Making the Connections Web Resources
This blog called Radical Left makes the argument that the Western Left is being hypocritical and pushing its values on other countries. I have a huge problem with the article – for one it uses the word “trafficked” in quotation marks to show their disbelief that these women are even forced anywhere against their will in the first place. All I have to say to that is… “wth”???
Human Trafficking is a Web Resource dedicated to all things human trafficking. It seems to have just about every angle covered, from recent updates to the status of human trafficking in countries around the world.
The Polaris Project is a group working for a world without slavery which, while slightly more broad than my topic, also includes human trafficking. It deals primarily with the United States and its role in all these different aspects of modern day slavery, including where people can get involved in various cities both in the United States (such as Denver) and even Tokyo.
CBS News has a page dedicated to the story they did on forced teenage slavery and prostitution, titled “The Realities of Human Trafficking.” It is a good resource for news stories and other links like that, as a way to back up what the other website talk about.
The FBI has a page dedicated to human trafficking and how they are working to stop it. They encourage people to report anything they think might constitute human trafficking, as well as promoting resources for victims of human trafficking.
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) seems to have a more comprehensive site than the FBI, even walking a person through the prosecution that would happen of a person accused of human trafficking. It is, again, a good resource for people in the United States who need assistance. But the odds that a person being held against their will would be able to access the DOJ website and understand what it is talking about is slim, at best.
Interpol aims to provide communication and mutual assistance between law enforcement agencies around the world, this is their website on human trafficking. I feel these types of organizations are extremely important because one country putting its foot down will not be enough to truly end this problem; it will take international cooperation to really make a difference.
The UN GIFT (Global Intitiative to Fight Human Trafficking) provides some great resources and definitions of human trafficking. This is another international body that can work to get things done beyond a country’s borders, when needed.
This report on Estimated Human Trafficking in the United States provides information on a study funded by the United States Government in an attempt to find how much human trafficking does occur within the United States. A great resouce for detailed information on the United States and its role in this problem.
This Trafficking in Persons Report of 2007 was done by the State department. It is slightly more recent than the other report I linked to, but they both seem to be full of important information.
This Fact Sheet for Schools teaches people involved in the education system how to look for signs of trouble and what they should do if they suspect something. While people who have been trafficked are not often out in public I fee it is vital for people in those positions of authority to be trained in what to look for in order to help just in case they ever find themselves in that position.
link to the original article: http://www.radicalleft.net/blog/_archives/2009/7
For educational purposes only