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Sex Trafficking removed from Backpage

On 10 January 2017 the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations from within the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, released a staff report “Backpage.com’s knowing facilitation of online sex trafficking” (Full report -> Backpage Report 2017.01.10 FINAL)  Shortly thereafter, Backpage.com abruptly […]

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Book Review: The Slave Across the Street

I just finished reading “The Slave Across the Street” which is a first person account of how Theresa Flores, at age 15 found herself enslaved in Michigan.  Flores’ describes the circumstances surrounding her enslavement to include, how those who exploited […]

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GOP link to North Korea – Hack Sony Pictures Entertainment?

The Chinese hacking group, Guardians of Peace (GOP) are believed to have links to North Korea according to press reports from the region describing a technology hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment. At first blush one must ask, ‘why North Korea.”  […]

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Sex Trafficking – The Buyers – Demanding Justice Report 2014

Sex trafficking of minors, aka sexual exploitation of minors, continues in all corners of the world, and law enforcement is becoming more sensitized toward as to how the individual minor prostituting themselves are the victims. Shared Hope International released their […]

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The Child Next Door – Human Trafficking can find its way to your neighborhood

The child next door? Yes sadly, human trafficking has reached into our enclaves of peace and tranquility, as articulated recently at a panel discussion in Craven County, North Carolina recently. But this is not new news, we can look back […]

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Etiquette this Safer Internet Day 2014

    It is often times hard to absorb all of the avenues by which we interconnect online and how those connections create opportunity. Opportunity for good, and the not so good behaviors. Take for example, the many networks that have evolved […]

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Human Trafficking – Slavery at Sea

On 25 January 2014, Scottish Express carried a story, “Boat Slave Shame of Fishing Industry” which details slavery at sea, the continued practice of bringing in foreign workers to man the fishing fleets and then isolating and effectively enslaving these workers. […]

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The angels look down upon us – Sandy Hook

Today marks the first anniversary of the horrific murder of the children and adults at Sandy Hook elementary and 26 new souls entered heaven via a highway of our tears. The families have had a year to process the loss […]

John Kennedy – Johnny we hardly knew ye

John F. Kennedy left this world fifty years ago. The U-2 shoot down, Cuban Missile Crisis, Bay of Pigs and what would be the defining moment of the US Civil Rights Movement, the Birmingham Campaign were recent history. I had no idea […]

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SUPER TYPHOON HAIYAN

Typhoon Haiyan   via flicker divshub Super Typhoon Haiyan has create a path of destruction across the Philippines, we can and must help.  We have all seen the photographs of the devastation which has defended upon the Philippines.  And while […]

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Typhoon Haiyan – plea for aid

The super-typhoon, Typhoon Haiyan, came crashing down on the nation of island, the Philippines this past weekend and has affected more than 4 million people. While immediate aid is rushing to the affected areas, the longterm aid required to help […]

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Slavery in the United States – 2013 – How far we have come since 1860

Slavery 1860 and 2013: Following the 1860 census, it was possible to create a density map of slavery in the United States.  A close look at the map shows that some areas had a density of 75% of the population […]

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Bullying – RIP Olivia Mae Scott – 9 October 2013 – Bullycide

RIP Olivia Mae Scott – 9 October 2013 a victim of bullycide. Bristol, Vermont lost a beautiful young lady on October 9, 2013.  Olivia Mae Scott, 16, a Junior at Mount Abraham Union High School passed away unexpectedly.  “Passed away […]

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Remembering – Those who bore me, my parents

Today is Columbus Day – October 12, 2013.  72 years ago, my parents were wed in Holyoke, MA.  They passed on in 1993, and thus had 52 years together.  On their 52nd anniversary my mother was asked by one of […]

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Sex Trafficking – Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma recently saw another round of arrests as local law enforcement took to the streets and wrapped up 42 individuals who were involved in an organized sex trafficking network.

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Egypt: Mothers, these are your sons, where is your outrage?

Courtesy of AP Yesterday I viewed a video from Human Rights Watch, “Egypt:Epidemic of Sexual Violence.”  The video is provided below.  I viewed the piece and listened to the stories, which chronicle the sexual attacks from the “Arab spring” through […]

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Duran Adam – Standing Man – El Hombre de Pie

The following is a Turkish language translation of my piece – Duran Adam: Standing Man which appeared in Huffington Post and El Huffington Post in Spanish. —————————– Bugunlerde Turkiye’de yasanan ayaklanma, 60li yillarin baslarinda 7-10 yaslari arasinda Turkiye’de yasayan bu yazara […]

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Religious Freedom – Table-stakes for 2013

U.S. Department of State released their International Religious Freedom Report. Religious freedom is a basic tenet of in this day and age. — “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

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Death by shame – Rehtaeh Parsons

Rehtaeh Parsons was 17 years old when she took her life. She had been shamed and humiliated following the sexual victimization by a group of boys two years prior. The Nova Scotia prosecutor claimed insufficient evidence to prosecute. Now we have a child gone, due to bullycide. Sadly, the Nova Scotia government has gone into damage control mode, which may be too little too late.

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International Women’s Day 2013

March 8, 2013, International Women’s Day – President Barack Obama recently signed into law the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization, which also contained the Trafficking Victims Protection Act Reauthorization. No country is immune to Violence Against Women. In Ethiopia, 81% of the women believe it appropriate for a husband to beat their wife, while in Guinea, 60% believe it reasonable for a wife to be beaten for saying no to sex; and in Vietnam, a recent study demonstrated that true cost of violence against women was costing the country nearly 1.4% of its GDP.

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