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Sex Trafficking

Sex Trafficking Increases Around The Super Bowl. Truth Or Myth?

Ariel Zwang | Posted 02.05.2016 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

Texas Governor Greg Abbott previously went on record to call the Super Bowl "the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States." This simply isn't true. The Super Bowl sex trafficking hype is just that.

Sex Trafficking Hype Surrounding The Super Bowl Does More Harm Than Good

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 02.05.2016 | Impact

Every year, media outlets warn of the impending sex trafficking tidal wave that's supposed to hit whichever city is hosting the Super Bowl. Every yea...

Restoring a Child's Life After the Unthinkable Happens

Jenna Elfman | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Jenna Elfman

We must embrace these children after their traumatic experiences and tell them: "You are a loved human being who's worthy in our society, who has rights to freedom and liberty, and to being valued for mind, body, and soul."

Victims of Human Trafficking Must Be Treated As Victims

Preston Shipp | Posted 01.29.2016 | Crime
Preston Shipp

As we commemorate Human Trafficking Awareness month, we should be especially concerned with healing victims of the kind of trauma caused by being trafficked for sex, even if those victims have acted out violently.

A Letter To The Good Men Out There

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 01.29.2016 | Impact
Bronwyn Lea

There are men in our communities who are predators and pedophiles. But not all men are like that. You are not like that. So I'm asking you: will you please be our protectors? Would you be a voice of conscience to the men around you?

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.

Here's How Teens Are Starting To Talk About Sex Trafficking

Teen Voices at Women's eNews | Krithika Varagur | Posted 01.18.2016 | Impact

This story originally appeared on Teen Voices at Women's eNews. Students at William Byrd High School in Vinton, Virginia didn't used to think the wor...

Human Sex-Trafficking, A Collective Negligence

Lisa Marie Jenkins | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Lisa Marie Jenkins

In 1998 upon returning home after work one evening, by daughter passionately greeted me at the door with, "Mom, Mom we have a show for you! Come sit ...

There's No Such Thing as a 'Child Prostitute'

Jenna Elfman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Impact
Jenna Elfman

Crossing the U.S. border into another country to purchase a child for sex carries with it serious, automatic federal penalties. So why, why, why do we not treat this crime the same way for our children here at home?

FBI & Local Police Seize Adult Entertainment Website "The Review Board"

Katherine Koster | Posted 01.07.2016 | Crime
Katherine Koster

On Wednesday morning, dozens of local adult workers and clients in the Pacific Northwest were logging onto The Review Board to place advertisements, c...

The Unthinkable Is Happening in Our Own 'Backyard'

Jenna Elfman | Posted 01.07.2016 | Impact
Jenna Elfman

Never did I consider that something so unthinkable -- selling kids for sex -- was happening in my own community. But I was wrong. I was naive. I was unwilling to face the facts. Until last year.

An Vote Tomorrow to Keep Kids Safe

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.06.2016 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Homeless young people strive to remain invisible, knowing that if they look like they don't have a safe place to sleep at night, they can be exploited by the forces of the street -- pimps, thieves, criminals who want to recruit them, violent people who want to harm them just because they can.

Technology to Improve Our Lives

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.04.2016 | Technology
Rabbi Jason Miller

While there are innovative new technologies focused on keeping us entertained, what is most impactful are the technologies focused on improving our lives and keeping us healthy.

Judge Posner to Speech-Squelching Sheriff: Cease and Desist

Evan Bernick | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

It's well known that the First Amendment prohibits government officials from acting as censors. So it should surprise no one that officials seeking to suppress speech of which they disapprove choose their words carefully.

Here's Proof Truckers May Be Better Poised To Rescue Sex Trafficking Victims Than Cops

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact

Sex trafficking remains a largely hidden crime in the U.S., but a fleet of truck drivers across the country are leading the charge in exposing the cr...

Does Amnesty International's Sex Work Resolution Support "Gender Apartheid?"

Katherine Koster | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Katherine Koster

Addressing inequality, a complex web of intersecting oppression and societal discomfort with the inclusion of people who engage in commercial sex is harder than blaming the sex trade for the exploitation and marginalization of women.

Is Operation Cross Country the Best Way to Fight Child Sex Trafficking?

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

The sweep netted 149 youth involved in the sex trade. It also led to arrests of 150 "pimps as well as other individuals." Rescuing "commercially sexually exploited youth" and catching their "exploiters" sounds like a great thing, right? Actually, it's a bit more complicated.

LA Will No Longer Arrest Children Forced Into Sex Trafficking

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.30.2015 | Impact

Every year, more than 1,000 children in the U.S. are arrested for prostitution, even though most of them aren’t even of age to consent to sex.&...

Why Can't the Mainstream Media Get Their Facts Straight When Writing About the Sex Trade?

Alison Bass | Posted 10.26.2015 | Media
Alison Bass

Why do the media drop their journalistic standards when reporting on the sex trade? Is it because they're so desperate to be politically correct, as one of my colleagues argues, or is it because the mere mention of women's sexuality sends normally methodical journalists into a tizzy of sensationalistic misinformation?

Lena Dunham Wants A Love Revolution

Allison Carmen | Posted 10.26.2015 | Impact
Allison Carmen

GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth.

Emma Thompson, Gillian Anderson, David Arquette Unite on Award-Winning Trafficking Film

Carla Escoda | Posted 10.22.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The taut drama becomes even more chilling with the knowledge that it is re-enacted everyday in some form in countless brothels in India and beyond -- more often than not, without the intervention that saved Lakshmi.

Sex Trafficking Victims Return To Children of the Night After 36 Years

Dr. Lois Lee | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Dr. Lois Lee

Today, these successful women work in various fields including banking, firefighting, teaching, drug counseling and domestic violence advocacy. Juli works as an advocate for a Police Department and is headed for law school. Lynne is retired Homeland Security.

A Salute to Warrior Women Past and Present

Alicia Nunn | Posted 10.22.2015 | Women
Alicia Nunn

Being the Warrior Woman that I am, I break down every barrier placed in front of my goals, even my own limiting beliefs. A woman can do anything she puts her mind to. And she is more than a secretary, sex object, and maid.

The Framing of Gender Apartheid: Amnesty International and Prostitution

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 10.13.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

What would happen if every country decriminalized prostitution? Not just the few that have already disastrously done so, but what if every government legitimized pimps and brothel owners and failed to hold men accountable for purchasing human beings for sex?

Sex Trafficking in Michigan

Nipa Shah | Posted 10.12.2015 | Detroit
Nipa Shah

Together, let's make it our goal to save just one more victim, and raise awareness to prospective victims. Find an organization in your neighborhood and donate your time and money. Trust me when I tell you that most of them will love having you on board, and engaged.