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Human Trafficking

Unaccompanied Minors are "Uniquely Vulnerable" to Trafficking

Emily Roenigk | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Emily Roenigk

The crisis shows the inherent connection between our current immigration system and the prevalence of modern-day slavery.

Ending Human Trafficking

Lauren Supina | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Lauren Supina

No country is immune to the horrors of modern day slavery, including the United States. Ending human trafficking will take an enormous effort, but your action as a consumer at the store is a start.

When Freedom (Almost) Flops

Rachel Goble | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Rachel Goble

Today, I'm hit with the harsh reality that with Freedom comes the freedom to fail, the freedom to hurt yourself, the freedom to hurt others, and the freedom to make choices that cause pain.

FBI's Child Sex Trafficking Raid Excuses the Buyers, Again

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 08.23.2014 | Crime
Malika Saada Saar

So, what about the persons who did think the children were for sale, and purchased them? The politely termed "Johns" who purchased children for sex? Shouldn't the FBI "crush" them too?

Seeking Justice -- Or at Least the Truth -- For 'Comfort Women'

Christine Ahn | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Christine Ahn

On June 9, outside of Seoul, 91-year old Bae Chun-hui took her last gasp of air at the House of Sharing, a communal home established for former "comfort women" in South Korea to live out their remaining years in peace.

The Charitable Industrial Complex: Justice, Not Charity, Is What's Needed

Pardis Mahdavi | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Pardis Mahdavi

The problem is much larger than Somaly Mam or these orphanages. Worldwide there are "victim scripts" that individuals must conform to and perform in order to receive attention and assistance.

John Kerry: Human Trafficking Is The Greatest 'Assault On Basic Freedom'

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact

Secretary of State John Kerry released on Friday the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, which measures and grades on a tier system the efforts govern...

Syrian Parents Are Selling Young Girls Into Sham Marriages to Avoid Refugee Status

Sam McCormack | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Sam McCormack

Not only are Syrian girls as young as 15 with refugee status being sold into marriage, the marriages are effectively shams and more apparently, sexual servitude -- whereby the wealthy husband divorces his wife after a few days.

Slavery at Sea

Nick Grono | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Nick Grono

Slavery touches us all, no matter where we live or how law-abiding we are. It is found in the clothes we wear, the products we buy and the food we eat. This has been underlined in the last few weeks by a series of powerful investigations into the horrors of the Thai fishing industry.

Let's Transcend Petty Politics and Pass the TVJPA

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 08.19.2014 | New York
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

I came to two realizations: For these women, prostitution was not a choice, but an act of necessity and coercion -- sex trafficking. And because sex trafficking is an often misunderstood issue driven by complex criminal networks of pimps and johns, an effective response by government and law enforcement would be necessary to curtail the crime.

Doesn't Bella Deserve Better?

Lauren Hersh | Posted 08.18.2014 | New York
Lauren Hersh

In New York, a person who commits statutory rape receives a higher penalty than a person who buys sex from that same child, signaling that the child who has been bought is less worthy of protection. It is time that Albany sets aside politics and protects people.

Are We Letting the Scandal Over Somaly Mam Distort the Realities of Child Trafficking?

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

Many argue that Somaly Mam did a lot to focus attention on the plight of these children even if she was lying about her own circumstances and, indeed, she did. But now it turns out that may have caused irreparable damage.

Buy Her Bag, Not Her Body

Deborah Swiss | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Deborah Swiss

I first learned about Nomi Network when I purchased a "Buy her bag, not her body" tote. Trafficking survivors design and manufacture these bags with locally sourced materials such as recycled rice sacks.

AnnaLynn McCord Debuts Film on Human Trafficking

Reyne Haines | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Reyne Haines

AnnaLynn McCord wears Alice + Olivia complimented with bracelets by RUBBS to her 'I Choose' film premiere, by GenArt & powered by CÎROC - Photo Credi...

20 Percent of a Country Enslaved: A Cry for Mauritania

Mary David | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Mary David

Although he was born free, Biram Dah Abeid and his family know well the pain of slavery. Dah Abeid and his family are from the West African country of Mauritania.

Violence Against Women Must Be Recognized and Stopped Around the World

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

On this Father's Day, and every day for that matter, we must engage boys and men as partners in the eradication of gender-based violence, once and for all. The cycle of violence begins with men -- men who would say "no more, not ever."

Stories Are Not for Sale

Pam Allyn | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

To be champions of what is right, we must act in the right. Strength and change start with truth.

A Young Woman Creating Video Games for Social Justice

Global Kids | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

One day in high school, somebody from Global Kids came to recruit people for a program called the Virtual Video Project. He said we could get a stipend, and we could work in the virtual world.

Does 'Tranny' Matter to a Slave?

R. Kyle Alagood | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
R. Kyle Alagood

While LGBT Internet activists and news sites cover the great "tranny" debate, news from Louisiana is that a trans woman was found on the side of the road last week after allegedly having been held in slavery for months.

Bring Back Our Girls ... Bring Back Our Freedom

M. Garuba | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
M. Garuba

Human trafficking is real. It exists. It is unforgivable. It is a crime both against the girls themselves, the human mind, and the progress of mankind.

Stripper Kidnapped, Beaten Forced Into Prostitution: Cops

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 06.05.2014 | Crime

A Texas woman who worked as a stripper says a trio of crooks including other women held her against her will and forced her to work as a prostitute fo...

Articles on Migrant Labor Abuses in the Gulf Don't Tell the Whole Story

Pardis Mahdavi | Posted 08.02.2014 | World
Pardis Mahdavi

Contrary to what some articles would have the public believe, Emirati and Qatari citizens are, for the most part, quite concerned about labor abuses in their own country.

This Photographer Raised $50,000 To Fight Human Trafficking After Being Offered A Baby For $50

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact

Everything changed for Tanner Wendell Stewart when he was in Bulgaria in 2012. Stewart, a Seattle-based photographer, had spotted a man holding a ...

The Somaly Mam Story: What We Still Know About Sex Trafficking

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Taina Bien-Aime

When trust is breached, those even slightly involved with the targeted fabricator panic and recoil. The fight or flight response kicks in: Does one stay silent and hide; or support and defend?

World Cup, Forced Labor and Trafficking: Learn More and Make a Difference

Juhu Thukral | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

Let's talk about what we, as soccer fans around the world, can do to make some noise about labor rights and abuse of the very workers who make events like the World Cup and Olympics possible.