Sunithna Krishnan's fight against sex slavery

Submitted by Susanna An on Sunday, 11/21/2010, at 10:07 PM!

This is a youtube video. It's about 13 minutes long. Definitely worth watching.

Sunitha Krishnan is basically leading an awareness campaign. She made an interesting point- the girls/women that she and her organization rescue, when ready to "re-enter" society and work, they are generally trained to enter more masculine fields; they are trained as masons, carpenters, security guards, welders. She explains that these girls are courageous and can fight in a male-dominated world easily. I assume the reasoning behind is that they have already experienced ostracism and humiliation; they have nothing else to fear, nothing else at stake. 

Sunitha asks civil society to accept victims as our own, and not to treat them as "others."


Poland's stance on abortion (WARNING: Graphic)

Submitted by Evan M. Karl on Tuesday, 11/16/2010, at 3:57 PM

I actually found this on a pro-life blog. Regardless of where one stands on the issue of abortion, I think its safe to say that the association of abortion with Adolf Hitler is a little far-fetched. The way propaganda works within the issues (and many like it) definitely affects the dynamic of how the argument is carried out.

Apparently, the posters are making international news, and are drawing a lot of controversy.


"An estimated 4,600 women in the United States are sex slaves"

Submitted by Maudlyn O. Obi on Wednesday, 11/10/2010, at 7:26 AM

48 Hour's Peter Van Sant uncovers this with underground journalism from Bucharest, Romania,  and other East European countries, to Mexico until the US, the final destination.

Source: CBS, 2005


How One Inspired Lawyer Is Seeking Justice for Trafficking Survivors

Submitted by Danielle L. Erb on Tuesday, 11/9/2010, at 7:37 PM

Amazing story of Bridgette Carr- the lawyer who started the first human trafficking law clinic in the U.S. at the University of Michigan.


on a lighter note...

Submitted by Katherine W. Guthrie on Monday, 11/8/2010, at 11:52 PM

and on a lighter note this is a fox and friends interview with lynda carter (original wonderwoman) and on the time code from 2:20 to 3:23 she talks a little bit about the mainstreaming of women as leads in entertainment and within that time, from 2:50 - 3:09 theres a comment which relates to our discussion about the perception that women are not violent, and its mildly amusing


NYTimes front page article "For Afghan Wives..." and video

Submitted by Katherine W. Guthrie on Monday, 11/8/2010, at 11:42 PM

This is a video adding to the cover article "For Afghan Wives, a Desperate, Fiery Way Out that was in the NYTimes today that is narrated by a NYTimes photographer who has been in Afghanistan for ten years.

If the link doesnt take you directly to the video, the video is called "Burning Desperation"


Seduction, Slavery and Sex

Submitted by Matthew S. Echelman on Monday, 11/8/2010, at 3:44 PM

Although I disagree with Kristof's claim that "many of the victims [of human trafficking] are rebellious teenage girls — often runaways — who have been in trouble with their parents and the law," I found his discussion of Sweden's legal model noteworthy given that many of our past readings also depict Sweden as being at the forefront of gender equality.  In other words, there obviously is a correlation between promoting gender equality and fighting human trafficking.


Obama backs India for Security Council seat

Submitted by Maudlyn O. Obi on Monday, 11/8/2010, at 1:42 PM

This NYT article has it!


Rape is Freedom of Expression?!

Submitted by Susanna An on Saturday, 11/6/2010, at 2:06 PM

... ridiculous.