The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest investigative agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is responsible for enforcing a wide range of crimes related to border security, including conducting domestic and international investigations on human trafficking, child sex tourism, and forced child labor. Continue reading
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Reposted from the blog:” A Passion To Understand” http://passiontounderstand.blogspot.com
The year 2007 may have marked the bicentenary of the abolition of slavery but the reality is that many people around the world are living in conditions of forced labour or slavery. In her book Enslaved: The New British Slavery, Rahila Gupta gets in contact with five modern day slaves and convinces them to share their stories. These are heartbreaking and shocking tales that expose the hidden and invisible world of modern day slavery. All of these testimonies were obtained in England so this is not simply a “third world problem” that we can sweep under a rug; it is happening in our neighbourhoods. Continue reading
Posted in Book/Resource, Child Labor, Debt Bondage, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Indentured Servitude, Modern Day Slavery, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution, Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Tourism
Tagged Child Labor, Debt Bondage, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Human Trafficking Education, Indentured Servitude, News, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution, Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Tourism
by Rachel Lloyd
There’s been lots of coverage in the last 24 hours on the Twitter ‘feud’ between Demi Moore and Kim Kardashian. Yet the glaring omission from all the articles, blogs and commentary is any real analysis of Demi’s point – that we glamorize and glorify pimp culture, use terminology that seems to legitimize the practice, and in doing so ignore the fact that pimps are modern-day slave-owners.
I’m the founder and Executive Director of GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, the nation’s largest service provider to girls and young women who’ve been commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked. Every day, I witness the impact that pimps have on the lives of girls in this country. Girls are left with physical and psychological scars from the brutal tactics of adult men who prey upon some of the most vulnerable children in our society and then sell them for profit over and over again.
Demi, and her husband Ashton, have met some of the girls GEMS serves, heard their horrific stories about being under pimp control and have taken action. They launched the DNA Foundation with the goal of ending child sex trafficking both in the US and abroad and recently donated a $250,000 Pepsi Refresh grant to support GEMS services to survivors of domestic trafficking. Both Demi and Ashton have been raising the alarm about the epidemic of child sex trafficking that’s happening right here in the US to American girls for over a year now, and yet it’s an exchange with Kim Kardashian that has garnered the most attention.
Kim Kardashian, like most people in this country, is probably totally unaware of the harsh reality of pimping and thinks of it in the context of a Jay-Z song, a 50 Cent video, an Oscar-winning song and movie, or a caricature from the 1970’s. I’m sure if Kim knew the real stories, tears and scars behind the glorified images of pimps, she’d think differently about the language she used. I’d encourage her and anyone else who uses ‘pimpin’ as a verb to watch our Showtime documentary ‘Very Young Girls’ to learn the truth about pimp culture.
Ultimately though this issue isn’t about Kim or Demi. It’s about the girls and young women whose lives are systematically destroyed by pimps/traffickers. It’s about changing our societal acceptance of pimps and ‘pimpin’ and calling it what it really is: trafficking and slaveholding. Over 100,000 children in this country are exploited through the commercial sex industry each year, and the median age of entry into the sex industry is estimated to be between 12 and 14 years old. If those facts haven’t been enough to start a national dialogue about domestic trafficking of girls in the US, perhaps a Twitter exchange between two celebrities will be.
The Twitter exchange between Ms. Kardashian and Demi Moore (Mrs. Kutcher): Continue reading
Posted in Book/Resource, Child Abuse, Human Trafficking, Modern Day Slavery, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution, Sexual Exploitation
Tagged Child Abuse, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, Human Trafficking, Modern Day Slavery, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution, Sexual Exploitation
Reposted from: A Passion To Understand
This is the book that started it all for me again. I had always known at the back of my mind that sooner or later I was going to have to face up to my horror and read up about the Rwandan genocide. Once I picked up this book in late 2007, it started a process of discovery for me and culminated in me forming this blog.
There have been several books written on the genocide by people from all walks of life. Sociologists, journalists, a United Nations general and a hotel operator have all written excellent and compelling books but this book was written by a normal, everyday woman. Immaculée Ilibagiza was a student in 1994, just like me, and she had gone home for the April holidays, just like I used to do. The difference is that Immaculée is Tutsi.
Left to Tell is the story of how her entire family was killed in the genocide and how she was hidden in the bathroom of a local pastor along with seven other women for 91 days. There were days on end when the pastor could not secret away food to them as he had not even told his family that he was hiding the women and they suffered from starvation, dehydration and the wasting of their limbs. They could not stand, exercise or eve stretch their legs.
Immaculée is a devout Catholic and in this book she talks of the miracles that occurred and how her faith carried her through the most trying period of her life. I’m not a religious person but I found this book to be absolutely inspiring and incredible.
I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to see what happened in the genocide through the eyes of a survivor. This is an excellent introduction to anyone wishing to know more about the events but who does not feel ready to ready one of the more technical or complex books. Just make sure that you have a box of tissues handy because this book is absolutely touching.
Immaculée has written two more books since this one and maintains a blog too in which she speaks of her faith and the journey she has take since 1994. The blog is simply called Immaculée.
A discussion with Washington Post reporter Shankar Vedantam, author of The Hidden Brain
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1 p.m.
Helena Rubinstein Auditorium
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
How do we explain the actions of perpetrators, collaborators and bystanders in genocide? Fundamental questions about human behavior raised by the Holocaust continue to be debated in light of Rwanda, Bosnia and 21st century mass killings. Join us for a discussion with Washington Post reporter and author, Shankar Vedantam, whose new book, The Hidden Brain, explores how groups and unconscious bias shape human behavior and decision making.
Shankar Vedantam is a national science writer at the Washington Post. Between 2006 and 2009, Vedantam authored the weekly Department of Human Behavior column in the Washington Post. He is the winner of several journalism awards and is a 2009-2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University
Reservations are requested at: www.ushmm.org/events/shankarvedantam