Protecting Human Trafficking Victims; Who Can We Really Trust?

Protecting Human Trafficking Victims; Who Can We Really Trust?

By: Sydni Dobson

According to the humantraffickinghotline.org, since 2007 there have been close to 35,000 cases of human trafficking reported in the United States.  In 2016, almost 8,000 cases were reported of human trafficking. These are only cases reported; this does not include the victims that are still trying to find a way out. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is one of the entities responsible for investigating human trafficking cases, arresting traffickers and protecting potential victims and survivors.

Most public servants work hard …

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Supply Chain Transparency

Supply Chain Transparency

By: Sydni Dobson

With more than 7.1 billion people in this technology efficient world, it’s no surprise that consumers want their products and want them now. In the 21st century, the rate of consumer consumption is at an all-time high. Yet, we fail to realize that in us wanting a quick turnaround for so many different products, companies must have a lot of workers and assign back breaking work. Many of these people we refer to as “employees” in actuality might be children or …

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Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 Has Been Introduced to Congress!

Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 Has Been Introduced to Congress!

By: Kari Carr

The bill Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 has been introduced by Representative Wagner along with Representatives Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Ed Royce (R-CA), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Martha Roby (R-AL), and Lynn Jenkins (R-KS).

This monumental, nonpartisan bill aims “to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of such Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive …

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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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