I just wanted to give a shout-out to a wonderful ten-part series exploring human trafficking around the world that the Indianapolis Star did early this year. Here’s all ten parts in order:
- Who buys a trafficked child for sex? Otherwise ordinary men.
- ‘The smile on our face is fake’: Shattering the Lolita fantasy
- The sex trafficking victim who needs training wheels
- Boys — the silent victims of sex trafficking
- ‘It lights up the brain like crack’: Why men buy sex
- These are the ‘choices’ that lead girls into sex work
- Where sex trafficking and toxic masculinity collide*
- Inside a Mumbai brothel, with a 5-year-old boy
- ‘The police harassed me enough to save my life’
*A Latin American follower on Facebook tells me that, contrary to the information in that part of the series, prostitution isn’t legal in Bolivia, merely tolerated. She referred me to this Spanish language article about Bolivian sex workers organizing and campaigning to legalize sex work so it can be regulated and they can get protection under the law.