Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Transform- You Were Made for More

She was running away from a family that was abusing her.

She thought he was her boyfriend.

She thought she was going to meet his parents and found herself handcuffed in an abandoned house.

She can’t leave. It is not an option.

You have no idea what they do to the ones who try to run away.

We are not at the train stations and Mcdonald’s. The pimps are.

The pimps are actively seeking them.

We are actively avoiding them.

I read the comments  about the women arrested in the FBI sting from local people.

They called them trashy.

I call them rescued. I call them worthy. I call them beautiful.

I see them redeemed.

I would like to apologize for a justice system that does not protect our children. I would like to apologize for not being there and opening a safe and loving home for them to live in.

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Trafficking in Persons Report Downgrades Thailand and Malaysia to Lowest Tier

CEDAR Fund

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In the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, the U.S. government has downgraded Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela to Tier 3, the lowest ranking of fighting against modern-day slavery. Ironically these 3 countries are among those that promote themselves as modern and fast-developing countries.

The report cites evidence of forced labour and sex trafficking in Malaysia and Thailand. It highlights Malaysia’s problem with migrants from other Asian nations who seek work on farms, factories and construction sites only to be trapped and have their passports taken and wages withheld.

In Thailand, according to the report, there are tens of thousands of migrants from neighboring countries being exploited in the commercial sex industry, on fishing boats, and as domestic servants. This downgrading could cause some multinational companies to reconsider investments in industries accused of using trafficked labour such as fisheries, which is a lucrative…

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Ramadan, Day 12: Sex Slavery and Objectification of Women

TIME

The holy month of Ramadan is a time of deep reflection for Muslims worldwide. Over the 30 days of Ramadan, Imam Sohaib Sultan of Princeton University will offer contemplative pieces on contemporary issues drawing from the wisdoms of the Qur’an – the sacred scripture that Muslims revere as the words of God and God’s final revelation to humanity. The Qur’an is at the heart of Muslim faith, ethics, and civilization. These short pieces are meant to inspire thought and conversation.

Recently, on my drive home I was listening to Public Radio when I came across a story that just boiled my blood and sunk my heart. It was the story of mostly young and vulnerable women who were kidnapped from Tenancingo, Mexico and forced into sex slavery right here in the United States. It is the single largest source of sex slaves in America according to this report.

The…

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Virginity for Sale: Inside Cambodia’s Shocking Trade

HUMAN RIGHTS SOCIETY

By Abigail Haworth for The Observer on July 5, 2014—
Cambodia: Virgin trade
Dara Keo, in the room she rents with her mother and sister in a Phnom Penh slum. Through a broker, her mother sold Dara’s virginity when Dara was only 12 Photograph: Will Baxter

Vannith Uy is the owner of what translates from Khmer as a “mobile nail salon”, although the word salon is a stretch. It’s a bicycle with a plastic crate on the back filled with hand lotions and nail polishes. Uy, 42, rides it around her Phnom Penh neighbourhood – a tangle of alleys near the river where the residents’ domestic lives spill out of their open front doors – until a customer flags her down. She performs a manicure or pedicure on the spot, sitting on a plastic stool by the side of the street.

Three years ago, when she arrived from the countryside, Uy had a different plan. She wanted to open…

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Just listen. (Warning: Mildly Graphic Content)

Well of Joy

I learned that silence is my creative space.

Maybe not always literally absolute silence (I really like music), but silence in the form of disconnecting.

I’ve been called to silence. Have you met me? That’s an incredible feat. Nevertheless, I have my orders.

Today, I saw yet another reason why. When I’m silent, I channel that energy into places that all too often I unintentionally try to silence.

Shh. They don’t want to hear you again. Shh. They’ve heard enough. Shh. It’s just a dream.

Well. It’s not. It’s not just a dream. It’s a living fountain, boiling over inside of me. Yes. Boiling. It’s hot and I want to get it out of my head.

On average, are more things cleansed using hot or cold water?

Exactly. It’s cleansing. Me. You. This city. The nations.

I can’t continue muting it anymore. I won’t. I have a beautiful story on…

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