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Human Trafficking

Prostitution Is Not Just Another Job

Lauren Hersh | Posted 03.29.2016 | Impact
Lauren Hersh

Prostitution is inevitable. Prostitution is about choice. Prostitution is empowering. These are the myths that those with a vested interest in the sex trade want you to believe. It's time we stopped justifying the exploitation and abuse of those with the fewest options under the guise of choice.

Human Trafficking and Slavery: Bali Process Brings in Business

Fiona David | Posted 03.24.2016 | World
Fiona David

Human trafficking and slavery. Given the realities of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, these are not words to be used lightly. Nonetheless, this is the only way to describe some of the horrific abuses that have been perpetrated in the Asia-Pacific region in recent times.

New Film ‘Sold’ Tells Story Of 13-Year-Old Girl Trafficked Into A Brothel

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.23.2016 | Impact

Part of what makes human trafficking so challenging to combat is the fact that it’s perpetrated behind closed doors. Authorities struggle to identif...

The Evolving Perception of Human Trafficking: Walking to End Slavery

Robert J. Benz | Posted 03.21.2016 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

This is the next in a series of interviews with individuals working to address human trafficking. You'll meet students and educators, parents and prof...

The Evolving Perception of Human Trafficking: Jessie Foster's Mom

Robert J. Benz | Posted 03.14.2016 | Parents
Robert J. Benz

This is the first in a series of interviews with individuals working to address human trafficking. You'll meet students and educators, parents and pro...

Justice Triumphs! Four Traffickers Convicted in India

Free The Slaves | Posted 03.11.2016 | Impact
Free The Slaves

One of the toughest challenges in fighting modern slavery is holding traffickers accountable for their crimes. But after a three-year struggle, lawyers with the Free the Slaves front-line partner group Tatvasi Samaj Nyas (TSN) have ensured that four traffickers will go to jail and their victim will receive restitution.

It's Not Just a Humanitarian Crisis. It's a Mass Violation of Human Rights.

Viviana Waisman | Posted 03.02.2016 | World
Viviana Waisman

The lack of access to asylum and other protections is leaving thousands of children in highly vulnerable situations. This is not just a humanitarian crisis. We are witnessing a series of gross human rights violations. Lets call things by their real name.

This Brand Is Fighting the Sexploitation of Girls and Women

Hilal Isler | Posted 03.02.2016 | Impact
Hilal Isler

My Sister -- a Minneapolis-based apparel company-- is trying to combat human trafficking, one t-shirt sale at a time. Six percent of their proceeds directly fund work being done through two nonprofits: MN Girls Are Not For Sale, and Maiti Nepal.

Environmental and Human Rights Issues Aren't Worlds Apart: Developing a Consumer Conscience

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 03.01.2016 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

As consumers we don't often think about who makes our clothing or whether a direct H&M supplier has subcontracted factory work to a small Cambodian fa...

Why It's Important to Do the Work Before You Try and Help Others

Toshia Shaw | Posted 02.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Toshia Shaw

It's time to truly live authentically without hiding behind the mask. If you want to be successful in helping others do me a favor and invest in your own healing first.

Tattoo Artist Spends Day Off Inking Survivors Of Domestic Violence, Self-Harm For Free

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 02.24.2016 | Good News

One tattoo artist is helping others turn traumatic scars into symbols of strength. Brian Finn, who works at Infinite Art Tattoo in Toledo, Ohio, spe...

Finding Hope

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 02.19.2016 | GPS for the Soul
SreyRam Kuy, MD

I was born on the dirt floor of a rickety straw shack, on the edge of a slave labor camp in Talien, Cambodia. My mother says that I came out covered i...

21st Century Abolitionist

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 02.11.2016 | Impact
Anisa Mehdi

Abolishing slavery is not a 19th century concern that was concluded with the 13th Amendment in 1865. Slavery is alive and well today at an unprecedented level.

Finding Hope in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Raleigh Sadler | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Raleigh Sadler

Human trafficking, or the exploitation of vulnerabilities for commercial gain, can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. This type of injustice is nothing new.

Human Development and the Integration of Vulnerable Migrants

Donald Kerwin | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

Immigrants must respect the core values and laws of their new communities. However, it does not follow that they should be required to abandon their cultures. Unity, not uniformity, should be the goal, and the foundation for unity should be a commitment to shared values like justice, the rule-of-law, civil rights, religious freedom, equality and the common good.

Bay Area Nuns Fight Human Trafficking Before Super Bowl, All Year Long

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 02.07.2016 | Impact

A group of nuns from across the Bay Area uses its platform to campaign against human trafficking. In recent months, they have increased their educatio...

Sex Trafficking Increases Around The Super Bowl. Truth Or Myth?

Ariel Zwang | Posted 02.05.2016 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

Texas Governor Greg Abbott previously went on record to call the Super Bowl "the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States." This simply isn't true. The Super Bowl sex trafficking hype is just that.

Sex Trafficking Hype Surrounding The Super Bowl Does More Harm Than Good

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.10.2017 | Impact

Every year, media outlets warn of the impending sex trafficking tidal wave that's supposed to hit whichever city is hosting the Super Bowl. Every year...

DC Hotel Joins Fight Against Child Prostitution

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 02.04.2016 | DC
Jean-Michel Giraud

On Friday, AccorHotels, the owner of Hotel Sofitel in Washington, DC, joined the global fight against child prostitution.

Victims of Human Trafficking Must Be Treated As Victims

Preston Shipp | Posted 01.29.2016 | Crime
Preston Shipp

As we commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness month, we should be especially concerned with healing victims of the kind of trauma caused by being trafficked for sex, even if those victims have acted out violently.

A Letter To The Good Men Out There

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
Bronwyn Lea

There are men in our communities who are predators and pedophiles. But not all men are like that. You are not like that. So I'm asking you: will you please be our protectors? Would you be a voice of conscience to the men around you?

Feds Allegedly Handed Immigrant Teens Over To Human Traffickers

The Washington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 01.28.2016 | Latino Voices

On the phone, the boy was frantic. After traveling hundreds of miles from a village in Guatemala, he had made it across the U.S. border and into a gov...

In North Dakota's Booming Oil Patch, One Tribe Beat Back Fracking

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 01.26.2016 | Green
Sarah van Gelder

While other parts of the west were overtaken with the fracking boom, the Turtle Mountain Band said no thanks. Here's the difference it made.

How to Avoid (or Not Avoid) Your Neighbor

Raleigh Sadler | Posted 01.25.2016 | Religion
Raleigh Sadler

"Love your neighbor!" That's what I said as I challenged my church with the Parable of the Good Samaritan. After concluding the service, I made my way...

Five Harmful Myths About Human Trafficking

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 01.17.2017 | Impact
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

Human trafficking is complicated. It's kept under wraps, overlooked, and often ignored. Few reliable studies exist about its prevalence. As a result, it's often hard to separate myth from fact when trying to understand this horrific abuse of human rights.