Before my study abroad trip to Puebla, Mexico a representative from The Dragonfly Home in OKC gave a presentation to our PLC class to discuss human trafficking and common misconceptions, especially abroad. She told us that that the most common misconception can be thanked, in part, to the movie Taken. When we hear “human trafficking” we usually imagine someone in a foreign country being kidnapped and beaten, most likely to be send off and never seen again. However, people can be trafficked from their own homes as well. She covered the different forms of trafficking such as sexual exploitation, labor trafficking, and the removal of organs. It was surprising to learn just how manipulative and evil humans can be, but it did inspire me to find ways to get involved and take actions against this. The main take-away I got from this presentation was that, especially in the U.S., we often distance ourselves from issues although they are directly affecting us. I will no longer assume that human trafficking does not affect me because I am not being trafficked. I will acknowledge the issue and try to find ways in my community or university to take action against it.
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