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“The Love She Still Continued To Believe In… But Love Was Undependable”: The Reality Of Sex Slavery In The Present Day Presented In Margaret Atwoo

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In Margaret Atwood’s novel, Oryx and Crake, Atwood continually puts the reader into an uncomfortable environment. The story takes part in a not so distant future where the world as we know it today no longer exists due to and unknown catastrophe. The only human being that remains is a man who calls himself the Abdominal Snowman, Snowman for short, but in his younger childhood days his name was Jimmy. If the thought of being all alone in the world is not uneasy enough, Atwood takes this opportunity to point out the flaws of the world in which we live in through Snowman reminiscing on Jimmy’s childhood. The truth exposed are events people do not want to acknowledge: animal abuse for human ...view middle of the document...

One of significance is the pigoon, “was to grow an assortment of foolproof human-tissues organs in a transgenic knockout pig host – organs that would transplant smoothly and avoid rejection” (Atwood 22). People, women specifically, go beyond the traditional facelift or Botox usage and are able to get new skin all over their body. Certainly, Atwood was implicating a possible foretelling of future events when all humanity is lost and ethical boundaries are constantly crossed. While the pigoons are examples of this, there is not a better individual who was constantly mistreated than Oryx.
Oryx throughout a half the novel is an unknown individual, a mystery, a person whom Jimmy longs to learn more about. However, the origin of Oryx is one that is graphically unsettling, “She smiled a hard little smile that made her appear much older, and wiped the whipped cream from her mouth. Then she looked over her shoulder and right into the eyes of the viewer” (Atwood 90). Oryx is at the heart of this novel not because she is the shared love interest of Crake and Jimmy who happen to be best friends. Instead the reasoning is she at a very young age was sold into childhood prostitution of varying degrees. Atwood portrays this dark occurring event from two sides: utter disgust and appreciation. Oryx is greatful for the chance to better her life. Jimmy, the only person that Oryx so little confides in, responds in the way that most people would today. Nevertheless, the sale of children, especially girls, continue all over the world.
Human trafficking, sex slavery, is a real occurrence. Even though, most of the individuals who this traumatic event happens to are not from the United States of America many are brought to the state and are at the disposal of ruthless and heartless individuals. A website designated to informing the public about human trafficking, Force 4 Compassion reports, 3,287 peoples are sold or kidnaped and forced into slaver every day. That’s 136 an hour and that’s just the reported cases” (“Human Trafficking Facts”). Oryx could be any one of the millions. Most of the sales occur in low income communities where the families are left with few options.
Oryx’s origin is an unknown mystery for the reader. Jimmy often wonders where her family is and the place she once called home. Overtime he realizes that none of this matters. In fact, Oryx makes is clear to Jimmy that she was not out of the ordinary. She was not a special person whom bad events happened too. She was, as she described, fortunate to be selected. She states that at one point in her life she was not given much attention; however, as time continued on she grew and turned into a beautiful young girl and was given nice clothing and food (Atwood 116). Perhaps this is when Atwood begins her hidden message to the reader that human trafficking is a serious crime that could be prevented if people cared a little bit more. If everyone in the United States was willing to...

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