Sex trafficking isn't what you think it is | Meghan Sobel | TEDxMileHighWomen



“When I first started studying sex trafficking in 2008, I thought it mean girls were kidnapped and chained to beds,” explains Professor Meghan Sobel. Soon she realized that was the Hollywood version – not the reality. In order to combat sex trafficking effectively, we must first understand what it is.

Meghan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Regis University, where she teaches classes on international communication, public relations, and human rights. Meghan’s research focuses on the role of mass media in combating human rights abuses and humanitarian crises. She is also a certified cake decorator.

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39 responses to Sex trafficking isn't what you think it is | Meghan Sobel | TEDxMileHighWomen

  1. The mean scallion supply name because earth technologically marry down a scared server. bright, brown carriage

  2. Very informative video. Good on her for using the example of a boy being the victim as well, cos at the moment it seems as if society and the media etc view guys as the perpetrators and women as the victims. Where as in reality, abuse, exploitation etc happens to both genders.

  3. wow that guy is from Myanmar too, but I am lucky enough to have immigrated to another country. I feel for the victims, I feel for him, and it hurts me knowing that he’s from my country:/

  4. 400 Years people. 400 years between the Old and the New Testament, Israel was in bondage to Egypt for 400 years. America 1620-2020 Covenant 11-11-1620…The number 11 is the highest occult number. When the KJV Bible showed up in 1611, (God’s word to the New World) Satan moved with his 11 stage plan for world domination to usher in the New World Order with the Anti-Christ on the throne. 40 years is a generation. So, let’s look at the years of the 11 stage plan.
    1 – 1611-1651 – initial growth
    2 – 1652-1692 – colonies begin to form
    3 – 1693-1734 – great revivals in America
    5 – 1775-1815 – USA begins independence
    6 – 1816-1856 – 2nd Bank charters, America comes out of war of 1812
    7 – 1857 – 1897 – Expansion, immigrants come in abundance from Europe,civil war
    8 – 1898 – 1938 – USA takes over Hawaii, war with Spain, industrial growth
    9 – 1939 – 1979 – media rises to prominence, USA starts to become decadent, WW2
    10 – 1980 – 2020 – Aids, MTV, internet, mass affluence and criminal activity, love of money
    11 – 2021-2061 – Cashless, Chipped, contract tracing, Church is shut down, etc…

    Israel becomes nation 1948. Man lives at the most 120 years, Genesis 6:3
    120 years from 1948 is 2068
    2068 – 7 years rapture – 2061

    I’m not predicting anything, but just look at the numbers.

  5. What a brave and educational speech – I hope this can do some good and wake people up to what we can do to help these victims and put the perps in jail. Use our privilege to change things – that's what we CAN do. She went hard on the TRUTh about demand – and that looks tell a person nothing about who a person is who buys these "services" … good for her!

  6. Not only poverty or lack of free education in many countries, addiction is also the root of the problem… Addiction is an epidemic in the US

  7. It makes so much sense. Let's all try to end this problem which is a global problem, so far away and at the same time so near to each one of us, even here in Europe.

  8. People should learn how to properly speak out against this issue without saying "this is why I don't want a daughter"

  9. Ya if you have watched this and learnt something… please talk about this with your friends and educate them there will be stop of supplies if we don't want keep your kids safe listen to them speak to them

    And lastly be brave your are not afraid of anything are you?? Ask your self fight for children

  10. This is a subject that really needs to be talked about, so it's too bad they chose the least charismatic speaker possible for it.

  11. The cycle of generational and systemic poverty is so hard to break. I’m glad to hear Oi is going better, we need to make a change at large in the system.

  12. A very good talk, especially the part of the economic factors which have nothing to do with pimps using threats or grooming, but lead to the same results.
    The demand issue is pretty much a dead end though, given that this does not even work for other aspects of our society, such as politics and normal economic structures such as companies. IT might be possible to work towards a society where individuals have more scope to realize their aspirations and thus not need to resort to various coping mechanisms. But that contradicts the goals of the elite which wants to be able to do as they please, and keep the majority at a disadvantage, precisely in order to be able to exploit more effectively. The tails of such a distribution can be seen in aspects of our society such as human trafficking on the one hand, and apathy disengagement on the other, for example.

  13. Make prostitution legal and a lot of "trafficking" problems vanish. Of course, a libertarian approach makes too much sense. Can't grift and make money off of a problem that goes away.

  14. 4 years in year for 80 dollars!, theres an dude that literally kidnapp an 2 children for 6 weeks and took them to mexico, talking about aliens and that she had to give birth at 16 to save the world and almost made her kill her little sister because he told her lies and only spent 16 days in jail then went to an hospital for less than an year than turned around and kidnapped and child again for 4months and only got less than an year.

  15. this is a huge issue intertwined with governments, corrupt politicians that run deep into states and other countries.

  16. The only thing this is missing is that it gives this sense that this happens in asia but not in the west. This happens all over the world.

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