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Human Rights and the Fight Against Trafficking

Juhu Thukral | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

Trafficking in persons clearly involves human rights concerns, based on the coercion, threats, or violence victims and survivors face. But the ways we as a community respond to human trafficking also involve very important human rights issues.

Gloria Steinem vs. Prostitution in India

American Anthropological Association | Posted 11.28.2014 | World
American Anthropological Association

The NYT series gives a glimpse of how the anti-trafficking message is being put together, with creative uses of both the age-old idea of Indian women being fundamentally oppressed, as well as a newer idea that there is a feminist movement there positioned to resolve sexism, in part by abolishing prostitution.

Democracy by Militia in Burma

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The democratization process in Burma remains very much a work-in-progress, with parliamentary elections slated for next year and the country continuing to adjust to the growing pains associated with opening its economy to the rest of the world.

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.

A Day in the Unending Fight Against Modern Slavery

Nick Grono | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Nick Grono

It is a very encouraging sign of the new urgency given to modern slavery that the first World Day against Trafficking in Persons is being marked today.

A Not-So-Subtle Meditation on Sugar

Kristin Wartman | Posted 09.11.2014 | Home
Kristin Wartman

As people streamed out of the Kara Walker installation "A Subtlety" on a recent Sunday afternoon to buy an ice cream cone from one of the trucks idling outside the old Domino Sugar Factory on the Williamsburg waterfront, I wondered how many thought about the jarring contradiction...

Shrimp Supply Tainted With Modern Slavery: Why Global Business Transparency Is Needed

Katie Shay | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Katie Shay

Americans love shrimp. In fact, we love it so much that we eat it more than any other seafood, and almost more than tuna and salmon combined. However, that love comes with a price -- and a steep one at that.

Slavery at Sea

Nick Grono | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Nick Grono

Slavery touches us all, no matter where we live or how law-abiding we are. It is found in the clothes we wear, the products we buy and the food we eat. This has been underlined in the last few weeks by a series of powerful investigations into the horrors of the Thai fishing industry.

World Cup, Forced Labor and Trafficking: Learn More and Make a Difference

Juhu Thukral | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

Let's talk about what we, as soccer fans around the world, can do to make some noise about labor rights and abuse of the very workers who make events like the World Cup and Olympics possible.

Bible College President Accused Of Putting International Students Into Forced Labor

AP | Posted 05.25.2014 | College

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — The president and founder of Cathedral Bible College faces federal charges that he made international students work long hours...

Putting Slavery Out of Business

Nick Grono | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Nick Grono

The latest authoritative report from the International Labor Organization shows that we have been badly underestimating just what big business this evil is, generating a shocking $150 billion profit per year.

Slavery Is Still Thriving And Is More Profitable Than Big Oil

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 05.22.2014 | Business

It's hard to believe, but even today, people are forced into slavery, girls are sexually exploited and children are forced to do hard labor -- all for...

Tough Mothers, Nobody's Slave

Deborah Swiss | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Deborah Swiss

As we commemorate International Women's Day on March 8, it's an opportunity to take action and end the human trafficking that still exists today.

Violence Packs a Uniquely Devastating Punch on the Poor

Cameron Conaway | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Cameron Conaway

Through reflecting on countless conversations, travels, lectures and books one aspect of violence is made particularly clear: Our world's poorest people are especially vulnerable to it.

Supply Chain Compliance and Legal Education

Rani Hong | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Rani Hong

One way companies can practice corporate social responsibility is to comply with relevant laws that ensure their supply chains are free of forced labor.

Courts Cannot Abolish Forced Labor: Tang Hui v. People's Republic of China

John Wagner Givens | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
John Wagner Givens

The Tang Hui case itself cannot be the considerable contribution to justice and rule of law in China that many would like it to be.

Jessica Prois

More States Get Serious About Human Trafficking

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Prois | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact

Updated: Aug. 15, 6:50 p.m. EST Cindy McCain spoke out Wednesday not as a businesswoman or a politician's wife but as a modern-day abolitionist, fi...

Mom, There's a Slave in My Shirt

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Kelly Heinrich

In apparel, forced labor is found long before the fabric is sewn at a garment manufacturing factory. It starts as early as the cotton harvest.

Underwear in the New Jerusalem

Michael Pettinger | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

Twenty dollars for two pair of grey, cotton boxer briefs. It seemed like a lot of money for so little cloth. Of course, I was mistaken.

3 Charged With Holding Disabled Woman, Child, Captive In 'Modern Day Slavery': Attorney

www.newser.com | Posted 06.18.2013 | Crime

(NEWSER) – Ohio has another creepy captivity case on its hands. Three people have been charged with forced labor after allegedly holding a woman wit...

Opportunity for Federal Contractors to Lead on Human Trafficking

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Kelly Heinrich

The award of a federal government contract is contingent upon a laundry list of complex, lengthy, substantial assurances. Through those assurances, i.e. regulations, the USG has the leverage to shape corporate policy and is doing so quite purposefully for human trafficking.

Understanding The Meaning Of Evil

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 03.28.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

We seem to tolerate these acts as natural to mankind, as something to simply be overlooked as a unavoidable part of being human.

What 'Human Trafficking' Really Means

www.theatlantic.com | Posted 12.19.2012 | Impact

RANGOON, Burma -- Earlier this year, Ko Lin, 21 at the time, left his hometown of Bago, 50 miles northeast of Rangoon, along with a friend to look for...

Who Benefits From Modern Slavery? You Do

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
Kelly Heinrich

Slavery is happening across the globe and it ends up in your home. It could be the jewelry you're wearing, the shrimp you had for dinner, the shoes on your feet, the phone in your pocket, or the Christmas decorations adorning your tree.

A Child's Worth

Kristin Lindsey | Posted 01.27.2013 | Impact
Kristin Lindsey

What determines a child's worth? Where they were born or the income they produce? Today, the average cost of a child slave is $90.