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Human Trafficking

Florida Teen Kidnapped By Suspected Sex Trafficker: Police

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 04.16.2014 | Crime

A Florida man allegedly lured a 14-year-old girl into his car, then kidnapped her, sexually assaulted her and tried to force her into prostitution. ...

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...

Sneak Peek: Season 2 of Graceland

Tara Settembre | Posted 04.15.2014 | TV
Tara Settembre

Is it June yet?

Holly Smith, Author of Walking Prey and Sex Trafficking Survivor, Shares Advice and Her Story

Jane Mosbacher Morris | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Jane Mosbacher Morris

Holly is indisputably courageous for sharing her personal story, which helps to illuminate that children (and adults) from all walks of life, can be the target of traffickers.

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.

Migrant Children Are Children First

Maria Teresa Rojas | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact
Maria Teresa Rojas

Children are by definition vulnerable. That's particularly true for girls and boys journeying alone, under unsafe circumstances, often fleeing violence. Mexico and the US have an obligation to apply the international principle of the "best interests of the child" as the gold standard for all dealings with underage migrants.

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.

Child Trafficking in Your Own Backyard

Deborah Swiss | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Deborah Swiss

It happens in Boston, Massachusetts. It happens in Kolkata, India. More human beings are currently enslaved than at any time in history.

My Conversation with Shyima Hall, Human Trafficking Survivor and Activist

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Tavis Smiley

Sold into slavery by her parents when she was just 8 years old, Hall's ordeal took her from Egypt to a gated community in Southern California. For four years, she lived under the control of a wealthy couple that abused her mentally and physically. Now 24, she works as an advocate to spread awareness of child trafficking.

Human Rights in Indonesia: The Foundation of Our Future

Hashim Djojohadikusumo | Posted 03.26.2014 | World
Hashim Djojohadikusumo

Indonesia has made great strides since we embraced the democratic system in 1998 and I believe, despite great challenges, we have a bright future ahead of us. To realize our nation's promise, however, we must first protect the fundamental rights of our people.

After Going Undercover To A Brothel Selling Kids For Sex, This Man Is Now Fighting Child Trafficking

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact

In the fall of 2002, Rob Morris stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a Southeast Asian brothel with a group of men who were staring hungrily at young girls t...

Interfaith Anti-Slavery Campaign Launches At The Vatican

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Christians and Muslims have joined to try to help free millions of men, women and children held in modern-day slavery, forced to w...

On the "A" w/Souleo: Yoga Activists Fight Human Trafficking

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 03.13.2014 | Impact
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

These projects point to a growing number of yoga activists who utilize the practice to address political and social issues and share yoga with underserved populations. The goal is direct if not simple: use yoga to make the world a better place.

Close the Torture Houses in North Sinai and Egypt

Suzette Standring | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Suzette Standring

Every day Meron Estafamos answers her phone with an aching heart. From torture houses in Egypt, Eritrean hostages plead for ransom on a captor's cell phone. Help me.

Bridging the Gap

Monique Villa | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Monique Villa

There are very few moments in the history of a nation that manage to bring together people from all paths of life to demand radical change. The 2012 Delhi gang rape is certainly one.

Reimagined Women's Magazines Swap Cover Girls For Slaves

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact

An advocacy site has given glossy women's magazines a makeover, replacing quintessential headlines and photos with messages that convey a much more gr...

Weapons of Mass Construction: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic

Greg Barrett | Posted 03.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg Barrett

[This week every year Graduation Day reverberates through the Klong Toey slums of Bangkok, Thailand for hundreds of poor students (nearly 1,000 this y...

When You Believe in Something Enough, Drop Everything and GO FOR IT!

Rich Polt | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact
Rich Polt

Gloria left her full time marketing job in August of last year to become a Digital Activist Fellow with the Polaris Project, an organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Tough Mothers, Nobody's Slave

Deborah Swiss | Posted 03.07.2014 | 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.

Finding an Abducted Girl in South Sudan

Sasha Chanoff | Posted 03.06.2014 | Impact
Sasha Chanoff

Mangok recently departed for South Sudan knowing that he may be risking his life, which has narrowed to this search. "The burden of freedom," Mangok said, "is that you can't endure someone else not having it."

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.

U.N. North Korea Human Rights Report & A Call to Action

Mike Kim | Posted 02.25.2014 | World
Mike Kim

The worst thing we can do is ignore the problem in North Korea and hope it goes away on its own. We must not take this information and move on with our lives. What if the world passively looked on as Hitler made his march through Europe and just hoped for the best?

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.

The Disposability of Boys

Cameron Conaway | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
Cameron Conaway

The UN's recent reports on the treatment of children in Syria and in the Roman Catholic Church revealed some of the despicable acts committed again...

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.