June 29, 2015 |
MALINDI, Kenya - A whiff of wood smoke says there's a shantytown behind a row of little shops, and the smell grows stronger inside that maze of hot, narrow alleys. Beyond a vacant dirt lot is the source of the smoke: a ramshackle cube of sooty corrugated steel, six feet square. Inside, a thin young washerwoman, Evelyn Akinyi, crouches over a wood fire, frying fish in a cast iron pan to sell to passersby. "It's hot," a visiting health-care worker exclaims at the door, and steps back.
June 26, 2015 |
* HUMANS. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. ROBOTS are such a sci-fi staple that it might seem as if there's nothing left to say on the subject, at least until Roomba comes out with a vacuum cleaner that looks like a supermodel and wants to talk about its feelings. Yet, there has to be a reason we keep making - and watching - movies and TV shows about robots, and AMC's new "Humans" has a few ideas about that that go beyond Stephen Hawking's fear that artificial intelligence may eventually decide to destroy us. An eight-episode British-American remake of a Swedish show, "Humans," which premieres Sunday, takes place in what the network refers to as a "parallel present.
June 23, 2015 |
Anne Marie Jones is bracing herself to tell a story of drug addiction, prostitution, and recovery to a city preparing for a pope. The 48-year-old mother of three clawed her way out of a life on the streets with the help of Dawn's Place, a residential treatment program for women involved in human trafficking. "Here, I found immediate peace and safety," said Jones, sitting at a table at the program's headquarters, where she is now a peer mentor. Jones is scheduled to share her story on Monday at a news conference to announce the formation of a charitable fund aimed at ensuring that the visit of Pope Francis, scheduled for Sept.
April 12, 2015 |
Forced to think that hell is a place called home Nothing else to do but get her clothes and pack She say she's about to run away and never come back. - Ludacris, "Runaway Love" Though I addressed all my questions to my 14-year-old patient, every answer came from the older man who brought her in to the clinic. "She just needs shots," he blurted, staring at his phone. He said he was her Uncle Jimmy, and, no, he would not let me speak to her alone. He said he was in a rush, and wanted me to hurry up. It's been a few years, but I still remember this girl, and how she stared at the floor.
March 30, 2015 |
"SLAVERY is not an obsolete relic of the past, it is a global industry that generates $32 billion in profits through forced labor and the bodies of tens of millions of human beings each year. " This is what Ivan Cole, who sits on the board of the Life After Trauma Organization, told an audience yesterday during a conference hosted by the nonprofit at Temple University to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of human trafficking. LATO helps women recover from the trauma of human trafficking.
March 20, 2015
THE IDEA that human beings can be treated like property is not new. It's as old as the Pharaoh using the Israelites as tools to build his pyramids. It's as old as the slaves who were counted as three-fifths of a man by the Supreme Court of this nation. It's as old as the woman who, married to her rapist, could not claim injury because the law said you couldn't be charged with stealing something - a vagina - you already owned. And, to those of us who've been bleeding with righteous anger since that same law made unborn children maternal property in 1973, the insult to human dignity marches on unimpeded.
March 3, 2015 |
A 20-SOMETHING man was seated yesterday next to a teen girl at 30th Street Station, his arm around her small shoulders, working his charms to lure her to a party and so much more. But a film crew stationed a few feet away and a small number of adults standing nearby were a sign that all was not as creepy as it may have seemed. It was all in the service of "Keeping Our Children Safe: Online and IRL (In Real Life)," a volunteer, small-film production about human trafficking involving a couple of professional actors and five students from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
February 26, 2015 |
A federal jury convicted two Ukrainian brothers Tuesday for their roles in a human-trafficking organization that lured its victims to the United States with promises of stable jobs, only to treat them like slaves and put them to work for little to no pay. Mykhaylo Botsvynyuk, 46, and Yaroslav Botsvynyuk, 47, ensured their workers' continued labor with beatings, sexual assaults, and threats sent to family in Eastern Europe, prosecutors said....
February 7, 2015 |
To hinder seedy activity at Philadelphia hotels, a city councilman has proposed banning establishments from renting rooms by the hour. Legislation introduced by Councilman Ed Neilson on Thursday would also require employees at all Philadelphia hotels to be trained to recognize signs of human trafficking. "You're looking to deter it. They'll always look for another route to go," Neilson said. "We want to make it as difficult as possible to allow this to go on. " Human trafficking is a growing problem worldwide, and Philadelphia is not immune, said Diana Marques, public policy and advocacy manager for Women's Way, a Philadelphia nonprofit that works to empower young women and girls.
February 6, 2015 |
RENTING HOTEL rooms by the hour in Philadelphia may soon be a fling of the past if two bills designed to combat human sex trafficking become law. The bills, co-sponsored by Councilman Ed Neilson and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, were introduced yesterday during Council's regular meeting. Hearings on the bills have not yet been scheduled. "Hotels and motels offering hourly rates raise a big red flag for those of us who care that this type of inappropriate activity is happening," Brown said.