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Bribes: A Human Trafficker’s Cost of Doing Business

I recently threw up a question to my friends online: “On your travels or while living abroad, have you ever experienced bribery/corruption?” Here are some of the responses I received: “When living in Greece, where bribing is very commonplace, our daughter’s medical insurance plan covered up to 1000 euro to bribe the doctors (to do a […]

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Hope for the Sold Has New Digs!

Five years ago, my husband Jay and I launched this website from an internet cafe in Costa Rica.  The cafe, which doubled as a movie rental store, had opening hours as unreliable as its internet, but its proximity to a nearby bakery made the trip into town worth it every time.  The initial version of […]

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Podcast Coming Soon!

We’ve had the privilege of meeting some fantastic people over the last few years, and we want you to meet them too!  We’ll soon be launching our podcast, which will be an in-depth conversation about social justice issues.  You’ll get to know people on the front lines and hopefully get some inspiration and tools for taking action […]

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When Paying for Sex is a Quest for Intimacy

What drives someone to pay for sex?  Is it lust? Loneliness? Sexual addiction? A need for control? A search for power?  Here is one man’s explanation: Listening to this man fills me with sadness.  I am sad for the single moms and students who, according to him, constitute the majority of those he buys sex […]

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joysmithJune 7, 2014 - Mediterranean Sea / Italy: Italian navy rescues asylum seekers traveling by boat off the coast of Africa. More than 2,000 migrants jammed in 25 boats arrived in Italy June 12, ending an international operation to rescue asylum seekers traveling from Libya. They were taken to three Italian ports and likely to be transferred to refugee centers inland. Hundreds of women and dozens of babies, were rescued by the frigate FREMM Bergamini as part of the Italian navy's "Mare Nostrum" operation, launched last year after two boats sank and more than 400 drowned. Favorable weather is encouraging thousands of migrants from Syria, Eritrea and other sub-Saharan countries to arrive on the Italian coast in the coming days. Cost of passage is in the 2,500 Euros range for Africans and 3,500 for Middle Easterners, per person. Over 50,000 migrants have landed Italy in 2014. Many thousands are in Libya waiting to make the crossing. (Massimo Sestini/Polaris)

Smuggling vs. Trafficking in the Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

What is the difference between human trafficking and smuggling?  In light of the current migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, this has become a relevant and important question.  In case you haven’t been reading up on what is happening off the shores of Italy, Greece, and Libya, here are some things you need to know. LIBYA […]

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