Human Trafficking: A Global Concern teaser


Human trafficking is often thought of as a taboo topic. People know it happens, yet there is very little done to prevent it. Within the United States only 10% of police stations are equipped to deal with cases of human trafficking. If the United States, of the largest distribution countries, is ill prepared, imagine what protocols third world countries have in place. Human trafficking is not a crime which discriminates against gender, race, economic status, or age; over 161 countries have also come forward stating that there have been incidents concerning human trafficking. In order to fully understand this horrific crime, it is important to understand the statistics, to understand the victims and their stories. There are offices, offices such as the Office of Higher Commissioner for Human Rights, which can help save these victims from a life of slavery. This White Paper offers enlightening information and insightful recommendations to help combat the traffickers in order to save millions of lives.


White Paper Proposal 3 – Government

For my third white paper proposal, I am looking into government sources. For my governmental sources, I am looking into the United Nations, the European Union, and human rights policies in China. Looking over these governmental sites, it is clear that these countries are all operating with different focuses on human trafficking issues. Continue reading

Unplug, unclog, and try to understand.

Don’t speak.

I know it sounds strange, but take a second and digest everything around you. If you are talking to someone, focus on them. Do not try to give input, do not try to talk over them, and just listen. Enjoy the sounds around you; enjoy hearing someone else’s opinion. We tend to live in our heads, tend to think we are right, and tend to think that our thoughts are the only ones that matter. The question is, how can you learn if you are not willing to listen?

We rush around in our everyday life and what we tend to hear what sounds like the words coming out of Charlie Brown’s teacher’s mouth. Blah, Blah, Blah. Why does what someone else say matter? We have so many other responsibilities, so many other aspects of our lives that are more important…right? Wrong. As we start to live in our head, we lose touch with reality. We become separated from our peers and grow distant. In order to grow, we need each other. In order to learn, we need each other. In order to prosper, we need each other.

So, during your next conversation take a second and just stop. Stop living in your head and make eye contact with the person you are talking to. Take out your headphones, get out of your head, and take a deep breath.

Unplug, unclog, and try to understand. It won’t kill you, I promise.

Expecting to Provide the Best while not Preparing for the Worst

Across the globe, there are millions of not-for-profit organizations working with communities in order to enrich people’s lives. A not-for-profit organization is defined as an organization that does not distribute excess wealth to shareholders or members of the organization; instead, this excess wealth goes towards helping the organization achieve its goals. While the founders of not-for-profit organizations usually have the purest intentions, there are instances when actions of a not-for-profit organization can be unethical and, ultimately, end up harming its key stakeholders. The American Red Cross exemplifies a not-for-profit organization which, as a whole, has taken part in unethical decision making. Continue reading

Proposal 2: Who is benefiting from Human Trafficking?

In my first proposal, I primarily discussed the societal and governmental aspects of human trafficking. As you can probably assume, there is not much information concerning the business side because the majority of financial information is done through underground channels. For this proposal, I am going to focus on some of the information I found regarding where the money from human trafficking goes. Who uses it and who benefits from it.

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White Paper Proposal 1 – Human Trafficking

For my White Paper, I want to look at the policies surrounding Human Trafficking, both within the United States and world-wide. Human trafficking is the illegal trade of humans for the primary purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor. It is a form of modern day slavery and affects every country. Human trafficking is one of the fastest and largest growing criminal industries. Continue reading

Tweeting about Breakfast?

I found an interesting article online about Twitter that I thought people might be interested in reading. Personally, I do not tweet. I do not think I have anything interesting or am funny enough to post about my daily life. The funny thing is, the reason I dislike and do not use Twitter is the same reason that makes it so popular. The article I found is from Time Magazine and discusses on simple Tweets about what people had for breakfast is one of the reasons Twitter is so popular. The more people you follow, the more diverse Tweets you get to see. I find it very interesting that Twitter has transformed from a way to post about your day to a device used to keep up with current events and read debates different people are having.

Failure to Act

For both this blog and paper 2, I want to look into the American Red Cross organization. Before doing any research, I though the American Red Cross was a picture perfect company; I am not sure if I got this idea from the work they supposedly do or from the many advertising campaigns they have. Little did I know, the American Red Cross actually has a large amount of ethical issues. To begin, they were very late to respond to the Hurricane Katrina when it hit New Orleans and to the Victims of 9/11. Not only did they respond late, but they were inefficient and displayed a lackluster passion for helping people. I believe that the American Red Cross is setting itself up for failure. Continue reading