Working for an organization entitled, “She’s Somebody’s Daughter” often raises the idea that a person should not have to be ‘owned’ by someone in order to have value. I agree with this 100% - it is the very thing we fight against - the idea of an individual owning another individual.
However, the idea behind our name is that the phrase, “She’s Somebody’s Daughter” or, “He’s Somebody’s Son” strikes a chord with people. There is an emotional connection with these familial terms. The simple fact that a girl is her own person, or that her name is Jane seems to do nothing for traffickers or johns – for the exploiters. I’ve heard multiple stories from survivors relaying a time where they caught a glimpse of a family photo that their trafficker had, and the mere question of, “What if I was your daughter/granddaughter?” was enough to somewhat convict the person who was holding them captive.
In today’s society, we often forget, as hard as this is to consider, that these traffickers/johns/exploiter are people too - just like survivors, just like you and me. Being somebody’s daughter/son has to do with who they are as individuals, but also with the fact their identity is found in being part of something- a family. It’s so easy to categorize the traffickers/johns as people with no emotions, which, many times, it feels like that’s what they are.
However, if the phrase, “She’s Somebody’s Daughter” or “He’s Somebody’s Son” can stop at least one person’s innocence from being tainted, their life from being forever ruined and convict another person, I will take it. Sure, this mentality might not stop exploitation everywhere, but if we can change the life of just one, we are changing her/his family history for years and generations to come.
One heart and one life at a time!
She’s Somebody’s Daughter, Awareness Intern