Good News Friday

TGIF! Am I right? Am I right? JOBS JOBS JOBS! If you’re looking for work in human rights, there are some great job opportunities out there right now. Here are a few with links to their listings: End Genocide – A growing and dedicated DC-based NGO. Currently seeking policy analysts and web/communications personnel. USCRI – … Continue reading

Review: CNN Freedom Project

CNN has launched a 2011 news campaign called the CNN Freedom Project. According the project’s website, CNN hopes the project will “join the fight to end modern-day slavery and shine a spotlight on the horrors of modern-day slavery, amplify the voices of the victims, highlight success stories and help unravel the complicated tangle of criminal … 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

Going Bananas Over Land Ownership

In order to grow a lot of bananas, companies need a lot of land. Their methods of attaining said land vary, but inevitably it is impossible to have a large banana plantation and a local community of land owners. Sometimes the companies build entire villages for the purpose of growing bananas. As it is on … Continue reading

Cancer Come and Me Wan’ Go Home

Bananas in the Store – by Steve Hopson, http://www.stevehopson.com In the last few decades, a large number of workers have migrated toward the banana plantations. That’s right, toward them. Even though the industry is corrupt and life is hard on a banana farm, many migrants feel any check is better than no check, and bananas … Continue reading

Come, Mister Tally Man

A few years ago, I was walking through the fruit section of my local co-op. I was in upstate New York, so it was no surprise that to my left I saw apples and berries. But set out on a little table in the middle I also saw some bananas, hailed as local grub from … Continue reading

The Power of Locavores to Stop Slavery

CSA Week 11 – from thebittenword.com Each year, as many as 5% of farm workers are forced laborers. These are not slave-like conditions – this number refers to actual slavery, in which the worker is not allowed to leave. It does not include the many severe abuses carried out against normal farm workers in America … 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

The Unfortunate Fortune of Craigslist

Craigslist.com Poor Craigslist. It is hard to be popular. Craigslist.com is by far the largest classified advertising site in the United States. Each month, roughly 50 million users visit the site for everything from free couches to basset hound puppies. Its widespread popularity also makes it a hub for human traffickers: pimps who sell women … Continue reading

Documenting Slave-Made Chocolate

It is frustrating to write about the cocoa industry and the slave trade. Besides the fact that it seems impossible to end the crime (people sure do love their Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!), there is very little documentation to back up an abolitionist’s claims. I wish, and sometimes don’t wish, that there were more pictures … Continue reading

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