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Human Trafficking

The Fight Against Human Trafficking in the United States

Don Golden | Posted 12.29.2012 | DC
Don Golden

Most Americans who are aware that slavery exists today assume i's happening outside the U.S. Unfortunately, the number of individuals, both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens, who find themselves in bondage on U.S. soil is greatly increasing.

Facebook Used In Appalling Child Sex Trade

AP | MARGIE MASON | Posted 12.29.2012 | Technology

DEPOK, Indonesia (AP) — When a 14-year-old girl received a Facebook friend request from an older man she didn't know, she accepted it out of curiosi...

Money, Corruption and Slavery

Monique Villa | Posted 12.18.2012 | World
Monique Villa

Human trafficking and slavery depend on corruption, which depends on cash. Cutting off the global flow of money that is essential to greasing palms of corrupt officials would go a long way toward ending this barbarity. How to achieve that is another story.

Law & Order: SVU Confronts the Terrorist in the Little Black Dress

Allison Leotta | Posted 12.18.2012 | TV
Allison Leotta

What's more disturbing: sex slavery or international terrorism? SVU tackled the question with its trademark mix of ripped-from-the-headlines issues, hairpin plot turns, and girls in skimpy dresses.

'Alcoholic' Sells Wife For $110 To Pay For Booze

Posted 10.17.2012 | World

A 42-year-old Indian man described as an "alcoholic" allegedly attempted to sell his wife for about $110 to pay for his drinking habit, the Times of I...

Dr. Phil Airs Sara Kruzan Human Trafficking Story - Oct 17

Susan L. Travis | Posted 12.17.2012 | Impact
Susan L. Travis

Little Sara Kruzan killed her trafficker when she was 16 years old. Sara's aunt, Anne Catherine Rogan, speaks eloquently of her niece, now 34 years old.

A Small Victory in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Bibiana Ferraiuoli Suarez | Posted 12.16.2012 | Latino Voices
Bibiana Ferraiuoli Suarez

Human trafficking is one of the most vicious violations imaginable against our most basic human rights. I soon learned that it also has no boundaries. It is not confined to far away countries, it happens every day in most developed countries.

Combating Gender-Based Violence as a U.S. Policy Priority

Mark P. Lagon | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Mark P. Lagon

Victims of the various forms of sexual and gender-based violence -- including rape, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, and domestic abuse -- are frequently prevented by societal constraints from seeking safety or justice.

School Reportedly Expels Gang-Rape Victim For 'Tarnishing Institution's Image'

Posted 10.10.2012 | World

A private school in Depok City, Indonesia, has reportedly reversed its decision to expel a 14-year-old rape victim, following the media frenzy surroun...

The Wizard Is In -- Or Is He?

Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles

I suppose it would be a more satisfying story if Jesus had waved his magic Messiah wand and intoned some Harry Potter-worthy Latin spell to fix the system that allowed Bartimaeus not only to languish there, but actively encouraged him to stay in his place. But that's not how the story goes.

Against Our Will: Poetry From Survivors of Human Trafficking

Alicia Keys | Posted 12.09.2012 | Impact
Alicia Keys

Modern-day slavery is real. Whether it's sex trafficking or labor trafficking, in which people are being made to work brutally long hours with no pay, it's happening right in our backyards and it's heartbreaking.

Mira Sorvino, In Pursuit Of Justice

Guideposts | Posted 12.09.2012 | Religion

When you look into the eyes of someone who's had all their basic human rights stolen, their dignity stripped away, treated like an object, not a human being, how can you turn your back? How can you not speak out and act?

We Insist on Your Dignity

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 12.08.2012 | World
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

Accepting the trafficking of women and girls as a norm coarsens our culture. In a recent address, our President said, "as a nation, we've long rejected such cruelty." Yet sadly, with each purchase of another human, we become that much more callous to the casual cruelty of trafficking.

Let's Put An End To Slavery Once And For All

Natalie Pace | Posted 12.06.2012 | Impact
Natalie Pace

While slavery is no longer acceptable in the developed world, legally or socially, the sad truth is that it is still rampant -- hidden in the underbelly of society (all around the world) and woven into the supply chain of some of our goods.

Half The Church

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 12.06.2012 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

I only hope the history books will tell future generations that Christians today were pro-life for the unborn and that our pro-life convictions extended to and blessed the lives of the women and girls represented in "Half the Sky."

Rape For Profit: A Disturbing Look at Human Trafficking in Seattle

Mark Joseph | Posted 10.02.2012 | Entertainment
Mark Joseph

I recently screened a disturbing and provocative film that deserves a wide showing: Rape For Profit takes a gritty look at inner-city Seattle's growin...

Federal Contractors and Consumers Target of President's Speech on Human Trafficking

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Kelly Heinrich

President Obama has underscored that the prevention of slavery is the responsibility of government and the private sector and consumers. As a result, he reframed the issue into one not of us and them but us - period. We, the collective we, are the solution to human trafficking.

Sex Trafficking: President Obama's Challenge Of Faith

Katherine Marshall | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

President Obama called for every faith community to take action, educating their congregations, and "joining in coalitions that are bound by a love of God and a concern for the oppressed."

Ending Slavery: Obama's Best, Most Overlooked Speech This Week

Trooper Sanders | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Trooper Sanders

At a time when he would be excused for devoting every moment in front of an audience to ensuring his own political survival, the president spent valuable time tackling the scourge of human trafficking.

Act to End Human Trafficking

Katie Pedigo | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Katie Pedigo

Exactly a century and a half after abolition, slavery persists. Today we call it human trafficking. It is one of the largest and fastest-growing criminal practices in the world.

Ending Demand Is a Common-Sense Approach That Works

Rachel Durchslag | Posted 09.27.2012 | Chicago
Rachel Durchslag

Going after the demand side of the sex trade makes sense, and this national movement to end demand for the sex trade isn't just a "moral crusade." End Demand Illinois campaign advocates for a variety of strategies.

Religious Groups Team Up To Fight Sex Trafficking

Religion News Service | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion

WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) Just 13. That's the average age UNICEF reports that girls enter the commercial sex trade in the U.S. And while many Ameri...

A Nonprofit With a Bespoke Brand Engagement Experience: Not For Sale

Michelle S. Melendez | Posted 11.26.2012 | Impact
Michelle S. Melendez

Millennials like Jessica are dedicated to a commitment towards acting on the social impact they bring with their own personal brand platforms. This is what I know as "brand equity" and it is priceless if we want to make a difference in the world.

President Obama's Speech at Clinton Global Initiative: A Call to End Modern-day Slavery

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 11.26.2012 | Impact
Malika Saada Saar

The U.S. government spends 300 times more money each year to fight drug trafficking than it does to fight human trafficking. And the criminal penalties for drug trafficking are generally greater than the ones usually levied against those who traffic in girls.

World's Future Depends on Women's Equality

John Seager | Posted 11.25.2012 | World
John Seager

n America, women doing the same jobs as men make 23 cents less per hour - and pay a lot more for health insurance. Women's experiences are routinely ignored. Women's rights to reproductive services are under continual assault. Around the world, the portrait is even grimmer.