Indigenous People

Indigenous People: Colonization, Forced Assimilation, and Sex Trafficking

“Indigenous women are in the deepest underbellies of trafficking. There is a place between missing and murdered, this is where …
Trafficking in Persons Report

Highlights from the 2021 Trafficking in Persons Report

Last week, the 2021 US Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) was released. The TIP Report is the United States government’s …
Tourism and Trafficking

Tourism and Trafficking

By: Talia Dunyak Prior to the pandemic we were in a tourism boom, with international and domestic travel becoming easier, …
Top 3 States for Human Trafficking

Top 3 States for Trafficking

Human trafficking is a global phenomenon, taking place in most countries, including the United States.  The 2020 Trafficking in Persons …

Artificial intelligence and the fight against human trafficking

Originally published: Business and Human Rights Resource Centre The phrase artificial intelligence (AI) may conjure images of futuristic technology and …

The Acceleration of Human Trafficking During the Pandemic Fueled by QAnon Misinformation

For more than a year, the pandemic has upended lives and economies throughout the world.  There can never been an …
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The Intersection Between Youth Homelessness and Human Trafficking

“I was homeless and forced into trafficking at 18. I bounced from friend to friend and shelter to shelter. I …
Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals and the Fight to End Modern Slavery

Around the world, 40 million people are trapped in modern slavery, and 152 million children are victims of child labor, …
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Sex Workers’ Rights and Human Trafficking

For decades, the relationship between sex workers and traditional anti-trafficking advocates has been tense. The origin of sex workers’ rights …

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Human Trafficking

America is a complicated country with a complicated past. Though our country is built on the foundation of freedom and …

Robust Prison Education is Critical to Helping People with a Criminal Record Achieve Fair Employment

People with a criminal record face substantial barriers to fair employment, both during and after their incarceration. Given that the …
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The Climate is Changing, and so is Human Trafficking

Originally published in: Earth Refuge The world is reckoning with the mounting strain of climate change. While the U.S. confronts …

R.E.A.L. Friends Don’t

Although the mechanisms that facilitated state-sanctioned slavery in the United States are no longer in place, the social constructs that …

How Students Can Help Address the Exploitation of Incarcerated Workers

Around the country, correctional industries are quietly furnishing our public universities with beds, desks, bookshelves, and more. These businesses, born …
The White House

A Call for Catalytic Investment in Prevention and Strategic Global Leadership in Anti-Trafficking Efforts

The administration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris has the opportunity to spearhead a major turning point …

Donating to Anti-Trafficking Organizations

As the year draws to a close, in addition to giving gifts,  many Americans will donate to causes they believe …

Opaque Supply Chains are Hiding Whether the Fashion Industry is Benefiting from State-Imposed Forced Labor

The government of China is perpetrating human rights abuses on a massive scale in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Uyghur …

How Child Labor Could Be Fueling Your Electric Car

In December last year, a landmark legal case was launched against the world’s largest tech companies globally by fourteen Congolese …

An Anti-Trafficking Holiday Shopping Guide

The gift-giving season is upon us. In the United States alone, holiday retail sales surpassed $1 trillion in 2019. But …

Nebraska, Utah Vote to Eliminate Slavery as Punishment for a Crime

Slavery or involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime is legal in the United States and that must end.  The …

Four Ways the Current Administration has Weakened Protections Against Labor Exploitation and Trafficking

The current administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on its broader attack on workers’ rights. Despite …
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The Moment of Truth for the Global Seafood Industry

On September 30, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that fish harvested by the distant water fishing (DWF) fleets …
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Incarcerated Firefighters

As the world contends with the coronavirus, and the United States reckons with systemic racism, the West Coast is being …
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There Could be Labor Exploitation in Your Coffee Cup: Here’s How It Got There

Around the world, approximately 26 million people work on coffee plantations every year. Men, women, and children labor in countries …

Race and Intersectional Identities within Modern Slavery and Human Rights

2020 has been an unprecedented year for many communities across the world as we face the impact of COVID-19. Families …

Is Freedom for India’s Children Only a Temporary Respite?

The children traveled on foot.  And by train. Desperate to return home to Bihar, the children fled factories in Jaipur, …

Solidarity Against Modern Slavery During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the lack of protection policies in place to prevent millions of people from being coerced …
Trafficking in Persons Report

The Department of State’s 2020 Trafficking in Persons Report

In June, the 2020 US Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) was released. The TIP Report is the United States government’s …

Addressing Human Trafficking: Let’s Shift the Onus from Individuals to Businesses and Policy Makers

Introduction When it comes to human trafficking, the rising role of citizens’ self-regulatory behaviour – through eating Fairtrade produce, avoiding …
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Why Online Exploitation Is The Next Public Health Crisis

When the novel coronavirus was first recognized as a serious threat, health officials warned that individuals should socially distance and …
Prison Labor

Is Prison Labor Hiding in Your Portfolio?

The descendants of slaves continue to be disproportionately imprisoned as if forever destined to be the source of cheap production …
Peaceful Protest

The Protesters and Prison Labor

Human Trafficking Search stands with the protestors and their work to reform systems that entrench inequality and injustice, including mass …
Domestic Worker

Domestic Workers, Forced Labor, and the Locked Doors of Covid-19

In October 2019,  BBC News Arabic conducted an undercover investigation in the Middle East. Two reporters, posing as a husband …
Prison Labor

Human Trafficking and Prison Labor, Part 3: Incarcerated Workers and COVID-19

This is the final part in a three-part blog series authored by Polaris to introduce the issue.  The first two …

After Decades of Voluntary Corporate Efforts, Child Labor is Still Being Used to Make Chocolate

For two decades, child labor in cocoa growing areas in West Africa has been well known, and despite voluntary corporate …
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COVID-19 and Human Trafficking

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has resulted in widespread stay at home orders, shuttering businesses and creating mass layoffs.  …
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State-level Guidance Relating to COVID-19 and Foster Care

Human Trafficking Search conducted research on the intersection of foster care and human trafficking.  There are many reasons a child …
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Coronavirus and Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Child Abuse

The Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has swept the nation.  People are being advised to stay at home and to …

Tackling Modern Slavery with Blockchain

For more than a decade, the international anti-modern slavery community has not come close to meeting its full potential. A …

Human Trafficking and Prison Labor, Part 2: Understanding the Types of Prison Labor

Most people assume that in 1865 with the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment slavery in the United States was abolished. However, forced labor still exists in the United States today through the exception built into the Thirteenth Amendment for those who have been “duly convicted of a crime”. This exception made it legal and permissible to continue slavery within prisons in the United States. This is commonly known now as prison labor.

Human Trafficking and Prison Labor, Part 1: An Overview

This is the first in a three-part blog series authored by Polaris to introduce the issue.  Read part two here, …
tech and trafficking

How Can Mobile Technology Help Detect and Mitigate Migrants’ Labor Abuse in Global Supply Chains?

You have a friend who has a friend who was able to send enough money back home to his family …

Sex Trafficking and the Super Bowl

On February 2, the Kansas City Chiefs will face off against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl LIV in …
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The Current Administration Claims to Want to Fight Human Trafficking. But Its Policies Undermine Trafficking Victims.

The current administration has claimed that one of its highest priorities is fighting human trafficking. But significant changes to immigration …
migrant workers

Remediation and Elimination of Recruitment Costs Charged to Migrant Workers

Guest post by Verité, originally posted on Verité’s website   Migrant workers are frequently confronted with a choice: pay illegal …

Slave-free Holiday Shopping

The holiday season is upon us.  Along with cookie exchanges and holiday parties, many of us mark the season by …

Preventing Goods Made with Forced Labor from Entering the United States

Forced labor is used to produce a wide array of goods.  For example, The New York Times, produced a series …
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Truck Stops and Trafficking

Throughout the holiday season, many people take long road trips to visit family and friends. The week of Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year in the United States, with 54 percent more drivers taking long trips than at any other time of the year.   Truck stops and rest stops along heavily populated highways are popular locations for sex traffickers to sell their victims.

