- Charges of human trafficking have been dropped against Saudi Arabian princess Meshael Alayban, 42, who lives in Orange County, California, due to lack of evidence. Alayban’s maid said her Kenyan passport was taken away from her and she was forced into veritable slavery. The defense claimed the maid was just trying to shake down the Saudi royal family for money. [Guardian UK]
- Yup, the new laws restricting abortion in Texas are bullshit. [New York Times]
- Wondering how much you earn compared to women in other states? Check out this map that illustrates the gender pay gap state-by-state. [Forbes]
- An interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, one of the last four doctors in America to openly provide third-trimester abortions. [The Hairpin] Keep reading »
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It is easy to think of sex trafficking as something that only happens far off in Asia or in the movie Taken. But human trafficking happens in America as well. This week, in Lakewood, New Jersey, Jose Cruz “Chato” Romero-Flores, along with his girlfriend and four male associates, were arrested in a human trafficking bust, reports USA Today.
Romero-Flores allegedly ran three brothels in Lakewood and filled them with women lured from their homes in Latin America with promises of jobs as house cleaners or babysitters. In these brothels, women were forced to serve up to 40 clients in a single day.
Slavery is alive and well and happening in upstate New York, if the story of Annie George (pictured) and Valsamma Mathai is to be believed. Mathai, who worked for George in her 30,000 square foot Rexford, New York, mansion for 6-1/2 years, says she was forced to work 12-hour days and was not allowed to leave. George, she claims, kept her passport and visa, and forced her to sleep in the walk-in closet of a room inhabited by some of George’s five children.
And you’ll never guess who ratted George out… Keep reading »
- President Obama issued an executive order today which will compel government contractors to assure they are not contributing to human trafficking, including sex trafficking, in the course of their work. Contractors will have to abolish trafficking-type practices like charging “recruitment fees” and being misleading about the jobs which are being filled. “We’re making clear that American tax dollars must never, ever be used to support the trafficking of human beings,” the President said at the Clinton Global Initiative today, [Wall Street Journal]
- Blogger Nancy Goldstein on why Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deserves a shot at the presidency — including a quote from moi! [Guardian UK]
- Facebook won’t remove the “12-year-old slut” meme. Which actually, genuinely makes me feel dirty about giving FB my business. [BuzzFeed]
- Tina Fey has signed a four-year deal with Universal television to keep creating shows for NBC. Liz Lemon 4eva! [Slate] Keep reading »
We tend to think of human trafficking as something that happens over there, a crime committed by someone else. But, as discussed in a piece in the current issue of The New Yorker, it turns out that human trafficking is part of the bedrock that keeps the U.S. military afloat in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. And poor women from around the world are its victims. Keep reading »
OK, Lindsay Lohan‘s involvement in a BBC documentary about the trafficking of women and children is très random. But if “Lindsay Lohan In India” is how LiLo tries to rehabilitate her career — especially over, say, “I Know Who Killed Me … Again!” — so be it. Human trafficking is definitely a worthy cause that could use a little star power. [YouTube] Keep reading »
Hasn’t it been a while since we saw Lucy Liu do something fabulous? Turns out, it’s because she’s been busy producing and narrating a new documentary called “Red Light.” It’s about human trafficking, which the Department of Justice says is the third most profitable criminal activity in the world. Now that Lucy’s promoting the film, we hope to see a lot more of her. At the Cairo International Film Festival, she expressed her dedication to pursuing the end of human trafficking, though she knows it “is really going to take a really long time.” Look at the trailer above, and tell me it doesn’t tear your heart out. [AP] Keep reading »