Should You Prosecute A Slave For The Crime For Which They Were Purchased?

This simple question got a possibly inappropriate knee-jerk response from me.  It involves two young Vietnamese defendants who were sentenced for working a cannabis farm.   For those unfamiliar with these operations, the workers are typically, but not always Vietnamese or Chinese minors. They’re kept locked in blacked-out rooms with only the grow lights for illumination.…

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Falak’s Story: What Will Her Legacy Be?

I’ve said enough about this terrible story in comments below the following article.  You can trace the story back to it’s release. Such a tiny life to touch a world of hearts.  I hope her legacy lasts far longer than her days among us.  Her story is an echo.  The result if we look upon…

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Israel: Bill Penalizing Johns Past First Knesset Plenum Hurdle

Hopefully you’re going to see a lot of discussion on Bills like this one; very soon and all over the world.  In many places this model is going to be very effective at helping to protect those trafficked for sex and may drastically reduce demand for prostitution overall. Those who will not be pleased are…

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North Korean Nightmare – Running The Gauntlet: Starve or Slavery

Child Brides and forced marriages are present all over the world.  This travesty of “marriage” is readily acepted in many countries even though it is officially illegal.  In some places there is not even a pretence of a sham marriage.  There’s no need. Imagine living under one of the most oppressive regimes in the world,…

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Margaret Bernstein: Slavery Is Right In Front Of You

Well said. It’s hard.  It needs to be said well over and over and over. Hopefully soon people will begin to believe. Thank you Margaret Bernstein Signs of human trafficking can stay hidden in plain sight By Margaret Bernstein, The Plain Dealer Published: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 8:40 AM Eric Tutstone warned the buyer that the…

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Florida Recognizing The Magnitude Of It’s Human Trafficking Problem

Florida is one of the unfortunate states that has a heavy presence of almost every type of human trafficking. It’s not their fault, they are a “perfect storm” of conditions that traffickers look for in the way of location, multicultural population, accessibility to sources and entry, and the full spectrum of demand: agricultural, tourism, domestic…

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The Horror Is That It Generates Surprise: Falak’s Story

I made reference in recent posts to how suprised I am as time progresses and a multitude of the trafficking stories come to light the disbelief with which each media outlet greets the news that human trafficking is local, present, shocking and wrong. Global, yes, but not Here, wherever Here may be.  Literally every continent.…

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Northern Ireland: Two New Human Trafficking Initiatives – What It Could Mean

These are the kind of initiatives that get an abolitionist’s heart (mine anyway), pumping.  The ability to prosecute a citizen who commits trafficking offenses in other countries helps combat: 1) tourism trafficking – usually involving sexually trafficked persons or organ trafficking, and 2) Organized Crime operatives who are links in worldwide networks and involve every type…

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Trafficking Victims Teach Law Enforcement What To Look For

No one knows better than someone who’s been there. Whether it’s sex trafficking, labor trafficking or another form, those who’ve escaped and wish to participate in these programs equip our First Responders with critical knowledge. It helps on all fronts; investigation, tying seemingly unrelated crimes together, reading the signs in formerly insignificant details. Hearing it…

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