“We must move past the “human trafficking” and “slavery” narratives when it comes to both immigration and sex work.”

We organically built these underground markets and networks with friends and family to survive and navigate criminalization… We stay silent even when abused, because it’s safer for us to not be found.

The idea that there are individual evil masterminds that have hijacked the global economy and evaded state authorities for a slave trade is ahistorical and xenophobic.

–  Gilda Merlot for the Law and Political Economy Seminar Blog at Yale Law School

“She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes”