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Zero Child: The Trafficking of Disabled Children

While in South Sudan, Tupa encounters one of the most shameless aspects of modern day slavery: the trafficking of disabled children.  Exploiting children with disabilities in this manner is part of East Africa’s lucrative begging industry.  Contrary to appearances, begging is big business and often controlled by well-organized syndicates. While ...
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Sex and Development: The Sordid History of the United Nations’ Inovlement in Sex Trafficking

When she reaches her final destination in Dubai, Tupa is forced to take part in a sex trafficking ring catering to high level officials from the United Nations and international humanitarian organizations.  This might sound shocking, but a closer look at the history of these organizations reveals another story. The ...
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The Trafficking of Human Body Parts in Dubai

In total desperation, Tupa contemplates selling one of her kidneys on Dubai’s black market in order to make some quick cash to return home.  The trafficking of human organs may be a lesser known aspect of human trafficking more generally, but the two are increasingly interconnected in places like Dubai ...
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Dubai: Sheikdom of Schlok

It seems impossible to think that a young girl from Namibia can be abducted and trafficked to Dubai.  In many ways, however, it does not seem out of the ordinary for a place like Dubai, which seems intent on becoming the most shallow, materialistic, and corrupt place on the planet ...
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Maid in Dubai: Human Trafficking and the Domestic Servant Industry

As Tupa’s experience illustrates, the domestic servant industry in Dubai is a perfect example of how human trafficking can occur right before our eyes without anyone ever knowing it.  Throughout the world, forced labor is inextricably bound up with modern day slavery – and female domestic servants are at the ...
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Fields of Gold: Life in Dubai’s Secretive Labor Camps

While in Dubai, Tupa spends time in various locations and experiences the full range of living conditions for the region’s migrant workers – both male and female.  Her story sheds light on what everyday life is like  in Dubai’s infamous labor camps and other places not shown on any map.    ...
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The Suicide Epidemic Among Dubai’s Migrant Workers

Tupa is devastated to learn of the suicide of an Indian man whom she has befriended in Dubai.  In reality, his death is part of a much wider suicide epidemic among the city’s population of migrant workers, one that is particularly prevalent among men from India.  Why is this happening? ...
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