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


 
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Sexually exploited: victim or criminal?

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on November 26, 2012 | Leave a comment (2)
If local police find a cache of girls from Thailand being forced to work as sex slaves in a Cleveland warehouse, they see sexually exploited victims of human trafficking in need of rescuing. If a cop drives through downtown Cleveland and sees an American girl in a short skirt approach a car, he...

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Obama order prohibits human trafficking in federal contracts

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on November 5, 2012 | Leave a comment (0)
What industry earns more money than major league baseball, and the national basketball, hockey and football leagues combined? Sex trafficking and forced labor. It’s a $32 billion industry. On Sept. 25, President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting human trafficking in all federal...

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Many favorite brands flunk human rights test

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on April 28, 2012 | Leave a comment (0)
Are you brand loyal? Do you stick to Carter’s, Apple and Cadbury? Do you ever wonder how they produce the products you love? If you’ve never stopped to think about it, you probably don’t know what a lousy job many of your favorite brands do monitoring the conditions of people who work for...

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2nd act takes woman filmmaker to China

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on February 8, 2012 | Leave a comment (0)
When the sinking economy stalled her freelance advertising business, May Tchao thought, “What the heck, I’ve done it all my life, so I want to try something new.” What Tchao did was begin filming the documentary “Rise of the Phoenix,” which casts the issue of women’s...

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Get your slaves—cheap

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on October 12, 2011 | Leave a comment (4)
You can own a slave for $90. You can’t even buy a coat for $90. At that dirt cheap price there must be thousands of people being sold. Millions even. So, if you want to start a sure-fire business, become a slave trader. Capture some people—particularly women and children—ship them halfway...

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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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Slavery continues despite war, amendment

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on February 6, 2011 | Leave a comment (1)
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. While the war was fought over a fusion of slavery and states’ rights issues, slavery didn’t end in the United States until December 1865 with passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Or did it? Consider these...

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