There are many popular myths about trafficking -- frequently voiced in the media and by government officials -- that have distorted proper understanding of the problem and, more importantly, hampered efforts to combat it.
After seeing The Whistleblower, I contacted Kathryn Bolkovac, whose story is the basis of the movie, and interviewed her. Her answers speak for themselves, but also give such a sense of her persona, grit and determination.
The narrative of the immigrant housekeeper assaulted by a European official perfectly illustrates an axiom of violence and power: the wider the gap between genders and races, the greater the latitude of injustice.
When Craiglist closed the adult services section of its website last fall, it left a lot of money on the table. Village Voice Media was the single biggest beneficiary of Craigslist closing this section of the website.
Lady Gaga's "freak" schtick has made her rich and famous, but money and Twitter followers don't equate to respect. Gaga is more than welcome to choose the former over the latter, until she starts lampooning an important cause.
The 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report features an increased focus on forced labor, and this is to be commended -- one step forward. However, it still falls quite short of expectations -- there are at least two steps back.
As a community organizer who values the progressive voice of Westword, I personally encourage parent company the Village Voice to be more discriminating in accepting ads for massage and escort services.
If you believe that human trafficking -- modern-day slavery -- primarily takes place in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, you're like most people. But there are more slaves in the U.S. today than at any time in history.
On Monday, government officials, law enforcement agents, advocates, and journalists head to the Department of State to discuss slavery. They will not receive a history lesson. They will discuss a problem that still affects at least 12.3 million people worldwide.