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Human Trafficking

Facing Common Struggles, Domestic Workers Mobilize Across Borders

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.21.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

Creative protest through film and media are forming a common language for a dialogue on migrants' rights, breaking their silence with one collective voice.

Educating Girls to Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal

Jesse Seaver | Posted 07.10.2012 | Impact
Jesse Seaver

Every year, around 20,000 girls are taken from their homes in Nepal and transported to India and the Middle East to work as slaves. It is estimated that 12,000 to 15,000 end up as prostitutes in Indian brothels. 

America's Shame: The U.S. Government's Human Trafficking Dilemma

Joe Newman | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Joe Newman

This human trafficking pipeline wasn't benefiting some shadowy war lord or oppressive regime. No, these are workers who were feeding, cleaning up after and providing logistical support for U.S. troops -- the standard bearers of the free and democratic world.

Girls of Color, Backpage, and the Online Girl Trade

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 07.02.2012 | Black Voices
Malika Saada Saar

I grew up loving the Village Voice. During the 80's and 90's, it was also one of those rare mainstream publications in which the Black and Brown mind, body, and spirit were routinely celebrated. That is why I am heart-broken to witness how it now survives off the exploitation and enslavement of girls.

A Prosecutor Sets His Sights On the Johns

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

This is one of the few high profile cases across the country in which the johns as well as the traffickers have been indicted, and I applaud the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., for his leadership.

How You Can Help Protect Victims of Human Trafficking by Voting in the Next Presidential Election

Deborah Bergman | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics
Deborah Bergman

Enforcing obscenity laws will not combat human trafficking because the vast majority of trafficking victims do not work in the pornography industry. It will only consume resources that should be used to aid the victims of all forms of trafficking and to prosecute their traffickers.

Prosecutors: Accused Slave Trader Should Pay Victims $1.6 Million

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business

Federal prosecutors Thursday urged a U.S. District Court to order accused human trafficker Veniamin Gonikman to pay $1.6 million to 12 victims, and ig...

Taking Down Pimps Without Traumatizing Victims

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 06.24.2012 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

They tattooed these street names on the women they exploited. One woman had a crown with a dollar sign tattooed above her pubic bone. Another had "King Koby" and a barcode permanently inked on her neck.

Crime Actually Does Pay

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business

* Criminal business one of the world's largest - U.N. * Threatens international development goals * Crime groups showing...

Conversation With Jaida Im of Freedom House

Nicki Richesin | Posted 06.20.2012 | San Francisco
Nicki Richesin

Survivors of human trafficking are modern day slaves living without freedom. They are kept in bondage. Even when they are rescued from their perpetrators, they are not truly freed since they have nowhere to turn to for help.

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.

WATCH: With Every Strikeout, MLB Players Donate To Fight Child Trafficking

Posted 04.12.2012 | Impact

Opening day for some Major League Baseball players proved to be more unifying than it was competitive. Several big leaguers are starting their sea...

Listening for the Voice of Aslan

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Instead of voting for the candidates, the parties, and the Super-PACs, a new generation of believers will be voting for their values, their friends, and their own voices -- voting for us. And that is hopeful to me.

A Girl's Prayer

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Malika Saada Saar

In many ways I have protected all of my children from the human rights work that I do, especially the anti-trafficking efforts. I have tried to insulate them from the violence that is part of my every day reality.

How Many Slaves Produced Your Seder?

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 06.04.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

As the seder begins, we say metaphorically, "This year, we are slaves. Next year, may we be free people." Let us hope that by next Passover, our feasts of liberation will be made without slave labor and that more people will be free.

2.4 Million People Are Victims Of Human Trafficking

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 04.04.2012 | World

UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. crime-fighting office said Tuesday that 2.4 million people across the globe are victims of human trafficking at any one tim...

Conversations With Christopher Bessette and Dermot Mulroney on Trade of Innocents

Nicki Richesin | Posted 06.03.2012 | Entertainment
Nicki Richesin

The problem of human trafficking is all over the world. Slavery is alive and well in the 21st century; it's time we as a people put an end to it. It's definitely time modern day abolitionists made it known we are not going to turn away from it anymore.

Some Things Are Just Unacceptable

David Isenberg | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

This is not some merely some picayune issue for bureaucrats to fuss over. As Sen. Portman testified, "This is about something much more fundamental, and that's who we are as a people. It's about respecting and protecting human dignity."

Why The Village Voice Must Shut Down's Adult Section

Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson | Posted 05.28.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

Called upon to act by a multifaith clergy coalition of hundreds of rabbis, ministers, imams, priests, and other religious and moral leaders, Village Voice has claimed that this issue is "complicated."

David Lohr

Mother Hunts For Leads In Suspected Sex Trafficking Cold Case | David Lohr | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

Coming up on the sixth anniversary of her disappearance, Glendene Grant has released an age-progressed portrait showing what her missing daughter migh...

Remembering The Victims Of Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 05.25.2012 | Impact
Free The Slaves

USAID has made tremendous progress in the past year on C-TIP and I'm already looking forward to next year's PITF, where we can share how we've turned our policy into action, announce concrete deliverables, and make new commitments to combating this horrific crime. We hope all our partners inside and outside the government will hold us accountable.

Vanity With a Mission: Doing Good While Looking Good

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 05.21.2012 | Impact
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

You are probably wondering how a company that specializes in "human hair extensions" can help to empower women rescued from human trafficking.

Fashion With a Conscience

Phil Shepherd | Posted 05.21.2012 | Style
Phil Shepherd

Shelton Green, risking everything for his unwavering dream, has created a line of fashion that both looks great and is conscious of the people who have created it.

SFO Launches Program To Combat Human Trafficking

Robin Wilkey | Posted 03.20.2012 | San Francisco

An innovative new program at San Francisco International Airport will train airport personnel to identify and stop human trafficking on commercial air...

Make It Known To Apple, Other Brands We're Serious About Conflict-Free Products!

Justin Dillon | Posted 05.10.2012 | Impact
Justin Dillon

At the end of the day, brands want our trust. The marketplace is full of shiny objects vying for our attention and money. Money is simply the manifestation of trust. Mutual trust requires vulnerability.