Renee’s presentation about censorship in China was particularly interesting to me due to the fact that I still can’t wrap my head around the topic in general. It amazes me how an entire country filled with an Internet using population of over 700 million is so successfully censored by the government. After this presentation it came to my attention that I have taken my freedom of speech and internet/social media usage for granted here in America. I can’t begin to imagine American millennial culture without freedom of speech, especially in our current political situation.
One specific moment in the presentation that haunts my thoughts is China’s attempt to bury the story of the train wreck by literally burying the entire scene and those still trapped in the train. This is truly frightening because it makes me wonder what other tragic stories they have successfully erased from the world/their citizens by censoring articles and reports in the news. It was nice learning that internet-using activist in China have found loopholes to take advantage of in their insanely censored world. Their use of art and word play is brilliant and opens up the door to a whole new range of discussions through social media, blogs, and other websites.
Reflecting on the actions of these activists, I’m not sure I would be brave enough to risk being sent to jail for a period of time to discuss what the government wants to keep quiet. Although Renee mentioned lawyers often defend these activists by claiming they weren’t trying to make any political statements, just be humorous on the internet, I would still be too afraid the possible consequences. It will be interesting to see what new loopholes activists will get away with next.
There are approximately 20.9 million victims of modern day slavery in our world. Human trafficking, often referenced as modern day slavery, can be defined in three segments. An act, a means, and a purpose. The process of trafficking another human begins with force or coercion, followed by transportation and resulting with free labor and/or sexual exploitation. When focusing on the United States, groups tackling the war on human trafficking can be classified as one of two distinguishable categories: federal law and their enforces or local community organizations. With the federal law and their enforces using a trafficker-orientated method, there are often high tensions between local community organizations that use a victim-orientated approach. If the federal government adapted the methods of these organizations, a greater amount of justice would be reached.
My paper will first give a deeper background of human trafficking, specifically in the context of the United States. With the use of, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Human Trafficking in the United States” the confusion between trafficking and illegal immigration will be cleared up. After this my paper will go into analyzing federal laws and law enforcers’ efforts. With statistics and conclusions drawn from, “When farmworkers and advocates see trafficking, but law enforcement does not: challenges in identifying labor trafficking in North Carolina” it will be revealed that law enforcement struggles with identifying human trafficking. More faults of law enforcement will be revealed from Farrell, Owens and Devitt’s study and other sources. Focusing next on local community organizations, their use of a successful victim-orientated approach will be analyzed. The tensions present between law enforcement and these local organizations due to law enforcements’ trafficker-orientated method will be analyzed next with the use of “Hidden in Plain Sight: Human Trafficking in the United States” and “Assisting Victims of Human Trafficking: Strategies to Facilitate Identification, Exit from Trafficking, and the Restoration of Wellness”. Once both groups are evaluated, I will suggest a slightly modified approach law enforcement could learn to better decrease the overall number of victims of human trafficking.