"I Thought it Could Never Happen to Boys"

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

When you think of a human trafficking victim what images come to mind? Recently, I searched "human trafficking victim" on Google Images and of the first ten pages where a 'victim' was portrayed, only four or five pictures were male (excluding numerous pictures of Ashton Kutcher!). The vast majority of the images depicted a young female. The international anti-trafficking movement is understandably focused on the trafficking of women and children, and while the international community is beginning to recognize that men are often trafficked for labor, we must also ask if counter-trafficking efforts are failing to address the sexual exploitation and trafficking of boys.