Bringing “The Transformation” to Trafficked Girls in LA; An Interview with Toni Bankston, LCSW [Part 3]

James S. Gordon, author of “The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma“, interviews Toni Bankston, a clinical social worker and Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)

What’s in Your Chocolate this Halloween?

The majority of cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, comes from just two countries – Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire.  In both countries child labor in the cocoa sector is prevalent. 

Bringing “The Transformation” to Trafficked Girls in LA; An Interview with Toni Bankston, LCSW [Part 2]

James S. Gordon, author of “The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma“, interviews Toni Bankston, a clinical social worker and Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)

Bringing “The Transformation” to Trafficked Girls in LA; An Interview with Toni Bankston, LCSW [Part 1]

James S. Gordon, author of “The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma”, interviews Toni Bankston, a clinical social worker and Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)
Migrant farm workers, immigrant agriculture work, human trafficking, contratados.

Spotlighting Action: Migrants Empowering Migrant Guestworkers through the Power of Information and Technology at is a portal, made by immigrants, for immigrant guestworkers, that provides secure anonymous employer reviews. This allows migrants in the guestworker program to regain some power in the inherently employer-favored power dynamic that the H2-A and H2-B guestworker visas promote.
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Worst States for Human Trafficking 2015-2017

Find out what states have the most trafficking cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline
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Liverpool Football Club’s Anti-Slavery Statement, an Industry Model

Liverpool, a top football club, is setting a positive example for the sport’s industry with their newly released anti-trafficking statement. This kind of corporate responsibility should be enacted in all industries to effectively fight human trafficking.
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What’s Behind Your Cup of Tea?

70,000 cups of tea are consumed globally every second! As the world’s top beverage after water, learn how this massive industry is key in combatting unfair labor practices.
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How Europe’s Migration Policy Helps Human Traffickers

The money invested by Europe to prevent migrants from landing on its shores essentially subsidizes and boosts human smuggling profits. The more complex the border crossing, the more sophisticated the help that is needed. The more involved and risky the assistance, the more expensive it is, leading to an increase in fees, leading to more pay-later schemes – creating optimal conditions for human trafficking. Read more on how European immigration policies are bolstering the trafficking economy.
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Will Brexit Benefit Human Traffickers? The Increased Risks in a Post-Brexit Europe

Experts worry that Brexit will result in a surge of trafficking victims, and present new obstacles to prevention and prosecution. Although the UK has made tackling human trafficking a priority, there are as yet no detailed proposals for how to ensure that Brexit does not hinder the fight against modern slavery.

Can we candidly discuss “the girlfriend experience” and sex trafficking of girls with intellectual disabilities?

One popular way to make light of harm linked to illegal or legal prostitution and to engender empathy for buyers …
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Inside Hungary: When Overtime Becomes Slave-like Labor

In Hungary, laborers who are pushed to their limit, working up to 400 hours of overtime, may not see compensation …
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Human Trafficking Meets Human Smuggling at the Southern Border

The nexus of human trafficking and human smuggling, two related but different crimes, is in the spotlight as President Trump …
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William is a 14-year-old orphan from Uganda. After his parents died, his mother’s relatives took him in to live with …
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Working with Interpreters

Identifying victims, interviewing survivors, and designing interventions for recovery all often require the assistance of an interpreter. Interpretation is an …
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Spotlighting Action: Truckers Against Trafficking

This week we feature an organization, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), for the innovative way they are contributing to the fight …
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Child Soldier Use in South Sudan Still on the Rise

Child Soldier use has been on the rise throughout the 5-year civil war in South Sudan, the world’s youngest country. Child Soldiers are often forcibly recruited. Recruitment of children is practiced by both rebel factions and government forces.
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Inside Belize: How Human Trafficking Thrives when Governments are Complacent

Belize is rated by the U.S. State Department as one of the worst countries in the world. Police officers work off-duty to protect traffickers and no traffickers were arrested in Belize in the past year.
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Thousands of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors, Unaccounted for

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.0.48″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.17.2″] On August 16, 2018, the Senate Homeland Security’s Permanent Subcommittee on …
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Safe Harbor: Does Your State Arrest Minors for Prostitution?

Safe Harbor laws protect sex trafficking victims from being arrested for prostitution, does your state have them? Learn more about Safe Harbor laws in this week’s blog.
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Shopping Slavery-Free

Be an educated consumer this back-to-school season. Learn about your slavery footprint, your favorite brands, and discover new brands helping to end human trafficking.

Sex Work: Empowered Choice or Patriarchal Domination

The debate of whether sex work is a location of empowered choice or patriarchal domination is currently a key argument …

Cultural Considerations in Identifying Human Trafficking Victims

Police Officer Margaret Shelley responded to a tripped alarm in an affluent suburban neighborhood.  She surveyed the house for any …

Barriers to Identifying Victims and Helping Survivors: The Case for Considering Culture

Imagine a girl from Bangladesh.  Her family is destitute – floods have washed out their crops and her younger siblings …

Can we candidly discuss “the girlfriend experience” and sex trafficking of girls with intellectual disabilities?

One popular way to make light of harm linked to illegal or legal prostitution and to engender empathy for buyers …
what can be done to prevent sex trafficking of girls in foster care?

What Can Be Done to Prevent Sex Trafficking of Girls in Foster Care?

Protecting our kids from perilous exploitation in sex trafficking is an urgent concern of child protective and child welfare agencies. …
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The Opioid Epidemic, Foster Care, and Human Trafficking

As detailed in our interview with Dr. Hanni Stoklosa, the opiate/opioid crisis interacts with human trafficking in a number of …
Human Trafficking & the Opioid Crisis: An Interview with Dr. Hanni Stoklosa

Human Trafficking & the Opioid Crisis: An Interview with Dr. Hanni Stoklosa

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Kafala System – A Gateway to Slavery

Kafala, sponsorship, is an employment framework in the Gulf States – as well as Lebanon and Jordan –  that requires …

Extractive Industries and Human Trafficking in Latin America

Latin America is endowed with some of the world’s largest oil, gas and mineral resources deposits. In the past two …

Human Trafficking and the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Since August 2017 over 650,000 Rohingya have fled their homes in Myanmar to seek safety in neighboring Bangladesh. Driven from …
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Can Myanmar’s Libraries Help Combat Human Trafficking?

