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Modern Day Slavery

Free at Last: My Stroll with the CNN Freedom Project

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 08.21.2014 | Media
Ebenezar Wikina

CNN has a freedom project that has been dedicated to fighting modern-day slavery since 2002, and considering the fact that child labour is one dominant form of slavery in this generation, I decided to interview CNN Executive Editor Mr. Leif Coorlim.

A Sustainable Approach to Combating Human Trafficking

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

Although today is the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the issue of human trafficking is hardly a novel one; rather, this crime has sadly survived and thrived for thousands of years.

Unaccompanied Minors are "Uniquely Vulnerable" to Trafficking

Emily Roenigk | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Emily Roenigk

The crisis shows the inherent connection between our current immigration system and the prevalence of modern-day slavery.

Slavery at Sea

Nick Grono | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Nick Grono

Slavery touches us all, no matter where we live or how law-abiding we are. It is found in the clothes we wear, the products we buy and the food we eat. This has been underlined in the last few weeks by a series of powerful investigations into the horrors of the Thai fishing industry.

Free 21 Million

Michael Møller | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Michael Møller

It is estimated that forced labor generates over $150 billion a year worldwide in illegal profits. To put this amount into perspective, it is the same amount of money that the iPhone has generated in revenues since 2007! It's more than the annual GDP of Rwanda, Iceland, Kenya, Jamaica and Croatia combined!

20 Percent of a Country Enslaved: A Cry for Mauritania

Mary David | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Mary David

Although he was born free, Biram Dah Abeid and his family know well the pain of slavery. Dah Abeid and his family are from the West African country of Mauritania.

This Photographer Raised $50,000 To Fight Human Trafficking After Being Offered A Baby For $50

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact

Everything changed for Tanner Wendell Stewart when he was in Bulgaria in 2012. Stewart, a Seattle-based photographer, had spotted a man holding a ...

Pretty Manifesto! -- Leslie Jones and Erin McKean

Ellen Snortland | Posted 07.29.2014 | Entertainment
Ellen Snortland

A statuesque woman, Jones started riffing with Colin Jost (the new male anchor of Weekend Update) on the subject of beauty vs. "being useful," mentioning how the ultra-slender Lupita Nyong'o was just named "Most Beautiful Woman" by People magazine.

Beyond Hashtags and Resolutions: What It Will Take to End Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Free The Slaves

While hashtag activism and expressions of outrage are important, they will not be enough to eradicate slavery. What's needed is a concerted global campaign that's equal to the scope of slavery's worldwide reach.

Committing to Change and Justice at Wendy's

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Why not join a proven solution to abuse in your supply chain? That's the question that T'ruah rabbis and others around the country have been asking over the past year.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Makeup

Justin Dillon | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Justin Dillon

It's mildly ironic that my son is too young to watch Indiana Jones, but can comprehend actual footage of child mining without any difficulty. Regardless of age restrictions, he is learning that life's true adventures are non-fiction.

Putting Slavery Out of Business

Nick Grono | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Nick Grono

The latest authoritative report from the International Labor Organization shows that we have been badly underestimating just what big business this evil is, generating a shocking $150 billion profit per year.

Slavery Is Still Thriving And Is More Profitable Than Big Oil

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 05.22.2014 | Business

It's hard to believe, but even today, people are forced into slavery, girls are sexually exploited and children are forced to do hard labor -- all for...

Let's Rescue All the World's Children Who've Been Kidnapped for Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Free The Slaves

So may the righteous anger over the Boko Haram crime inspire a renewed commitment to eradicating slavery. While we wait and hope for the rescue of the Nigerian girls, let us also mobilize on behalf of the millions who did not appear in the headlines.

I'm A-Wondering... Sterling, Bundy, Republicans and the Good Ole' Days of Slavery

Richard Brodsky | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

The degradation of history and language in the service of political argument is a profound mistake and a profound danger. America will survive Sterling and Bundy and similars. It will be harder to survive the embrace of their vocabulary by mainstream leaders.

Passover, Liberation, and Modern Day Slavery

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Nancy K. Kaufman

Through the retelling of our history as slaves, we are also compelled to remember that slavery still exists in our midst.

An Urgent Letter to Australian Billionaire Andrew Forrest

Robert J. Benz | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

A proposal to eradicate slavery by the year 2100 is one that makes more sense. It gives time to institutionalize solutions and allows them to germinate organically.

Five Words Can End Child Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Free The Slaves

It's important to note that there is a solution. With a little help, at-risk children can be protected against slavery, as can their parents and neighbors.

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.

Behind the Scenes: #StandWithMe Against Child Slavery

Stephanie Be | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Stephanie Be

The photo that inspired a little girl to free child slaves. Photo by Lisa Kristine. "Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live. This is the...

12 Years A Slave Got You Thinking? Now Boycott Chocolate Harvested By Child Slaves

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Lennard Davis

While it is difficult to know which chocolate is produced by the slave system, one thing is clear: If you buy organic Fair Trade products, you will most probably be boycotting slave chocolate. Anything from Latin America and South America should also be slavery-free.

Everything You Need To Know About Human Trafficking In 1 Graphic

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

From the World Economic Forum to the approaching Super Bowl to the current advocacy month, awareness surrounding human trafficking is swelling. To ...

How Can You Fight Human Trafficking? Here's One Simple Way.

Cameron Conaway | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Cameron Conaway

Behind every number is a human being with a story worth telling and a life of freedom worth living.

Sex Trafficking: Beyond the Abstract Evil

Cameron Conaway | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Cameron Conaway

Just as we work to empathize with and learn from the survivors, so too must we demystify the criminals and learn to speak about them as though they are real-life human beings (because they are).

John Kerry's Regret

Ijeoma E. Okoli | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Ijeoma E. Okoli

John Kerry had an amazing first year as Secretary of State. I was totally on Team Kerry until he expressed regret over the arrest of an Indian national in the U.S. who is alleged to have mistreated her maid and lied on a U.S. visa application.