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Human Trafficking

A Pimp's Ad, Direct to Our Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

It is hard enough to be a homeless young person, pulling yourself off the streets, without criminals luring you in the other direction, attempting to sexually exploit you in exchange for affordable rent.

Now That You Know

April L. Bogle | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
April L. Bogle

I cannot get this terrible thing off my mind. Neither could Susan Norris, so she wrote a book about it, Rescuing Hope, to help her find some peace.

Accused Sex Offender Allegedly Branded Runaways With Signature Tattoo

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.01.2015 | Crime

 An Aurora, Colorado, man accused of taking in male runaways he met on Grindr in exchange for sex allegedly had another requirement --...

2015: Children As A Commodity (Trafficking of Children)

Christopher Burgess | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Christopher Burgess

The year is 2015. What has transpired in 15 years, and the hundreds of children who were 12 in 2000 and are 27 today? Yet child sex trafficking continues. Indeed, the number of persons in slavery today is greater than it was three years ago in 2012.

Face-to-Face with Pope Francis

American Anthropological Association | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
American Anthropological Association

Although he still ends most encounters with the petition, "Pray for me," he is smiling and radiant. In accepting the heavy cargo that is the papacy, with all of its entanglements, intrigues, risks and dangers, and its daily uncertainties, Pope Francis is calm and reassuring.

A Protestant Minister Looks Forward to the Pope's Visit

Dr. Michael B. Brown | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael B. Brown

In this age, it is particularly encouraging and hope-filled that the face of global Christianity belongs to Francis -- a view shared by many.

Reflections on Visa Pour L'image 2015

Adriana Teresa Letorney | Posted 09.23.2015 | Arts
Adriana Teresa Letorney

One of the main highlights of Visa Pour L'image was seeing and meeting dozens of freelance photojournalists roaming the streets of Perpignan during the professional week hoping for an opportunity to connect and share with other photographers and editors.

Stop Calling Kids "Child Prostitutes"

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Malika Saada Saar

The term "child prostitutes" is dangerous and harmful because it conveys that trafficked and exploited children have choice and agency, and that they are criminals. But, in truth, these kids have been denied choice and agency.

Here's Who's Fighting Increased Sex Trafficking Due To Climate Change, Poverty

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact

For the communities living in the Sundarbans, a remote region of islands on the border of eastern India and Bangladesh, a perfect storm of c...

We Can Do More for Syrian Refugees

Elliott Young | Posted 09.13.2015 | Politics
Elliott Young

The U.S.' current response today is as anemic as it has been since the conflict in Syria erupted four years ago. In that time the U.S. has only given asylum to 1,300 refugees from Syria. In 2013, the number of Syrian refugees allowed into the U.S. was a shockingly low number: 90.

Europe's Refugee Crisis Spawns A Billion-Dollar Industry

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 09.09.2015 | World

Europe's refugee crisis is not only an urgent humanitarian disaster, but has also spawned an incredibly lucrative industry. Refugees and migrants are...

Dreamcatcher: Offering Condoms and Compassion to Ladies of the Night

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 09.09.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

The story begins like many famous fairy tales. An orphaned infant is sent to live with a relative--a grandmother, this time.

A Partnership in the Fight Against Bonded Labour

Nick Grono | Posted 09.08.2015 | HuffPost Home
Nick Grono

Co-authored by Brandee Butler, Head of Partnerships and Innovation, C&A Foundation Photo: Women and girls working in the spinning mills in Ero...

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 -- 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

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.