COVID-19 and Child Trafficking

By Mitzi Perdue “In times of crisis, the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children skyrockets,” says Lori Cohen, Executive Director of the anti-human trafficking organization ECPAT-USA.  “Being safe in a time of COVID-19 means more than just washing your hands.”...

Is Trafficking More Prevalent Now?

Joanna Rubinstein from the World Childhood Foundation knows that child-trafficking is more prevalent now than ever before. She also knows why. “In the past, a trafficker might be able to find five or six young people who were vulnerable, and it would take weeks or...

A Form of Trafficking You May Never Have Heard Of

By Mitzi Perdue Any form of human smuggling is likely to be a cross between harrowing and horrifying. Here’s one you may not know about, and it certainly fits into the category of harrowing and horrifying. It’s the crime of smuggling human beings in the sealed...

A Successful Anti-Trafficking Idea from the Philippines

By Mitzi Perdue If you were to ask Dr. Bernadette Madrid why she values her work as founding director of the Child Protective Unit (CPU) in the Philippines, she might share with you the case of a 16-year old girl we’ll call “Ana.” On New Year’s Eve three years ago,...

A Physician Looks at Sex Trafficking

By Mitzi Perdue  During a trip to Egypt in the 1990s, Dr. Cesar Chelala learned something that was a cross between horrifying and hard-to-believe. Ninety percent of the women there had undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) You may already know this, but FGM means...

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