I understand where you’re coming from. Most insulting viewpoints are borne out of ignorance and not hatred. And while I do believing that listening is an important component of understanding this — I also believe that people need to be held accountable for how they communicate with others.
“I’ve always associated … with …” is something that should have stayed inside her own head instead of being put to paper. The article would have been just as effective, if not more, if she had simply led with “I never thought this issue would be happening in my own backyard.”
While the internet has made it dead simple to publish to millions of eyes — it has also lowered the amount of due diligence and self-education that would normally go into eloquently writing about a sensitive topic such as child trafficking.