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Human Trafficking

A New Slavery, 150 Years Later

Gen. Charles C. Krulak | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact
Gen. Charles C. Krulak

It is labeled as human trafficking, but make no mistake -- it is slavery, and worldwide more than 20 million people are its victims.

Dear John: A New Strategy to Address the Sex Trade

Tom Dart | Posted 02.20.2015 | Crime
Tom Dart

Trafficking and prostitution will always exist in some form, even the most ardent abolitionist would not suggest otherwise. But we can't simply stand by and allow traffickers to continue profiting from within the darker recesses of the internet.

Let's Overcome Our Blind Spots When It Come to Child Trafficking

Ariel Zwang | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

We may think of victims being moved across international borders and forced into abusive work conditions. What is less recognized is the other face of trafficking as it plays out right here at home. Whether we recognize it or not, children are being exploited in our own communities across the United States.

Croatia: 'Criminal Enterprise HDZ' Takes Over Presidency -- Organized Crime and the Rise of Nationalism

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 02.14.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Strong rule of law nations must urgently address transnational organized crime in the Balkan region's mafia states including Croatia, and, help establish the rule of law and independent judiciary.

Harvard Law Professor Blames Victim in Child Trafficking Case

Anna Joseph | Posted 02.13.2015 | Media
Anna Joseph

Co-authored by Kerry Richards, J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School Alan Dershowitz--famed defense attorney and former professor at Harvard Law Sch...

Documentary Tells Story Of Trafficking Victims Forced To Bring Home "$40, No Less" And Who's Helping Them

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact

Nashville may be known for its country music, but another scene is alive and well in the Tennessee capital: Sex trafficking. In a clip from "A Pat...

A Love Story for Humanity in a Mumbai Red Light District

To The Market | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
To The Market

Few have ever visited a Red Light District, let alone met the love of their life within one. Abhay and Hoinu are not the average couple, though, so their story is fittingly extraordinary.

This Human Rights Group Is A Model For How The U.S. Can End Slave Labor

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact

A small group of workers in Florida began meeting weekly back in 1993 in a room borrowed from a local church to talk about how they could start improv...

Grammys Performer Says Music, Expression Helped Her Through Sex Trafficking Trauma

The Washington Post | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact

When Brooke Axtell was a child, her nanny took her to the basement of a strange house and sold her to men who raped her. Last night, 27 years after...

Amid Super Bowl Human Trafficking Hype, A Reminder That 70% Of Victims Are Sold Online Year-Round

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact

Though some reports point to an uptick in human trafficking around the Super Bowl, experts are increasingly denouncing the statistic as a "myth" that ...

Saturday Marks 150th Anniversary of Congress Outlawing U.S. Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Free The Slaves

January 31st marks a monumental moment in the history of slavery in the United States. On that date 150 years ago, the House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

How A Bar Of Soap Got A Homeless Family Off The Street

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact

Here's a staggering fact: when you're homeless, something as basic as a bar of soap can save your life. Without access to basic sanitation necessit...

Want to Fight Human Trafficking? Volunteer.

Susan Danish | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact
Susan Danish

Let's take as a given that an important piece of the solution to this seemingly intractable problem has to be creating awareness at the community level, where the traffickers actually make their money.

Young Women Pose In Life-Size Toy Box To Warn Of Super Bowl Trafficking Risks

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact

As the Super Bowl fast approaches, advocates are concerned about issues far darker than "deflategate." They’re eager to protect potential victims fr...

The Truth About Trafficking

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth Corey

It is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. And if any crime deserves its own month of awareness, it is trafficking. Owning and using another person for your own financial benefit and sense of power is horrific.

It's National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. What's Congress Doing About It?

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

Sex trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world, according to the FBI. In 2013, nearly 5,000 cases of human trafficking were reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

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 02.02.2015 | 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 03.03.2015 | 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...