"Woman will always be dependent until she holds a purse of her own."
—Elizabeth Cady Stanton


 
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Women: just pawns in the game

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on August 9, 2011 | Leave a comment (2)
Mobster and human smuggler Bill Bedini was back in Albania after jumping bail in Texas. “This [is] payback to your Uncle Edmond for when I was in the United States,” he said as he beat two young women, nieces of the Albanian man who testified against him in the U.S. A human weed, Bedini...

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Tampa Bay hub for human trafficking

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on July 25, 2011 | Leave a comment (0)
Many people know the phrase “modern day slavery” but don’t realize it’s happening in their hometowns. Florida state representative Rachel Burgin admits she was unaware of the problem’s severity until she attended a national conference in Washington, D.C. and sat next...

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Make slavery a household word

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on July 23, 2011 | Leave a comment (0)
I was nearly speechless last week when a friend asked, “What is modern day slavery?” “Women forced into prostitution,” I blurted. “Forced farm labor!” Is what I see and read about every day invisible to the average American? Twenty-seven million people–the...

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Time to stop cannibalizing our children

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on January 25, 2011 | Leave a comment (1)
The director of “Not My Life,” a documentary that takes an unflinching look at global human trafficking as a children’s issue, has an innovative plan for getting his message out. It’s not enough to show the film in theaters and on TV and maybe win a few festival awards, says...

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Slaves weave Jersey hair braids

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on December 6, 2010 | Leave a comment (3)
We don’t have auction blocks in center city anymore, but people are still being enslaved in America–often in plain sight. Consider the preteen girls from Togo and Ghana, whose families were tricked into thinking they were sending their daughters to the United States for an education and...

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Tricked into sexual slavery

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on November 28, 2010 | Leave a comment (4)
Somaly Mam was tricked into becoming a sex slave when she was a 12-year-old Cambodian orphan by a man who said he could find her parents. Instead he dumped her in a brothel. She suffered the life for ten years then escaped. Today she is the founder of the Somaly Mam Foundation and committed to...

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Legislation would rescue victims of human sex trafficking

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on January 31, 2010 | Leave a comment (0)
Two U.S. Senators have introduced bi-partisan legislation that would provide block grants of $2.5 million each to establish shelters for victims of human sex trafficking and offer them treatment, counseling and legal aid. “It’s time we started rescuing the victims of sex trafficking and...

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