Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Humanities & Communication
Sex trafficking of women is projected to take over as the leading international crime activity, surpassing drugs and weapons. Trade in human beings is a high-profit and low-risk venture that is reinforced by a blatant lack of law enforcement and governmental interest. Trafficking continues to exist because societies and cultures continue to marginalize, objectify, and accept abuse against women. Whether women choose or are forced into sex trafficking, they find it almost impossible to get out of the sex industry once they have been trafficked. The women face abuse, isolation, lack of sustenance, violence, and no freedom. Sex tourism developed and flourished in the aftermath of military bases occupying Southeast Asia. Sex Tourism picked up where military left off and it has been flourishing ever since. One of the major ways it thrives is through the Internet. The sex trade has an underground nature to it, and the Internet is a perfect way to distribute information to customers because it has virtually no laws. Internet companies perpetuate the exploitation and oppression of women by American men and perpetuate the view of women as less than human. These beliefs are reinforced within men and carried into interactions with all women. Sex tourism is an underground system made to serve men at the physical, mental and emotional expense of all women. Such systems have to be eliminated if the struggle for equal rights, pay, and treatment is ever to be afforded to women.
Sanders, Janelle, "Examining the "skin trade" : a cultural and juridical analysis of the Internet's perpetuation of the sex tourism industry" (2002). Capstone Projects and Theses. 256.