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interviews with Moody Radio
May 9th, 2013 - Executive Director, Laura Ng, discusses the Cleveland kidnappings and our 2013 Freedom Forum on May 16th, giving listeners a tangible way to respond to the situation. Listen here.
February 27th, 2013 - Communications Director, Sarah Amidon, talks to Nancy Turner on "This is the Day" about human trafficking in Chicagoland and what Traffick Free is doing to bring an end to it. Listen here.
sites to see
The Not For Sale Campaign is a nation-wide initiative to end slavery through open source activism
Free the Slaves is an organization that liberates slaves around the world, helps them rebuild their lives, and researches real world solutions to eradicate slavery forever.
The American Anti-Slavery Group (AASG) is a nonprofit organization that works with former victims of human trafficking to abolish modern-day slavery, focusing primarily on systems of chattel slavery in Sudan and Mauritania.
Named after the North Star that guided slaves towards freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project has been providing a comprehensive approach to combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery since 2002.
Love146 works toward the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation through Prevention and Aftercare.
SlaveryMap exists to record and display instances of human trafficking across the globe.
CALL+RESPONSE is a documentary film on modern day slavery that has inspired an activist movement.
The Heartland Alliance is a human rights advocacy and service group that is responsible for much of the counter-trafficking and victim assistance in the Midwest
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's (NCMEC) mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.
The Illinois Rescue and Restore Coalition is a network of agencies and organizations involved with countering human-trafficking or providing services to victims.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center operates under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is the largest investigative organization and is run by the federal government. Their primary focuses include human trafficking, human smuggling and border security.
books to read
Somebody's Daughter, by Julian Sher
In Somebody's Daughter: The Hidden Story of America's Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them, meet the girls who are fighting for their dignity, the cops who are trying to rescue them, and the community activists battling to protect the nation's most forsaken children. Author Julian Sher takes you behind the scenes to expose one of America's most underreported crimes: A girl from New Jersey gets arrested in Las Vegas and, at great risk to her own life, helps the FBI take down a million-dollar pimping empire. An abused teenager in Texas has the courage to take the stand in a grueling trial that sends her pimp away for 75 years. Survivors of the sex trade in New York, Phoenix, and Minneapolis set up shelters and rescue centers that offer young girls a chance to break free from the streets. "The sex trade is the new drug trade," says one FBI special agent, and Somebody's Daughter is a call to action, shining a light on America's dirty little secret.
Girls Like Us, by Rachel Lloyd
A deeply moving story by a survivor of the commercial sex industry who has devoted her career to activism and helping other young girls escape "the life." In Girls Like Us, Lloyd reveals the dark, secretive world of her past in stunning cinematic detail. And, with great humanity, she lovingly shares the stories of the girls whose lives she has help and small victories that have healed her wounds and made her whole. Revelatory, authentic, and brave, Girls Like Us is an unforgettable memoir.
The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine, by Somaly Mam
Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was twelve years old. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia. Trapped in this dangerous and desperate world, she suffered the brutality and horrors of human trafficking--rape, torture, deprivation--until she managed to escape with the help of a French aid worker. Emboldened by her newfound freedom, education, and security. Somaly blossomed but remained haunted by the girls in the brothels she left behind.
Not for Sale, by David Batstone
Batstone exposes the alarming rise of one of the great moral crises of the day, human slavery. His well-written accounts of victims and survivors will inspire you to join the growing twenty-first century abolitionist movement.
Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, Kevin Bales
Slavery is illegal throughout the world, yet more than twenty-seven million people are still trapped in one of history's oldest social institutions. Kevin Bales's disturbing story of contemporary slavery reaches from Pakistan's brick kilns and Thailand's brothels to various multinational corporations. His investigations reveal how the tragic emergence of a "new slavery" is inextricably linked to the global economy.
Ending Slavery: How We Free Today's Slaves, Kevin Bales
Bales provides a guide for eliminating the plague of slavery that continues to this day, involving some 27 million slaves worldwide producing $13 billion in goods and services. Bales provides a thorough overview of slavery, including its history, its methods, the lives of its victims around the world and the conditions under which it flourishes; most importantly, Bales has put together guides to action at every level, from the individual to the community to the United Nations, in a six-point plan that includes protecting, arming and cloning "the liberators," enacting and enforcing effective antislavery legislation and, perhaps most important, helping freed slaves heal.
Good News About Justice, by Gary Haugen
This book offers stories of courageous Christians who stood up for justice and mercy and also calls the Body of Christ into action.
Terrify No More, by Gary Haugen
Focuses on the dramatic rescue story of 5-year-old children in the village outside of Phnom Pehn, and uses flashbacks to tell those of many other victims who were given a second chance at life by IJM.
A Crime So Monstrous, by Benjamin Skinner
Today there are more slaves than at any time in history, according to journalist Skinner's report on current and former slaves and slave dealers. Skinner's travelogue-cum-indictment focuses most sharply on Haiti, Sudan, Romania and India, and is interspersed with a detailed account of the work of John Miller, director of the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, or America's antislavery czar. Skinner's account of the internal workings of the State Department and the deep links to faith-based antislavery groups and their special interests is seriously newsworthy and, at times, moving.
Sex Trafficking 2008, by Siddharth Kara
Kara, a former investment banker and executive, uses theoretical economics and business analysis to propose measures that could eradicate sex trafficking by undermining the profitability of the illegal activities associated with the crime.
The War on Human Trafficking, by Anthony DeStefano
The War on Human Trafficking covers the policy battles surrounding efforts to abolish human trafficking. Anthony M. DeStefano details events leading up to the creation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 1000--the federal law that first addressed this phenomenon--and assesses the effectiveness and aftermath of the law. DeStefano also describes the tensions created as the Bush Administration used trafficking laws to attack prostitution and shows how the American response to these criminal activities was influenced by the events of September 11th and the war in Iraq. This important book gets beyond sensational stories of sexual servitude and explains the powerful economic conditions that impel immigrants to put themselves at risk.