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New York Female Moral Reform Society

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Nicole Kropp

on 16 November 2015

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The Blue Campaign Ad Video
Compare and Contrast
The New York Female Moral Reform Movement and the Blue Campaign are obviously different from one another. Yet, can be compared to one likeness of stopping the immoral activities done to women. There is no modern day prostitution movement in America to compare to the NYFMRM because it is now illegal in all 50 states, excluding some cities in Nevada. Although, the Blue Campaign is not just for women like the NYFMRM was, one of its main focuses is curtailing the sex trafficking of women. This in turn, is a form of prostitution that both of these campaigns are trying to abolish. Noticeably, each campaign goes about trying to achieve their end goal differently due to technology availability at the time. The NYFMRM used word of mouth, face to face meetings, and press to obtain success in their objective. The Blue Campaign has an abundance of resources to quarrel sex trafficking. They use the internet, T.V., and the latest law enforcement equipment to obtain their objectives. All-in-all, these 2 campaigns are different, yet they both have a similar purpose to expose the dangers of prostitution, whether it be free-willing or forced, and the negative effects it has on its participants. Furthermore, both campaigns seek to eradicate the exploitation of women.
Work Cited
New York Female Moral Reform Society
The New York Female Moral Reform Society (NYFMRS) was established in 1834 under the female leadership of Lydia A. Finney, wife of revivalist Charles Grandison Finney. The NYFMRS was created for the indispensable purpose of female moral purity with prostitution being at the forefront of this issue. By 1837 the society had ballooned in size to over 15,000 members across New England and the state of New York. Their main focus was on curbing urban prostitution, which had become the second largest industry in New York. This meaning that it was very popular for the sole reason it paid more than other kind of work available at the time. "The members of the society even visited brothels to urge the 'fallen women' to abandon their involvement in commercial sex" (Keene 296). The organization used a few tactics in order to get their point across. They tried to humiliate male clients by publishing their names in the newspaper. Also, they tried to persuade the criminalization of prostitution. In time, this movement became one of the most well-known moral reform organizations of the period and even expanded its influence to other cities across America. Thus causing a name change in 1839 to The American Female Moral Reform Society in the aspiration of recruiting new members nationwide.
The Blue Campaign
The Blue Campaign, formed in 2010, from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a unified campaign from the DHS to combat human trafficking. "Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain" (Department of Homeland Security). Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. Sex trafficking, in specific is a form of human trafficking that exploits individuals to engage in commercial sex against their will. Many victims are lured in with false promises of jobs such as dancing or modeling. In other instances, 1 in 6 victims are runaway children who sometimes get hooked on drugs by their trafficker, and they're forced to have sex to continue to receive the drug they have now been addicted to. This campaign helps to fight this heinous act, and hopefully prevent it from happening to other individuals.
"Department of Homeland Security." Blue Campaign. Homeland Security, 2010. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.
Keene, Jennifer D., Saul Cornell, and Edward T. O'Donnell.Visions of America: A History of the United States. Boston: Pearson, 2013. Print.
Sexual Social Reform Movements in America
By: Nicole Kropp

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