Nepali anti-human trafficking activist offers inspiration to Pacific Northwest
by Cyan James
Portland and Kathmandu share a reputation for chilly weather and overcast skies. They also share notoriety for human trafficking. Hearing that chills me, even in the heated conference where I’m listening to Anuradha Koirala deliver this year’s keynote address at the 4th Annual Northwest Conference Against Trafficking. Koirala founded Maiti Nepal, an organization dedicated to […]
Jan 17, 2012
Poster campaign targets human trafficking along I-5
by Sean Duncan
The border with Canada, international port, and farm work make Washington State a hot spot for slavery and human trafficking. But our state is also a leader in innovative anti-trafficking action. The State Attorney General’s office website boasts that, “Washington was the first state to pass a law criminalizing human trafficking and we have the most stringent […]
May 22, 2012
Half the Sky: half humanitarian heroics, half celebrity ego trip
by Cyan James
Newsflash: being a woman is surreal. Last night I was supposed to be at the gym. So I could look slimmer and prettier or something. But I had a headache. So I stayed on the couch, stumbled across human dolls on Facebook (seriously?!), and tuned in to the much-trumpeted nationwide premier of Half the Sky. […]
Oct 2, 2012
Indian woman’s quest to end the cycle of prostitution comes to Mercer Island
by Sarah Stuteville
Seven years after I met her in the red light district of Kolkata, the founder of New Light, a shelter for the children of prostitutes, has proven just how much one woman with a vision can achieve.
May 3, 2013
Ethical Travel: Know the code to stop child sex tourism
by Katya Yefimova
A new code of conduct for the travel industry is helping businesses and travelers fight back against child sex tourism.
Jun 12, 2013
Filipina women, forced migration and disaster trafficking
by Jill Mangaliman
On International Migrants’ Day, we should be talking about the root causes of trafficking and labor exploitation: global inequality.
Dec 18, 2013
Something’s fishy with Thai seafood imports
by LaVendrick Smith
It’s local seafood season — all the more reason to examine your consumption of foreign seafood imports.
Jun 11, 2014
Are Seattle nail salon workers being mistreated?
by Cristina Acuña
Doing nails can be a risky business — but you shouldn’t assume Seattle nail salons are harming immigrant workers.
May 19, 2015
Sheriff: Korean women freed after bust of Seattle-area sex trafficking ring
by Venice Buhain
The King County Sheriff's Office say that 12 women, mostly from South Korea, were freed from being trafficked in a prostitution ring that investigators busted this week.
Jan 7, 2016
Would you rather eat shrimp peeled by slaves, or by robots?
by Barbara Clabots
Automation is changing the way seafood like shrimp is processed. But will it uplift the women who currently do that work, or just take their jobs?
Jan 21, 2016
Up to 500 migrants feared dead after boat sinks in Mediterranean
Survivors say traffickers overloaded a boat, and then stopped the survivors from rescuing others in the water when the boat sank.
Apr 21, 2016
Somali diaspora speaks up about the dangers of migrant trafficking
by Ahlaam Ibraahim
Perils of the East African refugee crisis develop long before reaching the Mediterranean Sea, as one Seattle Somali-American reports.
Apr 26, 2016