How you shop makes a difference

How you shop makes a difference

By: Sydni Dobson

                Ever wondered to yourself where the necklace you are came from or who made it? Or maybe you wondered where your morning coffee originated from or who even gathered the beans.

                The majority of products we wear, eat or drink have a label on them informing us where they come from or what materials/ingredients are in them. For most, that’s all we need to know. Yet, we actually should think about the people who actually make our products, not just …

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Sugar; is it still sweet?

Sugar; is it still sweet?

By: Sydni Dobson

What is a Sugar Daddy or a Sugar Baby? Well, a sugar daddy tends to be an older rich man who lavishes gifts on a young woman in return for her company or sexual favors. A sugar baby is a young woman who receives cash, gifts or other benefits in exchange for being in a relationship. Sometimes, this practice is called “sugaring.”

While sugaring is the new trend amongst women and older men across the world, many are quick to label this …

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An Open Letter on “The Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles” –Women’s March on Washington

An Open Letter on “The Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles” –Women’s March on Washington

The Unity Principles of the Women’s March on Washington are absolutely beautiful and needed, except for a statement that unintentionally undermines the rights outlined for so many groups. “Undocumented and migrant workers must be included in our
labor protections, and we stand in full solidarity with the sex workers’ rights movement. We recognize that exploitation for sex and labor in all forms is a violation of human rights.” *

Racism, sexism, and other biases that contribute to social injustices intersect with human trafficking. LGBTQ youth communities, migrant …

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Meet the Interns!

We would like to introduce and welcome our new interns for this Spring, Kendall Coker and Sydni Dobson!

Hello!

My name is Kendall Coker and I am one of the Public Relations interns for Eastern North Carolina Stop Human Trafficking Now. I am a junior public relations major at East Carolina University and am from Holly Springs, North Carolina. I love the beach and enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving. The issue of human trafficking is relatively new to me, but once I found out how common it …

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Sex Sells? Don’t Buy Into the Hype

Sex Sells? Don’t Buy Into the Hype

If sex does NOT sell, why do we still believe that the phrase has merit?

This quote was taken from the abstract of a study conducted at Ohio State University,

“Using this framework, we meta-analyzed the effects of sexual media, violent media, sexual ads, and violent ads on the advertising outcomes of brand memory, brand attitudes, and buying intentions. The meta-analysis included 53 experiments involving 8,489 participants. Analyses found that brands advertised in violent media content were remembered less often, evaluated less favorably, and less …

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Dehumanization and Consent

Dehumanization and Consent

Although there may be variation in our senses of humor, we all love to laugh. How far is “too far” when making a joke? Are people being too sensitive? Can making light of a situation in order to cope be over the top?

When a joke, unintentionally or purposefully, dehumanizes a group of people or insinuates that someone is deserving of assault, it is no longer a joke–it is hate speech. Punchlines that suggest child sexual abuse images [previously called child pornography], rape, or assault of …

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A Phone App is Fighting for Freedom in the Hotel Industry

A Phone App is Fighting for Freedom in the Hotel Industry

How to Use TraffickCam in Your Abolitionist Efforts

In the day and age where selfies are abundant and most of us have smartphones on our person at any given time, what would you say to photographs that fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation of minors?

TraffickCam has created an app that allows users to submit photos of their hotel rooms to a database. This database is accessible to officials investigating crimes such as sexual exploitation of minors and sex trafficking.

Hotels and motels are optimal locations for …

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Immigration and Trafficking: Looking Beyond the Controversy

Immigration and Trafficking: Looking Beyond the Controversy

Immigration is a popular topic and often times is controversial. There is much diversity in motivations and modes of immigration and the outcomes that immigrants experience.

People who migrant to the US or other countries in search of work are often times looking for a better life. They are trying to escape deplorable conditions including death, sex trafficking, other forms of violence, and poverty. Often times the stories they hear, especially from smugglers or from potential employers, differ tremendously from the harsh realities that …

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Sticks and Stones . . . Can words really hurt?

Sticks and Stones . . . Can words really hurt?

“Man arrested for possessing sexually exploitative images of children–images of child abuse.”

“Man arrested for child porn.”

Based on word definitions, these two sentences say the same thing. However, they convey two different messages and invoke different reactions. “Kiddie porn” is a term we hear often. In addition, the word “porn” is often paired with other words such as “earth porn,” “poems porn,” “food porn,” to convey images that are attractive and beautiful. Using this word so often and as a synonym for “aesthetically …

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Hold Websites Accountable for Aiding and Abetting Human Trafficking

Hold Websites Accountable for Aiding and Abetting Human Trafficking

There are people all around, the mall is buzzing with shoppers all looking for different things–candles, soaps, clothes, lamps, humans. From one of the shops a man yells, “Only here for tonight! Barely legal.” A woman proclaims, “Back by popular demand. You asked for her!”

Okay, so maybe this does not happen at malls. Selling people doesn’t happen in the open, right? But it does–people are advertised and sold in public forums every day. More than that, companies in charge of these specific forums are aware …

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