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Sex Trafficking

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 07.10.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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 06.24.2014 | 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 06.20.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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 06.18.2014 | 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 06.18.2014 | 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 06.17.2014 | 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 07.10.2014 | 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 06.16.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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 06.06.2014 | 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 ...

Truth and Lies - It Matters How We Tell Stories

Jane Wells | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Jane Wells

There is no place for fiction in the not-for-profit world.

The Somaly Mam Story: What We Still Know About Sex Trafficking

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Taina Bien-Aime

When trust is breached, those even slightly involved with the targeted fabricator panic and recoil. The fight or flight response kicks in: Does one stay silent and hide; or support and defend?

Esteemed Sex Slave Activist Quits Foundation After Release Of Shocking Report

AP | SOPHENG CHEANG | Posted 05.29.2014 | Impact

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian woman internationally recognized for her work against sexual slavery has resigned from the foundation she he...

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.

#SaveUSChildren

Robert J. Benz | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

So, what distinguishes the Nigerian schoolgirls and U.S. children at risk of being trafficked? Why has one group received so much attention and the other very little? Well, semantics may play a role in how we react to different groups of children that become victims of violence.

The Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls and What We Must Teach Our Daughters

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I have a confession. I have been up all night feeling sickened. I am sickened with worry about the plight of the hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped from their school-Chibok Government Girls Secondary School in Nigeria.

Lost Girls Are Everywhere

Patricia McGuire | Posted 07.12.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

Religious leaders should examine their own practices to root out injustices against women that, in the most extreme twisted minds, become justification for the most horrific crimes.

Why are We Spending Less Time Searching for the Missing Nigerian Girls than Flight MH370?

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

How much money, time and attention has been spent searching for Flight MH370, the missing 777 airplane? The answer is unknown but it is surely in the ...

No Mothers Day for Those Enslaved

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Julie Schonfeld

There will be no flowers for them this Sunday, no handwritten cards on construction paper, no lunch, no love. Thousands of women and girls are enslaved in sex trafficking in the United States.