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Human Slavery

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 04.04.2014 | 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 04.02.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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 02.21.2014 | 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...

An Evening of Courage

Rani Hong | Posted 06.13.2012 | Impact
Rani Hong

Each woman shared pieces of a remarkable journey, from all corners of the globe: India to Tacoma to New York City. Prostitution, forced marriage, slavery, kidnapping. But they all shared a most rare characteristic: courage.

Actress Julia Ormond Speaks Out Against Human Slavery

Mickey Goodman | Posted 02.25.2012 | Impact
Mickey Goodman

Instead of dishing Hollywood gossip or talking about the new film, Julia Ormond's topic was deadly serious -- human trafficking.

The Abolition of Slavery -- We Have Come a Long Way, or Not?

Diana Mao | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Diana Mao

As I walked through the Cape Coast Castle, I realized that the slavery of centuries ago is not very different from modern day slavery -- the gross violation of human rights and the apathy of the masses towards their plight.

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Sponsors House Hearing on Child Trafficking

Conchita Sarnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Conchita Sarnoff

In order to undertake the darker side of immigration reform, such as child trafficking, lawmakers must create a sustainable budget and measurement system that collates factual data and statistics.

A Report from Women in the World: Stories and Solutions Summit - Part 1

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcia G. Yerman

At the Daily Beast's "Women in the World" conference last weekend the theme repeated and over was that "women's rights may exist on the books and in the law, but not on the street."

Pakistan's Poor Forced To Live As Modern-Day Slaves

TIME | E. Benjamin Skinner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As Hillary Clinton pays her first visit to Pakistan as Secretary of State, an unfolding hostage crisis will test the Obama Administration's rhetoric o...