Cultural And Agency Barriers Of The Berlin Turnpike : A True Story Of Human Trafficking

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Cultural/Agency Barriers

DCF was involved in the case, especially with the girls who were under the ages of eighteen; however the specifics of the services provided are not clearly documented. The media did not represent the victims of the United States v. Paris, et al. on a personal level, more so it focused on the indictment of the criminals and the public awareness of human trafficking. Of the personal stories that are represented in Bechard’s book, The Berlin Turnpike: A True Story of Human Trafficking in America, most are focused around sharing the brutality and disempowerment of their personal experiences, as well as an expressed celebration of their strength and survival.

After reviewing the case and collected data, my personal response to what I perceive as a societal and cultural barrier was the clear oppression towards women and girls. The likelihood that there was knowledge of the prostitution prevalent on the berlin turnpike prior to the case of United States v. Paris, et al., in such establishments such as truck stop motels, is disheartening. The risk may be increased in states such as Connecticut because of the large interstate systems that connect large metropolitan cities, but certainly it is common knowledge

that prostitution exists in environments such as truck stops and road side motels across the country. In my hypothesis, where there is prostitution, there are men purchasing sex, as well as an increased likelihood of human trafficking. This concern…

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