The killing of mostly Asian women at a pair of Georgia massage parlors was a deadly escalation of the taunts, slurs, and put-downs that members of Northeastern’s Asian American community have endured. A law professor was out walking her dog when she encountered discrimination up close. “It almost brought me to tears,” she remembers. “Emotions from these micro-aggressions never completely go away.”
It's a phenomenon that happens year after year. As hundreds of thousands of football fans flood into designated cities across the United States in anticipation of the Super Bowl, ranks of human traffickers bring sex- and labor-workers to meet the demands of the crowds, says Amy Farrell, an associate professor at Northeastern who studies human trafficking.