The next time you reach for a candy bar, buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, or stock up for holiday baking, consider the price thousands of children are paying to bring you your chocolaty cheer.
The crisis of child trafficking and exploitation in the U.S. is finally capturing our attention. But a critical part of the story has not been told. Most of the children who are being bought and sold for sex in our nation are foster care children.
Modern-day slavery is a human rights violation hidden in the shadows of our globalized markets. Today, it is estimated that tens of millions of adults and children are living in conditions of modern-day slavery around the world.
How many slaves work for you? Paradoxically -- in 2013 -- the question is still very relevant, and you might be surprised by the answer. Depending on where you live, what you buy, what your lifestyle is, you have almost certainly been touched by slavery. Almost nobody is clean.
Presently, two-thirds of the world's illiterate population is female. This startling statistics paints a dim portrait of the effects of the gender education gap as a barrier to destroying global economic deprivation.
Stress and challenges in many areas of my life had created a void that I was trying to fill with a traditional career, but clearly that wasn't working. It turns out that those challenges were exactly what I needed to push myself to focus on something greater than myself.
Human traffickers have picked up where slavery, brutal racial-based penal laws, sharecropping and Jim Crow left off. If that seems far-fetched, just listen to Luis CdeBaca at the U.S. State Department.
One night, Eve was confronted with the tragedy of human trafficking when she overheard a Caucasian man discussing his purchase of a very young girl for sex. Eve felt called to take action around this issue.
Once or twice a month, myself and a handful of other volunteers pack a bus and head for neighborhoods that others would give anything to get out of. Our mission is to bring light, hope and healing to our sexually-exploited youth
The subjects that Girl Be Heard have explored are wide-ranging. Race, sexual orientation, body image, drugs and alcohol, suicide, trafficking, child marriage and physical abuse are all themes on the agenda.