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Sex Trafficking

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.

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The Huffington Post | Amory Blaine | Posted 10.02.2014 | Training

While it may seem like it’s a third-world issue, human trafficking victims are being exploited in our neighborhoods, hotels, at sporting events and ...

America's Dirty Little Secret: Sex Trafficking Is Big Business

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.30.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

You don't hear much about domestic sex trafficking from the media or government officials, and yet it infects suburbs, cities and towns across the nation.

Chilling PSA Reminds Us That Human Trafficking Victims Are Exploited In Our Neighborhoods

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.13.2014 | Impact

While it may seem like it’s a third-world issue, human trafficking victims are being exploited in our neighborhoods, hotels, at sporting events and ...

Is Backpage.com Liable?

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

The girls seek damages from Backpage.com -- believed to sell the most online prostitution ads involving children in the country -- for creating an illegal online marketplace and policing it in bad faith. After Backpage.com published their pictures and sales pitches about them, the girls, ages 13 and 15, were repeatedly raped by customers.

Islands of Safety: Libraries and Books, Part 2, Orphanages

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
James M. Lynch

Why you might want do this I don't know, but let's pretend anyway that you're a 3-year-old boy in Mumbai and your parents and sister just died, l...

This Film Shines A Light On The Worst Brothels Of India

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 09.03.2014 | Arts

In 2011, Casey Allred, an American educator in India, noticed something strange. The school he ran was losing girls with each passing week. Teachers w...

A Sustainable Approach to Combating Human Trafficking

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

Although today is the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the issue of human trafficking is hardly a novel one; rather, this crime has sadly survived and thrived for thousands of years.

70 Percent Of Child Sex Trafficking Victims Are Sold Online: Study

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact

In 2014, buying a child for sex online can be just as easy as selling your old couch or posting an updated resume. Astonishing statistics dug up by...

Child Abuse, Statutory Rape, Modern Day Slavery or Prostitution?

Monique Tinglin | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Monique Tinglin

From the streets of New York City, to the villages of Kenya, children, particularly young girls, need protection from sexual predators. The time for action is now.

Murders in Italy Highlight the Victimization of Smuggled Migrants

Anne Gallagher | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Anne Gallagher

The overlap between smuggling and trafficking is all around us. We don't yet know exactly what happened to that group of migrants found dead in Italy but recent experiences indicate the story likely involves deception, extortion and violence.

The Fastest-Growing Global Criminal Activity Is More Disturbing Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact

At least 100,000 children are estimated to be sexually exploited each year.

Man Sentenced For Selling Disabled Teen Into Sex

AP | JENNIFER McDERMOTT | Posted 07.15.2014 | Crime

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Missouri man was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison for taking a developmentally delayed teenage girl from Massachuse...

Alena Hall

Meet The Police Officer Who's Offering Prostitutes An Alternative To A Jail Cell

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact

Deputy Andy Conner always knew that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and enter law enforcement. But it wasn’t until he began patrolli...