Hello to all, and a Happy New Year from the World Affairs Council & Global Philanthropy Forum!
We are back from a rejuvenating holiday break, and looking forward to sharing 2009 with you.
Over the past week, the New York Times’ Nick Kristof published a series of jarring articles (here and here) on human trafficking around the world. He writes that “sex trafficking is truly the 21st century’s version of slavery.”
The article follows the story of Sina Vann, a Vietnamese girl kidnapped and forced into prostitution in Cambodia, and describes the horrors of her daily life there. Kristof highlights Somaly Mam, a Cambodian woman who organized the raid that freed Sina from slavery. Somaly spoke at our GPF conference in April about her own escape from life in the brothels and her work now as an activist with her foundation (The Somaly Mam Foundation) fighting forced prostitution. In his blog, Kristof outlines what Americans can do to help – as individuals, as philanthropists, and as a political system.