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Modern Day Slavery

New Networks to Fight Modern Slavery

Duncan Jepson | Posted 07.24.2016 | Impact
Duncan Jepson

The exploitation of people - whether their efforts are provided by debt bondage, under threat of violence, psychologically, by imprisonment or deceivi...

Fighting Slavery Should be a Priority For The Next UN Secretary-General

Nick Grono | Posted 06.04.2016 | Impact
Nick Grono

Co-authored by Anna de Courcy Wheeler, senior program officer for legal and business initiatives at the Freedom Fund. Slavery is endemic in our mod...

The Chilling Technique Used to Enslave A Woman For 5 Years

Dr. Ludy Green | Posted 06.02.2016 | Impact
Dr. Ludy Green

The woman goes by the name of Zunduri, a name she adopted after gaining freedom that means "beautiful girl" in Japanese.

Sexual Assault--Tool of Power and Control in Sex Trafficking and Forced Labor

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 04.20.2016 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

"Washing the hands" is how one South African sex trafficker described the systematic tactic he and other traffickers used to deter victims from attemp...

To Combat Human Trafficking, Hope Isn't a Strategy

Greg Iaquinto | Posted 04.14.2016 | Impact
Greg Iaquinto

Supply chains need a modern approach to eliminating modern slavery Stories like Vannak Prum's are all too common. He left his home in Cambodia...

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.

The U.S. Government Finally Admitted ISIS Is Committing Genocide. Yet a Complacent World Risks Repeating the Tragedy of 1994.

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Michael Shammas

Three years ago, as I sat in a cozy coffee shop writing a Huffington Post entry on the Syrian Civil War that remains depressingly relevant today, peop...

Five Harmful Myths About Human Trafficking

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 01.18.2016 | 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.

It's Time To Take Note and Take Action Against Human Trafficking

Dr. Michael B. Brown | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Dr. Michael B. Brown

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a time for realizing that slavery actually did not end with the Emancipation Proclamation. As a matter of fact, the U.S. State Department tells us that there are 12.3 million "trafficking slaves" around the world today.

The Next Wave of Retail

Diana Mao | Posted 01.11.2016 | Business
Diana Mao

The Global economy experienced sluggish growth in 2015 with large retailers like Fossil, Michael Kors, and Macy's experiencing dips in their revenue e...

The World Bank's Role in Uzbek Slavery Lights Up Washington D.C.

Joanna Ewart-James | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
Joanna Ewart-James

On International Human Rights Day, Walk Free and International Labor Rights Forum, both members of the Cotton Campaign coalition, projected striking images of Uzbekistan forced labour onto the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington D.C.

If We Can't Measure Slavery, Does It Exist?

Monique Villa | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact
Monique Villa

Today, modern-day slavery is an invisible crime. There are no chains, the injuries are psychological, and the victims walk among us, mostly unnoticed, trapped in dark and illicit networks operating in the shadows.

Modern Slavery and Measuring the SDGs

Fiona David | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Fiona David

In September 2015, world leaders gathered in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (or 'SDGs'). Alongside areas of focus such as poverty, hunger and health, the SDGs include a focus on productive employment and decent work.

Prayers for Howard Schultz, Starbucks and the Coffee Industry

Jonathan Walton | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Would you pray with me? Father in Heaven in the mighty, transformative name of Your Son Jesus, I plead your redemptive blood over the coffee industry...

ISIS, Slavery, and Islamic Abolitionism

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Usaama al-Azami

Does Islam sanction slavery? Until recently, this question would have been seen as somewhat outlandish or else academic. Aside from the odd right-wing talk show host in the US, the latter question does not generally arise these days except in academic and theological discussions.

Tim Gunn Talks Supply Chain Transparency in Fashion

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

There is increased awareness in the fashion industry when it comes to the need for transparency, Gunn says, but he isn't confident that this has translated into action.

A New Way to Fight Modern-day Slavery: Just Businesses @Mark_Wexler, @NFS, @JustBusiness, @Invention_Hub

Mark Wexler | Posted 03.14.2016 | Impact
Mark Wexler

It was difficult to believe that human trafficking could be so close to home, but that's how forced labor works. It's pervasive. It preys on a community's vulnerabilities and blind spots. Perhaps most troubling, it afflicts the economically vulnerable.

Welcome to the Jungle: Teens Meet in Peru to Learn About Gender and Conservation

The Advice Project | Posted 07.26.2016 | Impact
The Advice Project

Waking up at the crack of dawn with a group of twelve teens and women isn't an easy task, but we had a flight to catch from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, so it couldn't be helped.

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.

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.

When a Brand Becomes Obsolete

Diana Mao | Posted 07.09.2016 | Impact
Diana Mao

Imagine a little 10 year old boy making a shirt that you bought your son at GAP Kids. That is exactly what happened when a 12 year old girl was found in Cambodia making clothes in 2010 for GAP.

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.

Follies of Denial: Women and the Islamic State

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Women are the most vulnerable targets of the Islamic State (IS), which has enslaved and brutalized women who don't meet their jihadi standards, and even introduced female police squads to monitor and persecute their own sex.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Why Is The U.S. Desperate To OK Slavery In Malaysia?

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Friday night, in an impressive display of dysfunction, the U.S. Senate approved a controversial trade bill with a provision that the ...

The Average Hipster Employs 27 Slaves Each Day. Here's How To Change That

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.29.2015 | Impact

Updated on May 7, 2015; 12:30 p.m. EST. Hipsters may value social progress, but their coffee habits say otherwise. That's according to the team ...