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  • The Girl From Kathmandu: Twelve Dead Men and a Woman's Quest for Justice

    A nonfiction narrative of Iraq war profiteering, human trafficking, and the battle to defend human rights in U.S. courts. "A powerful work of investigative journalism, one that speaks volumes about the business of war and of human slavery alike.” -- Kirkus Reviews.
  • Bound for America

    "Bound for America" exposed practices that amount to human trafficking by a company feeding workers into this country's H-2A agricultural guest worker program.
  • Schoolgirls for Sale

    Japan's obsession with cutesy culture has taken a dark turn, with schoolgirls now offering themselves for "walking dates" with adult men. Last year the US State Department, in its annual report on human trafficking, flagged so-called joshi-kosei osanpo dates (that's Japanese for "high school walking") as fronts for commercial sex run by sophisticated criminal networks. In an investigation, VICE News host Simon Ostrovsky brings the readers to Tokyo's busiest neighborhoods, where girls solicit clients in their school uniforms, to a concert performed by a band of schoolgirls attended by adult men, and into a café, where teenage girls are available to hire by the hour. But the true revelations come behind closed doors, when schoolgirls involved in the rent-a-date industry reveal how they've been coerced into prostitution. (https://news.vice.com/video/schoolgirls-for-sale-in-japan)
  • The Brothel Next Door

    Merrill College student reporters did what state officials had promised but failed to do: a comprehensive assessment of human trafficking and law enforcement’s response to it. The result was “The Brothel Next Door,” the first in-depth, data-based analysis of the problem in Maryland. The report was published online by Capital News Service and by local news outlets, including in Spanish by The Washington Post’s El Tiempo Latino. Five classes collaborated on the project: Media law classes submitted public records requests to every county. Capstone classes searched court files for details about how victims become trapped, traffickers operate and authorities respond. They obtained chilling audio of victims’ testimony and a state database never before released. Their analysis found authorities had uncovered extensive evidence of trafficking but struggled to win convictions. They conducted scores of interviews to understand why.
  • A Mountain of Misconduct

    For "A Mountain of Misconduct", Reveal teamed up with New Hampshire Public Radio health and science reporter Jack Rodolico to unveil 40 years of alleged abuse and neglect of people with disabilities at specialty rehab centers in multiple states. In our hour-long audio documentary, we took a close look at New Hampshire’s Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center, where people with severe disabilities were treated, and detailed that facility’s deep ties to a network of institutions across the U.S. Our reporting went back decades to look at the corrupt roots of the multibillion dollar brain injury rehabilitation industry in the 1970's and 80's, and exposed how for-profit neurological rehabilitation centers thrive on public dollars with little oversight. Additional content on the project includes a podcast extra, following up with one family who pulled their son from Lakeview after he was neglected there; a 4,000 word print piece detailing the "human trafficking", to borrow a term one disability rights expert used, that sends vulnerable people across state lines to distant facilities, and the weak state regulation that allowed Lakeview and similar institutions to prosper despite decades of complaints; and a digital interactive timeline featuring the characters in our story, from facility owners to investigators to patients, and how their lives intersected over 40 years.
  • Pimp City: A Journey to the Center of the Sex Slave Trade

    As authorities in the US struggle to keep up with the explosion in sex trafficking, Fusion’s investigative documentary, "Pimp City: A Journey to the Center of the Sex Slave Trade", uncovers a subversive network linking America’s secret neighborhood brothels to a remote Mexican town that traffics more sex slaves to the US, than anywhere else.
  • Human Trafficking in Virginia

    We found a case of human trafficking that led to charges and changes after we exposed communication issues across local and national agencies and a lack of training and resources. In the first story, we talked to Roanoke County Police Officers who stopped a man driving a mini-van of 16 people, stacked on top of each other. Once stopped, police identified it as a human trafficking case but had to let them all get back in the van and drive away because U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) wasn’t available to assist them and they say since the words “human trafficking” are not in Virginia law there were not any laws to arrest the man driving and help the victims. We continued to follow this story for the next six months talking to lawmakers, state and federal agencies who told us our story revealed breakdowns and weaknesses that have since been fixed.
  • Human Trafficking in Virginia

    We found a case of human trafficking that led to charges and changes after we exposed communication issues across local and national agencies and a lack of training and resources. In the first story, we talked to Roanoke County Police Officers who stopped a man driving a mini-van of 16 people, stacked on top of each other.
  • The Fighters: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary

    "The Fighters" is a feature-length documentary looking at human trafficking in the Philippines. The two-year investigation into child prostitution, domestic servitude and allegations of fraud surround the country largest anti-slavery organization, stirred a massive response in the Asian nation.
  • Human Trafficking in the Heartland

    The Center found that three years after Wisconsin legislators passed a law banning trafficking, little had been done to curb the practice in the state.