Author: Liza Kane-Hartnett

Rating State Efforts to Combat Child Sex Trafficking – A Review of the 2017 Protected Innocence Challenge 

How effectively does your state address child sex trafficking? Shared Hope International’s Protected Innocence Challenge grades each state and the District of Columbia on their efforts to combat child sex trafficking; the HTS Blog reviews these grades and national progress to end child sex trafficking. Encourage your state to #raisethegrade

Libyan Slave Markets: A Symptom of a Global Crisis

Video showing men auctioned in Libyan slave markets, released by CNN in November 2017, has shocked the world and exposed the horrific reality of modern-day slavery.  The video, captured by CNN hidden cameras, depicts one of what is believed to be many markets in Libya where migrants from sub-Saharan Africa are sold as “merchandise.” The International Organization for Migration (IOM) first reported on the Libyan slave markets in April after learning of their presence by survivors. Libya is a major transit hub for migrants and refugees traveling to Europe with over 150,000 people departing from its shores yearly. Migrants and refugees often spend their life savings paying smugglers to help them transit from their home country, to Libya, across the Mediterranean, and eventually, to Europe. However, European nations have placed pressure on and provided support to Libya in an effort to stem the migration flow. This has led to thousands of migrants being trapped in Libya at the mercy of their smugglers – it is estimated that there are anywhere between 400,000 to 1 million migrants and refugees currently stuck. With fewer boats departing, smugglers and other criminal networks have turned to the slave trade as a means of continued income and exploitation. Men are sold primarily as laborers, while women are sold as sex slaves or forced into prostitution. Individuals are often forced to call family members under...