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Sex Trafficking

Bipartisan Action to Crack Down on Sex Trafficking

Sen. Amy Klobuchar | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Sen. Amy Klobuchar

We must take action to combat sex trafficking all around the world. But we must first start in our own backyard.

Children Sold For Sex Are Victims, Not Prostitutes

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact

When police came upon a 13-year-old girl selling sex in North Hollywood, they promptly handcuffed her, arrested her and hauled her off to detention. A...

Actress Malin Akerman Joins Nicholas Kristof to Support The PBS Series: A Path Appears

Allison Carmen | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Allison Carmen

The three-part series A Path Appears will premiere on PBS on January 26. I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in learning more about the challenges our global community faces today, and the uplifting understanding of how we can each make a difference to improve the quality of life for those most in need.

There's No Such Thing as a Child Prostitute

Cindy McCain | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Cindy McCain

Girls are sold for sex in this country with the same disregard for human dignity as those other nations, and they are often tortured in the same ways when they try to escape.

People of Craigslist, Please Stop Being Terrible

Zach Dean | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Zach Dean

People of Craigslist, can we please try a little harder to respect each other?

Woman Who Escaped Her Sex Trafficking Captors Becomes Advocate For Victims

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact

After Jhinna Pinchi escaped her sex traffickers in 2009, she braved her way through death threats and triumphed over legal red tape repeatedly in an e...

Human Trafficking Is Still Globe's Fastest-Growing Crime Despite Increased Awareness

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact

Federal officials may be paying closer attention to the dangers of human trafficking, but the crime remains an ever-growing illegal activity around th...

Too Few Groups Can Give Trafficking Victims Escape From ‘Hell'

Associated Press | JULIET LINDERMAN | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact

BALTIMORE (AP) — Squatting in the grass and squinting in the sun, 25-year-old Song takes in the scene: a greenhouse, a farm, rows of heirloom tomato...

Sewing The Fabric Of New Lives, One Stitch At A Time

To The Market | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact
To The Market

ver 60,000 women work in more than 22 Red Light Districts in Kolkata, India, alone. Sarah and Kristin wanted to create an alternative for Pinkie, and for all of the women wanting to leave or were vulnerable to the sex industry.

Sexual Exploitation in China Must End

Auren Kaplan | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

Ultimately, the conversation about sexual exploitation in China is a nod to the continuous need to communicate and converse regarding the broader issue of sexual exploitation around the world.

You Need to See This Film About Sex Work and Addiction

David Ryder | Posted 12.05.2014 | Arts
David Ryder

Filmed in and around Seattle, The Long Night is a gripping and honest account of addiction, sex work, and the lives of a survivor and her family. View...

In Our Own Backyard: The Sad Truths of Sex Trafficking

Jenny Williamson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Jenny Williamson

Tragically, sex trafficking isn't limited to faraway places, but exists in our own backyards, schools, churches and communities. If you do not believe this is true then you haven't been looking or listening.

The Buffalo Blizzard That Saved My Life

Jane Wells | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Jane Wells

When I heard about the horrendous lake effect snowstorm in Buffalo this week, I immediately thought about another blizzard there -- one that not only ...

An Open Letter to Business Owners Everywhere: You Can Do Better

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

As the founder of a marketing consultancy that focuses on social change, I work with my fair share of nonprofits. My team builds awareness around issues like lack of access to healthcare and clean water.

How Pornography Fuels Exploitation

Ellie Hamalian | Posted 01.19.2015 | College
Ellie Hamalian

Let's value everyone's dignity. Let's boycott the pornography industry and care about the people who cannot escape from their exploiters.

Harnessing the Power of Theater for Social Change

Kaethe Morris Hoffer | Posted 01.18.2015 | Arts
Kaethe Morris Hoffer

For all those who are interested in the fight against sex trafficking, which is a fight absolutely aligned with the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault, this play has the power to spark important conversations, and it is worth your time and consideration.

Outrage: Trafficking 100,000 Children in USA Must Be Stopped!

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

Sadly, the news about backpage.com is not new. In 2012 ABC News in Phoenix reported 51 arrests as a result of a police action against this web site and in 2013, NBC News also ran an expose on backpage.

Seeing Traces Of Sex Trafficking On Tinder Is A Reminder This Crime Is Happening Everywhere

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.07.2014 | Impact

Tinder users are never certain of what they'll see before swiping right, but they likely don't expect to find the face of a sex trafficking victim. ...

Shutting Down Websites Won't Shut Down Prostitution

Alison Bass | Posted 01.07.2015 | Crime
Alison Bass

I have spent the last four years interviewing law enforcement, sex workers and experts on the sex industry for an upcoming book and they all say that shutting down one or two websites that permit ads for sex work will only make things worse for girls and women who are being sexually exploited.

100,000 Kids Are Sold Into Sex Trafficking In The U.S. Every Year

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact

Selling children into sex trafficking may seem like a remote issue, something that happens in far-off places where kids live in extreme poverty and th...

The Price of Sex

Nicki Richesin | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Nicki Richesin

After returning to her childhood village in western Bulgaria, where she lived until the age of 11, Mimi Chakarova decided to investigate the devastating effects to Eastern European women who have been forced into the underground sex trade. She has devoted the past 10 years of her life to making her heartbreaking documentary The Price of Sex.

The Tote Project: Fashion for Freedom

Michelle Baker | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Michelle Baker

October is fair trade month. For the past five days, I've been sitting with images from a video, Hold On To Hope -- an ad for The Tote Project, a fair trade business started by two friends that serves to empower victims of sex and human trafficking.

Saving Your Sanity While Saving the World

Rachel Avalon | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Avalon

Let's keep saving and loving the world while we give ourselves the same gift. Let's strive to infuse joy into every detail possible. At times we'll feel like the world is just too crazy and we'll wonder if we can keep our sanity intact, but we can still rally and transform everything from the inside out.

Taking Action Against Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Anti-Slavery Day was created by Act of Parliament in order to raise awareness of modern slavery and help mobilize efforts to eliminate all forms of slavery.

How States Can Help End Trafficking

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Sadly, trafficking in human beings is not yesterday's news. Worldwide, it is estimated that more persons are held as slaves today than at the peak of the slave trade. In the US, efforts to address trafficking have intensified in the last two decades.