This week’s blog is guest authored by Mi Ki Kyaw Myint of The Asia Foundation.  In June, the U.S. State Department …

2017 Human Trafficking Statistics

Last week Polaris released the 2017 human trafficking statistics as reported by the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH). The hotline is …

Human Trafficking Events at CSW62

The 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) began yesterday, March 12, and will run through …
forced marriage: a form of modern-day slavery

Forced Marriage: A Form of Modern-day Slavery

The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 40.3 million people are enslaved around the world. Of those, 15.4 million are …
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Illicit Massage Businesses: A Guest Blog by Polaris

This week’s blog is guest authored by Polaris. With names like “Good Girl Spa,” and signs advertising “hot Asian women,” …
modern-day slavery & environmental destruction: a discussion with kevin bales

Modern-day Slavery & Environmental Destruction: A Discussion with Kevin Bales

If slavery were a country, it would be the third largest producer of CO2 in the world after China and …
state sponsored slavery: a north korean export

State-sponsored Slavery: a North Korean Export

The Global Slavery Index reports that over one million North Koreans are estimated to be in modern-day slavery. Of those, …
a primer on the stop enabling sex traffickers act controversy

A Primer on the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) Controversy

There is widespread consensus on the need to combat online sex trafficking; however, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), …
trafficking in tribal nations: the impact of sex trafficking on native americans

Trafficking in Tribal Nations: the impact of sex trafficking on Native Americans

January 22, 2018 In the United States, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In support of this …
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The Foster Care-Human Trafficking Nexus

January 16, 2018 In the United States, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In support of this …
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30 Actions | 30 Days

January 8, 2018 This week’s blog is guest authored by Michele Clark, former Director of ArtWorks for Freedom.  Human Trafficking is …
top countries for modern-day slavery: part 2

Top Countries for Modern-Day Slavery: Part II

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.75″ background_layout=”light” border_style=”solid”] January 2, 2018 Our December 18th blog detailed the five countries where modern-day slavery …
human trafficking around the world

Human Trafficking Around the World

December 26, 2017 This week’s blog highlights news on human trafficking and modern-day slavery from around the world. Hotels are …
top countries for modern-day slavery

Top Countries for Modern-Day Slavery

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ating State Efforts to Combat Child Sex Trafficking - A Review of the 2017 Protected Innocence Challenge

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

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 …
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Action Required: Recommendations for Stakeholders Against Labor Exploitation in Private Prisons

Human Trafficking Search recently published a study which examines the use of labor in private prisons, finding that private prisons are not required to pay inmates a fair wage for the work they do, despite being able to make a profit. This is the third in a blog series to summarize the research.
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Comparing Compensation: What Inmates in Private Prisons Would Otherwise Get Paid

Human Trafficking Search recently published a study which examines the use of labor in private prisons, finding that private prisons are not required to pay inmates a fair wage for the work they do, despite being able to make a profit. This is the second in a blog series to summarize the research.
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Labor Exploitation in Private Prisons: A Blog Series

Human Trafficking Search recently published a study which examines the use of labor in private prisons, finding that private prisons are not required to pay inmates a fair wage for the work they do, despite being able to make a profit. This is the first in a blog series to summarize the research.
What's in Your Chocolate this Halloween?

What’s in Your Chocolate this Halloween?

The majority of candy to be handed out this year is chocolate. But did you know that despite generating over $110 billion a year, the chocolate industry has a century-long history of forced and child labor?

Take Action Now: What You Can Do to Protect Foster Youth from Trafficking

Given that most states failed the report card, it is imperative that state and national policy makers do more to protect foster youth from the threat of being trafficked. However, they will likely do nothing without you telling them that this issue is important to you.

Part 4: Recommendations to Protect Foster Children from Trafficking

More needs to be done to protect foster care youth from trafficking and exploitation. This blog presents several recommendations for states, as well as for national policy and child welfare agencies.

The Best and Worst States in Protecting Foster Youth from Being Trafficked

Human Trafficking Search recently published a state-by-state report card examining the link between foster care and human trafficking across states. This blog examines which states did best and which were graded worst.

Foster Care and Human Trafficking: A Blog Series

Human Trafficking Search recently published a state-by-state report card examining the link between foster care and human trafficking across states and grading states on their foster care and anti-trafficking provisions. This blog is the first of a blog series to summarize the publication.
Publication of the Month: 25 Keys to Unlock the Financial Chains of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Publication of the Month: 25 Keys to Unlock the Financial Chains of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

This United Nations University report, 25 Keys to Unlock the Financial Chains of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, puts forth 25 concrete proposals for strengthened action in, with and by the financial sector to break the financial bonds of modern slavery.
The Connection between the Mara Salvatrucha and Human Trafficking

The Connection between the Mara Salvatrucha and Human Trafficking

The Mara Salvatrucha, better known by their acronym MS-13, is one of the largest and most violent transnational criminal organizations in the world. Their motto is “Kill, Rape, Control.” Since the 1980s, MS-13 members have typically engaged in a wide range of violent and criminal activity including, drug distribution, murder, rape, prostitution, robbery, home invasions, immigration offenses, kidnapping, carjacking/auto thefts, and vandalism. More recently there has been a rise in MS-13 engaging in human trafficking.
Publication of the Month: Trafficking in persons from Cambodia to Lao PDR and Myanmar to Thailand

Publication of the Month: Trafficking in persons from Cambodia to Lao PDR and Myanmar to Thailand

The report is the first joint report of its kind to explore human trafficking in the sub-region.
Forced Begging

Forced Begging

The human trafficking industry is commonly associated with secrecy: operations occur underground, behind the scenes, hidden from the public eye. There is, however, at least one type of human trafficking in plain sight. The victims of forced child begging will interact with anyone whose path crosses theirs.
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Surprising Developments in the 2017 Trafficking in Person’s Report

There were some surprising changes in this year’s Department of State Trafficking in Person Report (TIP). China was downgraded to Tier 3—the worst designation a country can receive. Despite backlash from the human rights community, Malaysia was upgraded from the Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 2. Finally, Burma and Iraq were removed from the Child Solider Prevention Act which lists governments guilty of recruiting and using child soldiers.
Sex Trafficking vs. Sex Work: What You Need to Know

Sex Trafficking vs. Sex Work: What You Need to Know

The terms “sex trafficking,” “sex work,” and “prostitution” are often conflated. While both sex work and sex trafficking involve prostitution by definition, sex work entails a willing engagement in commercial sex while sex trafficking involves force, coercion, or deceit. Some enter the industry willingly as sex workers but may eventually become victims of trafficking.
The Sexual Slavery of Yazidis by ISIS

The Sexual Slavery of Yazidis by ISIS

In August 2014, ISIS attacked the largely Yazidi populated region of Sinjar, Iraq. The Yazidis are a minority group located primarily in northern Iraq, by the Syrian border. The Yazidi religion has aspects of Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, but differs in their belief in reincarnation and the idea that God put the world in the care of seven holy beings. Because of this, the group has been targeted heavily by ISIS, who label the Yazidis as devil worshipers.
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Human Trafficking

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Human Trafficking

Global leaders convened at a United Nations summit in September, 2015 and adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The SDGs focus on people, the planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership. With these new goals, member states that were present at the summit are expected to establish a national framework to end poverty and fight inequality. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will help combat human trafficking through goals 5, 8, and 16.
Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight

Started in 2010 by founder Alezandra Russell, Urban Light fights the sex-trafficking of young males in Chiang Mai, Thailand, through the variety of services offered at their Youth Center. Summer Fellow Joanna DiBiase spoke to Russell about her organization and their impact on human trafficking in Thailand and around the world.

'Modern-Day Slavery': Many Southern States Have Prison Inmates Working in Governor's Mansions and Capitol Buildings

‘Modern-Day Slavery’: Many Southern States Have Prison Inmates Working in Governor’s Mansions and Capitol Buildings

When activist Sam Sinyangwe was awaiting a meeting with the governor’s office at the Louisiana state capitol building in Baton Rouge, he noticed something odd. A black man in a dark-blue jumpsuit was printing papers while a correctional guard—with a badge and gun—stood watching over him. The pair stood out against the white, middle-aged legislators populating the building.

Media Coverage of Human Trafficking

Media Coverage of Human Trafficking

The media has the ability to shape the general public’s awareness and understanding of human trafficking, so it is crucial that journalism on the topic is well executed. Unfortunately, many news outlets prioritize sensationalist stories over nuanced coverage of trafficking.

U.S. Senators Put Forth Legislation to Amend the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report and Current US anti-Trafficking Law

U.S. Senators Put Forth Legislation to Amend the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report and Current US anti-Trafficking Law

The US State Department Trafficking in Persons Report is regarded as one of the most reliable resources on how countries around the world handle the complex issue of human trafficking.  Using a tier-ranking system, the TIP report ranks countries Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 2 Watch List, or Tier 3 based on a set of criteria to prosecute and prevent all forms of human trafficking. 

