Please tell the United Nations that males get HIV/AIDS from being trafficked, too.
A Google search for “Human Trafficking and HIV/AIDS” will bring you to an article from the United Nation’s Global Initiative to Fight Trafficking. Here’s a screenshot of the introduction:
As the title of the article does not address a specific perspective on women and girls, the article should, at the absolute bare minimum, include “boys.” How many students around the world are writing essays about this exact topic? How many others are stumbling upon this article in their quest to simply learn about human trafficking? Our definition to them, to the many individuals who are victims and/or survivors and to the many others joining the fight against human trafficking must be accurate. The article continues:
I have no objection to the inclusion of “women and girls.” In my international research I’ve found that women and girls do represent the majority of sex trafficking victims. My problem is with the exclusion. This article isn’t about percentages or a particular sex; it’s about the crime and the prevalence of HIV/AIDS within the crime. There are thousands of boys with HIV as a result of being trafficked. There are thousands of trafficked boys who have grown into men and are dying from AIDS. And, yes, there are many men who have been trafficked and now live with HIV/AIDS as a result.
Readers, please join me in Tweeting this article directly to @UNGIFTraffick