Finally! Someone took the time to scrutinize and challenge the “research” behind the latest data being used across the country as gospel by the Womens’ Funding Network and A Future Not a Past saying on-line child sex trafficking is on the rise. These alarming numbers derived from faulty methods have been used to drive the political hysteria and leverage over $1.6 mil in funding.
The SFWeekly points out what we have been saying all along: You can’t look at pictures of “young looking girls” in on-line advertising to count child trafficked victims. Human trafficking is a serious problem; we need reliable and ethical data gathering approaches, and evaluations of community-driven interventions to address this issue.