In New York, a person who commits statutory rape receives a higher penalty than a person who buys sex from that same child, signaling that the child who has been bought is less worthy of protection. It is time that Albany sets aside politics and protects people.
Many argue that Somaly Mam did a lot to focus attention on the plight of these children even if she was lying about her own circumstances and, indeed, she did. But now it turns out that may have caused irreparable damage.
I first learned about Nomi Network when I purchased a "Buy her bag, not her body" tote. Trafficking survivors design and manufacture these bags with locally sourced materials such as recycled rice sacks.
On this Father's Day, and every day for that matter, we must engage boys and men as partners in the eradication of gender-based violence, once and for all. The cycle of violence begins with men -- men who would say "no more, not ever."
While LGBT Internet activists and news sites cover the great "tranny" debate, news from Louisiana is that a trans woman was found on the side of the road last week after allegedly having been held in slavery for months.
So, what distinguishes the Nigerian schoolgirls and U.S. children at risk of being trafficked? Why has one group received so much attention and the other very little? Well, semantics may play a role in how we react to different groups of children that become victims of violence.
So may the righteous anger over the Boko Haram crime inspire a renewed commitment to eradicating slavery. While we wait and hope for the rescue of the Nigerian girls, let us also mobilize on behalf of the millions who did not appear in the headlines.
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.