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...

Migrant Trade in Lawless Libya Traps Refugees

October 05, 2015

Fleeing war, violence and economic hardship, migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea have one aim: Europe or die. Following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been sporting a rambunctious new democracy that split the country into two warring governments, with militias running large...

Homeless Youth: The World’s 100 Million Street Children

October 22, 2014

When homelessness and youth intersect, it becomes a problem of vulnerable people being exploited in both the developed and developing nations. A 17-year-old male and a 14-year-old female approach a car window on the near north side of Chicago. Both are involved in survival sex and both are...

Anti-Trafficking Strategies: Putting the Victim First

October 19, 2013

In Malaysia, victims of trafficking are often treated like criminals. Analysts claim human trafficking is rife on every continent on the globe; present in almost every country and, according to the recent annual report of the US State Department on Trafficking in Persons (TIP), the situation in...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

September 30, 2013

Pledge $1 to keep us going. Back in 1939, September was the month when World War II broke out. So in 2013, it is reassuring to see that the US and Iran might be beginning their first tentative steps to rest the ghosts of 1953 and 1979. The former scarred Iran because the CIA was influenced by...

Prostitution and Human Trafficking: The Middle Road of Regulation

September 04, 2013

Human trafficking is not a natural feature of legalized prostitution, but a consequence of badly regulated prostitution. Thinking of slavery, pictures of ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, or its more modern forms in the Americas and elsewhere come to mind. Slavery has abounded for...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

August 30, 2013

Fair Observer's five best articles of August. In large parts of the northern hemisphere, August is a month of humidity and heat. When it comes to developments this month, there has been no dearth of the latter. The Syrian saga carries on like a tragic and bloody melodrama. The Bashar al-Assad...