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Human Trafficking

The Monster That Got Away

Lauren Galley | Posted 09.02.2015 | Impact
Lauren Galley

I have hesitated to tell my story, mostly because he's still out there and I don't know where he is or if he is still peering into my social media. I've tried to block him out of my mind but realize sharing my story has the potential to bring awareness to an important issue of cyber education and safety for youth.

A Modern Slave Tells Her Story In 'The Storm Makers' Documentary

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 09.01.2015 | World

Some 155,000 Cambodians -- about 1 percent of the country's population -- are enslaved, the Global Slavery Index estimated last year. "The ...

Feds Raid Rentboy.com -- Are We Any Safer?

Matt Baume | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

The story that we tell ourselves is that sex work is banned in order to protect victims of trafficking and exploitation. And while that's a worthwhile goal, there's just one problem: Arresting people who exchange money for sex may not stop exploitation, and in fact might make things worse.

The 2015 National Military Strategy: A Serious Flaw

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

Americans at all levels, including the DOD leadership, generally view our interventions as positive and an indication of global leadership. The impact of our actions, however, has rarely been commensurate with the stated altruistic intentions.

Tim Gunn Talks Supply Chain Transparency in Fashion

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

There is increased awareness in the fashion industry when it comes to the need for transparency, Gunn says, but he isn't confident that this has translated into action.

Young Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia Paint Grim Realities

Christian Fuchs | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

More than 130,000 Eritrean refugees have crossed the border to Ethiopia escape human rights abuses. Eritrean youth flee forced indefinite military conscription as well as torture at the hands of an oppressive government.

Investing to Combat Modern Slavery: What's the Impact?

Nick Grono | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Nick Grono

The mission of the organisation I lead, the Freedom Fund, is to mobilize the capital and knowledge needed to end modern slavery. Measuring our impact is critical to our success, because one of the key ways we attract new investors is by showing evidence of our past performance.

A Conflicted Liberal Explains How Obama Is Making Trade Deals So Hard To Support

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

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How the U.S. Came to Fight Human Trafficking

ADST | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
ADST

The opening words to the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act embodied the United States' growing awareness of modern slavery and announced their intention to combat this evil both at home and abroad.

On When To Call 911

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Bronwyn Lea

We call 911 when danger is imminent. Sometimes we don't know how dangerous that danger might be. Identifying at-risk teens had never been on my radar as a situation in which I might call 911. It is, however, a situation which I now know 911 does respond to and wants to know about.

Five Travel Tips To Help Stop Human Trafficking

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

It's not terribly surprising to learn that many trafficking victims have been exploited in a hotel. An NGO recently launched #DoesYourHotelKnow, a new awareness campaign that alerts hotels and travelers on what to do if we think it's happening (key: you don't have to be certain, that's up to the authorities to figure out).

Friday Talking Points -- GOP Debates, Round One

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Well, that was entertaining, wasn't it? We refer, of course, to the grand spectacle of the first Republican presidential debates, held last night on Fox News. Since this is all anyone's talking about in the political world today, we are going to follow suit and devote most of this column to our reactions.

Senators Demand To See Documents Behind State Department Trafficking Report

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers threatened Thursday to subpoena all State Department documentation pertaining to its 2015 human trafficking report, whic...

Obama Political Staff Overruled Human Rights Experts On Slavery Report

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top diplomats at the State Department repeatedly overruled human rights experts in the crafting of a recent report on human trafficking...

Pacific Tuna Fishing Is Out of Control

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 08.03.2015 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

High-seas transshipping is an enabler of both human rights and environmental abuses. Next time you visit a supermarket or a sushi bar, consider using the power of your wallet to tell the tuna industry that there is no place for ocean devastation and human rights abuse on our plates or in our lunchboxes.

Guadalajara in 35mm: A Children's Photography Project

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

Give someone a camera and they'll give you memories--tangible ones that you can develop and print and keep for as long as the paper keeps. The children of Villas Miravalle, a shelter for sexually abused minors in Guadalajara, Mexico, gave us a set of memories.

Trafficking Rings May Be Supplying Your Fish. Here's How To Avoid That

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact

Human trafficking stories typically center on young girls being sold for sex and domestic workers lured by false promises. But as advocates mark World...

Tackling Child Sex Trafficking in Cambodia

Gary Haugen | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Gary Haugen

Today marks the UN's World Day against Trafficking in Persons. It's a noble day dedicated to a noble cause, to be sure, but what does it really mean to be "against trafficking?" We can talk about how wrong it is to buy and sell young girls and boys to exploit them for their bodies, leaving a trail of deep trauma behind.

The 'Human' in the Drug Trafficking Equation

Ana Davila | Posted 07.29.2015 | Latino Voices
Ana Davila

Ignoring the increasingly intertwined relation between human and drug trafficking is a privilege that the U.S and Mexico can no longer afford, not when this activity promises to rise alarmingly in the following years as drug cartels continue to gain power and impunity in Mexico.

5 Men Sentenced To 697 Years Behind Bars For Killing Women In Ciudad Juarez

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 07.29.2015 | World

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors announced Tuesday that they had won "historic" convictions and sentences of 697 years in...

Where Did Your Food Come From? And your Cat's: A Look at Killing on the Seas

Carol Smaldino | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

It is so easy to disassociate the process from the products, and the way things are made from their price and availability. Most of us may have a hunch that we might have to stop buying those brands we have come to depend on.

Obama Shrugs Off Global Slavery To Protect Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration outraged human rights advocates on Monday by removing Malaysia from its list of the world's worst human traffi...

Slavery: Reality vs Symbols

Curtis Ellis | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

While elected officials pose as Great Emancipators for purging the Confederate battle flag from TV reruns, slavery thrives in the real world - and these same officials are actually encouraging it.

Over 100 Human Trafficking Suspects Face Charges In Thailand

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.24.2015 | World

BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's state prosecutors recommended charges against more than 100 people, including a Thai army general, in a multinational huma...

Combating Human Trafficking in the Hotel Industry

Bradley Myles | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Bradley Myles

If our society is to truly eradicate human trafficking, it is essential that the hotel industry recognize the central role it plays in not only responding to modern slavery, but preventing it in the first place.