Human Trafficking in North Carolina and Beyond

The Triangle Labor and Civil Rights Working Group (LCRWG) is pleased to announce our first meeting of the semester on “Human Trafficking in North Carolina and Beyond” on Wednesday, September 24, 7:00pm at the Center for Documentary Studies Library at Duke University (1317 W. Pettigrew St.) Please join us for an engaging discussion with the following speakers over drinks and light fare:

Gunther Peck, a professor of history and public policy at Duke University, who will speak on the historical legacy of human trafficking and “white slavery.”

Donna Bickford, director of the Carolina Women’s Center at UNC, who will give an overview of current problem of sex trafficking and the Center’s activism to combat it.

Shana Judge, a doctoral student in public policy at UNC, will discuss her dissertation research on sex trafficking.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP Orion Teal: orion.teal[at]

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HT News Review (Week of 8/17-8/23)

(…plus or minus a few days..)

8/15/08 “Anchorage Man Gets 30 Years in Sex Trafficking, Drugs Case” (The Daily News-Miner)
[tagged for: court cases, prostitution]

8/16/08 “Wichita Film Debuts About Human Trafficking” (KSN
[tagged for: films, prostitution, sexual exploitation, public awareness]

8/17/08 “Measure would protect pimps, not prostitutes” (San Francisco Chronicle)
[tagged for: legalizing prostitution, sexual exploitation, child prostitution, children]

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Human Trafficking Training in Raleigh

Dana Vaughn-Mgunda, Human Trafficking Training Coordinator for North Carolina, will be leading “Human Trafficking 101: NC & Beyond,” in Raleigh on September 8, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. This three-hour session, hosted by Triangle-based abolitionist group Jubilee, will be geared toward helping participants understand human trafficking on both a local and global level, and what they can do about it.

This event is open to the community and free of charge; however, you must register beforehand.

Triangle-area volunteer needed

Some NCStop members in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area are hoping to bring the film Call + Response to the Triangle. C+R has a volunteer position called “First Responder,” a person whose job is to drum up interest in their area for a screening, and to be the local liaison with C+R.

So if you…
1) live in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill region,
2) want to get involved in the abolitionist movement,
3) have one-to-several hours each week to spare,
and 4) like the idea of organizing people around a very specific project,

…then please contact Melinda.

One Survivor’s Story

“Traffic in Human Lives” (The Baltimore Sun)

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced 345 arrests in a nationwide crackdown on prostitution rings that preyed on children as young as 12. The operation targeted 16 areas, including Atlanta, Boston and Washington as well as Montgomery County, where prosecutors had earlier won convictions against traffickers for forcing immigrant women and girls into prostitution.

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“Human Trafficking Increasing Worldwide” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Human trafficking crimes are increasing around the world but remain misunderstood and seldom prosecuted, underscoring the need for a more targeted response by government and private industry, panelists said during a legal conference Monday in Seattle.

Although the public often perceives trafficking as children forced to work in the sex trade overseas, the problem also involves domestic servitude and other forms of modern-day slavery in the U.S.

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“Stop Slavery Here and Abroad” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), profits from sex trafficking exceed $217 billion a year, or about $23,000 per victim. Organized crime is making a killing. A recent United Nations report ranked human trafficking third as a profit-making illegal industry behind arms dealing and drugs. No country, including our own, is exempt.

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Public Service Announcements from the UN

You can see/share all of the UN’s PSA’s on human trafficking on their Youtube channel:

There are PSAs for English-speaking and other countries. Check ’em out and share with your friends! (And for your U.S. friends, you might also mention the national hotline number (see the July 31 post).

“Sex Slaves: Twice a Victim” (Philadelphia Daily News)

MANY Daily News readers were no doubt shocked recently to learn that human trafficking and sexual slavery may be occurring right here in the Delaware Valley.

In the Berwyn case that the paper put on Page 1, the system apparently worked. The victims are in the process of obtaining the status allowing their continued presence in the U.S., and the traffickers are being prosecuted.

But what if those two courageous women had instead succumbed to the threats, violence and pressure of their handlers?

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