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Human Trafficking

Human Rights in Indonesia: The Foundation of Our Future

Hashim Djojohadikusumo | Posted 05.26.2014 | 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 05.13.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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 05.10.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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 05.07.2014 | 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 05.07.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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 04.23.2014 | 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 04.23.2014 | 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.

Memo to the New York Times: It's Sex Trafficking!

Susan Danish | Posted 04.06.2014 | Media
Susan Danish

The New York Times had a great opportunity recently to create awareness about the face of slavery today -- human trafficking of women and girls for co...

France Takes First Steps Towards Abolition of Prostitution

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

The Nordic Model, as this set of laws is known, views the sex trade as irreconcilable with gender equality and refuses to consider prostitution as inevitable.

Violence Packs a Uniquely Devastating Punch on the Poor

Cameron Conaway | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Cameron Conaway

Through reflecting on countless conversations, travels, lectures and books one aspect of violence is made particularly clear: Our world's poorest people are especially vulnerable to it.

The Sochi Games and Human Rights: What Is the Responsibility of Corporate Sponsors?

Christine Bader | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Christine Bader

Of course, the international community -- companies included -- should be fighting for equal rights for all. But before urging companies to turn their attention outwards and lobby host governments, we should seek evidence that they are addressing the risks to human rights in their own operations.

Human Trafficking: It Doesn't Have to Be a Big Hairy Scary Issue

Liz Forkin Bohannon | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Liz Forkin Bohannon

When I was eight years old, my family took a summer vacation to Chicago where my parents' worst nightmare came true. Sipping a milkshake one moment --...

Sex Trafficking At The Super Bowl? It's A Problem Every Day

Suzanne Grimes | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Grimes

Although there is a market for commercial sex around the time of the Super Bowl, this market demand exists 365 days a year.

365: How the Focus on the Super Bowl Hurts Trafficking Victims

Rachel Lloyd | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Rachel Lloyd

What's the biggest event for human trafficking in the U.S.? If you said the Super Bowl, you'd actually be wrong. It's understandable, however that you...

Give Restitution to Victims of Child Pornography, But Also Recognize All Child Victims of Sexual Exploitation

Cynthia Godsoe | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Cynthia Godsoe

A significant group of child victims remains unrecognized as such -- children in the commercial sex industry.

Shining a Super Bowl Spotlight on Human Trafficking

Christine Pelosi | Posted 03.29.2014 | Sports
Christine Pelosi

Though human trafficking is endemic 365 days a year, it is especially rampant on Super Bowl Sunday. This week is the time for us to urge everyone -- in the shadows of the Super Bowl or the streets of your hometown -- to do your part in helping stop the scourge of human trafficking.