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Human Trafficking

What to Get a Survivor on Valentine's Day

Asia Graves | Posted 04.16.2013 | Impact
Asia Graves

This year, the organization I work for, FAIR Girls, is having a Valentine's Day party in celebration of girls avoiding and escaping trafficking. On this day of love, our girls will celebrate the fact that we have found love within ourselves and for each other.

UN Report: Child Trafficking On The Rise

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 02.15.2013 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS -- A new U.N. report paints a grim picture of the millions of people trafficked for sexual exploitation and forced labor: They come fro...

WATCH: Lisa Ling Visits Underage Sex Worker One Year After Rescue

OWN | Posted 02.12.2013 | OWN

Ashley can't sleep in the dark. But it's not a horror movie she once saw that keeps her awake at night; instead, she is haunted by the horrific life s...

Underground Trade Part Three: The Business of Trafficking

Phillip Martin | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Phillip Martin

Why would someone fly 8,500 miles and spend $4,000 dollars to pony up to a bar in Pattaya, Thailand? "If they go into Pattaya, it's not because Pattaya has nice beaches," said Somerville, MA., Police Chief Thomas Pasquarello. "It's because it has sex tourism."

Underground Trade Part Two: The Route Through Queens

Phillip Martin | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Phillip Martin

Without ever knowing it, you've driven the same routes, passed the same landmarks and used the same rest stops as today's human trafficking networks that operate from New York to New England.

Underground Trade, Part One: Hiding in Plain Sight

Phillip Martin | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Phillip Martin

Wellesley, Mass., went from a town renowned for its colleges and highly educated residents to a place where cops busted an alleged prostitution ring that operated out of a massage parlor.

Trio Charged With Running‘Sex Trafficking House Of Horrors'

Posted 02.02.2013 | Chicago

A trio in the Chicago suburb of Schiller Park was accused Friday of preying on poor or homeless women to run what State's Attorney Anita Alvarez calle...

Jessica Prois

Human Trafficking Victim Shares Story Of Captivity On 'Freedom Day'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Prois | Posted 02.01.2013 | Impact

Margaret Howard became a victim of domestic human trafficking at 13 years old, when she ran away from home and was later picked up on a southern Illin...

WATCH: Alvin Ailey Tackles Human Trafficking

Posted 02.01.2013 | Black Voices

From a young man's reckoning with a diagnosis of HIV ("Home," 2011) to the story of African-American faith and tenacity from slavery to freedom ("Reve...

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
Culture-ist

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.