In June 2014, The Christian Science Monitor published an opinion piece by Ryan Beck Turner that is completely spot on and is without question one of the best articles I’ve read about human trafficking to date. Take a stab at it. How Not to Talk About Human Trafficking Human trafficking has become the cause célèbre for sensationalist and established media alike. […]

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F is for Fraud

In early 2013, I was hired as a Project Manager for Children’s Organization of Southeast Asia (COSA). I had been in-country for two years at that point. For 15 months, I worked as the International Department Coordinator for DEPDC – Thailand’s longest-standing anti-trafficking NGO. When my contract with DEPDC was up, I moved from Mae Sai […]

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Thailand Got Served, Part I

For fourteen years the US Department of State has issued an annual report on trafficking entitled the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report). The report is meant to serve as a diplomatic tool in engaging foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also, for better or worse, the world’s most comprehensive resource on governmental anti-trafficking efforts and serves a […]

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Hiatus

How is it possible that six months have lapsed since my last entry? Oh, right. I had a baby. I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on 8 April and fell head over heels into BabyLand where I’ve spent the last several months adjusting to motherhood and a newborn. Priorities shifted. Free time diminished. […]

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Hit the Ground Running

I’m honored to be speaking for the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at 140 W. Pine (City Council Chambers) in my hometown. Come take a photographic journey with me through my last three years working in human rights in Southeast Asia. We’ll journey to Bangkok’s red light districts, remote villages in […]

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What is Human Trafficking?

Definition What is human trafficking?  It is a simple question that often comes with a complicated answer depending on who is defining it.  The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) defines human trafficking as the act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving persons through use of force, coercion or deception for the the purpose […]

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