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Human Trafficking

Let's Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking in January and Beyond

Megan Foo | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Megan Foo

Designating a "Human Trafficking Awareness Month" thus not only ensures that issue of human trafficking is visible on the public radar screen, but more importantly mobilizes us to take steps to effect sustainable change in the lives of trafficked individuals across the world.

I Watched Traumatized Women Fight Back And Transform My Country -- Rosi Orozco

One Billion Rising | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
One Billion Rising

In Mexico, a few thousand abused women rose up, and we have prevented a huge amount of trafficking. If one billion women rise, is there anything we would not be able to achieve?

Let's Confine Slavery to the History Books

Monique Villa | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Monique Villa

I am convinced that big corporations are the key players in the fight against slavery. Today, if you compare state GDP to net profits, global corporations are bigger and more powerful than many nation states. They certainly have the ability to implement changes in their production chains very quickly if needed.

Human Trafficking Victim Has Emotional Reunion With Family, 24 Years After Abduction

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact

Sun Bin was able to hug his father and sister for the first time in 24 years on Tuesday, after being torn away from his family by child traffickers in...

Woman Who Escaped Her Sex Trafficking Captors Becomes Advocate For Victims

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact

After Jhinna Pinchi escaped her sex traffickers in 2009, she braved her way through death threats and triumphed over legal red tape repeatedly in an e...

Human Trafficking Survivors Open Up About Horrors

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact

A $32-billion-a-year industry, human trafficking is the world's fastest growing criminal enterprise, according to the U.S. State Department. An es...

Human Trafficking Is Still Globe's Fastest-Growing Crime Despite Increased Awareness

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact

Federal officials may be paying closer attention to the dangers of human trafficking, but the crime remains an ever-growing illegal activity around th...

The Truth About Sex Slavery And A Path To Empowerment

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

Sex trafficking and prostitution are NOT the same thing. Prostitution is a business between adults. Sex slavery is the recruitment, obtaining, or transportation of a person for the purpose of sexual exploitation against the person's will.

Pope Calls For Freedom In 2015

Reuters | PHILIP PULLELLA | Posted 01.01.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged people of all religions and cultures on Thursday to unite to fight modern slavery and human traff...

Too Few Groups Can Give Trafficking Victims Escape From ‘Hell'

Associated Press | JULIET LINDERMAN | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact

BALTIMORE (AP) — Squatting in the grass and squinting in the sun, 25-year-old Song takes in the scene: a greenhouse, a farm, rows of heirloom tomato...

Tough Anti-Trafficking Laws Won't Be Effective Without Funds: Officials

Associated Press | DAVID CRARY | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact

As awareness of America's sex-trafficking industry increases, state after state has enacted new laws to combat it. But while a few have backed those g...

This Is What It's Like to Flee to Europe With Syrians

Wolfgang Bauer | Posted 12.23.2014 | World
Wolfgang Bauer

This is how a journalist who writes about human traffickers suddenly became a human trafficker himself.

Sewing The Fabric Of New Lives, One Stitch At A Time

To The Market | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact
To The Market

ver 60,000 women work in more than 22 Red Light Districts in Kolkata, India, alone. Sarah and Kristin wanted to create an alternative for Pinkie, and for all of the women wanting to leave or were vulnerable to the sex industry.

No Longer Can We Keep Our Eyes Closed to Human Trafficking All Around Us

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Today, at this moment in history, it is estimated there are between 27 million and 30 million slaves globally. More than half of those are women and more than a third are children.

This Burmese Nunnery Saved 200 Girls From Sex Slavery

Paula Froelich | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Paula Froelich

Buddhist nuns are everywhere among the streets of Myanmar -- of all different ages, some as young as 5. Dressed in pink loose-fitting shirts and pants with orange scarves, they have shaved heads and rely on alms to pay for their schooling, food, housing, and other basic needs.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 66: How Do We Make the Promise a Reality?

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

As this generation rises to power in public and private leadership roles, those at decision-making tables across the spectrum will have an opportunity to think critically about their own actions.

Pope Francis Challenges World On Exploitation And Slavery

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for a global mobilization to combat human trafficking and slavery on Wednesday, appealing to consumers to...

Justice Beyond Anger

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

Is there ever a place for righteous anger in the pursuit of social justice? I think you have to discern your answer. I think you have to use wisdom.

365 Days to Globalize the Spirit of the 13th Amendment

Robert J. Benz | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

Passing the 13th Amendment helped to reconcile inconsistencies that were forged into our founding documents about: who we are as a nation, who we are as a people and how we wished to define ourselves as individuals.

Religious Leaders Sign Declaration Against Modern Slavery

L'Huffington Post | Guilia Belardelli | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion

Empathy, love, respect, equality: these are the common denominators which caused the leaders of the world’s major religions to sign a declaration co...

Human Rights and the Fight Against Trafficking

Juhu Thukral | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

Trafficking in persons clearly involves human rights concerns, based on the coercion, threats, or violence victims and survivors face. But the ways we as a community respond to human trafficking also involve very important human rights issues.

Student Led High School Prostitution Ring: Police

Associated Press | Posted 11.26.2014 | Crime

VENICE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a 17-year-old Sarasota High School student organized a prostitution ring of students from nearby high...

Ending Human Trafficking in Honduras

David Weiss | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
David Weiss

Across the globe, economic unrest and political violence have led to a dramatic increase in migrants moving to new countries in search of safer environments and better opportunities.

10 Countries With The Most Slaves

24/7 Wall St. | Alexander E.M. Hess & Thomas C. Frohlich | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business

While many believe slavery is an issue of the past, it remains a real, yet largely hidden, problem. An estimated 35.8 million people are enslaved worl...

FATCA: Are Transnational Criminal Networks Influencing US Policy?

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Natasha Srdoc

There is a fundamental difference between the privacy of banking accounts and hiding beneficial ownership in order to commit crimes. The benefits of tracking organized crime, terrorism financing and tax evasion far outweigh the risks to privacy and secrecy of accounts, which is already adequately protected by rule of law nations.