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Human Slavery

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...

Senate: Please Pass These Anti-Trafficking Laws

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

At Covenant House, the hemisphere's largest movement of programs and shelter services for homeless and trafficked young people, we see far too many kids who have been forced into prostitution.

This Photographer Raised $50,000 To Fight Human Trafficking After Being Offered A Baby For $50

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact

Everything changed for Tanner Wendell Stewart when he was in Bulgaria in 2012. Stewart, a Seattle-based photographer, had spotted a man holding a ...

One Month of Waiting in Nigeria

Rani Hong | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Rani Hong

In the last several weeks, the plight of over 200 girls and young women kidnapped in Nigeria has gained much needed international attention. Stolen fr...

Child Laborers Work 12-Hour Days In Mines So That You Can Have That Glittery Eyeshadow

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact

Do you know how your makeup was made? A campaign by Made in a Free World, an organization on a mission to combat modern-day slavery, is fighting a...

Combatting Human Slavery at the United Nations

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

If we could do half as good a job of creating a meaningful taboo in the United States around buying and selling young people for sex as we do around smoking, we'd be so much further along the road to eliminating demand.

Yes, White American 'Girls Next Door' Can Be Sold Into Sex Trafficking, Too

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact

What does the face of human trafficking look like? Jasmine Marino-Fiandaca, a self-described "girl next door," is challenging stereotypes regardin...

Just One Story, Out of Thousands

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Such bonds can be harder to break than handcuffs, especially when a young person has been told for years that they aren't worth anything, and they have few skills, no diplomas, and few prospects for supporting themselves outside the sex industry.

An Urgent Letter to Australian Billionaire Andrew Forrest

Robert J. Benz | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

A proposal to eradicate slavery by the year 2100 is one that makes more sense. It gives time to institutionalize solutions and allows them to germinate organically.

Federal Court: If You Buy a Girl, You're a Sex Trafficker

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

A U.S. Federal Circuit Court has ruled that customers who arrange for or have sex with children under age 18 are to be considered human traffickers. Wow. That's a big and heavy stick we can use to protect kids who are forced into having sex for someone else's profit.

What the Modern World Owes Slavery (It's More Than Back Wages)

Greg Grandin | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Greg Grandin

How would we calculate the value of what we today would call the intellectual property -- in medicine and other fields -- generated by slavery's suffering? I'm not sure. But a revival of efforts to do so would be a step toward reckoning with slavery's true legacy: our modern world.

Want to Fight Trafficking? Fight Homelessness

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 04.23.2014 | New York
Kevin M. Ryan

If we want to fight the sexual exploitation of young people, we absolutely must fight youth homelessness. Kids who don't have a safe place to stay enter a direct pipeline to the pimps and exploiters who recognize their desperation and are waiting to prey on them.

To Stop Traffickers, Stop Their Supply of Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

While there are no firm numbers of how much the forced sex and labor trade expands during the week of the Super Bowl, the influx of hundreds of thousands of visitors means more homeless kids may be put at risk. And make no mistake, vulnerable kids are at risk.

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.

Encouraging Steps in Abolishing Human Slavery

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

It goes without saying that most of us want to ramp up -- and win -- the war against human trafficking. America abolished slavery once before, and we can do it again.

New Website Promotes Supply Chain Transparency

Rani Hong | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Rani Hong

Modern-day slavery is a human rights violation hidden in the shadows of our globalized markets. Today, it is estimated that tens of millions of adults and children are living in conditions of modern-day slavery around the world.

LOOK: Where America's Racists Live (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices

150 years has done little to shift anti-black attitudes in the some parts of the country, new analysis of census data and opinion polls shows. In w...

More Than 3 Dozen Countries Go After Europe For Slavery Reparations

AP | BEN FOX | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices

MIAMI — Leaders of more than a dozen Caribbean countries are launching a united effort to seek compensation from three European nations for what...

The Fight Is on Against Child Sex Trafficking in New York State

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 08.06.2013 | New York
Kevin M. Ryan

The bill, known as the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, declares that 16- and 17-year-olds who are arrested for prostitution are victims in need of services, not criminals. Right now only youth through age 15 get that protection. Hitting your Sweet 16 birthday shouldn't mean that you no longer need justice.

1/4 Of Homeless Youth Sex Trafficking Victims, New Study Reveals

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Today we are releasing the findings from one of the largest human trafficking studies among homeless youth in New York history, and the news is numbin...

Momentum Grows to End Human Trafficking

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Too often, those of us who fight against human slavery beat our heads against the walls of misinformation and prejudice.

The Freedom Flame: Why This Night Should Be Different

Rabbi Miriyam Glazer | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Miriyam Glazer

Now there are slaves. But if we all of us join together to take action against global slavery, not for long. The flame demanding accountability is burning within us too brightly.

The Forgotten "Father of Emancipation"

Harlow Giles Unger | Posted 03.30.2013 | Books
Harlow Giles Unger

More than twenty years before Lincoln ever uttered the word "emancipation," the courageous sixth President of the United States -- John Quincy Adams -- masterminded the U.S. Supreme Court victory that made the Emancipation Proclamation possible.

PHOTOS: 19th Century Letters Depict African-American's Lives

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 08.03.2012 | Black Voices

Life for an African-American southerner was a mixed bag of "troubles" and personal success circa 1841, experiences revealed in a series of 27 handwrit...

Millions Of Dollars Go Into Child Sex Trafficking In LA

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 06.12.2012 | Los Angeles

"I was raped. I was beat. I was hit by a car. I've had guns pulled out on me. I was forced to do all kinds of unimaginable things." These are the w...