Many posts also suggest that moral panics could result in positive social change. In their discussion of human trafficking, littlelionman and mari agree that, with increased awareness, a moral panic surrounding human trafficking could ultimately lead to a safer society. Zeitgeist makes a similar point, specifically about child pornography and its failure to launch into a moral panic: “If there was a moral panic surrounding child pornography that advocated for the idea that children should not be used in pornography which created more of a stigma against people who make these movies, then that would be an example of how moral panics have the potential to provide a way for social change.” This also relates to thelmalouise’s point about “benefit” being a social construct, as some may “benefit” from the creation of moral panics while others may be negatively affected.
Finally, some discussion posts provide alternatives to moral claims-making. Blue asserts that moral claims-making should be supported with “rational” arguments and “moral philosophy” versus “emotional arguments and fear mongering.” Blue then suggests that moral panics should be replaced with “reasoned, considerate, intellectually honest moral claims that are spread to the general public through a didactic dissemination rather than through scares and inflated fears,” meaning social issues should be publicized through honest, informative, and widespread discussions versus “scares” and “inflated fears.” Similarly, mari points out that, because an “understanding of trafficking’s operational logic is beyond our current intellectual framework, we do not have the means of effectively, and internationally, combating human trafficking.” In other words, with better public understanding of some pivotal issues, such as human trafficking, they can ultimately result in a moral panic centralized around the issue at hand, rather than a struggle for social power.
There are many non-profit organizations that are concerned with human trafficking and slavery awareness in the United States. Some examples include: GEMS, UNIAP, and Freedom Network USA. Organizations that focus on alternatives to drug wars/drug policy reform include: Drug Policy Alliance, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and the American Civil Liberties Union. These organizations work to combat these social issues through awareness, honesty, and community empowerment. Although their efforts have not ignited “moral panics,” they have changed the lives of many and will continue to do so by fairly and effectively spreading awareness.