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Sam Kirk for the Freedom Gallery

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All pieces are for sale at the listed price through November 30, 2017. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Traffick Free. Interested enthusiasts, please e-mail laura@traffickfree.org For more information about the artist who is making culture, in all its beauty, visible all over Chicago, visit her sites at iamsamkirk.com or provokeculture.com CLICK

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Snoop Dogg, “Lovable” and “Forgiven”

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by Laura Ng, Executive Director Though the victims he had under his control likely now have life sentences of mental and emotional trauma, according to a reporter on NPR, “we’ve kind of forgiven [Snoop Dogg] for his past as a self-professed pimp and hustler.” The reporter goes on to describe present-day Snoop Dogg as “lovable.”

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Why We Don’t Use the Word “Rescue”

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By Laura Ng, Executive Director The moment the word “rescue” is used, a power dynamic is created and autonomy is removed. Much of what we battle against as advocates is how the truth is so often misconstrued in the media through the use of images and story lines that sensationalize, or even glorify, what human

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Press Release: Chicago’s First Overnight Drop-In Center for Sex Trafficking Victims Opens

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Traffick Free Opens Center for Females in Commercial Sexual Exploitation Traffick Free, a nonprofit organization providing tools and programs to combat human trafficking, opened Chicago’s first low-demand overnight drop-in center for victims of sex trafficking last month. The drop-in center offers female-identified persons age 18 and older the opportunity to temporarily remove

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How to End Human Trafficking Today

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Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and here at Traffick Free, we’re in it to end exploitation and we need your help. While the task at hand is difficult, here’s what you can do today to end human trafficking: Know your enemy. Read well researched books, watch credible documentaries and always follow up what

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New Illinois Laws Protect Domestic Workers

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by Cassidy Welter Labor trafficking occurs throughout the world as a less-often-talked-about form of slavery where traffickers use any number of tactics, including coercion, inflated interest rates for debt repayment or violence to force individuals to work against their will. As in sex trafficking, there are a number of populations who may be at a

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How the Brazilian Reproductive Health Crisis Impacts Trafficking

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by Cassidy Welter In our first article on the Rio Olympics, we talked about the nature of sex tourism and how many people who otherwise would not, will engage in commercial sex tourism while traveling – especially when prostitution is legal in Brazil. It is important to note that Zika is sexually transmittable. Women who

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Sex Trafficking at the Olympics in Rio

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by Cassidy Welter The Opening Ceremonies on August 5th marked the official start to the largest sporting competition in the world, the Summer Olympics. Hundreds of thousands of spectators, commentators, and athletes are expected to pour into Brazil, bringing with them billions of dollars to spend in a nation embroiled in the one of the

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The Erosion of Personhood

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By Evy Yeager Since I started writing about human trafficking, the most common response I hear goes something like this: “I would love to be part of that work, but I have no idea how I could help.” It strikes people as a worthy and compelling cause, but one whose advocacy work is difficult to

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