Calling it what it is: Slavery

Gulnara Shahinian is a UN special reporter on the issue of trafficking and modern day slavery.  She argues that one of the biggest obstacles in fighting the issue may be how we talk about the issue.  Sex trafficking is disproportionately represented as the human trafficking problem, but the human rights violation…

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Seattle Area Grocer Carries Only Ethical Chocolate

PCC Natural Markets has 10 stores in the Greater Seattle Area and as of this month, it is believed to be the only grocer in the United States that carries only ethical chocolate. In 1998, investigators from UNICEF discovered the prevalence of child labor in the chocolate market.  Nearly 70%…

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A Little is a Lot to Fight Human Trafficking

“According to the International Labor Organization, human traffickers bring in at least $32 billion a year. U.S. government funding to fight international and domestic modern-day slavery accounts for only 0.003% of the federal budget. This week the president released his annual budget. The U.S. is currently spending 10 cents for…

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Tell the United Nations Your Vision for a Better World

The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been a catalyst for progress around the world in the fight against poverty.  The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. Governments, international organizations and civil society groups around the world have helped to cut in half the world’s extreme poverty rate….

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