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Super Bowl 'A Huge Arena For Sex Trafficking'

AP | KATIE ZEZIMA and SAMANTHA HENRY | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Law enforcement agents in New Jersey have redoubled efforts to fight what they worry could be one of the biggest menace...

Am I the Only Libertarian Democrat in America?

Fred Lundgren | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

My friend finally growled out, "I know what you are, you're a Libertarian Democrat." Had he labeled me correctly? Has my world view devolved into conflicting combinations of Liberalism and Libertarianism? If so, must these "brands" be mutually exclusive?

Helping to Make Free Rehab a Reality

Anna David | Posted 02.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Lauri Burns had the sort of early life that you tend to assume a person wouldn't survive: She was abused, institutionalized, addicted and in a success...

Sex Workers in France Resist Attacks on Their Liberty

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

These days, French political culture appears to be retreating from its stereotypical liberalism on one of its best-known "vice" industries: the sex trade. Controversial new legislation in the country would criminalize paid sex.

Legalize It? Seriously?

Chris Baughman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Chris Baughman

Legalization does not benefit the people selling sex; nor does legalization produce female empowerment. What it does is serve the owners of brothels, pimps and the johns who frequent them.

Listening to Survivors: Europe Trend Towards Positive Change

Lauren Hersh | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Lauren Hersh

Europe is finally starting to listen to survivors. A new trend is emerging -- criminalizing the buyers, traffickers and pimps that fuel the inherently violent commercial sex industry, while decriminalizing and providing services and exit options to people in prostitution.

Reducing the Vulnerability Associated With Human Trafficking

Keeli Sorensen | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Keeli Sorensen

It's important to remember that human trafficking and modern slavery is not just a crime committed by a criminal against his or her victim.

How I Tell My Sex Trafficking Survivor Story

Danielle Douglas | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Danielle Douglas

At times it feels that in the search for a good story we are willing to sell not only our own souls to the devil, but also the souls of others, including those whose souls are just regaining their strength.

Legalize Prostitution

Daniel Raphael | Posted 02.10.2014 | Crime
Daniel Raphael

Every country in the world has prostitution, the longest running profession. The only difference within prostitution is the legal status surrounding it.

Notes From a Chicago Escort

Nikolaos Al-Khadra | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
Nikolaos Al-Khadra

When people do recognize escorting as prostitution, they believe it's somehow safer than street level prostitution. It isn't. Far from it.

Human Trafficking: Coming Soon to a City Near You

Dan Steele | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Dan Steele

The vast majority of detectives investigating sex trafficking spend hours behind their desks, compiling thousands of pages of case file documentation. There are no high speed chases, no shootouts and there are definitely no suspenseful, last minute rescues.

Making Tricked

Jane Wells | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Jane Wells

There is precious little data on the subject, and urban myths supporting both sides of the prostitution debate abound. We had to dispel the myths first; clarify the truths, second.

Alleged Prostitute Arrested For Wearing Skinny Jeans, Pea Coat

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 11.11.2013 | New York

A Manhattan judge dismissed the case against a woman who was arrested under suspicion of prostitution based on an NYPD officer's analysis of her outfi...

In Our Own Backyard

K. Sujata | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

What keeps this industry booming is the demand for cheap labor or services, or for commercial sex acts. Sex trafficking is big business, one of the world's biggest human rights issues and it's happening in our own backyard.

Eight Facts You Didn't Know About Child Sex Trafficking

Nathan Harden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nathan Harden

LOVE146--an international charity that provides aftercare and rehabilitation for children rescued from sexual slavery--has collaborated with Nashville-based rock group Band of Love on a new video to increase public awareness on this issue.

Sex Trafficking in Chicago? NO! Yes.

Sally Duros | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Sally Duros

The plight of women in prostitution has always captured our attention. We've seen plenty of plays, movies and books written about and by women of the streets -- all usually through a dreamy vaseline lens. Now comes to Chicago Shadow Town, a play by Mary Bonnett.

Risky Life and Dreams of a Tub Thug Pimp

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Game agents control the tubs game with their hustle. Earlier this year a New Hampshire man lost his entire $2,600 life savings on a tubs game. "O h...

April Jones, Child Brides and Us

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Victoria A. Brownworth

Women have been working to stop these crimes against girls for years. But until men stop providing the client base for child porn and child sex tourism and child brides, nothing will change. And millions more girls will be lost forever.

The Failed Prostitution Experiment

Lauren Hersh | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Lauren Hersh

When governments fail to tackle the demand side of the commercial sex industry, they not only fail to protect people in prostitution, they also financially benefit through the increased tax income generated from the exploitation of people.

Friday Talking Points -- Cold War Nostalgia

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we get this ball rolling, we have two minor points which relate to the calendar which we feel merit mentioning. First, for the superstitious among us, it's not only Friday the 13th, but it's actually a double-dose, being 9/13/13. Wooo! Scary!

Dems To David Vitter: No Health Care If You've Solicited Prostitutes

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. David Vitter could have a tough vote ahead. The Louisiana Republican, who weathered a prostitution scandal in 2007, is the target o...

The Model Residential Program for America's Sex Trafficked Children - The First Step - The 'Critical Figure'

Dr. Lois Lee | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Dr. Lois Lee

Will nonprofit leadership produce these "critical figures" required to lead a new kind of residential care to address the needs of America's child sex trafficking victim?

The Awful Reason These Women Are Dancing

upworthy.com | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

This problem is much bigger than Amsterdam. The number of humans affected by this is estimated to be in the millions, and these women wanted to make a...

Who Is A Victim Of Human Sex Trafficking?

AP | MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact

CICERO, Ill. — Cops in the Chicago area call it a "track," a stretch of street known for its steady sex trade. Women in tight, scant clothing s...

America's Child Sex Trafficking Victim

Dr. Lois Lee | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Dr. Lois Lee

Contrary to popular belief, many of America's child sex trafficking victims were never part of our foster care system. Many grew up in such horrific ...