Why Don’t They Run?
One of the first questions a member of a jury often asks in a sex trafficking case is, “if the girl is being treated so badly, then why don’t the run? Why don’t they do whatever they have to do to get out?”
Truthfully, this is a complex subject. It often has to do with layers of trauma. I sometimes refer to this as the “Chain of Shame.” Research indicates at least 70% of sex trafficking victims were previously sexually exploited. There is an element of “self-incrimination” as the victim is slowly groomed to accept the blame for his/her weaknesses and need.
Often the victims are highly drugged making them controlled and dependent. Many of the female victims are recruited and controlled by a bottom girl blurring perceptions of trust and friendship and vulnerable to feelings of failure. Most victims experience “perceived” rejection of their families and they know there are hundreds of pornographic photo and videos of them on the internet so they feel they are in the bondage of shame forever.
Victims experience layers of trauma, especially when they have been forced to watch videos of themselves being sexually violated, and experience shame vicariously in a secondary situation that adds a layer of self judgement to shame. Many of the victims experience repeated outbreaks of oral/anal herpes and feel they will never be “ok.”
And finally, most of the victims are controlled by severe violence beyond comprehension, which destroys the soul and spirit, and they believe they are going to die if they try to break free. Many victims are threatened with their family being harmed or killed and are made to believe that if they comply it will not happen.
Join us Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7a.m. PST on VOICE AMERICA – Variety Channel as we look at several cases of sex trafficking and explore, “Why Don’t They Run.”
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