Posts tagged modern day slavery
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: The Lover Boy Scenario

He is everything she has ever wanted. Until he’s not. He tells her that she owes him for all of the nice dinners, clothing, jewelry, and their apartment’s rent. He tells her that she has to go inside, give herself up to paying men, and bring him the cash. He threatens to hurt her parents and her little sister if she doesn’t. She is confused and trapped, but she shuffles her feet through the front door, and then the bedroom door, and then her dress is slid up and there’s another man on top of her. It happens so fast. Just a moment later, she’s back in the car with $350 rolled up in her hand. And she and the love of her life drive away.

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How is climate change contributing to human trafficking?

What do you think makes a person vulnerable to human trafficking? My initial thoughts are situations like monetary stress, previous abuse, homelessness, and personal crises. But there is one large contributor to human trafficking that is often overlooked: Climate change.

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Why are so many human trafficking statistics contradictory?

When beginning to research human trafficking statistics, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the differing numbers that you find. There are many prominent organizations whose websites list the number of trafficking victims in the world, but many of them record largely differing numbers. It’s important to note this difference in numbers, however, as you advocate and fight for the individuals trapped in trafficking.

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What is the Locust Effect?

I learned that poverty in the developing world leaves the poor vulnerable to more than just hunger or cold — it leaves them vulnerable to exploitation and violence, with little to no hope of justice in a corrupt law enforcement system skewed against them. This disturbing reality is known as the Locust Effect.

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Sweatshops Exposed: Why we must aim for transparency

The number of people in slavery today is colossal. It’s daunting. It hurts. And yet, we sit here, reading these articles on our phones or computers––in America, in Canada, in Europe, everywhere across the globe––with anger brewing inside of us. And we stay seated. Why?

Because we are the consumers of the slave industry.

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What is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act?

One of the ways we can support victims of human trafficking is by providing funds for legal services so that survivors have access to Victim’s Rights Attorneys who will fight for them to receive justice as outlined in United States laws. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act, commonly referred to as the TVPA, is attempting to make the application of these US laws easier.

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Pro-Sex and Anti-Sex Trafficking?

Last spring, Dressember’s Communications Manager, Madeline MacDonald, and I had a chance to grab a cup of coffee (and lavender tea). Before long, our conversation began to touch on some typically controversial areas and questions surrounding human trafficking. There was one question in particular that we continued to grapple with:

Can one be both pro-sex while also being anti-sex trafficking?

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"Memoir of a Teen Sex Trafficked"

I had the opportunity to read a true story of a survivor of sex trafficking that reminded me of the capacity stories have to move and change us. In “Memoir of a Teen Sex Trafficked,” Alexa Taylor shares her story working in the sex industry, and allows readers a raw, unedited look into her journey through darkness.

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Five Ways The Story of Oliver Twist Looks Like Trafficking Today

As I learned about modern-day slavery over the last few months, I recalled Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist. The novel is a fictional tale of a child who endures mistreatment in an orphanage and an apprenticeship before being trafficked into illegal labor. He tries to escape and is eventually aided by two elderly people who shelter him, uncover his family history, and restore his inheritance. In my reading, I found several ways Oliver’s story correlates with child trafficking in the United Kingdom today.

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The Power of Love this Valentine's Season

This Valentine’s Day, I want to spend some time reflecting on love in ways which you perhaps don’t think about every day, and I want to invite you to think about love in new ways with an advocate’s heart. We have all encountered unloving people and been put in unloving situations; we all know what love is not. Love is not harmful. Love is not selfish. Love is not using another human being.

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Heroes Both On and Off the Field

Football and human trafficking - chances are, when you see those two things side by side, your thoughts take a dark turn. Most of us have heard about the connection between sporting events (and any large gathering of people, for that matter) and human trafficking. What you may not have heard about, however, are the efforts NFL coaches and players are making on behalf of the fight against modern-day slavery.

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