Human/Sexual Trafficking In Margaret Atwood's Oryx And Crake

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Human/Sexual Trafficking in Oryx and Crake

In Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, Snowman, formerly known as Jimmy, finds himself in a post apocalyptic world that has been ravaged of its humanity as a result of a synthetically virulent plague.With no form of human contact, except for the presence of bizarre genetically engineered humanoid creatures called the Crakers, Snowman attempts to keep a grip on his sanity by recounting his past life.Oryx and Crake serves as a cautionary tale about the perils of abusing power and presents the reader with a variety of hyper realistic scenarios that could very well play out in our reality if we fail to adhere to caution. One frighteningly real issue the novel focuses on is human trafficking,most
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This causes Snowman to want to know more about her as he finds himself with various stories of Oryx,”slivers of her he’d gathered [from] Crake’s stories, [his own] stories, a romantic version; and then there was her own story about herself, which was different from both,and not very romantic at all.”(Atwood 114) She is intentionally portrayed as having an air of “vagueness [and] evasiveness” (Atwood 114) because through this, Atwood is able to present a dichotomous relationship between the dismissive attitude society harbors towards anything related to the sex industry and the pain and struggles individuals who find themselves in similar positions as Oryx harbor. According to Stephanie Hepburn and Rita J. Simon, authors of Hidden In Plain Sight: Human Trafficking The World, society is only vaguely exposed to the grittiness of sexual human trafficking through movies and the media and even then the gravity of the issue isn’t fully authenticated.They state that to the general populous,“[sex trafficking] is just a story —or perhaps, it is something that happens in some part of the world but surely would never occur where we live(Hepburn and Simon para.1). The alarming truth is that “wherever you live, regardless of city or nation, some form of human trafficking exists” (Hepburn and Simon …show more content…
Furthermore, little can be done to protect children who are preyed upon by “western men [who] travel to countries like Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand, and pay for sex with children, making consent

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