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Human Trafficking

World's Future Depends on Women's Equality

John Seager | Posted 11.25.2012 | World
John Seager

n America, women doing the same jobs as men make 23 cents less per hour - and pay a lot more for health insurance. Women's experiences are routinely ignored. Women's rights to reproductive services are under continual assault. Around the world, the portrait is even grimmer.

Obama On Sex Trafficking: We Are Our Sisters' Keepers

AP/THE HUFFINGTON POST | BEN FELLER | Posted 11.25.2012 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama called human trafficking nothing more than "modern slavery," outlining new steps on Tuesday to combat the exp...

150 Years After Emancipation Proclamation, Slavery Still Exists

Free The Slaves | Posted 11.22.2012 | Impact
Free The Slaves

September 22nd marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation to free slaves in Confederate states during the Civil War. Slavery, however, still exists in the U.S.

Human Trafficking Happens More Than We Know

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 11.21.2012 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

Sex work and human trafficking are not the same. A sex worker is someone with agency, who is over the age of 18 and willfully choosing to do sex work. Trafficking victims and survivors are people who are trapped, coerced and threatened.

Zero Tolerance Should Not Mean Zero Action

David Isenberg | Posted 11.18.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

I ask for your indulgence as I return once again to the issue of human trafficking a topic which, unfortunately, seems to intersect with private milit...

What Will Excluded Workers Celebrate Next Labor Day?

Tiffany Williams | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Tiffany Williams

While the Labor Day holiday is meant to give us time to reflect on the victories in human progress that were hard-fought by the Union movement, it is also a great time to check in on the "excluded workers" movement.

Christina Wilkie

Dirty Politics: Charlotte's Underworld Hungrily Awaits The DNC | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics

The VIP section of a popular nightclub in Charlotte, N.C., was booming on a Thursday night in mid-June, as well-dressed revelers passed around top-she...

What Anti-Trafficking Advocates Can Learn From Sex Workers

danah boyd | Posted 10.16.2012 | Gay Voices
danah boyd

Far too often, the exploitation that is occurring is a result of social and structural conditions that we've created as a society. Collapsing choice, circumstance, and coercion into one category of sex work or trafficking erodes the nuances that explain people's engagement with sex for money.

How I Escaped the Brothel in Cambodia: One Young Vietnamese Woman's Story

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.03.2012 | Impact
Andrew Lam

ADAPT leads the counter-trafficking efforts at the frontiers of Vietnam. They provide shelter for victims of human trafficking. Below is an interview I conducted with one of those victims who managed to return from a brothel in Cambodia.

Broadening the Lens on Human Trafficking

American Anthropological Association | Posted 10.02.2012 | Crime
American Anthropological Association

Graphic stories of young girls being forced into prostitution and branded by pimps attract reader sympathy, but they also create a sense of invisibility for other forms of trafficking.

Cries In The Night: Human Trafficking And Tisha B'av

Ari Hart | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Ari Hart

Today, this nightmare persists for millions of human beings around the world. There are an estimated 30 million slaves in the world, perhaps more than at any other point in history.

Brothers Trafficked Slave Laborers Into U.S.

AP | Posted 07.18.2012 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA -- A Ukrainian man convicted of racketeering in what prosecutors say was a scheme to smuggle desperate villagers into the United States t...

Jada Pinkett Smith Testifies Before Senate On Important Issue

AP | ANDRES GONZALEZ | Posted 09.16.2012 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Actress and activist Jada Pinkett Smith urged Congress on Tuesday to step up the fight against human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad....

The Big Business Of Cross-Border Crime

Reuters | Posted 09.15.2012 | Business

VIENNA, July 16 (Reuters) - Turnover of cross-border organised crime is about $870 billion a year, more than six times the total of off...

Kathleen Miles

Teen Allegedly Held Captive, Abused And Forced To Prostitute | Kathleen Miles | Posted 07.12.2012 | Los Angeles

It's hard to believe that slavery still exists, but it does, all around us. In late June, a 27-year-old Los Angeles pimp was arrested for allegedly...

Senhoa: A Refuge for Victims of Sex Trafficking

Clarissa Burt | Posted 09.09.2012 | Impact
Clarissa Burt

The United Nations estimates that 700,000 to 4 million women and children worldwide are trafficked every year. But Senhoa steps in to rescue girls, ages 4 to 19, from being sold into the market.

The Internet, Backpage, Child Trafficking, Congress -- and Our Responsibility to Vulnerable Children

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Malika Saada Saar

Yes, if Backpage's sex ads close down tomorrow, child sex trafficking will still continue. But a business model that unapologetically relies on the selling of children for profit will have been dismantled.

Facebook Exec Bankrolls Huge Anti-Trafficking Initiative

| Ryan Gabrielson | Posted 07.07.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Ryan Gabrielson Facebook’s former chief privacy officer is bankrolling an anti-human...

Canada Bans Foreign Strippers

Posted 07.11.2012 | Weird News

It just got harder for foreigners to take their clothes off in Canada. In an effort it says is aimed at cracking down on human trafficking, the Can...

Evanston Entrepreneur to Host Event on Sex Trafficking July 1st

Joan Brunwasser | Posted 08.28.2012 | Impact
Joan Brunwasser

This project and has women in the windows of retail stores with price tags and for sale signs listing age, weight and other details as if they were just another item for sale along with everything else.

'Victims of Complacency': Trafficking of Migrant Workers on U.S. Military Bases

Valerie Brender | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Valerie Brender

The responsibility lies with the U.S. government to ensure that these workers -- who provide valuable services to our troops and embassies -- are not trafficked, forced into indentured servitude, or otherwise exploited on the taxpayer's dime.

Freedom Remains Elusive For Millions

Posted 06.21.2012 | World

As many as 27 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking, including sex trafficking, forced labor and the use of child soldiers, accord...

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

WATCH: Jada Pinkett Smith Takes On Child Trafficking And Modern Slavery | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 06.27.2012 | Black Voices

H.E.A.T. Watch may sound like a term used to describe summer's impending warm weather, but on the streets of Oakland, Calif., in areas actress Jada Pi...

Why We Love Men Who Love Women

Christine Horansky | Posted 08.18.2012 | Impact
Christine Horansky

Growing up, I was blessed to have an encouraging dad along with male teachers and bosses who took the time to invest in me.

Raising Daughters in an Age of Thongs for Tweens

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 08.14.2012 | Parents
Malika Saada Saar

How do we mothers raise our young daughters to take pride in their sexuality when it is time, and in a manner that does not play into this wrongheaded sexualization of their bodies?