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Human Trafficking

Myths About Human Trafficking

Ronald Weitzer | Posted 10.24.2011 | World
Ronald Weitzer

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.

Talking With Kathryn Bolkovac About Her Experience as The Whistleblower

Stephenie Foster | Posted 10.16.2011 | Entertainment
Stephenie Foster

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 Dark Underbelly of Immigration

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 10.11.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Immigration is an issue of frequent debate in the news but its dark underbelly -- the trafficking of people -- receives far less attention. Yet the scale of it is alarming.

Kia Makarechi

Fighting Human Trafficking & Helping Refugees | Kia Makarechi | Posted 10.08.2011 | Impact

When An Phong Vo was nine years old, her family fled Vietnam and was resettled in Texas. The year was 1992. Nineteen years later, she's teaching Vietn...

Charges Dropped In Hawaii Human Trafficking Case

AP | MARK NIESSE | Posted 10.05.2011 | Crime

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Cleared of human trafficking charges, farmers Alec and Mike Sou want to get back to growing crops instead of defending themsel...

The Whistleblower: A Compelling Film About Standing Up for What's Right

Stephenie Foster | Posted 10.02.2011 | Entertainment
Stephenie Foster

The Whistleblower is a compelling story of gutsy people in tough and compromising situations making decisions that aren't in their best personal interest.

The See-No-Evil Issue of Human Trafficking

Susan L. Travis | Posted 09.24.2011 | Impact
Susan L. Travis

After drug trafficking, the trafficking of humans ties with arms sales as the most lucrative business for the organized crime industry.

Slavery Ended in 1865? That Myth Puts our Kids in Danger

Tina Frundt | Posted 09.19.2011 | Impact
Tina Frundt

Modern-day slavery, now called human trafficking, still exists across America. The U.S. State Department estimates up to 17,000 people are trafficked -- enslaved -- in the U.S. each year.

Mother Tries To Sell Her Kids On eBay

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 09.17.2011 | World

After writing "lengthy" sales pitches advertising her children, one woman from Victoria, Australia is being investigated for posting them to the Inter...

Sonja Sharp

Florida School Bus Monitor Accused Of Operating Underage 'Sex Slave' Prostitution Ring | Sonja Sharp | Posted 09.14.2011 | Crime

A Florida cop and a school bus monitor were arrested Thursday in connection with a child prostitution ring, Polk County Sheriff's Office said in a sta...

Injustice, Race and Gender: Violence Against Migrant Women Won't End After DSK Case

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.12.2011 | Women
Michelle Chen

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.

Child Sex, Money and Village Voice Media

Trevor Neilson | Posted 09.12.2011 | Media
Trevor Neilson

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.

Celebrity Activism: When The Celeb Takes A Hit, So Does Her Cause

Silpa Kovvali | Posted 09.11.2011 | Home
Silpa Kovvali

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.

Georgia Sex Trafficking Law Goes Into Effect

AP | GREG BLUESTEIN | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics

ATLANTA — One of the nation's toughest crackdowns on human trafficking has taken effect in Georgia, striking a delicate balance between tougher ...

Just the 'TIP' of the Iceberg: The 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) Falls Short of Expectations

Pardis Mahdavi | Posted 09.06.2011 | World
Pardis Mahdavi

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.

WATCH: Barcelona Becoming Spain's Human Trafficking Hotspot

Posted 09.04.2011 | World

Barcelona may be beloved the world over for its sun-drenched beaches and spectacular nightlife, but the city has also become a notorious epicenter for...

Ashton Kutcher vs. Owner of Denver's Westword

Nancy Cronk | Posted 09.03.2011 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

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.

SLIDESHOW: Kutcher, Village Voice In Twitter Feud Over Sex Trafficking

Posted 09.01.2011 | Impact

Ashton Kutcher and the Village Voice are locked in a Twitter battle, disputing the facts behind sex trafficking and calling each other out on their re...

A Christian Call To End Human Trafficking

Nita Belles | Posted 06.29.2011 | Religion
Nita Belles

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.

The Hidden Victims of Human Trafficking

Nisha Varia | Posted 08.29.2011 | World
Nisha Varia

Being forced into domestic servitude is one of the most common forms of human trafficking. Yet it remains one of the most invisible, including meager media coverage and law enforcement efforts.

The Nations 'Not Doing Enough' To Combat Slavery

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 08.27.2011 | World

According to a report by ABC News' Kirit Radia, the State Department's newly-released annual Trafficking in Persons report faults 23 countries for "n...

How Travelers Can Help Stem Human Trafficking

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 08.26.2011 | Impact
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

The hospitality industry is increasingly making things decidedly inhospitable for a certain kind of person: human traffickers. Hotels, airlines and ...

A Decade of Anti-Trafficking Legislation: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism | Posted 08.26.2011 | World
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

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.

Busted After Forcing Girl Into Prostitution And Tattoo Pimp's Name On Her Chest

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 08.24.2011 | Denver

Three people were charged Wednesday by Denver prosecutors over allegations that they forced a 17-year-old to commit acts of prostitution. Chester ...

The Fall of America

Robert J. Benz | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
Robert J. Benz

Convenience is what makes a new social revolution so likely to blossom. If it weren't so easy, the prospect of change would be more remote.