The Social Construction of Sex Trafficking and Institutionalization of a Moral Crusade

Summary:
According to Weitzer and his article on the social construction of sex trafficking in the United States, sex trafficking is socially constructed and has become highly politicized in recent administrations. What the author calls a “moral crusade against sex trafficking” composed of activists, religious conservatives, and feminists, plays a major role in the social construction of sex trafficking and more generally the sex industry. Using victim horror stories and exaggerated data on the about of victims involved, the crusade has been generally successful in changing legislation and views on sex trafficking and prostitution. Weitzer suggests that although this has been effective in rallying support against this crime, many of the claims that the moral crusade presents as undeniable truths are not verifiable by research or data.

Bibliography:
Weitzer, Ronald. 2007. “The Social Construction of Sex Trafficking and Institutionalization of a Moral Crusade.” Politics and Society 35(3). Retrieved May 30, 2012 (http://pas.sagepub.com/content/35/3/447.abstract).

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