June 10th, 2011
04:58 PM ET

How to Help: Every effort counts

This week we’ve highlighted the efforts of individuals who have been moved to do their part in the fight against slavery.  We’re often dissuaded by our own belief that our actions will have no effect, that without the backing of a large organization, we cannot change things.  But the following stories prove otherwise.

Jeff Wilbarger, a math teacher in Bowling Green Ohio, founded The Daughter Project after reading David Batstone’s Not For Sale.  Immediately after reading the book, he felt as though he needed to leave Ohio and move somewhere where trafficking actually exists.  So much to his surprise, Jeff found out that Toledo, Ohio ranks among the top five cities to have the highest rate of child sex trafficking in the United States.  That's why he's building what will become one of the few safe homes for victims of human trafficking in the U.S. FULL POST

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Raising awareness through art
June 10th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

Graffiti for a good cause

A section of Walton Avenue, between 149th and 150th in New York City's Bronx borough, has some new graffiti gracing one of its walls. This, however, is not the work of neighborhood miscreants, but a call to action to end human trafficking.

The mural, created by a group of students, is dedicated to Somaly Mam - an anti-trafficking activist - and is part of a project to raise awareness by the Somaly Mam Foundation.

Organizers of the project say that the mural allowed the kids to work together to raise awareness in their communities.

The students say the mural is their way of raising their voices against human trafficking and that they hope that when people see the mural they will add their own voices to fight against human trafficking.

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June 10th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

In the news: Tennessee trafficking bill, Northern Ireland report, more

 Tennessee governor signs bills to fight human trafficking

Tennessee’s governor is following other states in the fight against human trafficking by singing into law bills that would combat the issue, KnoxNews.com reports.

The new legislation will help to establish a hotline in the state for victims or witnesses to report suspected cases of human trafficking. The bills also strengthen penalties against individuals who promote the prostitution of minors.

Supporters of the bills say that the bills help call attention to modern-day slavery in the United States. FULL POST

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