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Human Trafficking

The 'Human' in the Drug Trafficking Equation

Ana Davila | Posted 07.29.2016 | Latino Voices
Ana Davila

Ignoring the increasingly intertwined relation between human and drug trafficking is a privilege that the U.S and Mexico can no longer afford, not when this activity promises to rise alarmingly in the following years as drug cartels continue to gain power and impunity in Mexico.

Where Did Your Food Come From? And your Cat's: A Look at Killing on the Seas

Carol Smaldino | Posted 07.28.2016 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

It is so easy to disassociate the process from the products, and the way things are made from their price and availability. Most of us may have a hunch that we might have to stop buying those brands we have come to depend on.

Obama Shrugs Off Global Slavery To Protect Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration outraged human rights advocates on Monday by removing Malaysia from its list of the world's worst human traffic...

Slavery: Reality vs Symbols

Curtis Ellis | Posted 07.24.2016 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

While elected officials pose as Great Emancipators for purging the Confederate battle flag from TV reruns, slavery thrives in the real world - and these same officials are actually encouraging it.

Combating Human Trafficking in the Hotel Industry

Bradley Myles | Posted 07.22.2016 | Impact
Bradley Myles

If our society is to truly eradicate human trafficking, it is essential that the hotel industry recognize the central role it plays in not only responding to modern slavery, but preventing it in the first place.

Vatican Mayors Summit Spots Pope on Municipal Pulpit

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 07.21.2016 | Religion
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Speaking truth to power and the publics, the encyclical encouraged a radical reorientation in how we communicate with each other and coexist with the natural world. What a welcome wake-up call.

How a Human Trafficking Victim Shook This Sheltered American Girl to the Core

Rachel Pross | Posted 07.17.2016 | Impact
Rachel Pross

What 13-year-old girl wakes up one day and says she wants to be a prostitute when she grows up? That was the question Timea Eva Nagy posed as she addressed the crowd -- a room full of regulatory compliance and anti-money laundering specialists, me included, just last week.

It's Easy For Traffickers To Exploit Magazine Salespeople. But The Industry Can Change That

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact

Traffickers have become so adept at exploiting their victims in broad daylight that you may have purchased an item from their menu of goods from the c...

Congress Suggests Obama Will Ignore Slavery To Secure Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

A Malaysian Muslim man sits amid coffins in a pit during re-burial of remains found at human-trafficking camps in the country's north, on June 22, 201...

Senators Press Kerry On Slavery About-Face

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of 19 senators led by Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday, urging him not to re...

Zach Carter

Key Democrat Decries 'Political Interference' In Human Rights Report | Zach Carter | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Friday that he would consider calling for an inspector general to investigate if the State Department...

Zach Carter

Obama To Upgrade Malaysia On Human Rights Despite Mass Graves | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will remove Malaysia from its official list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders, according to Reut...

The President's Trade Deal Struggles Because It's Bad Policy

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.19.2016 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a 12-country NAFTA-style trade deal with two serious problems. It doesn't work, and it's bad for democracy.

The World They Deserve: Join The Global Moms Relay

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.19.2016 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

The Global Moms Relay is one of my favorite HuffPost traditions, a collaborative effort to tap into our collective gratitude and love, not only for our own mothers, but for all mothers around the world. This year's theme is "What kind of world do you want for your family in 2030?" And we're using the HuffPost platform to bring more and more voices into this conversation and harness the power of social media for good.

Drug Cartels: Where Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling Meet Today

Ana Davila | Posted 06.16.2016 | Latino Voices
Ana Davila

Much is said about the difficulties undocumented immigrants face due to the recent security measures taken in the Mexico-U.S border, but little attention is devoted to the role that Mexican drug cartels have played in reshaping the human smuggling dynamics in the last few years.

Conversation With My Daughter About Human Trafficking

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 06.14.2016 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

As we take turns pushing her one-year-old brother in his stroller, my daughter asks me why people don't just stay away from bad people, then they won't be trafficked. I tell her that usually the story starts out with hope.

What Is the Value of a Woman?

Sheridan Kesselman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Women
Sheridan Kesselman

When it comes to wages, while not as horrific as the circumstances described above, American women still lag far behind men in their pay for doing the same jobs.

Sex Trafficking: How Activist and Survivor Ele DeRomano Uses Her Past to Help Others

Holly Austin Smith | Posted 06.09.2016 | Impact
Holly Austin Smith

STARS is a survivor-based organization dedicated to supporting and empowering young women who have experienced or are at high risk of commercial sexual exploitation/sex trafficking. It offers a unique crisis intervention program with personalized case management.

Our Sons

Becca Stevens | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact
Becca Stevens

For the past 20 years, several of us have raised our sons while working alongside survivors of trafficking, genocide and addiction. This summer, our sons have all come to work at Thistle Farms, the community we helped build.

Our TPP Negotiators are Determined to Win the Race to the Bottom

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.04.2016 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

If the administration and House members shrug off Malaysia's poor human rights record, they are sending a message to the rest of the Malaysian economy and any other country that competes against Malaysia in the global economy: The U.S. will not enforce global rules on human trafficking.

Record Numbers Risk Lives at Sea and Find Closed Doors

Gerry Simpson | Posted 06.04.2016 | World
Gerry Simpson

Across the world, unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers and migrants are turning to boat smugglers and risking or losing their lives in the world's oceans. So far this year at least 1,800 people have drowned in the Mediterranean. Instead of mustering life-saving political will, countries are responding with policies to keep them out and deter others from heading their way.

Laura Barron-Lopez

The U.S. Just Launched A Crime Strike Force In This Booming Oil Patch | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the largest shale formations responsible for America’s oil boom has a crime problem. Point blank: It wouldn’t be far off ...

See the World Through Migrants' Eyes

William Lacy Swing | Posted 06.02.2016 | Impact
William Lacy Swing

The Thai government's clampdown has toppled one pillar of this grotesque smuggling infrastructure, but the edifice still stands and the smugglers will seek new ways to exploit desperate people.

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Agenda Rewards U.S. Companies That Profit From Slavery | Zach Carter | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's effort to include Malaysia in a major pending trade pact has baffled human rights advocates, who see it as a re...

TPP Reduces Human Trafficking and Child Labor to Misdemeanors

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

Last week, President Obama's credibility on trade policy took another punch in the neck. For months, arguments in favor of the huge new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership have fallen flat with the public. His "hit parade of failed arguments" gives the deal an air of desperation.