Ending Sex Trafficking One Cell Phone At A Time

In university I took a class on African politics, and one of the readings we did was on how cell phones are changing the social landscape of Africa.  People in rural areas who have never had the opportunity to communicate through a regular phone (due to the lack of land lines and other factors), now […]

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Sex Trafficking is…Sexy? How Buzzwords Get Our Attention

Sex trafficking seems to be the trendy term nowadays, and automatically we picture girls being kidnapped off the street and sold across international borders.  What is interesting to me is that neither individual citizens nor the media really cared about the issue of sexual exploitation and prostitution until sex trafficking became the hot buzzword.  In […]

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As Part of Our Peacekeeping Mission, We Will Feed You, Clothe You, Help Your Government, and … Rape Your Women

This is an excerpt from Victor Malarek’s The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade.  It serves as an introduction to today’s post on the crimes of international peacekeepers, development workers, and army personnel in conflict zones.  Malarek interviewed a young woman named Olenka who was held as a sex slave in the northern Bosnian […]

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Book Review: Priceless by Tom Davis

I just finished reading Priceless by Tom Davis, a novel about sex trafficking in Russia.  American photojournalist Stuart Daniels is the main character, whose job is to educate people about social injustice taking place around the world.  The following is an excerpt from the back cover: Daniels’ next assignment carries him back overseas and into […]

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In the Spotlight: Lilya 4 EVER

I am always on the lookout for films about sex trafficking, and finally had the opportunity to check out Lilya 4 EVER (2002), a movie about a 16 year-old girl from the former Soviet Union whose mother abandons her to move to the U.S.  It is loosely based on a true case and sheds light […]

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In the News: Spain to Ban Sex Advertisements from Newspapers

The president of Spain announced last week that the government wants to ban sex ads from the nation’s newspapers.  The classified sections of Spain’s newspapers are currently full of explicit advertisements, bringing in about 40 million euros to the struggling print media industry.  El Pais alone, one of the countries leading newspapers, makes 5 million […]

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The Resiliency of Trafficked Children: Cambodia vs. the West

When HFTS was making its documentary about sex trafficking in Canada, we met and interviewed a man named Brian McConaghy who runs an organization called the Ratanak Foundation.  Ratanak works in Cambodia with child victims of sex trafficking, and several kids have been rescued and put into Ratanak’s safe houses to receive counselling, love, and […]

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The Booming Escort Service Industry: Another Reason Why Legalization of Prostitution is a Bad Idea

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