The Just Punishment
The King's Debate Society hosts public debate on sex trafficking
Every year, more 50,000 young girls and boys are trafficked to the United States as sex slaves. Most of those trafficked come in to the U.S. through New York. Though the international community agrees that sex trafficking is one of the great moral problems of our day, there is less agreement on the appropriate punishment for traffickers. On Friday, November 30th, The King’s Debate Society hosted a public debate on the topic of punishment for sex trafficking.
The motion before the house was that “this house would make sex trafficking a capital offense.” Participating in the debate were two teams from King’s, including Noah Heinz, Josh Craddock, Sarah Hicks, and Jacob Cooper. Visiting teams included St. John’s University and Adelphi University. The round was chaired by Greg DuBois, President of The King’s Debate Society.
During the debate, participants discussed the moral principles that make sex trafficking particularly heinous, what punishment "fits the crime," and the practical implications of imposing the death penalty on sex traffickers. The debate, which ran over an hour, is available for viewing below.
Debate: Capital Punishment for Sex Traffickers from Steve Llano on Vimeo.
The debate was followed by a Q&A session led by Greg Dubois which allowed the audience to explore the topic more deeply. “Overall,” Coach Burk Ohbayashi said, “the debate really focused on the weight of the issue of sex trafficking, which was our aim. We are thankful to all who participated to make the event a huge success.”
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