An unidentified relative reacts as she waits for information about her kin Mohamed Farah, who is missing in the Mediterranean Sea following the recent shipwreck at an unknown location between Libya and Italy, during a Reuters interview at their home in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Somali diaspora speaks up about the dangers of migrant trafficking

Perils of the East African refugee crisis develop long before reaching the Mediterranean Sea, as one Seattle Somali-American reports.
Apr 26, 2016
Survivors of recent shipwreck at an unknown location between Libya and Italy, Isman Mowlid of Somalia (L) and Mahmud Muaz of Ethiopia attend a news conference in Athens, Greece, April 21, 2016. (Photo by Michalis Karagiannis for Reuters.)

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
A small-scale shrimp peeling factory in Karachi, Pakistan where children, mostly girls, work in abusive, unsanitary conditions rather than attending school. (Video still by Alex Stonehill)

Would you rather eat shrimp peeled by slaves, or by robots?

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
(Image by The Seattle Globalist.)

Sheriff: Korean women freed after bust of Seattle-area sex trafficking ring

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
A relaxing visit to the nail spa can often mean coming into contact with toxic chemicals -- though some Seattle nail salons have found greener alternatives. (Photo from Flickr by Sam Breach)

Are Seattle nail salon workers being mistreated?

Doing nails can be a risky business — but you shouldn’t assume Seattle nail salons are harming immigrant workers.
May 19, 2015
Shrimp for sale at a fish market in Thailand, the largest exporter of shrimp in the world. (Photo by EJF)

Something’s fishy with Thai seafood imports

It’s local seafood season — all the more reason to examine your consumption of foreign seafood imports.
Jun 11, 2014
Women and children receive typhoon relief aid last month. (Photo courtesy Balsa Mindanao)

Filipina women, forced migration and disaster trafficking

On International Migrants’ Day, we should be talking about the root causes of trafficking and labor exploitation: global inequality.
Dec 18, 2013
Thai Policeman signing ECPAT's and The Body Shop's 'Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People'  campaign petition. (Photo courtesy ECPAT International)

Ethical Travel: Know the code to stop child sex tourism

A new code of conduct for the travel industry is helping businesses and travelers fight back against child sex tourism.
Jun 12, 2013
Without intervention, the daughters of sex workers in Kalighat are likely to enter the trade themselves. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

Indian woman’s quest to end the cycle of prostitution comes to Mercer Island

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
Actress Olivia Wilde hangs at the Umoja Women's Village in Kenya as part of Half the Sky. (Photo via Jessica Chermayeff/PBS)

Half the Sky: half humanitarian heroics, half celebrity ego trip

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
(Photo by Peter Kaminski via Flickr)

Poster campaign targets human trafficking along I-5

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
Maiti

Nepali anti-human trafficking activist offers inspiration to Pacific Northwest

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