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Filipino Women Are Key in Resistance to Duterte

The first installment of a two-part series investigates the brutality and rampant misogyny that the Philippines president has visited upon his country.

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An Activist Hails Law Criminalizing Purchase of Sex in Ireland

The new legislation also sparks a sense of mourning for women who didn’t live to benefit from it.

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The Dirty Secrets of the Global Hair Trade

Supplying the rich with hair from poor women and children is not “meeting a need” but creating a demand.

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Dressing Up Human Trafficking in a Bridal Gown

Many women who participate in the international marriage market go from “mail-ordered” to “male-ordered,” becoming commodities in an inherently unequal transaction based on money, sex and power.

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 READ MORE



The Secret Cost of Chinese Buffets, Part 2

Passing as an undocumented worker seeking employment through covert channels, the author is bused to Georgia, where she experiences the long hours and scant pay thousands of others endure around the country.

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 READ MORE



Who’s in the Kitchen at Chinese Restaurants?: An Investigative Report, Part 1

In this installment, the author applies for a job at an exploitative employment agency—one of many of its kind—that colludes with human traffickers and capitalizes on powerless immigrants.

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Girl Soldiers: Forgotten Casualties of War

At any given time, about 300,000 children between ages 8 and 18—40 percent of them females—are exploited as child fighters in conflicts in Africa, Asia and South America. Despite a congressional ban, the U.S. sends military aid to some of the countries involved.

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‘On Contact’ With Chris Hedges: The Exploitation of Women Is Rampant Worldwide

In his new show on RT, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges speaks with activists against human trafficking Suzanne Jay and Taina Bien-Aime about the effort to end the sexual exploitation of women and girls.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Nestle’s Self-Policing Policy Against Slave Labor Smells Like a PR Campaign

The food giant’s unsuccessful effort to beat back a lawsuit may have been part of an effort to avoid fully facing up to ties to child slavery, critics suggest.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



The Guest Room

For those who value the well-researched novel, and who can stomach the sad and ugly subject, Chris Bohjalian’s book about human trafficking promises to enlighten and entertain.

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Prostitution: Being Raped for a Living

Prostitution dehumanizes those trapped within it. Like America’s sanctification of militarism and war, the commodification of girls and women banishes empathy to glorify male violence.

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70 Years After V-J Day, Still No Honor for Japanese Empire’s ‘Comfort Women’

The abuse and sacrifice they experienced in World War II goes unheeded, while Western countries institutionalize sexual exploitation of women.

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Amnesty International: Protecting the ‘Human Rights’ of Johns, Pimps and Human Traffickers

The group’s call for prostitution decriminalization is another in a long line of triumphs for heartless neoliberal economics and capitalism’s grotesque commodification of human beings.

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A Little Slavery and Some Mass Graves Won’t Deter Obama From the TPP

After the Obama administration and congressional Republicans failed last month to delete from the controversial trade deal language banning trade with countries on a State Department human trafficking list, the president appears to have simply reclassified an offending nation.

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The Sex Industry’s Attack on Feminists

Advocates of porn and prostitution will stop at nothing to silence those who speak out against their interests, labeling them prudes, conservatives, oppressors and bigots. The war against these feminists has recently culminated in widespread efforts to no-platform dissenters, including Truthdig’s own Chris Hedges.

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Born Slaves: Child Labor in an ‘Adultocratic’ World

Injustice doesn’t have the same meaning for the average reader of this site as it does for a child who has grown up in precarious conditions, subjected to racism, a lack of emotional education and cultural training.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE



Surprise! GOP Finds a Way to Work Anti-Abortion Language Into Human Trafficking Bill

Senate Republicans have clearly decided of late to slip unrelated language into drafts of proposed bills moving through the legislative process.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE


Working Girls Gone Wild in Amsterdam’s De Wallen

Men in Amsterdam’s red light district got an unsettling surprise when a group of shop window strippers put on an unexpected show.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Four More Years: Now What?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay America’s best election yet; Robert Scheer on Obama’s second term; marijuana legalization; and Internet freedom.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE


Four More Years: Now What?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay America’s best election yet; Robert Scheer on Obama’s second term; marijuana legalization; and Internet freedom.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Mexico’s ‘Other’ Crisis

While most U.S. media coverage of events in Mexico these days focuses on that country’s ongoing drug conflict, other news, such as the fact that Mexico has become America’s leading provider of sex slaves—some as young as 6—gets overlooked.

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Mosaic: What Petraeus Didn’t Tell Us

The latest “Mosaic Intelligence Report” takes a look at the “massive humanitarian crisis” that Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker failed to address in their update meetings with Congress about the Iraq war.

Posted on Apr 12, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


Bush Reaffirms Preemptive War Doctrine

In an updated version of his national security strategy, the president gives no ground on the policy that led us into Iraq, and identifies Iran as being the country that poses the biggest challenge to the U.S.

Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


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