The Christian Science Monitor published an article by this name on September 10. In it, they write:
As with anything that involves the letters S, E, and X, academics, advocates, and the general public are emotional and divided. Dig beneath the surface of the anti-sex-trafficking movement and there are ambiguities and confusions and facts and fictions.
They go on to say:
I’d like to add that there are other issues that aren’t black-and-white, good-and-bad that need to be talked about. Racism. Gender discrimination. Classism. Poverty. Parental responsibility.
Rather than being a black-and-white, good-and-bad issue, trafficking touches on some of the most uncomfortable and conflicted areas of American public discourse. The resulting debate is about sex and abuse and human rights, for sure. But it’s also about prostitution and attitudes toward commercial sex overall. It is a conversation about the sexualization of teens and social responsibility for troubled youth, even the tenuous relationship with cheap labor.
Grr. I wish that I Heart Sex Workers were already out. But if you’d like to pick through these issues, please pre-order my book!