How a UK law has unintended consequences for women workers in Sri Lanka

The UK's Modern Slavery Act, aimed at sex trafficking, has increased the environment of surveillance against women factory workers in Sri Lanka.
Jul 17, 2019
Courtesy photo from SWOP’s website.

Is it time to decriminalize sex work?

Global organizations like the WHO now recommend governments decriminalize sex work to enhance the safety and human rights of sex workers. Should Washington take their advice?
Mar 2, 2017

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

S. Korea, Japan reach agreement on wartime “comfort women”

The issue of "comfort women," the euphemistic name for women forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels, has long plagued ties between the neighbors.
Dec 29, 2015
Over the last decade Cartagena's Getsemaní neighborhood has transformed, stamping out crime and welcoming tourists. (Photo by Wesley Tomaselli)

Can cultural tourism clean up Colombia’s image abroad?

Once known for brothels and drugs, an old quarter of Cartagena is experiencing big changes as part of a nation-wide cultural makeover.
Sep 17, 2013

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

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