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ABC’s of Human Trafficking: Pimp, Pornography, and Prostituted Person

On December 10, 2012, by MHeffern

Pimp Evelina Giobbe explains a pimp/prostituted person relationship in her article A Comparison of Pimps and Batterers: A woman is being pimped when their relationship is contingent on her engaging in prostitution and relinquishing all or part of her earnings to him. As with most sexual exploitation it disproportionately affects females, though males are also prostituted as […]

Important Acts for Congress to Pass

On November 27, 2012, by turbiak

Importance of passing Trafficking Victims Protection Act and Violence Against Women Act Two bills encompassing the protection of women and children are in desperate need of reauthorization before the current session of Congress adjourns for the year. The first is the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) which expired in September 2011 and the second is […]

Prostitution is Modern Day Slavery

On October 17, 2012, by MHeffern

Julia Davidson explains in her book Prostitution, Power, and Freedom, that prostitution is an institution that “founders upon the existence of economic and political conditions that compel people to act in ways they otherwise would not choose to act”. This statement explains the current status of prostitution as an institution built on unfreedom. For Davidson […]

Memphis Police Officer is Arrested for Trafficking

On October 16, 2012, by turbiak

“What makes this case worse is that the alleged perpetrator is a law enforcement official who was sworn to protect and serve,” U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton.     “We will do this as often as needed in order to rid this department of those who can’t make up their minds as to whether they want […]

ABC’s of Human Trafficking: Marginalized, Modern Day Slavery, and NGO

On September 28, 2012, by MHeffern

Marginalized  In her article Thinking about Marginalization: What, Who, and Why? Jane Jenson uses UNESCO’s definition of marginalization: Marginalization occurs when people are systematically excluded from meaningful participation in economic, social, political, cultural and other forms of human activity in their communities and thus are denied the opportunity to fulfill themselves as human beings. Expounding […]

The ABC’s of Trafficking: John, Labor Trafficking, and Manipulation

On August 21, 2012, by MHeffern

John  No business can afford you create a product for which there are no buyers. The first step in understanding the sex industry is to understand the customers, the johns. -Joe Parker  Johns are men who buy and sell sex. Most commonly, “johns” reference men who purchase sexual acts, however this term can also refer […]

ABC’s of Trafficking: Human Trafficking, Internet Prostitution, Immigration Status

On July 25, 2012, by MHeffern

Human Trafficking  Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and is one of the largest criminal industries in the world, only second to drugs. The most commonly accepted international definition of human trafficking can be found in the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons created by the United […]

ABC’s of Human Trafficking: Forced Labor, Fraud, and Hotels

On July 17, 2012, by MHeffern

Forced labor  In 1930 the ILO established an international definition of forced labor in the Forced Labor Convention stating: Forced or compulsory labour shall mean all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily. In 2012 the […]

ABC’s of Human Trafficking: Debt Bondage, Exploitation, and Force

On July 11, 2012, by MHeffern

Debt Bondage Debt bondage, as explained by the U.S. State Department of Health and Human Services, is the practice in which: traffickers demand labor as a means repayment for a real or alleged debt, yet they do not reasonably apply a victim’s wages toward the payment of the debt, or limit or define the nature and length […]

ABC’s of Human Trafficking: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Corruption, and Destination/Transit/Origin States

On June 27, 2012, by MHeffern

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) The U.S. Department of Justice defines commercial sexual exploitation of children as the “sexual abuse of a minor for economic gain.” This includes child pornography, prostitution, and sexual entertainment. The Stockholm Declaration adopted in 1996 at the First World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, explains CSEC as […]