Child Marriage in the United States

Child Marriage in the United States

In the United States the minimum age for marriage is 18, but in most states child marriage is legal with a parent’s consent. Girls as young as 12 in Virginia, 13 in New Hampshire and 14 in Alabama are able to legally wed with a parent’s signature.

Child Marriage in the United States

Contributing Factors to Child Marriage in Developing Countries

In many developing countries, the practice of child marriage is illegal—yet it still thrives. One in three girls is married before reaching age 18 and one in nine is married under the age of 15. Despite laws against it, child marriage remains widespread in part because of poverty, traditions and insecurity. 


Publication of the Month: Labor and Sex Trafficking Among Homeless Youth

Publication of the Month: Labor and Sex Trafficking Among Homeless Youth

Researchers announced findings from the largest-ever combined sample of homeless youth in the United States and Canada, revealing that nearly one-fifth are victims of human trafficking, including those trafficked for sex, labor, or both.

Student Group Drafts anti-Trafficking State Legislation in Rhode Island

Student Group Drafts anti-Trafficking State Legislation in Rhode Island

It’s been illegal to import goods produced using forced labor since the 1930s. Through legislatively mandated supply chain transparency, we intend to make sure that corporations finally have to follow this law.

Know your rights this May Day

Know your rights this May Day

Worker’s rights are a cornerstone of the anti-trafficking movement. Protecting both children and adults from labor exploitation, forced labor, and labor trafficking are essential to mitigating the proliferation of modern day slavery. To celebrate this May Day, we want to make sure everyone reading our blog is aware of their worker’s rights!

The Reason for the Late Tax Day this Year

The Reason for the Late Tax Day this Year

Every year Washington DC celebrates Emancipation Day to commemorate President Lincoln signing the DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 which ended slavery in Washington DC, freed 3,100 people and reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed people money to emigrate.

Publication of the Month: Combating Child Trafficking and Bonded Labor in Rajasthan

Publication of the Month: Combating Child Trafficking and Bonded Labor in Rajasthan

In working to end modern slavery, the Freedom Fund commissioned two local organizations, Praxis and Partners in Change to conduct a feasibility study of an intervention to reduce the exploitation of children in Rajasthan, India.

Unique Obstacles Put Transgender People At Risk of Trafficking

Unique Obstacles Put Transgender People At Risk of Trafficking

Transgender individuals face a multitude of unique obstacles in their daily lives. These realities position trans folk to be at a higher risk of being targeted by traffickers.

Plight of Syrian Child Refugees in Lebanon

Plight of Syrian Child Refugees in Lebanon

A report recently released by the Freedom Fund suggests that up to 70 percent of Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon work. They found that forced labor is becoming more common as refugees become more desperate.

Human Trafficking and Armed Conflict

Human Trafficking and Armed Conflict

Armed conflict and human trafficking frequently coincide. Complex emergencies such as armed conflict, civil wars, and genocide mean vulnerable populations are at an increased risk for exploitation and trafficking.

Prajwala: An Eternal Flame

Prajwala: An Eternal Flame

Every year in India, over 200,000 women and children are inducted into the flesh trade. Of these, approximately one-third are under 18 years old. Sex trafficking is not only a severe violation of human rights but also results in adverse physical, psychological and moral consequences for the victims.

The New Administration and Human Trafficking

Last month, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the US. So far, his administration has passed numerous executive orders that have received intense backlash from the left. In addition, the Republican-led congress has confirmed a number of Trump’s cabinet nominees with strong resistance from the liberal camp.


Let’s Foster Both Love and Human Rights on Valentine’s Day

Two of the most prevalent symbols of Valentine’s Day are chocolate and roses. However, you may not know that these two items, especially to meet the high volume created by Valentine’s Day, are responsible for egregious labor exploitation of women and vulnerable children.

What Manhood Means to Me

As an educator, activist, author and co-founder of A CALL TO MEN, I spend most of my time – and have spent most of my adult life – thinking about and talking about what it means to be a man. 

Publication of the Month: Freedom from Slavery Forum Report

Free the Slaves serves as the secretariat for the annual Freedom from Slavery Forum. This gathering of anti-slavery leaders from around the world is designed to create a collegial space where leaders can coalesce, create partnerships, discuss promising practices, and develop a shared agenda for action.

“Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month”

This January marks the fifth anniversary of “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month” in the United States. 

2016 Highlights in the Anti-Trafficking Movement

In 2016, the anti-trafficking movement has made a number of strides forward in combatting trafficking in persons in the US and abroad. As we look forward to combatting human trafficking in 2017, we wanted to take some time and reflect on the steps forward we took in 2016.

Part 3: A Call to Action

When thinking about moving forward in the movement towards atoning slavery, Social Movement Theory lends a helpful hand. The theory describes four stages: emergence, coalescence, bureaucratization, and decline. This movement’s stage…

Part 2: Connections between Chattel Slavery and Modern-Day Human Trafficking

Although the Justice for Chattel Slavery and Anti-trafficking movements have yet to work together on eradicating slavery and the historical imprint of slavery in our society, there is a stark connection between the two movements in the US. 

Reckoning with History: the Atlantic Slave Trade at American Universities

During the antebellum period, slaves built and were sold to fund some of the United States’ most prestigious universities. It was not until the 2000’s that these institutions began to acknowledge and come to terms with this part of their past.

Is Your Candidate of Choice Opposed to Human Trafficking?

With the US election right around the corner, it is important for Americans to be informed about where the presidential candidates stand in regards to human trafficking. This blog outlines the positions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the issue.

What is in Your Chocolate this Halloween?

What are you doing this Halloween? According to the National Retail Federation, over 70% of Americans plan to hand out candy on the 31st, a day that will generate over $8.4 billion dollars…

Part 8: What to Do if you Think your Teen has been Approached by a Pimp or Trafficker

The idea that someone you know or even your own teen could have been contacted by a pimp or trafficker is terrifying.  Chances are, this will never happen to your family, but if it does, you should know exactly what to do.

Part 7: Do you Know Who your Kids Are Chatting With? Why Online Safety Matters

Social media plays a big role in most of our lives, particularly for our teenagers. Unfortunately, social media and the Internet also play a big role in child sex trafficking.

Part 6: Protecting your Teen from a Pimp

Pimps are master manipulators.  They are talented actors and salespeople and target girls who are emotionally vulnerable.

Part 5: Protecting Children from Human Trafficking

We are thrilled to feature Tina Frundt, founder of Courtney’s House and a survivor of domestic sex trafficking, on protecting children from human trafficking.

Part 4: How to Foster an Environment Where Children Feel Comfortable Speaking Up

Talking to children about issues like child sex trafficking can be intimidating, for both parents and children alike.

Part 3: The Educator’s Role in Talking to/Teaching Children about Human Trafficking

In today’s tumultuous climate for America’s youth we have to wonder how educators are able to stay on track when it comes to actually doing what they went to college to learn to do, teach.

Part 2: Discussing Trauma with Children

Talking with children about human trafficking is an important first step in preventing their exploitation. But just talking with children about such a disturbing topic can be extremely intimidating.

A Back-to-School Series on Human Trafficking

Did you know that just being at school can be a risk factor for children being trafficked? Over the next two weeks, we partner with a number of organizations and experts to keep you informed about the best ways to keep your children safe from human trafficking. 

