In effort to find out more information about the knowledge that college students have about sex trafficking, Eli and I conducted a survey that featured questions ranging from asking students if they knew what sex trafficking was to asking their opinion as to how parenting styles affect a child’s choice or circumstances leading to life of prostitution.
Focusing on the aspect of parenting, our survey showed that more females planned on having children and the overwhelming trend for the students planning on having children knew that there was a danger of sex trafficking, but didn’t really feel that they needed to worry that much about their child being taken. The demographics of these students must also be taken in to consideration because many of the students that were survey came from smaller towns and weren’t really all that convinced or sold on the idea that sex trafficking was such a real danger. As for parenting affecting a child’s choice of life style growing up, the majority of surveyed students said that parenting style had a lot to do with a child’s choice in lifestyle whether that be participating or avoiding prostitution. My goal (Jill) is to look further in to parenting styles and family make up to see how that affects children sold in to the sex trade or children who are forcefully exposed to those horrors.
Many of the students suggested, as a matter of fact, more than 75% said that sex trafficking was a subject that was understated in their community. The question here is what can be done to raise awareness of the term, the trade, and the prevention? It seems that the trend of people who grow up in smaller communities don’t really think about sex trafficking because they are not exposed to it enough. The reality here is though, that these uninformed people are more susceptible to coming in contact with sex trafficking and not really knowing it. Perhaps there needs to be more education on the subject.
This survey was entirely helpful and relevant to our research and it seemed that surveying college students was the best audience because we could relate best to that crowd as the surveyors.