Libya Is a Problem for All of Africa

February 14, 2020

As General Khalifa Haftar’s troops continue to battle the UN-recognized Government of National Accord for the control of Libya’s capital Tripoli in a “final push,” it is evident things might get worse than they already are for the country that has been engulfed in conflict since 2011....

Something “Irregular” Happened in the Jeffrey Epstein Case

August 14, 2019

During the last two years of Bill Clinton’s presidency, the news media focused on one story: the Monica Lewinsky scandal. The developing and probably lingering story that may dominate the news cycle for the remaining 18 months of Donald Trump’s first presidential term may turn out to be...

What the Jeffrey Epstein Case Means for #MeToo

August 10, 2019

Editor’s Note: Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy American financier, was found dead in his prison cell in an apparent suicide on August 10, 2019. He had been awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges, to which he pleaded not guilty in July. This article by Ellis Cashmore, author of...

Jeffrey Epstein Has Kept Eugenics Thinking Alive

August 06, 2019

The New York Times has delved into what might be called the scientific side of US financier Jeffrey Epstein’s cultural empire, which for all its apparent luminous rationality appears to be as somber and disturbing as the rest of his actions in the realm of sex trafficking. Among the...

Jeffrey Epstein May End Up as Time’s Man of the Year

July 17, 2019

After US financier Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest for underage sex trafficking, USA Today asked the vital question that every American desperately wants to see answered: “Who is Jeffrey Epstein? It turns out that the descriptor most used to identify him over the past decades — billionaire — may...

In Nevada, a Brothel Owner Is Running for the State Assembly

October 16, 2018

Dennis Hof, Republican candidate for the Nevada Assembly, owns a third of the state's legal brothels and refers to selling women like McDonalds burgers — a cheap and replaceable commodity. Most of us have heard the statement that prostitution is the oldest profession. It’s not true....

Interrupting the Vicious Cycle of Online Sex Trafficking

July 30, 2018

Legislation alone will not end the exploitation of women and girls in the United States. The internet has enabled sex trafficking to become the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, worth a staggering $99 billion a year. This expansion correlates directly with the increasing use of...

The Treacherous Border Crossing to America

December 15, 2017

Every day, dozens, sometimes hundreds of Mexicans from the poverty stricken southern states are smuggled across the treacherous Sonoran Desert into the US. We had been driving for 900 miles and close to 12 hours from LA, through the endless, arid and blindingly hot expanse of the Arizona desert....

Helping Girls Escape the Sex Industry

February 17, 2017

Civil society steps in to pick up where governments fail to support women and children exploited in the sex industry. Every day, young girls are forced into commercial sexual enterprises all over the world, leaving them physically and emotionally anguished. In the red light district of Kolkata,...

Peru’s Dirty Gold

February 10, 2017

Peru’s illegal gold mining trade has brought with it an epidemic of sex trafficking, crime and deforestation. Gold mining now leads as Peru’s main source of illegal income, surpassing even the cocaine trade. This surge has made Peru the leading producer of gold in Latin America and...

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