.
As Audre Lorde pointed out, “Our struggles are interconnected, and our lives are not defined by a single issue.” When we support walk with those in the sex industry we recognize the various aspects of their identity that come into play.
Solo traffickers, trafficking duos, gangs, and even traffickers who run international organized crime networks - this injustice looks different depending on what community and country you are in. These traffickers understand the buying and selling of humans is a high-yield, low-risk crime; a trade all fueled by an insatiable global demand for paid sex and cheap goods.
But traffickers are not solo criminals; no, they've got a squad of enablers, making the whole organized crime possible. In this twisted world, where humans are made into commodities, the traffickers pull the strings, yet it's the naive, the exploitive, the lawful, and the lawless who make the system work.