By Maggie Lake on CNN on August 11, 2015— “Behind a locked door in a secret location in Washington D.C., workers are patrolling one of the front lines in the war against human trafficking. But the people engaged in this battle aren’t armed with guns and tanks — instead their strength is the telephone, and … More Can ‘Big Data’ Stamp Out Human Trafficking?
Originally published by Peter Holmes on August 6, 2015 for The Seattle Times— “Amnesty International is considering supporting the global decriminalization of crimes related to commercial sexual exploitation. This would be a travesty. The sex trade is rapidly growing here and across the world. Decriminalization would only expand the abuse and deepen the inequality inherent in … More Decriminalization of Sex Work Would Only Expand Abuse
Originally posted by Ian Urbina on NYTIMES.com on July 27, 2015— “Lang Long’s ordeal began in the back of a truck. After watching his younger siblings go hungry because their family’s rice patch in Cambodia could not provide for everyone, he accepted a trafficker’s offer to travel across the Thai border for a construction job. … More ‘SEA SLAVES’: The Human Misery That Feeds Pets & Livestock
Originally posted by AFP on Yahoo News on July 22, 2015— “A top UN official who was allegedly informed of a sex abuse scandal before it became public is resigning, a spokeswoman for the United Nations said Wednesday. Flavia Pansieri, the number two at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in … More UN Official Resigns Amid Scandal Over Handling of Sex Abuse Report
Originally posted by BBC News on July 21, 2015— “North Korea says it is facing its worst drought in a century and the United Nations has warned of the danger of mass starvation. One of the few sources of badly-needed cash, is to supply overseas labour, so President Kim Jong-un has expanded the number of … More Russia Using North Korean ‘Slave Labour’, Say Human Rights Groups
Originally posted by Leif Coorlim and Dana Ford for CNN.com on July 21, 2015— “The pathway leading to the dark corners of human trafficking began in the fluorescent-flooded hallways of a Florida middle school. Sacharay, which is how she wants to be known, was 14 years old and looking for a friend. “I used to … More Sex Trafficking: The New American Slavery
Originally posted by Timothy Williams on July 9, 2015, on NYTimes.com— “As many as 80 percent of the girls in some states’ juvenile justice systems have a history of sexual or physical abuse, according to a report released Thursday. The report, a rare examination of their plight, recommends that girls who have been sexually trafficked … More History of Abuse Seen in Many Girls in Juvenile System