Is sex slavery a growing problem?

Since January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Cristen and Caroline discuss the scope of sex trafficking in the United States, its legal history and why anti-trafficking initiatives have attracted controversy in recent years.

Episode sources:

Articles: "How Human Trafficking Works" by Molly Edmonds. HowStuffWorks.

"Human Sex Trafficking" by Amanda Walker-Rodriguez and Rodney Hill. March 2011. FBI.

"Human Trafficking -- The Facts" United Nations.

"Human Trafficking." National Center for Victims of Crime.

"Sex Trafficking in America: The Girls Next Door" by Amy Fine Collins. May 24, 2011. Vanity Fair.

"The Race Dimensions of Trafficking in Persons -- Especially Women and Children" by United Nations Department of Public Information. March 2001.

"When Women Traffic Other Women" by Sharon Buchbinder. Aug. 07, 2013. The Daily Beast.

"Of Human Bonds -- Between Sex Work and Trafficking" by Donna Hughes. Oct. 06, 2013. Fair Observer.

"Timeline of Human Trafficking" by Patricia Young. 2011. Rutgers University Campus Coalition Against Trafficking.

"The Mann Act." PBS.

"Labor and sex traffickers practice modern slavery in Colorado" by Tom McGhee. Dec. 19, 2013. Denver Post.

"Polk prostitution sting results in 80 arrests." Dec. 17, 2013. WFLA.

"Sex Trafficking In Alaska 'Notoriously Underreported,' Targets Native Girls, Task Force Hears" by Rachel D'oro. Nov. 05, 2012. Associated Press.

"Largest sex-trafficking bust in U.S. history nets 70 N.J. arrests" by Star-Ledger Staff. July 29, 2013.

"Cindy McCain -- NFL no help on sex trafficking" by Lucy McCalmont. Nov. 20, 2013. Politico.

"Super Bowl Is Single Largest Human Trafficking Incident In U.S.: Attorney General" by Eleanor Goldberg. Feb. 06, 2013. Huffington Post.

"Arizona Moves To Combat Sex Trafficking Around 2015 Super Bowl" by Carmia Townes. Dec. 12, 2013. Think Progress.

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"The Traffickers." Polaris Project.

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Academic Insights: "Blame Narratives: News Discourses of Sex Trafficking" by Barbara Friedman and Anne Johnston. 2013. Media Disparity: A Gender Battleground.

"Framing the Problem of Sex Trafficking: Whose Problem? What Remedy?" by Barbara Friedman, Anne Johnston and Autumn Shafer. Dec. 11, 2012. Feminist Media Studies.

"Unpacking the Trafficking Discourse" by Jhoti Sanghera. 2005. Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work and Human Rights.

Topics in this Podcast: sex, human rights, sex work