I have been researching sex trafficking in India for the past 4 months and have realized the multifarious reality which is often falsely portrayed as uniform and clear-cut to the outside world. Not every woman who is selling sex in India’s brothels was kidnapped or lured with lies from a small village. This misperception perpetuates the stance of victimization which creates moral positions in the debate around what should be done to and for the thousands of people who are selling sex around the country.
The numbers surprised me. Several thousands of women and girls each year routinely forced to have sex multiple times per day? 1 official and many unofficial trafficking circuits spanning the country? Over 5,000 brothels disguised as massage parlors? 13 as the average age of entrance into the trade? $200,000 in profit per girl per year? The land of the free? Yes, I’m talking about America.