I found it very interesting that some of the fears of nineteen-teens New York were still relevant fears in today’s society. While watching Traffic in Souls I could not help but make connections with the 2009 film Taken. While the two movies were close to 96 years apart they seemed to deal with a lot of the same issues that pertain to sex trafficking.
What I found most interesting was now some of the major fears of the early ninteen hundreds are still relevant fears today. In both movies young women were being tricked into situations that put them in serious danger. In Taken The main girls were picked up at an airport, followed, and later kidnapped. Almost the exact same situation happened to “the country girl” when she got off of the train. She was followed by two different men and tricked into going into the brothal. The two Swedish girls were also tricked into coming into America. What I found most shocking was the fact that the tactics of sex trafficing have not changed as much as I expected they would have.
Another connection I made between the two movies was the fact that both systems of sex trafficking seemed to have levels, and both systems were run by men in positions of authority. This could be seen as proof that morals have not changed much in the last hundred years. In both situations the men were more worried about money than the welfare of the women they were mistreating.
It is easy to see why women are constantly afraid of being kidnapped or raped in the city. This has been an on going fear for over 100 years. While there have ben major advances in technology, the perpetual problem seems to be the shady people that are more focused on money than morals.