Special Report

Enslaved: A Look at Human Trafficking

The United Nations has designated December 2 as The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, and according to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, this means slavery in all its forms. Unfortunately, despite all efforts to the contrary, human exploitation shows no sign of abating. Still most vulnerable to trafficking are women and children who may find themselves abducted from their families or in some cases sold by them into slavery—not only as prostitutes but alternatively as laborers or soldiers.

Down to Slavery

Down to Slavery

Bill Butler

The year 2007 marks the 200th anniversary of Britain and America outlawing human trafficking. Yet the slave trade is a flourishing reality.

On Abolishing Slavery (Again)

On Abolishing Slavery (Again)

Bill Butler

Kevin Bales, author of Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, is considered the world’s leading expert on modern day slavery.

Book Review: Kevin Bales: Ending Slavery

A Quest to Free the World of Slavery

Bill Butler

According to author Kevin Bales, slavery has three primary elements: control through violence, economic exploitation and the loss of free will.

Abraham Lincoln Quotations on Slavery

Abraham Lincoln on Slavery

America’s 16th president is remembered in large part for his role in ending slavery. Read a few of his thoughts on that subject.

Child Soldiers

Child Soldiers

Michelle Steel

The majority of wars today are intrastate conflicts fought with small arms, and where such conflicts take place, many of those fighting are children.

Child Soldiers: Reclaiming Their Youth

Reclaiming Their Youth

Michelle Steel

Military organizations as well as non-state opposition groups in war-ravaged areas of the world often recruit children to serve as child soldiers.

Book Review: Repercussions of Revenge: Child Soldiers

Repercussions of Revenge

Michelle Steel

The trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor coincidentally followed the release of a book by former child soldier Ishmael Beah.

Interview with Ishmael Beah: Hope Springs Eternal

Ishmael Beah: Hope Springs Eternal

Ishmael Beah was 12 years old when Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war reached his village in 1993. Soon he found himself swept up into the army, a child soldier.