Classification of issues to identify roots
According to our assessment and research, there are three distinct areas which are targetable with various different strategies. We are addressing the roots of the issues ie individuals rather than the environment (eg legislation, parental filters etc).
1. The public domain
This refers to society in general. It involves parents, educators, peers etc. We identify this target area since this is the focus of education and awareness programmes conducted by individuals, NGOs and schools.
Through mass education and the use of influence, it is possible to make some headway on educating and changing the public perception towards pornography, human sex trafficking and women in general. The successful need to have great influence and popularity.
2. The private space
Everyone from children to middle-aged men, and anyone in between including teenagers and youth, have a private space. In our model, we define this individual character and attitudes which determine their interaction with what we call the underworld.
For example, as children / teenagers and youth, do they view pornography? How do teenage boys treat their girlfriends? How do girls behave with boys at parties and on dates? Do single men visit prostitutes for their sexual needs / wants? Do men sexually exploit their girlfriends or pimp them?
These are some of the endless possibilities but one gets the idea that this space is really unaddressable other than through moral character building and accountability.
3. The Underworld
This world as we have described in the introduction is a well-organised multi-billion dollar set up which reaps its profits from internet pornography and prostitution. Importantly, it preys on the most vulnerable, young boys and girls, exploits and oppresses them as sex-slaves. Unfortunately, this world is made up of real men, women, girls and boys and we do not use the term “underworld” to suggest that the individual is unimportant nor that the victims are sinister but to describe accessibility for the purpose of strategy development.
Based on our research and assessment, it is almost impossible to deal with this and hence we refer to it as the underworld. By the use legislation and enforcement, we can prevent children from being preyed upon through the internet and sexually exploited, and deal with prostitution in a similar manner (though the effectiveness of such methods are a matter of current debate which we do not wish to address here). Furthermore, 1% of victims that escape can be rescued and reintegrated.
For the most part, none of us will ever have any dealings with this underworld so we can only address issues before they get sucked into the underworld or when victims escape.