Dirty Laundry

I’ve been reading up lately on a scandal in Ireland surrounding the Magdalene laundries/asylums. In case you’re unfamiliar with these crazy horrible places (as I was until just recently), here’s a quick run-through: Protestants and Catholics set up Magdalene laundries in Ireland – and elsewhere on a smaller scale – as a way to reform … Continue reading

You Have Immunity in the Next Challenge

I’ve always hated immunity, even and especially on reality shows. I mean come on, how will you ever find the next great fashion designer when you give Bert a free pass to be a lazy bum on the first unconventional challenge of the season? Of course he’s just going to grab the dog store fabric … Continue reading

Congress: Fight Human Trafficking By Not Paying For It Yourself

A bill passing its way through Congress would require large companies to report their efforts against human trafficking. Companies making more than $100 million annually would have to reveal any work they’ve done to ensure that forced labor did not contribute to their products, like audits or on-site inspections. Huh? So companies that do the … Continue reading

Underground Prisons

Libya just released four New York Times journalists. This is wonderful news, especially after Libya’s secretive, underground prison system made headlines last week. Libya is rather infamous for wrongful imprisonment and mistreatment of convicts, including the alleged massacre at Abu Salim, but it is certainly not alone in prisoner abuse. Indeed the wrongful imprisonment of … Continue reading

Why We Walk

In preparation for the big DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk, I received a story this week in my inbox. It was labeled “Why We Walk,” and was meant to give some encouragement to the event’s many participators. I’m including the story below, with one addition: There is another reason why I would walk to end … Continue reading

Mail Ordered Marriage

Mail order brides have long been associated with human trafficking and slavery. It’s kind of a no-brainer. Not knowing your future spouse can obviously cause some serious problems. There have been numerous cases of depression, suicide and domestic violence related to mail order marriage. The profit margin for many matchmaking services is extremely high, leaving … Continue reading

How Agricultural Slavery Works in the United States

Ansel Adams – Manzanar farm workers and Mt. Williamson, 1943 The continued existence of agricultural slavery might be hard to believe, but exist it does, and at a widespread levels across the globe. What might be even more surprising, especially to American consumers, is the prevalence of slavery on farms across the United States. CIW … Continue reading

A Labor Day for the Farmer Slave

This Labor Day, millions of Americans rushed the malls, parks and beaches to enjoy one last dog day of summer before the leaves die. We ate fruit salads and chocolate ice cream and forgot about the world a bit. In our forgetfulness, and in our well-deserved rest, we died a little on the inside. And … Continue reading

Les Miserables and the Marginalized

Forbidden Broadway, a show that parodies hit musicals, describes Les Misérables with this rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream”: Come watch us grovel in the dirt, Then buy a souvenir and don it. Rich folks pay twenty bucks a shirt That has a starving pauper on it. That pauper, from the millions of t-shirts, CDs … Continue reading

Delisting for Listlessness

On Tuesday, August 24, attorneys general from 17 states wrote a joint letter asking for Craigslist.com to remove its Adult Services section. This letter follows a disturbing CNN report on illegal practices via Craigslist, as well as an open letter from two child trafficking survivors begging the company to take action and end the sale … Continue reading

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