Chris Hedges: Human Trafficking: Exploitation of Women Still Rampant Worldwide

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

On Contact Archive on Apr 6, 2022

Originally from RT America on Jul 2, 2016

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges sits down with two anti-trafficking campaigners discuss how to combat the sexual exploitation of women and girls. Suzanne Jay, co-founder of Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution, and Taina Bien-Aime, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, delve into the controversial topic of decriminalizing prostitution. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil reports on the global scale of sex trafficking.

From the archives:

OGADEN: Ethiopia’s Hidden Shame by Graham Peebles

Abby Martin and Peter Kuznick: The Untold History of Imperial Japan and the Bomb

The Intimately Oppressed by Howard Zinn (repost)

Abject Poverty or Domestic Servitude by Graham Peebles

Killed Beaten Raped: Migrant Workers are Slaves by Graham Peebles

“Nepal girls are cheaper to buy” by Brian McAfee

The Victims of Pornography by Chris Hedges

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  6. First of all: thanks for posting this. The evidence presented here was deeply moving and politically informative.

    That said: While I must celebrate the compassion Chris demonstrated when summarizing his interviews with victims of sexual trafficking, I am a little disturbed by his imposition of political narrative on this history of trauma. Prostitution is an ancient profession, and some of its early practitioners became influential politically (possibly including Pericle’s consort, Aspasia). I doubt that lesser women did not feel the same kind of trauma as modern prostitutes do, in an era that long predated capitalism.

    The problem is the one framed by the women here interviewed: catering to masculine aggression to the point of self-indulgence that undermines men’s capacity to establish mutually rewarding relationships. That Chris consistently interrupts the development of this point to impose his narrative is a disturbing form of cultural expropriation. While his anti-capitalist rhetoric is an important element in defining his market, I think that in this case it weakens the message.

    Capitalism is not the only framework that crumbles under the burden of masculine aggression – in fact, I don’t know of any that doesn’t. By substituting “capitalist” as an abstraction of this universal problem, I think that we are disengaging from truth, and thereby weakened in our attempts to address it.

  7. Thank you Chris again an issue very dear to me. Like I always say if have more slaves now then when slaves were legal.

    I had an opportunity to meet a family from Ogaden, lovely people.

    I am sorry to hear they too are victims.

    Keep me updated please
    Your friend

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