Trafficking in Our Backyard: The Link between Trafficking and Immigration

Rathish Pandian grew up in Tamil Nadu, Southern India, but fled to the U.S. as an adult after being threatened by government authorities for his political views. Upon arrival here, he was offered a job by another immigrant from his country at a Subway restaurant, but his trafficker…

Evaluating 2016 TIP Report Rankings

Recently the U.S. Department of State released the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report (“TIP Report”). This year’s rankings were met with anticipation and international interest.

Human Trafficking Surrounding the Olympics

The ongoing political, economic and public health crisis in Brazil coupled with the near-total lack of preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games makes this a challenging time for Brazil. Besieged by rumors of shoddy construction, insufficient funds and inadequate planning…

The Growth of Modern Child Sex Tourism

Tourism has seen extraordinary growth over the past 20 years, with the number of international tourist arrivals rising from 527 million in 1995 to 1,135 million globally in 2014.  The growth of international tourism coupled with the increased reach and use of the internet has led to increased opportunities for child sex tourism.

A Note on Our New Film Database

We invite you to explore our new film database. It includes dramas, documentaries,  news investigations, feature-length, and short films. We hope that these resources prove useful, enlightening, and inspiring.

The 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report: An Overview

On June 30, the 2016 US Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) was released. The TIP Report is the United States government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking.

Legislative Efforts to Reduce Labor Exploitation of Immigrant Workers

Recently, a new bill was introduced in Congress that would require greater transparency about foreign guest worker programs in an effort to help prevent labor trafficking and exploitation of such workers when they come to work in the U.S. 

Before the Dust Settles: Earthquakes lead to Human Trafficking in Ecuador and Nepal

Natural disasters such as earthquakes create fertile ground for trafficking to occur. For children, to be separated from their families, unaccompanied, orphaned, or displaced, greatly increases their vulnerability to trafficking.

How to Think of Human Trafficking as a Criminal Enterprise

Aside from terrorism, the crime of human trafficking is probably one of the most discussed criminal topics. That said, there exist a plethora of ventures whose aim is to delineate the act of human trafficking. One such attempt is to understand the various elements and actions undertaken during trafficking in humans, from a macro and a micro analysis perspective. 

Backpage Caught in Congressional Battle, an online classified service, is currently enmeshed in a federal legal battle and congressional scrutiny for its role in facilitating an online market for commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking and its unwillingness to cooperate with federal lawmakers to make changes to prevent such exploitation.

What Was In Your Chocolate This Easter?

Easter has come and gone, and the chocolate bunny was in its full glory. Every year, ninety million chocolate bunnies are produced to meet the Easter demand, generating (along with other Easter candies) over $2.26 billion. However, despite the ease with which these innocent bunnies bounce into our shopping carts, their origins may not be so innocent.

Presidential Elections and Human Trafficking: Positions and Actions

With the presidential elections heating up and the primaries taking center stage in the media, it is important to know where contenders stand on the issue of human trafficking. 

Showcasing Action: The McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Symposium

Last week, The McCain Institute hosted a Human Trafficking Symposium as a part of their Human Trafficking Conversation Series. The Institute began the conversation series to increase awareness about human trafficking and spark dialogue that connects practitioners in the movement. The symposium brought leaders and survivors in the movement on stage to share the work they are doing to take action and to hear their suggestions for policy and systemic change.

Recent Progress to Combat Slavery on the High Seas

While the existence of slavery and human exploitation in the maritime fishing industry continues to be a known human rights abuse, several advancements in the fight to eliminate slavery from fishing boats occurred last week that might improve the lives of maritime laborers and clean up fishing supply chains.

Suburban Action against a Growing Problem

Human Trafficking has long been considered a problem in large the cities. From New York to Portland, these hubs for human trafficking have engaged service providers, lawyers, law enforcement officials, and other professionals focused on raising awareness and tackling the needs. Until recently, these stakeholders have largely neglected suburban areas. However, suburban areas are slowly but surely creating resources and infrastructure to support victims of human trafficking.

February 8- International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking

Today is the second International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. The day is intended to raise awareness and encourage reflection on the violence and injustice that impact victims of human trafficking. February 8th was selected as the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking as it is the day commemorating St. Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of anti-trafficking in the Catholic faith.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children’s Vulnerability to Human Trafficking in the United States

Recent reports of unaccompanied migrant children arriving in the United States and being subjected to situations of human trafficking and exploitation have caught the attention of Congress and may spur reform. As previously reported in Human Trafficking Search, the influx of unaccompanied children arriving in 2014 and the recent increase in fall 2015 have given way to serious protection concerns in home countries and in the U.S.

Youth Leadership on Anti-Human Trafficking

Throughout modern history, some of the most successful human rights movements in the United States and globally have had a strong student and/or youth voice that has proved invaluable to advancing the cause. For human rights struggles to be effective, they should reflect the breath and width of society to allow for all types of voices to be heard, including those of students and youth.

Heart of the Matter: A Film about the Trafficking of Refugees in the European Union

In response to the refugee crisis in Europe, Worldwide Documentaries has conceived Heart of the Matter, a short film that will also serve as a companion piece to Not My Life, the universally acclaimed documentary on global human trafficking and child exploitation.

In the European Union (EU), the intense, daily preoccupation with the consequences of massive immigration has created an awareness gap with respect to the most dangerous consequence of all: human trafficking

It is the New Year: Reflections and Projections

Happy New Year from everyone at Human Trafficking Search! As we bring in the New Year, we hope that you will join us in reflecting on this past year and looking forward to some fresh goals in the US for 2016.

This past year, Human Trafficking Search shared informative weekly blog posts on current events related to human trafficking and the anti-trafficking movement. Our posts covered a variety of topics, from speaking to children about trafficking to trafficking in specific countries, such as Brazil or Nepal. In recap, please enjoy reading some of our most popular posts from the year.

Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership Alleviate Forced Labor?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the largest regional trade deal in history. Talks to create the TPP began over seven years ago and it was finally drafted on October 5, 2015. The twelve member countries, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States and Vietnam covers 792 million people and make up 40 percent of the world’s economic activity. 

It’s the Holiday Season—Are You Funding Trafficking?

The holiday season is a time of bustling shopping malls, jam-pack fashion avenues, and draining bank accounts. In the mood of giving, we buy numerous gifts, from a bag of coffee for the neighbors to a new computer for our spouse. This holiday season, Human Trafficking Search invites you to consider whether or not your purchase is helping to fund human trafficking.

Rising Numbers of Unaccompanied Children Give Concern to Protection Mechanisms

Recently the number of unaccompanied migrant children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras arriving at the U.S. Southwest Border has again begun to increase. (A total of 5,622 children, mostly from Central America, were caught at the border with Mexico, more than double the number stopped in November 2014.) 

Taking a Turn for Technology

For a long time technology has been seen as a detriment to victims of trafficking. Whether through GPS tracking to determine a person’s location or by threatening to post photos that may stigmatize an individual on the internet, or through local sale platforms such as, traffickers have used technology to sabotage, manipulate, and maintain control over victims.

However, more recently, anti-trafficking activists have turned technology around, using big data and sophisticated algorithms to aid trafficked persons. We will focus on three recent breakthroughs that indicate the anti-trafficking movement’s turn for technology.


Minnesota’s Safe Harbor Laws- Effectively Assisting Commercial Exploited Youth?

Recently, Minnesota issued a report evaluating the effectiveness of the state’s safe harbor legislation and its ability to provide services to sexually exploited youth within the state. As recently discussed in Human Trafficking Search, safe harbor laws are considered model legal frameworks for state legislatures to include in state anti-trafficking laws. Minnesota has been a leader in implementing safe harbor legislation, in part due to the support of certain Senate and House leaders, namely Senator Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Representative Paulsen.

