We've all seen scantily clad girls: on the street, on the Internet, in ads for "gentlemen's" clubs. Bodies and faces that conjure a myriad of responses: lust, fear, curiosity, perhaps even contempt, but rarely the most appropriate one: trafficking victim.
Shola was a teenager -- six feet tall, rail thin and heartbreakingly gorgeous. Two months pregnant, hungry, with no education, no skills and her health collapsing, Shola made a poor and disempowered woman's classic "choiceless choice."
Current human trafficking policies are having a detrimental effect on those they are designed to help. There is a sharp disconnect between stereotypes of the typical "trafficked victim" and the reality of forced labor and migration globally.
We all agree our government needs major restructuring: five agencies that handle housing problems? It's crazy! But an overhaul isn't achievable, and innovation and reconciliation are impossible, if we're all hunkered down feeling unsafe.