Sex trafficking started predominantly after the fall of communism in Europe and prostitution has been linked back has far as ancient Greek and Babylonian times. Ancient Greeks and Babylonians respected prostitutes because these prostitutes serviced gods and goddesses in a “religious, rather than commercial, role” according to the book, No Turning Back. (Freedman. 141.) Prostitution has become commercial in today’s society. Feminists divided themselves on the topic of prostitution, being either liberal or radical. The liberal approach is that prostitution should be “normalized as work.” Radical feminists viewed prostitution through an “anti-violence” lens and see that it also has rape, sexual harassment, incest, and child sexual abuse involved. (Sullivan. 3.) Women and children are usually the ones involved in sex trafficking and they are usually raped or bought by men. This shows that sex trafficking is a feminist issue because there is a clear line drawn between men and women. It shows that there is inequality in the issue between sexes. There are also race and class issues involved in trafficking. If a woman is from a poor community she is more likely to be vulnerable to a sex trafficker because she has a lack of employment opportunities. Violence, discrimination, and poverty make her vulnerable to sex trafficking. One feminist and co-executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), Janice Raymond says that human trafficking is not new, but that it is the “complexity and control of how women and children are trafficked from/to/in all parts of the globe.” (Sullivan. 7.) This shows that not only is trafficking a feminist issue, there are actual feminists who look into the subject and are trying to find ways to stop it.

When we take a look into modern times, more activism against sex trafficking is present and more individuals are becoming aware of this epidemic. The documentary, The Price of Sex, directed by Mimi Chakarova, shows its viewers that there are agencies out there that are trying to help victims of trafficking. Some examples: United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT), Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), and La Strada International. (Chakarova.) Hillary Rodham Clinton gave the Release of Trafficking Persons Report in 2012. This address shows that sex trafficking and human rights tie into each other, thus women should have the basic human rights that men have. Jada Pinkett Smith is one activist that is using her elite status to help stop trafficking. Her attention to sex trafficking was influenced by her daughter, Willow Smith. Not only is it essential that this topic be addressed but also that its awareness continue and it is great to know that young women like Willow are carrying the knowledge on. Hopefully with the help of activists, feminists, and politicians, sex trafficking will come to an end ceasing to exist.

Works Cited:

Chakarova, Mimi. “The Price of Sex.” The Price of Sex. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2012. <;.

Freedman, Estelle B. No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women. New York: Ballantine, 2002. Print.

“Release of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report.” U.S. Department of State. U.S. Department of State, 19 June 2012. Web. 02 Nov. 2012. <;.

Sullivan, Mary L. Making Sex Work: A Failed Experiment with Legalised Prostitution. Google Books. Spinifex Press 2007, n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2012. <;.