Brazil’s Dual Reaction to Forced Labor

In 1888, Brazil became the last nation in the Western Hemisphere to formally abolish slavery. Over the course of 300 years, an estimated four million Africans were brought to Brazil to work as slaves in sugar plantations and gold mines. Although no longer institutionalized, the tradition of slavery has yet to end in Brazil and still exists in the form of forced labor, debt bondage [and] degrading conditions that violate human rights or overwork that threatens life or health. The 2014 Global Freedom Index estimated that 155,300 people are currently enslaved in Brazil, most of whom are involved in agricultural or mineral production as part of a supply chain for large multinational corporations.

Amnesty’s Decision on Sex Work: Reflections on the Contention

In August, Amnesty International voted to decriminalize sex work in efforts to protect the human rights of sex workers around the world. The landmark decision has caused an explosion of debate regarding the effect of this policy on the trafficking of individuals for sex. As the policy undergoes a final pruning by AI’s International Board, we wanted to take some time to reflect on the contention caused by the policy.

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Using Technology to Educate on Child Labor: DOL’s New App, Sweat & Toil

Recently the United States Department released the 14th edition of its annual report, the 2014 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor. The report is prepared by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs in accordance with Trade and Development Act (TDA) of 2000 and the Trafficking and Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005. The report documents both the progress made in eliminating child labor globally and also the challenges remaining. The 2014 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor report showed some 60 percent of the 140 countries surveyed with moderate to significant improvement on child labor issues.

Where the Crossroads of Abuse Meet: Domestic Violence and Trafficking

In light of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it is only fitting to talk about the stark connection between domestic violence and human trafficking. While seemingly two separate issues, domestic violence and trafficking are intertwined more often than not.

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Expanding Legal Options for Foreign National Trafficking Victims

Both U.S. Citizens and Foreign Nationals can be victims of human trafficking in the United States. Foreign National victims of human trafficking may sometimes be living within the United States in an undocumented immigration status. To address the particular vulnerabilities of these victims, the Trafficking and Victims Protection Act creates certain immigration protections for foreign national trafficking victims so that they remain legally within the United States.

Nepal’s Earthquakes, ‘Orphans,’ and Volunteers

In the aftermath of the earthquakes in Nepal in April and May, social media was flooded with people raising money for various relief efforts, including children’s care homes, disaster relief operations, and volunteer assistance trips to child orphanages in Nepal. While well intentioned, many failed to realize the true impact their volunteering or donations to children’s care homes post-earthquake might have as child care homes in Nepal come under scrutiny for their possible links to child exploitation and child trafficking.

Refugees and Trafficking: A Dangerous Nexus

The current crisis of Syrian refugees migrating to bordering states and Europe has commanded the attention of the media. From images of 3-year-old Aylan dead on the shores of Turkey to the tables of the European Commission, this issue has become global. However, seldom discussed is the stark connection between trafficking and refugees.

Pope Francis and Human Trafficking

This week, Pope Francis will be visiting the United States and touring Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. During his time here Pope Francis will be addressing Congress and the United Nations General Assembly. There has been much speculation about what the Pope will say in these remarks and during this trip. Despite the uncertainty about his exact remarks, one thing is for sure: this Pope has dedicated more attention to the discussion of human trafficking than any other Pope or world religious leader before him.

When is youth labor migration actually child trafficking?

The 2008 financial crisis and global recession affected individuals all over the world, but it may have hit global youth the hardest. Youth unemployment rose immediately, hitting 12.7 percent in 2009. When global recovery weakened in 2012 and 2013, it further aggravated the problem of youth unemployment. At the moment, it is estimated that 73 million young people are unemployed worldwide, and youth are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. And analysts predict that the number unemployed youth will continue to rise.

Anti-Trafficking Activists Fight Against

Last week, anti-trafficking advocates fighting, the classified advertising website that has been accused of facilitating commercial sexual exploitation of children, gained a hard-fought legal victory. In Washington State, the state Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that Backpage could be held accountable for commercial sexual exploitation in the case of three girls sold on the site. The girls, who were 13 and 15 when they were sold for sex online, will have their claim for damages against move forward in a court of law. 

Eliminating Trafficking & Forced Labor from Supply Chains: New Legislative Trends

The existence of forced labor and human trafficking in a company’s supply chain represents the newest frontier of the global effort to eliminate forced labor and human trafficking. Supply chains are systems of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer. They transform natural resources, raw materials, and components into a finished product that is delivered to the end customer.

Improving State Trafficking Laws

The Trafficking and Victims Protection Act (“TVPA”) and its subsequent reauthorizations provide the United States government with the federal framework to regulate anti-trafficking policy and trafficking victim service provisions. However, there are also state laws in place to address human trafficking. Currently all 50 states have laws criminalizing human trafficking. Yet this is a new development, because as recently as 2004, only four states had human trafficking laws. The tipping point came in 2011-2012 when 28 states passed human trafficking laws. While all states now have anti-trafficking laws, some states nominally address labor trafficking and still others prioritize sex trafficking of minors and as such need to be augmented.

Faces of Labor Trafficking in the United States

Human trafficking generates extensive national interest and media coverage in the United States, but that attention often focuses solely on sex trafficking. In addition to incidents of sex trafficking, there are also cases of labor trafficking and labor exploitation that happen every day in the United States. U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, women, men, and children can be victims of labor trafficking. Immigration status, recruitment debt, isolation, poverty, and a lack of strong labor protections are some of the vulnerabilities that lead to labor trafficking in the United States. Given the diversity of environments that labor trafficking can occur within the United States, it is important to understand more about labor trafficking and who is particularly vulnerable.

Controversy Surrounding the U.S. Trafficking Report

On July 27th, the United States Department of State issued the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. This year’s TIP Report has received pushback for upgrading certain countries with poor human trafficking records, under the suspicion that the upgrades were based on political considerations instead of evaluating the countries on anti-trafficking prevention criteria. The upgrades of Malaysia and Cuba within the TIP Report have garnered particular criticism.

Protecting Unaccompanied Mexican Migrant Child Trafficking Victims

Recently, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report regarding the care of unaccompanied migrant children by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The GAO report entitled Unaccompanied Alien Children: Actions Needed to Ensure Children Receive Required Care in DHS Custody, found that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have not consistently screened unaccompanied Mexican children in their custody for trafficking. 

The Intersection of Human Trafficking & Forced Displacement

Today, the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide has reached nearly 60 million, the highest number since World War II. Almost 20 million of these are refugees: people who have fled their country of origin because of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Close to 40 million are people displaced within their own country, known as internally displaced persons (IDPs). The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – also known as the UN Refugee Agency – protects and assists both refugees and IDPs in over 125 countries. UNHCR also works on behalf of stateless individuals, who are not recognized as citizens of any State.

Forced Labor in U.S. Detention Centers

A private company in the United States is facing a lawsuit claiming it engaged in forced labor with immigrant detainees. Earlier this month a federal judge ruled that a private detention center in Colorado must face a potential class action suit alleging it violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Act by forcing immigrant detainees to work for little or no pay. The company that runs the detention center, The GEO Group Inc, had asked the judge to dismiss the claims, but the judge denied their motion.

Why the Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean is Not Human Trafficking

In the mass media coverage about Europe’s migrant crisis, in which an estimated 1,850 people have lost their lives so far this year crossing the Mediterranean, fingers have been pointed at “traffickers”, accused both of amplifying both the scale of the migration flow and being responsible for the most devastating of the humanitarian consequences of the trade.  This is a conceptual error.

The Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report- What is it and Why Is it Important?

