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Healthcare Provider?  You’re a First Line of Defense

By Mitzi Perdue

 Suzanne Leonard Harrison

This blog post is specifically aimed at healthcare providers, but if that’s not you, chances are you’ll find it important anyway.

Our expert is Suzanne Leonard Harrison, MD, FAAFP, FAMWA, Director of Clinical Programs and Professor of Family Medicine & Rural Health, Florida State University College of Medicine

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High Tech Cyber-Sleuths at Work, Pippa Greenberg

By Mitzi Perdue

Pippa GreenbergYou may know that cyber-sleuths are working to find traffickers.  But have you ever wondered how they do it?

Pippa Greenberg, founder of www.nxtmachine.co is an excellent guide. When she isn’t helping Fortune 200 companies make use of massive amounts of data, she uses her information technology skills to help find sex traffickers and help law enforcement prosecute them.

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How Sex Traffickers Exploit Vulnerabilty and Gaps in the Law

By Mitzi Perdue

Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director of Equality NowYasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director of Equality Now, has an interesting take on sex trafficking.  Although Harvard-educated, she grew up in Pakistan, and her defining moment came at age 10 when her country’s laws were ‘Islamized.’

She got to see, under the new regime, how women were treated as second-class citizens. The experience was the starting point of her lifelong advocacy for women’s rights.

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A Form of Trafficking You May Never Have Heard Of

By Mitzi Perdue

Large Cargo ShipAny 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 containers you see stacked on ocean-going container ships. This particular form of human trafficking has its own unique horrors.

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A Successful Anti-Trafficking Idea from the Philippines

By Mitzi Perdue 

 Dr. Bernadette MadridIf 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, Ana presented at the hospital with a 1.5 by 2-inch vaginal mass. It was a pus-filled gonorrheal boil, and when a boil reaches that size, it is terribly painful.

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A Physician Looks at Sex Trafficking

By Mitzi Perdue

Dr. Cesar Chelala 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 cutting out a woman’s clitoris. The process is so painful that an adult woman may remember the misery of the procedure for her entire lifetime.

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Taking Trafficking out of the Shadows: A Brilliant New Approach

By Mitzi Perdue

Margaret HendersonHuman trafficking thrives in the shadows. Victims may be unwilling or unable to get help, with the result that we never learn about their plight.

The problem is that traffickers are skilled in manipulating their victims into silence. The wide variety of strategies they use fall under the categories of force, fraud, and coercion.

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A Trafficking Victim Who Didn’t Want to Leave Her Victimizer–and Why!

 

Mitzi Perdue

Andrea NicholsAre you up for a slightly different view on what child sex trafficking victims look like?

Dr. Andrea Nichols, the author of Sex Trafficking in the United States, has been involved with anti-human trafficking since 2006. Currently, she teaches at Washington University in St. Louis. As someone who interviews people involved in sex traffickings, such as social service providers and individual survivors of sex trafficking, she possesses a lot of on-the-ground knowledge.

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Viewers of Child Pornography- Are They a Menace?

 By Mitzi Perdue

Researchers Krueger and Kaplan

Crimes against children have changed in the digital age. Doctors Richard B. Krueger and Meg Kaplan, a husband and wife team of psychiatrists from Columbia University, believe that our legal system hasn’t kept up.

As researchers in the field of sexual behavior, they know that in the past, a victimizer engaging in predatory sexual abuse would have had physical contact with the young person. Today, people who will never touch a particular child are nevertheless part of a system that can result in that child’s pain, degradation, and even death.

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