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The city of Oakland has a message for people who exploit children and victims caught in the world of sex trafficking: We’re calling you out. The city’s police department has launched a new website showing the names, birthdays, and charges against pimps and purchasers arrested by local police. The site will be updated every two weeks, with more individuals recently charge with human trafficking-related crimes. The somewhat controversial website does caution that though the suspects have been charged, they are still “presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.” The police lieutenant in charge of the department’s human trafficking division told Time magazine (who dubbed the effort "pimp-shaming") that Oakland is “the hub of the West for child prostitution,” and described the efforts as a “proactive” measure to fight trafficking, which he said is at an “all-time level” in the area ... Discuss

 

In a new report, Human Rights Watch has found that children as young as 7 years old face dangerous working conditions on tobacco farms throughout the American South.

In states such as Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee, some child labor in tobacco fields is legal with a parent’s permission as long as the work does not interfere with school hours. Read More

 

While some tech industry experts are using their talents to push Silicon Valley innovation and Wall Street excitement, many have turned their attention to a new arena, as well: solving the problems of the developing world.

From simple, easy to use creations such as water filtration systems and low-cost health care, to advanced technologies spreading Internet access, these inventions have the potential to save lives around the world. Read More

 

Last year, the number of Christians martyred for their faith around the globe was nearly double the amount killed in 2012. According to the report from the group Open Doors International, there were 2,123 documented cases of believers killed for their faith in 2013. Other groups recorded a much higher number, noting that many of the murders go unreported. Read More

 

Expectations are everywhere. They escort every thought, and they set life’s agenda. The sun will come up. I will eat. My car will start. My employer will pay me. Read More

 

The area around Lake Tanganyika, located in the Great Rift Valley of East Africa, is touted as one of the few “unspoiled ecosystems” on the planet. The longest freshwater lake in the world and the second deepest, Tanganyika’s crystal blue depths hold around 18 percent of all available fresh water at any given time. It also contains well over 200 species of fish that occur nowhere else in the world.

For generations, communities along the shoreline have thrived on the lake’s clean water, vibrant fishery and accessible boat transportation. Read More