Soon, the United States Department of State will issue the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The TIP Report is the …

New Tool for Temporary Migrant Workers Seeks to Reduce Risk for Trafficking

Each year, over 100,000 Mexican workers are brought for work in the U.S. on H-2A and H-2B visas in industries …

Geovisualizations of Trafficking in Persons: Mapping a Clandestine Crime

Due to the urgency to understand the clandestine crime of trafficking in persons (TIP) and where it operates, publicly available …

Child Soldiers and ISIS

Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF claimed that 2014 was the most devastating year ever for children. It is not …

Too Many Men

There are at least 60 million missing women in the world. Naturally this disparity would never occur. Without manipulation, sex …

The “Perfect Victim” Problem

Recently I had the opportunity to hear a prosecutor, and city human trafficking task force member, discuss the process of …

Thai NGOs & Government Balance Anti-Trafficking Efforts

As many of you know, human trafficking in Thailand has been in the news almosteveryday in the past few weeks. …

Blacklisted: An Overview of Brazil’s “Dirty List”

In September 1989, 17-year old José Pereira Ferreira and a coworker tried to escape from a rural farm. At the …

Freedom Expressions ATL: Georgia Students Work to Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking

8,623,751 passengers flew in or out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International in March of 2015, according to the airport’s Monthly Airport Traffic …

What to Do if You Think Your Teen Has Been Approached by a Pimp or Trafficker

The idea that someone you know or even your own teen could have been contacted by a pimp or trafficker …

Do You Know Who Your Kids Are Chatting With? Why Online Safety Matters

We really appreciate the opportunity that we’ve had this month to partner with Human Trafficking Search to raise awareness about …

Continuing the Conversation

Earlier this week we discussed how to start the conversation with your child about the issue of sex trafficking, check …

Start the Conversation: How to Talk to Kids About Trafficking

Most parents dread having the big “sex talk” when their child becomes a teenager. Today, if you wait until that …

The Educator’s Role in Talking to/Teaching Children about Human Trafficking

In today’s tumultuous climate for America’s youth we have to wonder how educators are able to stay on track when …

How to Foster an Environment Where Children Feel Comfortable Speaking Up

Today we’re continuing the discussion on how to talk with children about trafficking. Special thanks to Human Trafficking Search for …

Discussing Trauma With Children

We are excited to partner with Human Trafficking Search this month on the Protecting Children from Human Trafficking Campaign. Talking …

Protecting Your Teen from a Pimp

Pimps are master manipulators.  They are talented actors and salespeople and target girls who are emotionally vulnerable. From promising to help pay for …

Protecting Children from Human Trafficking

This April, in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Human Trafficking Search and youthSpark are hosting a month-long campaign …

“Welcome my daughter, welcome my sister”: An interview with Linda EagleSpeaker

Linda EagleSpeaker works at the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she and other staff have …

Eliminating Forced Labor Starts with Tackling Recruitment Fees 

I’ve spent time in South India, trying to help families forced to work in rice mills and brick kilns. They were offered what seemed to be decent job–if …

Pending Human Trafficking Legislation

Within the last few weeks the United States Congress has considered a number of bills related to human trafficking. The …

Do successful prosecutions constitute success in the fight against modern-day slavery?

For almost a quarter century now, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has participated in the successful prosecution of forced labor …

Prosecuting Human Trafficking in the United States: State and Federal Jurisdictions

Since 2000, efforts to fight human trafficking have been actively pursued through legal means in the United States, especially through …

The Business Case for Survivors of Trafficking

Four years ago when I pitched my Indian anti-sex trafficking social enterprise at an investor’s circle in the Bay Area, …

Fifteen Years Fighting for Freedom: Fifteen Lessons Learned

Free the Slaves fifteenth anniversary is a good moment to distill lessons learned from years working with slaves, survivors, activists …

The Economics of Human Trafficking:  An Intersection of Vulnerability and Exploitation

The role of every article about human trafficking is to provide information with the goal of preventing and destroying the …

Two Years of the HTS Blog

Two years ago this last week the first HTS blog post was published. In the post, we explained that the …

Ending Everyday Forms of Exploitation in Our Fields Prevents Trafficking

Exploitation in our nation’s fields is rampant. Employers steal wages and impose extra fees (for transportation to and from the …

Fighting for Farmworker Justice

When people think of trafficking, they often think about sex trafficking. But labor trafficking is also an insidious problem globally …

Subcontractor Scheming: Holding Agricultural Companies Liable for Human Trafficking

U.S. legislation on human trafficking is critically flawed. Throughout the field, practitioners are increasingly focusing on culling demand, frequently through …

How US Temporary Work Visa Laws Enable Forced Labor and Exploitation

In honor of the U.S. National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month the HTS blog and social media accounts will focus …

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

In 2007 the U.S. Senate designated January 11 as National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness. While never passed in the …

Ending Trafficking Domestically and Abroad

When most people in the United States hear the words “human trafficking”, they often think of it happening in places …

Slavery’s Legacies in Human Trafficking Advocacy

Amid the recent uproar over the unprosecuted deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in the United States, two history …

Toward Sustainable Anti-Human Trafficking Solutions: The Power of Reliable Information

In the early 2011, I embarked upon a fascinating but rather daunting assignment. I was tasked with evaluating Nepal’s efforts …

Arizona’s Human Trafficking Problem

This week, Arizona launched End Sex Trafficking AZ, a public awareness campaign and study aimed at combating sex trafficking. The …

Sustained Effort to Eliminate Child Slavery

10696263_1515703668678354_3614213108823739386_n Four years ago, I attended a forum in Washington, DC, sponsored by the International Labour Organization (ILO), entitled A …

Human Trafficking as a Social Movement

Social change emanates from people working together towards a greater good. Some of the greatest historical movements engaged student activists …

ISIS Continues to Engage in Sex Trafficking

Over two months have passed since Dr. Haleh Esfandiari’s groundbreaking piece highlighting ISIS’s cruelty towards women and the little media …

Top 4 States for Human Trafficking

While the United States has robust anti-trafficking efforts on national and local levels, it is still a major source and destination country, with high …

Successful Reintegration Takes Care

Armine* – a poor, single mother of three children living in a destitute multi-generational household in rural Armenia – was …

Student Convening Signals a New Era of Human Trafficking Activism

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights has a two-prong approach. One, to tell the stories of brave individuals …

Male Child Trafficking in Afghanistan

Being normal. Going to school. Coming home. Playing with friends. It might not seem very glamorous, but every child deserves …

Does pornography drive demand for sex trafficking?

The relationship between pornography and sex trafficking continues to be a controversial topic. As we have addressed previously at HTS, …

Protecting Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking in DC

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) clearly defines that any minor under the age of 18 years old does not …

ISIS’s Human Trafficking Crimes Get Little Attention

In the wake of U.S. President Obama’s announcement last week of his plan to combat ISIS, press attention around the …

Unaccompanied Migrants & Human Trafficking

Congress returns today, September 8 to unfinished business: trying to pass a budget and respond to the President’s request for …

Keeping Forced Labor in Mind This Labor Day

Labor Day is a national holiday celebrated in the United States on the first Monday of September. It was created …

Demanding Justice

DemandingJustice A small 16 year old girl with a black eye enters a hotel room where the man who solicited …

Sex Trafficking: Time to Turn The Tide

Founder of More Too Life, Brook Bello the survivor founded victim service NGO, and member of FDFI Truth Panel, advocating children’s …

The Role of Trauma in Human Trafficking

Whether one is a labor trafficking victim; a domestic or international sex trafficking victim or survivor; or any other victim …

Fighting Impunity and the Need for Collective Action

There is a link between torture and human trafficking that we see at the Center for Victims of Torture. Survivors …

Eight New Bills to Combat Human Trafficking

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauded House passage of eight …

Bolivia Legalizes Child Labor

While many countries in the developing world are banishing domestic child labor practices, the government of Bolivia went in the …

