The Appeal: Trafficking in Vagaries: How a Times Picayune Series That Found Only “Trafficking Opportunity” In Strip Clubs Paved The Way For A Bourbon Street Crackdown

This phrase — “trafficking opportunity” — has no meaning. Any business in which labor exploitation is possible (which is a lot of businesses) could likewise be described as a “trafficking opportunity.” The shakiness of this phrase might also explain why the Times-Picayune called the series, “The Track: How sex trafficking has taken hold of Bourbon Street” — even if the series lead reporter, Kevin Litten, conceded, “there has been no evidence that clubs knowingly employed dancers who were victims of human trafficking.” Instead, after a year-long investigation that involved Times-Picayune reporters conducting “14 visits to 10 strip clubs during the past 12 months,” reporters observed not trafficking but what they allege are violations of regulations barring contact between dancers and customers.

Trafficking in Vagaries: How a Times Picayune Series That Found Only “Trafficking Opportunity” In Strip Clubs Paved The Way For A Bourbon Street Crackdown” by Melissa Gira Grant for The Appeal

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