In her presentation on human trafficking, Jennifer O'Farrell explains the complex nature of modern slavery. Much of this has to do with the difficulty in differentiating between crimes and victims.
The speaker states for us to combat the system, we need to look at the root and the layers within it. This involves asking difficult questions around the child's authority, cognitive ability and ultimately, how they could become a criminal and the adult a customer. For her, money is the defining factor because if it is removed from the equation, it looks like a sexual assault victim and a statutory rapist and not a teen prostitute and a customer.
The presentation on human trafficking compares the process to a frog getting boiled in a kettle. 2.8 million children run away from home every year in the US, a third of whom are going to be picked up for a commercial sex act within the first 48 hours of leaving home.
The speaker implores people not to buy into the media's black and white explanations of a complex issue and not to objectify people in these situations.