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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 04.23.2015 | 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 04.16.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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 03.27.2015 | 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.

I Was Attacked On Easter Sunday

Lori Sokol | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
Lori Sokol

This was just one of the countless stories read by women, about women, who would not be alive if not for the support of Donor Direct Action (DDA), an organization which has been providing decades-long support for women.

This Father And Daughter Have Helped Hundreds Of Sex Trade Survivors Find Jobs

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact

Ray Umashankar has given up quite a lot to make the world a better place for Indian girls and women, but the 73-year-old wouldn't have it any other wa...

Trafficking Victims Need More Than Legal Reform

Rory Lancman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Rory Lancman

We're missing something. While we reconfigure the legal paradigm to recognize the inherent humanity of trafficked women, we have failed to provide them with the services their humanity requires.

Pretty Woman Hides an Ugly Reality

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

The Today Show's celebration of this fantasy misses the reality that prostitution is rarely light, loving or funny. In the quarter century since the film's release, we know much more about the links between prostitution and human trafficking.

'Pretty Woman' and the Ugly Truth About Prostitution

Marian Hatcher | Posted 04.18.2015 | Impact
Marian Hatcher

Prostitution as portrayed in Pretty Woman is just about as far as you can get from the truth. Prostitution is ugly. Most of it is sex trafficking. It's intriguing to read that the movie's script originally was written as a dark, cautionary tale. That, from my perspective as a survivor, gets at the sad reality.

How to Squelch the Anti-Abortion Clause of the Trafficking Bill

James Heffernan | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics
James Heffernan

Republican Senators are playing hide and seek with victims of sex trafficking. The U.S. Department of Justice now estimates that approximately 300,000 American children are at risk of being prostituted in the U.S. -- at an average age of 13 or 14.

'The Stolen Ones': A Conversation With Owen Laukkanen

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

The Stolen Ones is the fourth novel in the series featuring Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere, partners in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension-FBI Joint Task Force.

Teen Activist Uses Film To Fight Child Sex Trafficking

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.18.2015 | Teen

“I feel like art doesn’t have a purpose unless it is purposeful. I really use my art and my creativity to inspire other people, and to continue wi...

Congress: Please Remove Controversial Pieces From Human Trafficking Legislation

Holly Austin Smith | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Holly Austin Smith

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) has recently stalled due to a provision which expands the Hyde Amendment -- a rider that restricts federal funding for abortion and other health care services.

Stopping the World's Oldest Oppression

Anita Casalina | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Anita Casalina

Vednita Carter, the founder of Breaking Free, and a survivor herself, says "Prostitution is not the world's oldest profession. It is the world's oldest oppression. Breaking Free helps an average of 400-500 women and girls escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation.

‘I Speak Their Language': Sex Trafficking Survivor Uses Experience To Help Victims Escape The Life

Associated Press | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — When she first arrived in town, Windie Lazenko headed to the neon-lit strip clubs and bars catering to lonely oil field worke...

To Human Traffickers, Runaway & Homeless Youth Are Walking Prey

Sen. Patrick Leahy | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Sen. Patrick Leahy

It is hard to think of a more despicable crime than the buying and selling of other human beings, especially children. Yet we know that it is happening right here in America, every day. Each year, thousands of children are bought and sold for sex. That should keep all of us awake at night.

Carla Herreria

This Woman Was A Prostitute For 38 Years, But One Restaurant Changed All That

HuffingtonPost.com | Carla Herreria | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact

When Mary Nelson started working at a restaurant in Honolulu last year, she hid in the back as a dishwasher. Despite her lively personality and qui...

Out of Darkness, Light

Sen. Rand Paul | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Sen. Rand Paul

There is a government role in combating sex trafficking and the abusers -- but what about the victims? These women are broken physically, emotionally, and spiritually. They need healing in all areas and Christian-based programs have proven to be successful over and over. I will continue to be a voice for these victims.

The Threat of Prison for Unpaid Fees Looms Large for Women

Yosha Gunasekera | Posted 04.25.2015 | Women
Yosha Gunasekera

How do you celebrate four years sober from drugs and alcohol? For Ann Marie Jones, it is going to the courthouse to set up a payment plan for the thousands of dollars in court fees she owes after many years in and out of the criminal justice system.