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Human Trafficking

Free at Last: My Stroll with the CNN Freedom Project

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 08.21.2014 | Media
Ebenezar Wikina

CNN has a freedom project that has been dedicated to fighting modern-day slavery since 2002, and considering the fact that child labour is one dominant form of slavery in this generation, I decided to interview CNN Executive Editor Mr. Leif Coorlim.

Dark-Humored Drama About Human Trafficking to Open at IRT

Jody Christopherson | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

The kinds of stories we are willing to tell speaks volumes to the value placed on individuals within a society. To this point, IRT Theater presents USELESS, a new dark-humored drama about human trafficking by Saviana Stanescu.

Female Troubles: Women's Rights as Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

How can anyone fail to recognize that the advancement and protection of women's full equality is a requisite to any future for human rights? No country nor international body has done enough to realize equality. With just over half of humankind being female, we can not wait any longer.

July 30: Raising Awareness Through Social Media on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Maya Laukaran | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Maya Laukaran

Did you know that human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world? No? Most people don't.

A Sustainable Approach to Combating Human Trafficking

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 07.30.2014 | 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.

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...

192 Arrested In Human Trafficking Crackdown

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2014 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) - U.S. officials have made almost 200 arrests and seized more than $625,000 in illicit profits in a month-long crackdo...

Cuba, the United States and Human Trafficking

Salim Lamrani | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Salim Lamrani

The United States has once again placed Cuba on the list of countries involved in human trafficking. However, international institutions repudiate Washington's perspective.

Stop Pulling Up the Ladder on Immigrants: The Wilberforce Act and Our Short National Memory About Immigration

Gyasi Ross | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Gyasi Ross

Don't let your elected officials succumb to the pressure of a few hypocrites/bigots with loud microphones. Hear these immigrants out the same way that this nation's Indigenous people heard this nation's white ancestors out. That's what the Wilberforce Act requires.

The Fastest-Growing Global Criminal Activity Is More Disturbing Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact

At least 100,000 children are estimated to be sexually exploited each year.

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.

Why We Must Empower Victims of Human Trafficking

Sen. Roger Wicker | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Sen. Roger Wicker

Although news headlines often glibly refer to a "war on women" in political terms, policymakers might well devote more energy to sex trafficking -- a nightmarish war faced by the most vulnerable among us, young women who are being bought and sold for sex against their will.

Our Complicity in the Somaly Mam Scandal

Cindy Brandt | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

It is time we inspect the basic motives to why we engage in this fight against injustice. Whether it is on grounds of human decency and equality, or because we are compelled by our faith; let's recalibrate our moral compass so it is not led astray by our tendency to strive for the sensational stories.

Raid By Thai Police Exposes Human Trafficking Ring

AP | Posted 07.09.2014 | World

BANGKOK (AP) — A raid at a palm plantation in southern Thailand exposed a ring that trafficked Myanmar's ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims into the c...

Why I Support Canada's Proposed Prostitution Laws

Georgialee Lang | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Georgialee Lang

The view that prostitution subordinates and victimizes women and girls is not particularly popular, but I have seen it first-hand when I lived on Granville Street in the early 1970's and in Vancouver's west end in the 80's. The image of a "happy hooker" is a Madison Avenue gimmick that has no basis in reality. When my husband, Doug, ran the Vancouver Vice Squad, I saw again the squalor and exploitation of young, addicted woman, both tragic and poignant.

Unaccompanied Minors are "Uniquely Vulnerable" to Trafficking

Emily Roenigk | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Emily Roenigk

The crisis shows the inherent connection between our current immigration system and the prevalence of modern-day slavery.

Ending Human Trafficking

Lauren Supina | Posted 06.26.2014 | Impact
Lauren Supina

No country is immune to the horrors of modern day slavery, including the United States. Ending human trafficking will take an enormous effort, but your action as a consumer at the store is a start.

When Freedom (Almost) Flops

Rachel Goble | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Rachel Goble

Today, I'm hit with the harsh reality that with Freedom comes the freedom to fail, the freedom to hurt yourself, the freedom to hurt others, and the freedom to make choices that cause pain.

FBI's Child Sex Trafficking Raid Excuses the Buyers, Again

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 06.25.2014 | Crime
Malika Saada Saar

So, what about the persons who did think the children were for sale, and purchased them? The politely termed "Johns" who purchased children for sex? Shouldn't the FBI "crush" them too?

Seeking Justice -- Or at Least the Truth -- For 'Comfort Women'

Christine Ahn | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Christine Ahn

On June 9, outside of Seoul, 91-year old Bae Chun-hui took her last gasp of air at the House of Sharing, a communal home established for former "comfort women" in South Korea to live out their remaining years in peace.

The Charitable Industrial Complex: Justice, Not Charity, Is What's Needed

Pardis Mahdavi | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Pardis Mahdavi

The problem is much larger than Somaly Mam or these orphanages. Worldwide there are "victim scripts" that individuals must conform to and perform in order to receive attention and assistance.

John Kerry: Human Trafficking Is The Greatest 'Assault On Basic Freedom'

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact

Secretary of State John Kerry released on Friday the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, which measures and grades on a tier system the efforts govern...

Syrian Parents Are Selling Young Girls Into Sham Marriages to Avoid Refugee Status

Sam McCormack | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Sam McCormack

Not only are Syrian girls as young as 15 with refugee status being sold into marriage, the marriages are effectively shams and more apparently, sexual servitude -- whereby the wealthy husband divorces his wife after a few days.

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.

Let's Transcend Petty Politics and Pass the TVJPA

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 08.19.2014 | New York
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

I came to two realizations: For these women, prostitution was not a choice, but an act of necessity and coercion -- sex trafficking. And because sex trafficking is an often misunderstood issue driven by complex criminal networks of pimps and johns, an effective response by government and law enforcement would be necessary to curtail the crime.