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Human Trafficking

A five minute documentary about the problem of human trafficking, especially pertaining to West Michigan.
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A short extra video clip for you guys that I think captures a little bit of the ignorance that so many articles talk about.It doesn't just happen in east asia. It's happening everywhere.People think that it can't happen to them and that's not true. It can happen to anyone!!!!!

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Tattoo Artist Helps Girls Escape Life in the Sex Trade

Tattoo Artist Helps Girls Escape Life in the Sex Trade | Sold: India | Scoop.it
A Chicago-area tattoo artist and youth pastor helps people find new lives by inking over their tattoos. Sponsored by Grape-Nuts.
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This article describes how a Chicagoland resident has helped girls out of the human trafficking rings and boys out of gangs. By starting his 501c3 non-profit tattoo studio, Chris Baker does cover-ups to give people control over their own lives again. His biggest hurdle is funding because he provides this service free for people in need. 

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Attorney General: Super Bowl Is Largest Human Trafficking Incident In U.S.

Attorney General: Super Bowl Is Largest Human Trafficking Incident In U.S. | Sold: India | Scoop.it
When it came time for the Super Bowl, Clemmie Greenlee was expected to sleep with anywhere from 25 to 50 men a day.
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In The Huffington Post's article, the Super Bowl is pegged as the largest human trafficking event in America. The article talks about how the sex industry booms during the Super Bowl. The women who are brought in, either of their own volition or against their wills, are watched closely but are most vulnerable "when the crowds dissipate". The articles boasts about how "five women were rescued and eight human-trafficking related arrests were made". The article cites several reputable foundations and organizations that were created to help the victims of human trafficking. These sources include The Somaly Mam Foundation and A Bridge of Hope. 

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The Rules of Survival

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It all starts when Matthew observes a heroic scene in a convenience store: A man named Murdoch puts himself between an abusive father and...
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I want to read The Rules of Survival for a few reasons. 1) Nancy Werlin is a fantastic author 2) her writing is rather compelling and 3) It looks like a haunting exploration of an abusive environment from the pov of a teenager.

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Bondage, slavery, human trafficking in New Mexico, U.S.

Bondage, slavery, human trafficking in New Mexico, U.S. | Sold: India | Scoop.it
While human trafficking is everywhere among us, sometimes unseen in plain sight, it is thriving on community ignorance which has allowed it to become the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.
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This article takes the "it can happen to anyone" message and really drives it home. It seeks to educate the public on human trafficking and it's place in the world around us. It offers the readers a few resources to better educate them. These resources include: fairgirls.org and dontsellbodies.org.

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Diana Scimone - 'Girls in Cages'

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“Do you see those cages in the second-floor windows?” my contact asked me. “Cages? What are they for?” I replied, certain I did not want to know.
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In Diane Scimone's article, Girls in Cages, she tells the reader about the first time that she was actually horror-stricken with human trafficking. She describes an encounter with her contact in Mumbai, India, where she saw little cages in a window and discovered they were for little girls being trafficked. "Girls as young as four" were being held in these brothels until they were old enough to be useful in the sex industry. "Their captors urinate on them, abuse them, torture them, and rape them" until they are basically not willing to do anything except what is asked of them. Diana Scimone witnessed these horrors and founded Born 2 Fly.

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End Trafficking in Persons (ETIP) | World Vision International

End Trafficking in Persons (ETIP) | World Vision International | Sold: India | Scoop.it
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This Webpage describes the problems that we, as human beings, need to recognize about Human Trafficking. It talks about
the goals that the programme has to end human trafficking. Some of their goals include contributing "to the mitigation of the human trafficking problem". It offers methods to help the victims if you are not affliated with the organization. You can download programme books and sponsor children in need. It also, very briefly, describes the outcomes that the programme has when executed.The programme, when executed in countries "reduces risk factors that contribute to human trafficking at the individual, community, and structural levels".

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Sold

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Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her ...
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In Patricia McCormick’s book “Sold”, the reader follows the story of a twelve year old, impoverished nepalese girl named Lakshmi. Her father died when she was young, and his death forced her mother to marry a man that the reader knows only as stepfather. Her family struggles to survive in a tiny, unnamed mountain village of Nepal. During a drought, stepfather disappears and Ama, Lakshmi’s mother, has to sell the chickens and Lakshmi’s dowry to survive. After a little rain turns into a monsoon that wipes out their rice paddy, Stepfather tells Ama that they have to send Lakshmi to the city to work. He sells Lakshmi to “Auntie” Bimla. Auntie Bimla takes Lakshmi to the City where she sells her to another man. This man tells Lakshmi that she must call him Husband when speaking out loud, but to think of him as an uncle. So Lakshmi sets out with Uncle Husband over the border into India. When they finally reach Happiness House, he sells her one final time. For 10,000 Rupees! Mumtaz then forces Lakshmi to bring men to her room. An American man comes to visit and gives her a business card with a bird on it.When the street boy that brings the girls tea is reassigned, Lakshmi sends the card with a bird with him. Lakshmi’s “sister”, Pushpa, gets kicked out of Happiness House because she has a recurring fever and refused to sell her baby girl to Mumtaz. Another American showed up with a camera and took Lakshmi's picture, promising her a good clean life, where she wouldn't have to do what Mumtaz wants her to. There is one final raid on Happiness House and Lakshmi goes with them.That is where the readers adventure with Lakshmi ends.

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