The Unthinkable Is Happening in Our Own ‘Backyard’
Jenna Elfman

Being a husband of someone from Brazil, I have to admit that I could not make it past the first few paragraphs, as your opening line put me off so much.

This assertion about these two countries reveals a lack of understanding of the dynamics of the situation — specifically the impact of socioeconomic factors in developing countries and where the demand is originating from — and thus comes off as an elitist separation. A “at least we’re not Thailand or Brazil” of sorts. And that’s horrifically insulting.

Yes — sexual exploitation of young people is a problem. Everywhere. And we need to make sure we’re stopping it here in the U.S.

But damn is that first line going to piss off a whole lot of people. And it’s unfortunately revealing of your own personal worldview.

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