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Slavery Is Still Thriving And Is More Profitable Than Big Oil

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 the sake of profits.

To find out just how widespread this "forced labor" is, the International Labor Organization (ILO), a United Nation's agency …


HSI trains European law enforcement on human trafficking investigative techniques

WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Frankfurt presented a two-day best practices …

House Passes Bills Aimed at Stemming Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday passed a package of bills aimed at stemming human trafficking, an issue that has slowly begun to gain national attention.

The measures passed easily with bipartisan support, and versions of many of them already await consideration on the Senate floor. According to …

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Sex traffickers who used Facebook to lure victims jailed again –report

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Two twin brothers from Illinois are back in jail on sex trafficking charges, just four years after they …

Milwaukee Man Indicted for Sex Trafficking | OPA

Today a federal grand jury in Milwaukee returned a two count indictment charging Paul Carter, aka Pimpin’ Paul, with sex trafficking offenses dating …


New campaign against sex trafficking of children

State child welfare officials today launched a public awareness campaign to combat the trafficking of youth in prostitution and pornography schemes.

"None of us can look the other way," said Bobbie Gregg, acting director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, at a news …

Escaped Brooklyn sex slave hails House's efforts to fight human trafficking

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House of Representatives Victims' Rights Caucus Chairman Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) (second …

House Tackles Human Trafficking

Five bills to stop the exploitation through a wide range of tactics all passed on Tuesday

This post was updated at 6:50pm ET

In an effort to curtail the illegal trafficking of adults and children in the U.S., the House of Representative passed five anti-human trafficking bills Tuesday, brought …

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Nuns, backed by pope, warn of human trafficking at World Cup

Roman Catholic nuns backed by Pope Francis on Tuesday raised the alarm over increased risks of human trafficking, exploitation of workers, forced prostitution and sexual tourism at the soccer World Cup in Brazil next month.

The nuns, whose campaign is also backed by the U.S. embassy to the Vatican, …

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Inside the Scarily Lucrative Business Model of Human Trafficking

New report estimates almost $100 billion annual profits in sex trafficking alone.

Though many people believe slavery to be a thing from the distant past or award-winning movies, new figures out from the International Labor Organization (ILO) suggest that human trafficking—essentially, coercing …

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Prostitution in Los Angeles: Programs like Children of the Night are all too rare

The children come through the doors with blackened eyes and broken teeth.

Some are branded; gang members tattoo their marks on a girl’s jawbone to …

Man who lied about sex trafficking sentenced

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- In conversations with the FBI, Brandon Todd claimed that he was a sex trafficker who had pushed dozens of women into the sex trade.

He also told a woman whom he met on a bus to California and then brought back to his New York home that he was a gang member.

What Todd was, however, …

India plans anti-human trafficking courses for police in Hindi - report

NEW DELHI, May 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Indian government plans to introduce anti-human trafficking courses for police in Hindi and …


Human Trafficking Does Not Occur in a Vacuum

The National Domestic Workers Alliance, the International Domestic Workers Federation, and the Africa Domestic Workers Network stand with the young women abducted in Nigeria and their families.* We are organizations that represent women workers in the United States and Africa -- we care about the …


Survivors of sex trafficking learn cooking skills at workshop

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Dania Lopez Beltran, a staff attorney at Sanctuary for Families who developed the Nourish Workshop program, talks to …

Some NGOs in Nepal do more harm than good say experts

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation)–When anti-trafficking group Next Generation Nepal received a tip that children were being abused in an orphanage …

Real Threat in a Known Market for Children

When the leader of the Boko Haram extremist group threatened to sell hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian girls “in the market” in a rambling online video posted this week, he was not necessarily making an irrational boast.

Doing just that is entirely possible in parts of Nigeria and elsewhere in the …

US laws to stop jailing child sex-trafficking victims expand but funding to help victims falls short

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation)--Over the past five years, 12 states in America have passed laws to stop treating young girls and boys …

Making Children Count

When my first child was born four years ago, no sooner had he entered the world, than the hospital staff handed me a form to fill out. Despite my happy, delirious, sleep-deprived state of mind, I was able to fill out the simple form and hand it off to a nurse. It was really an afterthought for me. …


The fight against sex trafficking

When you read the following words, try to picture the face you see saying them.

“I was recruited into sexual exploitation. He [the pimp] provided a …

South L.A. rally takes aim at sex trade

The hundreds of people marching against prostitution on Saturday, along one of the city's busiest sex-for-sale corridors, were a sign of how the tide has turned and the weapons have changed in the battle against what used to be considered a "victimless crime."

The area south of Adams Boulevard and …

Combatting Human Slavery at the United Nations

As we gathered at the United Nations earlier this month, I felt the emergence of a movement. Advocates and activists convened for "Combatting Slavery in the 21st Century," determined to shine a light on the forced sexual exploitation and forced labor that enslave millions across the world.

We heard …

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Mexico and Guatemala free victims of human trafficking

Mexico and Guatemala say they have rescued at least 104 people from captivity and arrested 14 of their alleged human traffickers.

Police in Guatemala …


Working in the Shadows

President Obama called the fight against human trafficking “one of the great human rights causes of our time” and doubled down on efforts, which have …

From Homelessness To Human Trafficking, How A NYC Nonprofit Is Using Big Data To Make A Difference

In a world where big data is the buzzword of the day, companies are figuring out how to use and harness it to get the most ROI. One company is using it for something a tad more philanthropic. is the non-profit side of, the data firm that is already helping the likes of …

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Lawmakers Broadening Their Focus to Fight Against an Array of Sex Crimes

WASHINGTON — As the high-profile congressional fight over military sexual assault recedes, lawmakers are broadening their focus to an array of sex crimes like college campus assaults, preying on child and human trafficking.

Unlike the military assault measures, these efforts — almost all bipartisan …

YouTube Stars Take On Human Trafficking, Body Image and Health Care

Celebrity activism is so well established in our culture that it’s become a fertile field for scholarship. But what about YouTube celebrities? With millions of channel subscribers, can a YouTube star make a difference for a cause? And if they step out of their normal role, does it risk their …


Sex-trafficking victim speaks out on 7 years' captivity

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The 32-year-old mother of two is now speaking out about the next seven years that followed after meeting this man who …