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What is cultural slavery?

What is cultural slavery?

Mali’s skin was covered in tattoos. When asked if getting the tattoos hurt, the young girl replied, “Not at all. Nothing can hurt me anymore.” Like many young girls in Thailand, Mali, whose name we’ve changed for her privacy, is no stranger to sexual abuse. As a...
The $10 bill in your wallet can help fight for women’s rights

The $10 bill in your wallet can help fight for women’s rights

I don’t bake much, but when I do it’s usually at Christmas. I follow one of my grandmother’s most cherished recipes: her incredible, red velvet chocolate cake. It’s hard work to get it right, but it’s worth it because of all the memories that come flooding back with...
Thailand: education vs. cultural slavery

Thailand: education vs. cultural slavery

Most kids get excited when you ask what they want to be when they grow up. One week it’s a teacher. The next week it’s a police officer or a firefighter. Next month, it might be a scientist or a helicopter pilot. Regardless, they have big dreams as they think about...
Who is your Mina?

Who is your Mina?

I’ll never forget the day I met Mina. She arrived at the center the same week I did. I was spending a semester in South Asia, working with a program dedicated to helping girls get off the streets and acquire the education and access to vocational training they needed....
Children shouldn’t be for sale

Children shouldn’t be for sale

When you think of human trafficking, you may think of girls locked in a shady hotel room or being transported in a dark, dingy tractor-trailer. But many of those working in the booming sex industries of Thailand and India are trapped in an invisible cage — a life...
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