Both of the authors are graduates of reputable law-related universities and have considerable knowledge regarding the sex trafficking industry that is supported by previous research studies and statistical data provided by the U.S. House of Representatives. The intended audience is the general citizen, offering an informational breakdown of the industry to inform the public about the dangers of sex trafficking here in the United States and abroad.
This source is relevant because of the predatory nature of sex traffickers and their emboldened efforts to recruit people in public places, such as shopping malls and grocery stores (Hepburn & Simon, 9). Therefore, this article is not only relevant to personally, it is relevant for anyone in the country that frequents public venues where children might be left unattended for even brief periods of time. It is a completely unbiased informational study that provides useful information in terms of resources to understand the efforts being undertaken to combat the problem, such as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This provides the reader with a source to contact in the event of concerns over this growing industry.
Alsgaard (2011) describes a symposium that occurred at the University of California School of Law involving speakers that were once sex workers and advocates of the profession. It was identified in the symposium that race, gender and social class dictated the type of treatment sex workers and advocacy received from policing forces (Alsgaard, 200). The article describes certain types of bias that exist in policing efforts, such as arresting trans-gendered prostitutes, using them for sex purposes, and then still taking them to jail for their crimes (Alsgaard, 201). This type of discriminatory bias pervades the quality of legal and policing representation for certain sex workers and undermines the ...Show more