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Corban Addison

Entries by Corban Addison

All of Us Are African

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 1:09 PM

There's an exchange in the film Beyond the Gates that transcends the script, transcends even the Rwandan genocide. It illumines a subtle mood in the West, a deficit of empathy toward Africa that persists 20 years later. Rachel, the BBC reporter, tells Joe, the schoolteacher, that she cried every day...

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8 Contemporary Novels with a Social Conscience

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:57 AM

Years ago, when I was researching my first novel, A Walk Across the Sun, about human trafficking, I stumbled upon a fascinating quote by Moises Naim, the acclaimed journalist: "Paradoxically, it may be popular fiction in books and film that stands the highest chance of conveying to the public the...

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Winning the War Against Human Trafficking

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2013 | 10:54 AM

In December of 2000, the United Nations met in Palermo, Italy, to adopt a revolutionary protocol on the modern trade in human beings. This event was a wake-up call to a complacent world. Despite many accounts of its demise, slavery had resurfaced in the criminal underworld and spread like a...

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A Prism, Not a Peep Show: Exposing Child Trafficking in Fiction

(18) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 3:30 PM

When I set out to write A Walk Across the Sun--a novel addressing the international sex trade in young women and girls--I expected readers unfamiliar with the topic to respond with shock and outrage. Are there really places in the world, indeed, in the United States, where underage...

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The Human Face Of Modern Slavery

(942) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 5:40 AM

Reality check: There are more slaves in the world today than were taken from Africa in the four centuries of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade--over 27 million. Of those, two million are children exploited in the commercial sex trade.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world,...

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