Prostitution as portrayed in Pretty Woman is just about as far as you can get from the truth. Prostitution is ugly. Most of it is sex trafficking. It's intriguing to read that the movie's script originally was written as a dark, cautionary tale. That, from my perspective as a survivor, gets at the sad reality.
In the U.S., we need funding to educate young people to prevent them from becoming victims of human trafficking. We need funding to train members of our communities to recognize and respond to incidents of human trafficking. We need funding for health and social services to support the victims of human trafficking.
We may think of victims being moved across international borders and forced into abusive work conditions. What is less recognized is the other face of trafficking as it plays out right here at home. Whether we recognize it or not, children are being exploited in our own communities across the United States.