Use it for good. Do something with it. Photojournalist Tim Matsui talks to Human Goods about bearing witness to courage in an upside-down world, and what he hopes his audience will take away from what they see.
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Will the efforts sparked by India’s “revolutionary” new education bill be radical enough to reach its millions of child laborers?
The fans have gone home. The stadiums are empty. But the legacy of South Africa’s World Cup games remains to be seen in one of the world’s most unequal societies.
On the day he decided to run away, 9-year-old Coli awoke on a filthy mat. Like a pup, he lay curled against the cold, pressed between dozens of other children sleeping head-to-toe on the concrete floor. How Senegal’s Quranic boarding schools became hubs for forced begging.
If I define my neighbor as the one I must go out to look for, on the highways and byways, in the factories and slums, on the farms and in the mines – then my world changes …
A small girl spins high above the tantalized crowd, gripping a bar with nothing but her teeth. It’s not a piece of outlandish fiction. It’s the Indian circus, and it depends on hundreds of trafficked Nepalese children to thrill audiences with bizarre and dangerous acts.
Systematic extermination. Forced migration. Re-education. Sterilization. The collective history of Native Americans is infused with centuries of genocide and oppression that create a unique vulnerability to sex trafficking.
Genesis Ramirez was 15 years old when she turned her first trick. The following years blended together in a traumatizing series of rapes, beatings, stabbings, miscarriages, and addictions. Today she’s a proud mother and a nursing home aide, but she still spends some Saturday nights walking the streets– this time to help other women.
Efforts to combat the problem of sex trafficking must take a careful look at why men purchase sex in the first place. The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation is doing that in Chicago.
Controversy over the reauthorization of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act has stalled the bill in the U.S. Senate since it was passed in the House last December, with only two dissenting votes. Lobbies on both sides are clashing over the inclusion of a new provision that eliminates the need to prove women were unwillingly forced or coerced into the sex trade, in order to penalize third parties who commercially benefit from the buying and selling of women: In other words, pimps.