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Sex Trafficking

Andy Campbell

Where Portland's Strip Clubs Thrive, So Does Child Sex Trafficking

HuffingtonPost.com | Andy Campbell | Posted 06.26.2015 | Crime

PORTLAND, Ore. -- In late August last year, a 15-year-old girl was forced to strip off her clothes and dance naked at Stars Cabaret in nearby Beaverto...

Rape, Incest, Health Risk -- Safe Abortions Are a Must!

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

We call on President Obama and his administration to use all means to provide the full range of reproductive health care needed by women, girls, and their families throughout the world. Don't let broken policy practices continue to harm the health of women.

What Is the Value of a Woman?

Sheridan Kesselman | Posted 06.10.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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.

What's Next for Sex Trafficking in Washington State? Filmmaker Tim Matsui Shares How You Can Help

Claire Topalian | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Claire Topalian

In The Long Night, director Tim Matsui follows the stories of seven people between fall 2012 and fall 2013, each story underscoring the real crisis of minors who are coerced into prostitution or drawn in due to desperate circumstances.

Follies of Denial: Women and the Islamic State

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2015 | 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.

Climate Change This Week: Nerd Power, Deadly Heat Waves, Biblical Deluges, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Americans' Exposure To Heat Extremes Could Rise 6-Fold By 2050 - exposing vastly more Americans to dangerous heat waves due to a combination of rising temperatures and rapid population growth in the South and West, a new study warns.

Germany Wins the Title of 'Bordello of Europe': Why Doesn't Angela Merkel Care?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

In 2002, Germany decriminalized prostitution, reportedly due to pressure by the sex trade lobby and a few brothel managers who petitioned the government. This law effectively rendered the prostitution industry a legitimate business. Today, this experiment is failing.

David Lohr

'These Girls Knew Each Other' ... And Now They're Gone

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 06.24.2015 | Crime

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio -- One-by-one, at least four women have disappeared or turned up dead in this small city, where family and friends fear a serial kil...

3 Crowdfunding Causes Millennials Should Support

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Kyle McCarthy

Everyday the crowdfunding industry is gaining more and more popularity worldwide. Through crowdfunding, individuals can utilize the power of the crowd to start a business, bring a product to market, produce a record, and even fundraise for amazing causes.

App Helps Fearful Trafficking Victims Open Up To Police

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON, May 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It was while traveling in Thailand after graduating from college that...

Eleanor Goldberg

Sex Trafficking Victims Usually Can't Escape Prostitution Charges. This Lawyer's Working To Change That

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact

After enduring nearly 15 years of sex trafficking, Nicole managed to escape the life, get sober and earn her bachelor’s degree. But she couldn’...

Human Trafficking Survivors Cannot Wait

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Advocates and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have come together to elevate the rights of survivors and bring justice and healing to victims of human trafficking all across the United States. It is now time for the House to finish the job by taking up and passing the Senate bill without further delay. Survivors are counting on them.

Women Charged With Sexual Assault In Honolulu Prostitution Sting

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 05.06.2015 | Crime

HONOLULU (AP) — About a dozen women arrested over the weekend in a Honolulu prostitution sting at massage parlors won't be charged with prostitution...

Carjacker Gets 80 Years For Wild Crime Spree Caught On Live TV

Reuters | Daniel Wallis | Posted 05.02.2015 | Crime

(Reuters) - A gun-toting felon whose two-hour carjacking and crime spree in Colorado last year played out on live television filmed from a news helico...

Truck Drivers Can Help Fight Sex Trafficking. Here's How

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact

Bo Quickel understands the way to stop sex trafficking comes down to simple economics. "I want to end slavery," he told WLTX News. "So in order to ...

What Makes Selling Your Own Daughter Okay?

Dr. Ludy Green | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Dr. Ludy Green

In both an economic and social toxic environment like this, judging these mothers or reprimanding them for their horrifying mistakes will not help these girls and victims of sex trafficking. Addressing the economic woes of one of Asia's poorest countries is complicated.

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Passes Human Trafficking Bill With Abortion Restrictions On Victims

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed a sex trafficking bill on Wednesday after a bitter, weekslong fight over an anti-abortion provision tucked into it. ...

Sex Trafficking: Should All Perpetrators Be Sentenced As Sex Offenders?

Holly Austin Smith | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Holly Austin Smith

When I first began anti-trafficking advocacy in 2009, I believed any person convicted of human trafficking should face mandatory sentences, including registration as a sex offender if the offense involved sex trafficking minors.

Women's Lives (Should) Matter!

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The campaign to eliminate the right to safe, legal abortions is intentional, relentless and political. The consequences are real, personal and frightening. Attacks on abortion rights further entrench discrimination against women.

How A Social Media Post Led A Teen Into Sex Trafficking

Posted 05.01.2015 | Dr. Phil

Hope, 17, says three years ago, she was abducted by someone she met online and forced into prostitution. “It all started because I posted on a socia...

Violence Against Women: No Longer Sight Unseen

Lori Sokol | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Lori Sokol

Three months later, her amazement has turned into action, which is not surprising from a 34-year-old woman who was strong enough to survive years of sexual violence, which began as early as the age of seven.

Little Sparks: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.31.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. This summer we will make our 1000th grant! Here are the extraordinary people we supported with seed funding this week.

Human Trafficking: Are We Effectively Reaching Victims?

Holly Austin Smith | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Holly Austin Smith

Many states are passing laws that require posting of the NHTRC hotline in various locations (e.g. strip clubs and public restrooms) with the intention of reaching victims. However, I worry that some of these efforts are ineffective.