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Opinion: Why isn’t our society more outraged about child sex trafficking?
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The ethical and professional standards expected of the media as the eyes and ears to the world aren’t to be taken lightly, hence its premier placement in the Bill of Rights. I can recall my disappointment in the unapologetic political bias displayed by mainstream media as a naive and overly optimistic journalism student during the 2012 presidential election. 

Media’s fixation, nit-picking and probing for the slightest politically incorrect blunder by candidates is often overlooked by voters during normal election years, particularly from outlets known for their partisan election coverage. However, 2020 has proven to be a year of unprecedented exceptions to election norms. 

Despite the contentious political atmosphere and societal chaos taking place in 2020, the media should undoubtedly be focused on the surfacing of pedophilia and sex trafficking allegations following the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, alleged accomplice to known sex trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein. 

Just as the media rallied behind Black Lives Matter following the unjust death of George Floyd, the media should be demanding answers, holding the abusers accountable and seeking justice for countless innocent victims. Even if these accusations are baseless or misleading, the issue of child sex trafficking is still very real. In fact, the act of humans enslaving other humans remains prevalent worldwide, and in much larger numbers than one would expect. 

According to Anti-Slavery International, 40 million people are estimated to be trapped in modern slavery worldwide, with one in four being children and almost three quarters, 71%, being women and girls. It is interesting to note, these numbers far surpass the African slave population in the U.S. prior to the Civil War. 

In the words of BLM, it is this group of our population in a burning house and need the attention of the rest of the world to save them. Why are we not protesting and looting the businesses and homes of the celebrities allegedly involved in this case? Even if the allegations on some celebrities and political figures are false, since when does truth take precedence over scandal in today’s social and political atmosphere? 

Where is the outrage? Where are the demands for justice? 

Using the ‘cancel culture’ logic so vehemently promoted for BLM, why is there no call to ban or publicly condemn any of the dozens of A-list celebrities mentioned in this case? 

Still watching “The Polar Express” this Christmas with Tom Hanks or enjoy Harvey Weinstein’s “Lord of the Rings” or “Scream” movies? Pedophile.  

Although free speech is the constitutional right used to defend BLM protests and riots, it’s the same constitutional right liberal activists are attempting to rob you of if you dare think, speak or act under your own moral compass. If rioting and looting are acceptable, and even encouraged, in the name of BLM, then the same behavior should certainly apply in the name of saving children.  

Of course, we wouldn’t want to punish one group while praising another for the same behavior, would we? A double standard in 2020? That would be preposterous. 

Morgan Ervin 

Flowery Branch 

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