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ROP busts human trafficking gangs

Human Trafficking bust in Oman MUSCAT — The Royal Oman Police (ROP) busted a human trafficking gang in the city of Salalah recently. Salalah Police Station received a tip-off stating that four men of an Asian nationality were running an apartment which the reporter suspected as being used for prostitution. The report, addressed to Salalah Police, stated that … Continue reading »

India ‘most dangerous place in world to be born a girl’

India is the most dangerous place in the world to be born a girl, with females almost twice as likely to die before reaching the age of five, according to new UN figures. The report, which analyses differences between male and female child mortality rates over the last 40 years, reveals that from 2000 to … Continue reading »

VICTORY

Justice is an illusive concept for victims of human trafficking. The chains and shackles of fear keep women enslaved and without a voice. But today a voice of freedom rang out in the courthouse of Thessaloniki, Greece. Lawyers gathered in the courtroom amidst our brave survivor as her story was recounted, sharing her trafficking experience … Continue reading »

Statement from President Obama

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE MEETING OF THE INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE TO MONITOR AND COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS Nearly one hundred and fifty years ago, in issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to the enduring cause of freedom.  Then as now, we remain steadfast in our … Continue reading »

key to freedom?

I wear a key around my neck – it’s a reminder to me and a conversation starter. There is a key in the bottom right of my twitter icon. You can have one too! Check it out…  

Force, Fraud, Coercion

Human Trafficking in the San Francisco Bay Area This special report appears in the Spring 2012 print edition of the Public Press. Stories in the package are on the website. The stories were produced in collaboration with New America Media

Invisible Children’s Real Achievement: There May Never Be Another Rwanda

[Title from Forbes article] If you’ve been under a rock and haven’t seen or heard of #KONY2012, here’s a link. It’s a VERY powerful display of the power of social media. The video has been viewed millions of times in the past few days, when the original goal was only 500,000 views in the year … Continue reading »

Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Crimes Act – recently passed in Illinois

[excerpted from http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=201667] Brenda Myers-Powell was 14 going on 15 when she turned her first trick. It was on a warm night in April in 1973, Good Friday to be exact, when she journeyed from her home on the West Side of Chicago to the Mark Twain hotel downtown. Brenda had noticed prostitutes outside her window … Continue reading »

IJM: Because Children Need A Defender

It was in their own home that Magda* and Christina* were in the greatest danger. The sisters’ stepfather, a police officer, started sexually abusing the girls when Magda was 13 years old and Christina was 11. They were terrified into silence—afraid, even, to tell each other about his assaults. But finally, she could not endure … Continue reading »