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Human Trafficking

Slavery at the Super Bowl? 5 Helpful Facts for Fans

Kavitha Sreeharsha | Posted 01.31.2013 | Impact
Kavitha Sreeharsha

Are you planning to wear a team jersey? Commemorative and other team apparel could include cotton harvested by forced labor or sewn in factories by forced labor. Did you buy a new flat-screen television for your Super Bowl party?

Ending Human Trafficking -- Now Is Our Time for Action

Amol Mehra | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Amol Mehra

By all measures, 2012 was full of successes in the battle against these egregious human rights violations, but even more so, the stage is set for 2013 to be a truly historic turning point in the fight against human trafficking.

Qatar Launches Into 2022 World Cup on Backs of Abused Migrants

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Labor activists say the fierce imbalance between the elite and the laboring underclass in Qatar is headed for catastrophe as the country prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Protecting Our Children: Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Rani Hong | Posted 01.24.2013 | Impact
Rani Hong

To be aware of this tragedy is one thing, to find out how you can help, is a solution. What can you do to help these women and children? The problem is large, yet the solution begins with one step toward spreading awareness and protecting our children and stepping up to lend a hand.

Human Trafficking and Stopping the Unthinkable

Nicole Melancon | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Nicole Melancon

An estimated 5.5 million children worldwide are victims of human trafficking -- an absolute disgrace. What is even harder to believe is that thousands of these children are within the United States and child trafficking occurs within every single state.

Accio Sunlight!

Andrew Slack | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Andrew Slack

We're now in an era where fan activists will not be quietly silenced by cease and desist letters. And organizations like the Harry Potter Alliance will not simply walk away when the freedom of children and their families are at stake.

New Yorkers Unite to Support the Somaly Mam Foundation Charity Benefit

Culture-ist | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact

Brave Is Beautiful was the theme that rung clear at an event to support the Somaly Mam Foundation on Thursday night in New York City. The purpose of the event was to raise $25,000 for the Somaly Mam Foundation, a nonprofit that is committed to ending modern slavery.

Human Trafficking and Prostitution: Here's a Better Way to Confront Them

Steven Kurlander | Posted 03.24.2013 | Crime
Steven Kurlander

When it comes to the sex trade, there always will be occasional, much publicized sweeps of prostitutes and johns in some seedy section of a city. There always will be some righteous state legislators, too, introducing virtuous bills targeting some aspect of this socially unacceptable behavior.

Human Trafficking Victims Face Greater Peril by Congressional Delays

Mary C. Ellison | Posted 03.20.2013 | Impact
Mary C. Ellison

All across the country, people are waking up to the fact that modern-day slavery is happening in their own backyards, and they want their elected officials to take action.

WATCH: Former Sex Slave: 'I Just Want To Help' Others Escape

Daniel Littlewood | Posted 01.18.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Growing up in war-torn Cambodia and separated from her parents, a young Somaly Mam was easy prey for a human trafficker, who eventually brought her to...

Where Are the Signs?

John Bergquist | Posted 03.20.2013 | Impact
John Bergquist

As I landed in Asia after a nearly 24 hour flight from the United States earlier this week I could only think of one thing. Where are the sex signs?

A Survivor's Tale on Human Trafficking

Asia Graves | Posted 03.19.2013 | Impact
Asia Graves

Human trafficking is a seminal human rights issue. We are in the eye of a human rights storm. I know this because seven years ago, I was at its center.

Could Congressional Indifference Kill the 'Most Important Anti-Trafficking Law Ever Passed'?

Greg Asbed | Posted 03.19.2013 | Impact
Greg Asbed

There is simply no justification for returning to the dark days when forced labor went mostly unrevealed, and vulnerable workers were forced to suffer in silence at the hands of their employers.

It's Human Trafficking Prevention Month, But Is Awareness Enough?

Kavitha Sreeharsha | Posted 03.18.2013 | Impact
Kavitha Sreeharsha

Without a clear understanding of the complexities to human trafficking, even brands at the forefront of fighting this issue may not always have the expertise to identify and prevent slavery among all their suppliers.

Human Trafficking Victim: I Was Kidnapped And Sold At Age 7

Posted 01.13.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Rani Hong was just 7 years old when she was kidnapped from her mother's home in southern India and sold into the international slave trade. "A frie...

Winning the War Against Human Trafficking

Corban Addison | Posted 03.14.2013 | Impact
Corban Addison

On the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, it is fitting to ask for a progress report. Are we winning the war against human trafficking? The answer, unfortunately, is no.

Sex Trafficking -- Closer to Your Neighborhood Than You Think

Neil H. MacBride | Posted 03.13.2013 | Crime
Neil H. MacBride

While most people think sex trafficking is limited to third-world brothels and remote places you ponder just long enough to change the news channel, the reality belies that myth.

Global Sex Trafficking & the Guy Next Door

Lauren Hersh | Posted 01.11.2013 | Impact
Lauren Hersh

According to the US Department of State, research in nine countries concluded that 60 to 75 percent of women in prostitution are raped and 70 to 95 percent are physically assaulted. The vast majority of prostitution results from gender inequality, racism and poverty.

An Intimate Conversation with CNN Hero Somaly Mam

Angella Nazarian | Posted 03.11.2013 | Impact
Angella Nazarian

Universally recognized as a visionary for her courage, dignity, ingenuity and resilience, Somaly has been honored as one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People of 2009" and as a CNN Hero.

Obama Pushed For More Support On Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 03.13.2013 | Impact

Updated Fri. Jan. 11, 10:36 a.m. EST Many are captives who are trafficked for sex, sold by their poverty-stricken parents. Others toil in sweatshop...

Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Spotlight on Domestic Workers

Tiffany Williams | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Tiffany Williams

This month, in honor of National Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention Month, NDWA is launching a project aiming to raise awareness about human trafficking of domestic workers, and to build leadership skills of survivors to be their own advocates.

The Fight Against Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 02.26.2013 | Impact
Bryan Cain-Jackson

While being entertained by a film, Taken, which takes place abroad that and is mere fiction, it is believed that between 100,000 and 300,000 children are victims of human trafficking in the United States alone. Every American has to understand that we have this problem.

Barbed Wire Butterflies

John Malik | Posted 02.20.2013 | Books
John Malik

Barbed Wire Butterflies is a gritty tale of a most unlikely heroine and her struggle against greed, corruption and indifference.

What 'Human Trafficking' Really Means | 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...

Jason Mraz Brings Pop To Myanmar

AP | YADANA HTUN | Posted 02.15.2013 | Entertainment

YANGON, Myanmar — American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz mixed entertainment with education to become the first world-class entertainer in decade...