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Sex Trafficking

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.

I Was Attacked On Easter Sunday

Lori Sokol | Posted 05.26.2015 | 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 09.17.2015 | 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 05.25.2015 | 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 05.25.2015 | 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 05.20.2015 | 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 05.17.2015 | 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 05.17.2015 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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.

Dear John: A New Strategy to Address the Sex Trade

Tom Dart | Posted 04.22.2015 | Crime
Tom Dart

Trafficking and prostitution will always exist in some form, even the most ardent abolitionist would not suggest otherwise. But we can't simply stand by and allow traffickers to continue profiting from within the darker recesses of the internet.

50 Shades of... Relax Already!

Drs. Bill and Ginger Bercaw | Posted 04.20.2015 | Women
Drs. Bill and Ginger Bercaw

Yes, there are real sex/violence issues to be concerned about and you don't have to look far to find them. But let's just leave 50 Shades where it belongs -- in fantasy-land.

Harvard Law Professor Blames Victim in Child Trafficking Case

Anna Joseph | Posted 04.15.2015 | Media
Anna Joseph

Co-authored by Kerry Richards, J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School Alan Dershowitz--famed defense attorney and former professor at Harvard Law Sch...

Documentary Tells Story Of Trafficking Victims Forced To Bring Home "$40, No Less" And Who's Helping Them

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact

Nashville may be known for its country music, but another scene is alive and well in the Tennessee capital: Sex trafficking. In a clip from "A Pat...

A Love Story for Humanity in a Mumbai Red Light District

To The Market | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
To The Market

Few have ever visited a Red Light District, let alone met the love of their life within one. Abhay and Hoinu are not the average couple, though, so their story is fittingly extraordinary.

Sex Slaves and Video Games: The Challenges I Face Raising My Son

Michael Skolnik | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Michael Skolnik

As a man with a son, I want to be part of the solution. In my opinion, while video games imitate and exaggerate violence, they also worship hyper-masculinity and glorify misogyny.

Spoken-Word Artist Captures Pain and Fear of Child Abuse

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

Taking a story someone has lived and translating it into a story you write -- as if you were them -- is not for the faint of heart, especially when that story is about child abuse, prostitution, and sex trafficking.

Eleanor Goldberg

Sex Trafficking Victims Speak Out About How Police, Advocates Keep Failing

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact

After a grueling three-day trip from San Diego to Detroit, Laurin Crosson was struck by the lights, glitter and banners, which festooned the city for ...