human rights

Is sex slavery a growing problem?

Since January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Cristen and Caroline discuss the scope of sex trafficking in the United States, its legal history and why anti-trafficking initiatives have attracted controversy in recent years.

Confronting Cameroon's Hush-Hush Tradition of Breast "Ironing"

Before 2006, there wasn't a widely accepted term for the West African tradition of forcibly flattening young girls' budding breasts in the hopes of averting sexual advances and teen pregnancies. That year, the German non-governmental organization Association for International Cooperation (GTZ) made public the tradition of breast "ironing" common in parts of Cameroon, as well as as other African nations, including Nigeria, Togo, Republic of Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire and South Africa...