After surveying 50 people our group was hoping to find out how much prior knowledge people in college knew about sex/labor trafficking, if they thought prostitution was a choice, and if they knew any ways to stop human trafficking. We targeted college students because their age and younger are the ones being trafficked into sex/labor trafficking. We each the same survey and passed them out to people we either saw in the library, class or practice. The reason we decided to pass surveys out to random people, was to get a good variety of people we knew and didn’t know, to get the best results on what all types of college students know. Challenges we faced during this survey included; limited time and people not reading the instructions.
Circle an answer. On some questions more than one answer may be circled.
Is prostitution a choice?
Yes or No
What is your general knowledge about sex/labor trafficking?
Not very much
None at all
Are only women trafficked?
Yes or No
Do you believe human trafficking is happening in the United States?
Yes or No
What do you believe most fuels sex/labor trafficking?
What ages are targeted most?
65 and older
30 to 40
10 and under
12 to 20’s
Whose responsibility is it to take action AGAINST sex/labor trafficking?
Do you personally know of any prevention measures in action to stop trafficking?
Yes or No
How are people even getting into trafficking?
All of the above
What actions could be taken to inform more people about sex/labor trafficking?
We had a total of fifty college age students take our survey. The following charts show some of our results:
The majority of the college students who took our survey believed prostitution should be a choice. Most also believed human trafficking does exist in the United States. Poverty and drugs were both presented as being what most fuels trafficking and surprisingly government corruption and large corporations were not seen as a major fuel for trafficking.Most everyone said that society as a whole is responsible to take action against trafficking.
These results were very surprising, the first question on our survey was sort of a trick question. It confused people into thinking the survey was going to be about prostitution. Many people circled yes, but then later told me the first question threw them off. That was the point, to see what they really thought before getting into the actually questions about human trafficking. Many people do not know a lot of information on the top of human trafficking but do know its going on in the US, this is something I was expecting because like me, I did not know a lot about it but knew it went on. This brings me to new questions, as in why these college students know so little about terrible things that are happening to many people their age and younger. As well as why these college students think its societies responsibilities to take care of the human sex trafficking problem, and how society can help. I will use this information in my research paper using the results in how much young people don’t know about human trafficking and how easy it is to get involved with along with the number of people who think prostitution is a complete choice. By using the numbers from the survey it will help me get to the point of how people need to be informed and what age group of people need to be informed.
I was surprised with how many people knew human trafficking and sex trafficking were happening in the United States, especially with it all being so quiet. Also, I was shocked with the amount of people saying prostitution was a choice. I agree that it could be but majority of the time it is not. The average age of people taking the survey were college students who knew about the prostitution but had no clue about prevention acts and majority agreeing that society should do something to take action. I do not have any new questions but I plan on using this as the amount of people who know and their thoughts as to how they think sex/human trafficking should be more well-known.
One thing that surprised me from the results of this survey was how many people knew that sex/labor trafficking is happening here in the United States, but do not know of any prevention measures. Also, I was surprised at how many people think that drugs is the major cause of human trafficking. One of the results that confirmed what I was expecting was that the majority of college students believe society as a whole is responsible to take action against human trafficking. A question that I now have is what causes people to become cruel traffickers. I will use this survey’s results to compare what people think they know to what things are like in actuality in my research paper.
Knowing the information that we know now, our group would have then broke it down into another survey, seeing the difference between women’s and men’s answers to the survey questions. We would also see how different ages within the college would answer differently. Discussing the questions was the easy part of the project along with getting the surveys taken. The hardest part was making the charts and getting the post together. Overall our survey provided the information each of us need for our research papers and hopefully raised some awareness about human trafficking to at least 50 college students.