Sex Trafficking at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil

Human trafficking thrives at large sporting events such as the Olympic Games, Super Bowl and the FIFA World Cup for …

Slavery in the Thai Seafood Industry

It is not a new revelation that slavery plagues the global food system. Men, women and children are enslaved in …

Trafficking in Persons Report 2014 Released

“We each have a responsibility to make this horrific and all-too-common crime a lot less common. And our work with …

Truckers Are Critical in the Fight Against Trafficking

Ongoing sting operations by the FBI and other law enforcement personnel reveal that criminals and crime syndicates target a number …

Building Safety Nets for Survivors of Child Sex Trafficking

At the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), child sex trafficking is a high-priority issue because children who …

Beyond Boko Haram: Human Trafficking in Nigeria

The radical Islamic group Boko Haram, whose name loosely translates to Western Education is Forbidden, is most well known for …

Human Trafficking and the Taliban

Burqa_Afghanistan_01 From 1996 to 2001 the Taliban, a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist group controlled and oppressed the Afghanistan population. During its …

Human Trafficking in China

Human trafficking is an international problem that must be handled domestically. This becomes particularly difficult in a country known for …

Is Pimping Ever Legal?

Prostitution is an internationally controversial topic, yet the majority of countries allow legalized prostitution or partial legalization like the United …

National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month and in honor of that distinction, our first blog of the month will be …

Human Trafficking: Not All Black or White

The link between domestic sex trafficking and racial discrimination—while undeniable, is not immediately clear. What is clear; however, is that …

Bitcoin Fuels the Human Trafficking Market

Bitcoin is the newest and arguably most popular digital currency to hit the Internet. Not tied to any government or …

The Connection Between Sex Trafficking and Pornography

Pornography undoubtedly perpetuates the commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls in America, yet the exact role it plays linking …

The Sex Trafficking of Colombian Women

The story is not new. Impoverished women from unstable countries lured by lucrative job offers agree to be smuggled across …

Challenging Heights in Ghana

Children being trafficked into slavery remains a significant problem in Ghana, despite legislation passed nearly ten years ago outlawing the …

Female Sex Tourism

Sex tourism is not just for men anymore. In recent years there has been an increasing number of women from …

How Street Traffickers Recruit Young Girls

The statistics are grim. Young girls in the United States are usually recruited into commercial sex trafficking between the ages …

Bonded Labor in South Asia

Bonded labor or debt bondage is the largest form of slavery in the world. Victims become bonded laborers when their …

Venture Philanthropy

Raising awareness about human trafficking sometimes feel like an exercise in hitting someone who’s already down. By that I mean, …

Invisible Men: Male Victims of Sex Trafficking

Men are the most overlooked victims of sex trafficking. The International Labor Organization (ILO) reported that 98 percent of people …

When Drug Trafficking Becomes Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is commonly referred to as the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, second only to the lucrative …

Forced Labor During the Sochi Winter Olympics

As we have written about in a previous blog, sex trafficking increases at major sporting events that draw in crowds …

Fighting Human Trafficking Through Art

As a photographer, I became aware of human trafficking for the first time in 2005 during an assignment for the …

A Crime Against Humanity

Many religious faiths have taken up the issue of human trafficking, but few religious leaders have openly denounced slavery as …

Largest Human Trafficking Incident in America

In early 2011 the Texas Attorney General shocked the public by announcing that the Super Bowl is the single largest …

Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

In early 2012, President Obama declared January, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Throughout the month of January and …

Communities Vulnerable to Human Trafficking: Children Without Biological Families

In the third blog of the three part series on communities vulnerable to human trafficking, we discuss children living without …

Communities Vulnerable to Human Trafficking: Refugees

In the second of the three-part blog on vulnerable communities, we will be addressing the topic of human trafficking within …

Communities Vulnerable to Human Trafficking: Migrants

This is the first of a three part blog series on communities vulnerable to human trafficking and currently migrants represent …

Truck Stops and Trafficking

Throughout the holiday season, many people take long road trips to visit family and friends. The week of Thanksgiving is …

Gang Involvement with Human Trafficking

Sex trafficking has traditionally been propagated by small-time local opportunists looking to make a large profit with little work. While …

Sex Trafficking of LGBT Youth

There is a disproportionate number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in the commercially sexually exploited population. The …

Cultural Forms of Human Trafficking in Africa

From forced labor to indentured servitude to sex trafficking, there are many forms of human trafficking. Several cultural traditions in …
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An Unholy Alliance: The Connection Between Foster Care and Human Trafficking

The child welfare system is an important and necessary institution that protects children whose parents are unable to care for …

Rehoming Adopted Children

“Rehoming” describes when adoptive parents find a new home for their adopted child without notifying or consulting the proper authorities. …

Organ Trafficking Around the World

The average wait time in the United States for a kidney transplant is three to five years and in Germany, …

Camel Jockeys in the UAE

Impoverished families from Pakistan, Sudan, Mauritania, India and Bangladesh sell their sons to work as jockeys in the lucrative camel …

Third Country Nationals Trafficked by Military Contractors

Third country nationals or TCNs as they are commonly known in the military community, have been continually trafficked into Iraq …

Life After Human Trafficking

Barbara Amaya’s website lists her as a “survivor, author, advocate and speaker” of human trafficking. As a guest speaker at …

Child Labor Blog Part III: Manufacturing in Asia

The third and final installment of the Child Labor blog series will focus on the manufacturing industry in Asia. Pakistan, …

Child Forced Labor Part II: Agriculture in the Americas

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations states that approximately 70 percent of child labor takes place in …

Child Forced Labor Part I: The Mining Industry

This blog is the first in a three part series discussing the overlooked topic of child forced labor in large …

A Slippery Slope for Russia, China and Uzbekistan

The annual US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report was released earlier this week and its ranking of countries …

Stop the Demand, Stop the Supply

For the past six months I have been writing blogs on the topic of sex trafficking, forced labor, human trafficking …

The Dirty Economics of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is generating an estimated $32 billion dollars annually. This same number comes up repeatedly in human trafficking statistics, …

Human Smuggling Becomes Human Trafficking in Canada

Human trafficking and human smuggling are terms often used interchangeably but there is a very big distinction. Interpol explains the …

Commercial Sex Exploitation of Native American Children

Native American reservations have been plagued for years with high rates of crime, violence and alcohol abuse. In the past …

States with the Weakest Human Trafficking Laws

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) is arguably the most important anti-trafficking law ever passed. Updated and reauthorized …

Top 3 States for Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a global epidemic, but it doesn’t only take place in foreign countries. The Department of State Trafficking …

Human Trafficking on the Rise in the EU

  In 2012 the European Union commissioned a report by Eurostat Working Group on Crime Statistics to discover the depth …
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Cutting Edge Technology, Corporate Interest and Human Trafficking

It’s not often that large corporations share their newest and best technology. It is even less often that these multinational …

US Foster Care System a Breeding Ground for Human Trafficking

Half of all human trafficking victims are minors, and statesthat 70 percent of these minors are children in the …

2 Forced Labor Campaigns that Made a Difference

With the rise of international watchdog groups and human rights organizations, corporate responsibility can no longer be an afterthought for …

The United States’ Problem with Children’s Rights

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a multilateral human rights treaty that promotes the …

The Problem with Cotton: Child Labor in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is the world’s third largest exporter of raw cotton, earning the country an estimated $1 billion a year in …

Welcome to Human Trafficking Search.Net

Human Trafficking Search would like to welcome you to our first official blog post. The goal of this blog is …

Obama Calls Human Trafficking ‘Slavery,’ Announces New Measures

UNITED NATIONS — After his speech to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama used an appearance …