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Human Trafficking

The Boko Haram Kidnappings: What You Can Do

Auren Kaplan | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

You might not be able to bring back the girls kidnapped in Nigeria with your support now, but you can ensure that the world takes preventive steps to ensure that women and girls are protected, empowered, and educated -- fearlessly -- around the world.

Lost Girls Are Everywhere

Patricia McGuire | Posted 07.12.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

Religious leaders should examine their own practices to root out injustices against women that, in the most extreme twisted minds, become justification for the most horrific crimes.

Why are We Spending Less Time Searching for the Missing Nigerian Girls than Flight MH370?

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

How much money, time and attention has been spent searching for Flight MH370, the missing 777 airplane? The answer is unknown but it is surely in the ...

No Mothers Day for Those Enslaved

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld

There will be no flowers for them this Sunday, no handwritten cards on construction paper, no lunch, no love. Thousands of women and girls are enslaved in sex trafficking in the United States.

The Price of a Girl

Georgina Miranda | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Georgina Miranda

Media, I challenge you to overexpose, create frenzy, exploit actions not taken to preserve the life and well-being of these girls, and to encourage a global movement to take action to bring these girls home.

Lawmakers Press Obama Administration On Human Trafficking

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers called on the Obama administration on Tuesday to punish countries that do too little to fight human ...

Yasiel Puig and the Embargo on Cuban Baseball

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 06.23.2014 | Sports
William M. LeoGrande

Recent reports in ESPN Magazine and LA Magazine about LA Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig's perilous journey out of Cuba highlights the risks facing Cuban ...

Florida Teen Kidnapped By Suspected Sex Trafficker: Police

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 04.16.2014 | Crime

A Florida man allegedly lured a 14-year-old girl into his car, then kidnapped her, sexually assaulted her and tried to force her into prostitution. ...

Yes, White American 'Girls Next Door' Can Be Sold Into Sex Trafficking, Too

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact

What does the face of human trafficking look like? Jasmine Marino-Fiandaca, a self-described "girl next door," is challenging stereotypes regardin...

Sneak Peek: Season 2 of Graceland

Tara Settembre | Posted 06.15.2014 | TV
Tara Settembre

Is it June yet?

Holly Smith, Author of Walking Prey and Sex Trafficking Survivor, Shares Advice and Her Story

Jane Mosbacher Morris | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Jane Mosbacher Morris

Holly is indisputably courageous for sharing her personal story, which helps to illuminate that children (and adults) from all walks of life, can be the target of traffickers.

Just One Story, Out of Thousands

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Such bonds can be harder to break than handcuffs, especially when a young person has been told for years that they aren't worth anything, and they have few skills, no diplomas, and few prospects for supporting themselves outside the sex industry.

Migrant Children Are Children First

Maria Teresa Rojas | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Maria Teresa Rojas

Children are by definition vulnerable. That's particularly true for girls and boys journeying alone, under unsafe circumstances, often fleeing violence. Mexico and the US have an obligation to apply the international principle of the "best interests of the child" as the gold standard for all dealings with underage migrants.

An Urgent Letter to Australian Billionaire Andrew Forrest

Robert J. Benz | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

A proposal to eradicate slavery by the year 2100 is one that makes more sense. It gives time to institutionalize solutions and allows them to germinate organically.

Child Trafficking in Your Own Backyard

Deborah Swiss | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Deborah Swiss

It happens in Boston, Massachusetts. It happens in Kolkata, India. More human beings are currently enslaved than at any time in history.

My Conversation with Shyima Hall, Human Trafficking Survivor and Activist

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.27.2014 | Impact
Tavis Smiley

Sold into slavery by her parents when she was just 8 years old, Hall's ordeal took her from Egypt to a gated community in Southern California. For four years, she lived under the control of a wealthy couple that abused her mentally and physically. Now 24, she works as an advocate to spread awareness of child trafficking.

Human Rights in Indonesia: The Foundation of Our Future

Hashim Djojohadikusumo | Posted 05.26.2014 | World
Hashim Djojohadikusumo

Indonesia has made great strides since we embraced the democratic system in 1998 and I believe, despite great challenges, we have a bright future ahead of us. To realize our nation's promise, however, we must first protect the fundamental rights of our people.

After Going Undercover To A Brothel Selling Kids For Sex, This Man Is Now Fighting Child Trafficking

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact

In the fall of 2002, Rob Morris stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a Southeast Asian brothel with a group of men who were staring hungrily at young girls t...

Interfaith Anti-Slavery Campaign Launches At The Vatican

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Christians and Muslims have joined to try to help free millions of men, women and children held in modern-day slavery, forced to w...

On the "A" w/Souleo: Yoga Activists Fight Human Trafficking

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

These projects point to a growing number of yoga activists who utilize the practice to address political and social issues and share yoga with underserved populations. The goal is direct if not simple: use yoga to make the world a better place.

Close the Torture Houses in North Sinai and Egypt

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact
Suzette Standring

Every day Meron Estafamos answers her phone with an aching heart. From torture houses in Egypt, Eritrean hostages plead for ransom on a captor's cell phone. Help me.

Bridging the Gap

Monique Villa | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact
Monique Villa

There are very few moments in the history of a nation that manage to bring together people from all paths of life to demand radical change. The 2012 Delhi gang rape is certainly one.

Reimagined Women's Magazines Swap Cover Girls For Slaves

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact

An advocacy site has given glossy women's magazines a makeover, replacing quintessential headlines and photos with messages that convey a much more gr...

Weapons of Mass Construction: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic

Greg Barrett | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg Barrett

[This week every year Graduation Day reverberates through the Klong Toey slums of Bangkok, Thailand for hundreds of poor students (nearly 1,000 this y...

When You Believe in Something Enough, Drop Everything and GO FOR IT!

Rich Polt | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Rich Polt

Gloria left her full time marketing job in August of last year to become a Digital Activist Fellow with the Polaris Project, an organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.