One of the most disturbing aspects of this story is that the trafficker is a woman. The trafficker allegedly sold her own sister into sex slavery. This story is a sad but accurate illustration of how women participate in or perpetuate many human rights violations against other women. In Kyrgyzstan, for instance, bride kidnapping is often encouraged by female relatives of the kidnapper. Often the kidnappee's female relatives perpetuate the practice by encouraging her to stay with her kidnapper rather than risk her reputation by leaving.
It's important to note, however, that female participation in harmful practices in no way overrides or negates male accountability. The same way that African participation in the slave trade did not excuse European slave traders, female sex traffickers wouldn't bother abducting and harming children if none of the men wanted to have sex with children.
We'll be highlighting a few more of Cristoff's videos about sex trafficking and slavery in the coming weeks. In the meantime, keep reading because we have some very insightful and informative guest posts coming up.