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Sex Trafficking

America's Dirty Little Secret: Sex Trafficking Is Big Business

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.30.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

You don't hear much about domestic sex trafficking from the media or government officials, and yet it infects suburbs, cities and towns across the nation.

Chilling PSA Reminds Us That Human Trafficking Victims Are Exploited In Our Neighborhoods

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.13.2014 | Impact

While it may seem like it’s a third-world issue, human trafficking victims are being exploited in our neighborhoods, hotels, at sporting events and ...

Is Backpage.com Liable?

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

The girls seek damages from Backpage.com -- believed to sell the most online prostitution ads involving children in the country -- for creating an illegal online marketplace and policing it in bad faith. After Backpage.com published their pictures and sales pitches about them, the girls, ages 13 and 15, were repeatedly raped by customers.

Islands of Safety: Libraries and Books, Part 2, Orphanages

James M. Lynch | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
James M. Lynch

Why you might want do this I don't know, but let's pretend anyway that you're a 3-year-old boy in Mumbai and your parents and sister just died, l...

This Film Shines A Light On The Worst Brothels Of India

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 09.03.2014 | Arts

In 2011, Casey Allred, an American educator in India, noticed something strange. The school he ran was losing girls with each passing week. Teachers w...

A Sustainable Approach to Combating Human Trafficking

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 09.29.2014 | 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.

70 Percent Of Child Sex Trafficking Victims Are Sold Online: Study

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact

In 2014, buying a child for sex online can be just as easy as selling your old couch or posting an updated resume. Astonishing statistics dug up by...

Child Abuse, Statutory Rape, Modern Day Slavery or Prostitution?

Monique Tinglin | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Monique Tinglin

From the streets of New York City, to the villages of Kenya, children, particularly young girls, need protection from sexual predators. The time for action is now.

Murders in Italy Highlight the Victimization of Smuggled Migrants

Anne Gallagher | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Anne Gallagher

The overlap between smuggling and trafficking is all around us. We don't yet know exactly what happened to that group of migrants found dead in Italy but recent experiences indicate the story likely involves deception, extortion and violence.

The Fastest-Growing Global Criminal Activity Is More Disturbing Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact

At least 100,000 children are estimated to be sexually exploited each year.

Man Sentenced For Selling Disabled Teen Into Sex

AP | JENNIFER McDERMOTT | Posted 07.15.2014 | Crime

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Missouri man was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison for taking a developmentally delayed teenage girl from Massachuse...

Alena Hall

Meet The Police Officer Who's Offering Prostitutes An Alternative To A Jail Cell

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact

Deputy Andy Conner always knew that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and enter law enforcement. But it wasn’t until he began patrolli...

Senate: Please Pass These Anti-Trafficking Laws

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

At Covenant House, the hemisphere's largest movement of programs and shelter services for homeless and trafficked young people, we see far too many kids who have been forced into prostitution.

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.

7 Charities Still Doing Great Work in Cambodia

Norm Schriever | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Norm Schriever

In order to renew our trust in the process of helping others -- to let these experiences with Somaly become a lesson in cautious optimism, not cynicism, I've outlined a few charities that I know are doing excellent work in Cambodia.

Syrian Parents Are Selling Young Girls Into Sham Marriages to Avoid Refugee Status

Sam McCormack | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Sam McCormack

Not only are Syrian girls as young as 15 with refugee status being sold into marriage, the marriages are effectively shams and more apparently, sexual servitude -- whereby the wealthy husband divorces his wife after a few days.

Let's Transcend Petty Politics and Pass the TVJPA

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 08.19.2014 | New York
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

I came to two realizations: For these women, prostitution was not a choice, but an act of necessity and coercion -- sex trafficking. And because sex trafficking is an often misunderstood issue driven by complex criminal networks of pimps and johns, an effective response by government and law enforcement would be necessary to curtail the crime.

Doesn't Bella Deserve Better?

Lauren Hersh | Posted 08.18.2014 | New York
Lauren Hersh

In New York, a person who commits statutory rape receives a higher penalty than a person who buys sex from that same child, signaling that the child who has been bought is less worthy of protection. It is time that Albany sets aside politics and protects people.

Recruiting Lawyers to Help Trafficking Survivors

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

I applaud these efforts and others like them. They are proof that it takes an entire community to create a safety net to lift up our neighbors, many of them minors, who have survived being trafficked.

Former Human Trafficker Opens Up About His Crimes To Protect Victims During World Cup

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact

His method was simple. He’d find girls or women from out of town, investigate their financial situations and then offer them better lives. Soon e...

Are We Letting the Scandal Over Somaly Mam Distort the Realities of Child Trafficking?

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

Many argue that Somaly Mam did a lot to focus attention on the plight of these children even if she was lying about her own circumstances and, indeed, she did. But now it turns out that may have caused irreparable damage.

Buy Her Bag, Not Her Body

Deborah Swiss | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Deborah Swiss

I first learned about Nomi Network when I purchased a "Buy her bag, not her body" tote. Trafficking survivors design and manufacture these bags with locally sourced materials such as recycled rice sacks.

Violence Against Women Must Be Recognized and Stopped Around the World

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

On this Father's Day, and every day for that matter, we must engage boys and men as partners in the eradication of gender-based violence, once and for all. The cycle of violence begins with men -- men who would say "no more, not ever."

Stories Are Not for Sale

Pam Allyn | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

To be champions of what is right, we must act in the right. Strength and change start with truth.

America's Vice Cop -- The Expert Evaluator of America's Child Sex Trafficking Programs

Dr. Lois Lee | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Dr. Lois Lee

An expert is someone who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of a particular field through prolonged and intense experience, practice and ...