I just spent the last 32 hours on my laptop, typing chapter 3 of my dissertation on sex trafficking. Just a forewarning, I want to smash my computer into tiny pieces then take those pieces and smash them into slightly smaller pieces. All I can think about is breaking technology (like the guys from Office Space), so this blog entry comes from a bit of a weird place…
Recently somebody pretty much insulted my life’s work & stated “human trafficking has always happened, and will always happen”. I politely stated that I disagreed (even though privately I wanted to punch him in the nostril) and kept on walking in the opposite direction.
I do honestly disagree & here’s why: I’m really, really good at breaking things.
Honestly, I haven’t lost it; bear with me.
I have broken no less than 5 motorcycles, 4 cars, chairs, tables, dishes, a waffle maker, a ton of bones, a television (fell out the window), multiple windows, an elephant, dozens of pairs of pants and a quite a bit of weight lifting equipment. I’m good at it!
The people who are closest to me will often hear a crashing sound followed up by a loud and disingenuous “oops”… breaking stuff is what Jesse’s do best.
Now let’s look at human trafficking, it’s a system—no different than anything else & it can be broken. If we break the system, HT ends. All we have to do is figure out how to do it. I know that might sound confusing, but it’s the one, singular idea I’ve spent the last 4 years on (earning my PhD.) We just have to figure out how to break the system & then make sure it is never rebuilt. If we can do that, we’ve altered the course of human destiny (no pressure, huh?).
So how do we break the system? Simple, figure out its weak points and then direct the full force of every human rights advocates towards those points. It’s like toppling a little kids game of Jenga (I’m not proud) figure out where it’s weakest & remove the supporting structures. So far in my research I’ve found a few of the weak points but in no way all of them. Lots more work to do.
Here’s to many, many more 32-hour marathon sessions on my laptop… as long as I don’t break it.
If you have ideas on how to break the system, let me know