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Human Trafficking in the U.S. and What You Can Do About It

Human trafficking has been likened to slavery, subjecting victims to forced labor, prostitution, begging, migrant farming, forced marriage and more.

In San Antonio, a 5-year-old boy is molested by his stepfather. By the time he is 14, he has been abused and exploited by a child-sex trafficking ring for most of his life. In Denver, a 13-year-old girl and her best friend are pimped out to gang members by her drug addicted mother. Across the country in New York, an aunt receives a desperate call from her 16-year-old niece and 18-year-old nephew, who tell her that they want to leave their jobs in a traveling sales crew but fear retaliation from crew leaders if they leave. They explain that if they don’t meet their quota, they are punished with physical violence, deprived of basic necessities like food and water, or abandoned on the side of the road. All of these children are U.S. citizens. All of these children are victims of human trafficking.

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Cheap Shrimp, Funded by Human Trafficking and Environmental Destruction

Hidden costs lurk in those discounted bags of shrimp.


Forget cheeseburgers and French fries—the new American meal of choice is shrimp. American shrimp consumption has increased by more than 300 percent since 1980 [PDF]. Jumbo-sized bags of the crustaceans fill supermarket freezers from New York City to Norfolk, Arkansas. Shrimp used to only appear on the menus of upscale restaurants. Now, chains like Red Lobster, Popeye’s, and Long John Silver’s offer up shrimp dishes for as little as $5.99.

It’s hard to say no to some scampi when crustaceans cost little more than pocket change. But hidden costs lurk in those discounted bags of shrimp—in the form of environmental destruction and human trafficking.

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@GOOD Asks: What Can We Do to Diminish Human Trafficking? The Community Answers

Friday on Twitter, and Facebook, we asked our friends: What Can We Do to Diminish Human Trafficking? We ask a question to our Twitter and...

Friday on Twitter, and Facebook, we asked our friends: What can we do to diminish human trafficking?

We ask a question to our Twitter and Facebook faithful once a day, so if you’re not yet following @GOOD or a fan, make sure to sign up and participate in the conversation.

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