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The Sentiment of Survivorship

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No one at Traffick Free has disclosed having survived the horror of human trafficking. Sometimes it is hard to understand why we work so hard and think we can make a difference when it is not based in personal experiences. This has raised some questions about our credibility and legitimacy. But is credibility achieved only

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Why a Drop-in Center?

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When Traffick Free refocused from human trafficking awareness and education to activism our desire was to fill the need for emergency services. We learned quickly that this was a necessary resource to combatting human trafficking in Chicago – where more than 24,000 girls and women are being exploited. Other respected organizations have collaborations with law

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2014 Year in Review

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2014 was an exciting year of growth and direction for Traffick Free. In the most exciting piece of news, we publicized our focus to open Chicago’s first 24-hour drop-in center for self-identified female persons engaged in commercial sexual exploitation. However, that announcement did not slow down our education, awareness and collaboration efforts. Here are a

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The Many Manifestations of Modern Slavery

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Manifestations of modern slavery, what we know as human trafficking, are more pronounced now than ever before with an estimated 27 million people being exploited for organ trade, forced marriage, commercial sex, and labor. In observance of National Human Trafficking Day, here are some facts you need to know about one of the greatest ongoing

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for a Better 2015

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2014 was an intense year for social problems. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Ferguson, leaked nude photos of American female celebrities, kidnapped school children in Nigeria and Mexico, and NFL players accused of assault. We’re all looking for ways to help solve the problems we see happening around us but it’s not always easy. Here are 5

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Survival for Sale

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In the battle against commercial sex, “survival sex” has been neglected because of some legal definitions. Sex trafficking involves a trafficker – someone who “manages” the sex trade – and in survival sex individuals manage their own trade. Big difference, right? Wrong. These superficial descriptions exonerate the “consumer” and dismiss the fundamentally exploitative nature of

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The Secret’s…Not Out: Why the Drop-in Center Location is Undisclosed

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Safe houses have been a sanctuary throughout human history. They offered protection to slaves traveling the Underground Railroad and to Europeans escaping Nazism. It was critical for the safety of these people that they not be found. In the 1970s safe houses for women and children were forged from the feminist movement and drop-in centers

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Stand in the Gap

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As you may have noticed, or perhaps you were at our “Let’s Do This!” event on February 11, 2014 when we announced, that we are moving towards opening Chicago’s first 24-hour drop-in center for self-identified female persons engaged in commercial sexual exploitation. We are very careful in that wording to not include words and phrases

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Ends That Do Not Exactly Justify the Means

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When we first heard about Somaly Mam’s resignation from the Somaly Mam Foundation on May 28 after a Newsweek spread claiming her personal history of 10 years of sex trafficking to be fabricated, we instantly looked for the “good” in the story and thanked her for the years of work she has done highlighting the

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Traffick Free Shifts Focus Towards Emergency Services

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Twenty-four hour emergency services specifically for victims and survivors of human trafficking in the Chicago area do not currently exist. Therefore, after extensive research, Traffick Free is officially moving forward to fill a need in this gap. While Traffick Free’s current strategic initiatives in producing the Freedom Forum, 5k Run Against Traffick, and Sex ReBranded

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