Tulika Bose is the Web Communications Intern for Free the Slaves. A graduate of UCLA, Tulika became interested in modern-day slavery after winning a California College Media Association award for a Daily Bruin article she wrote about student sex workers. In addition to blogging for Free the Slaves, her articles have appeared on CBS, Uwire, and MTV. Her resume also includes community outreach and media consulting for an international non-profit.
Saturday, February 12th is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. You were probably taught in school that he’s the president who ended slavery. Sorry to tell you that your teacher was misinformed. Lincoln helped make slavery illegal. But that hasn’t prevented slavery from still existing. “If slavery is not wrong,” Lincoln wrote in 1864, “nothing is wrong.” However, there are 27 million slaves in the world today – more than any other time in... Read More
Sofia, a former victim of sex trafficking. Photo courtesy of Nicole Bengiveno, New York Times. Some of them run away. Some of them simply have nowhere to go. But the lives of prostitutes—often coerced into sex slavery—are usually misunderstood. Trafficking is considered the third largest industry for organized crime, generating billions of dollars annually. Here’s a news roundup of some recent news stories about sex trafficking: New York... Read More
A child laborer carries a basket of fair-trade organic cotton in Burkina Fatso. Photo courtesy of Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg Recent news that cotton used by Victoria’s Secret to sew women’s lingerie may have been harvested by slaves has sparked a broader debate about how deep companies should go into policing their supply chains. It’s also prompting discussion in Washington about strengthening slavery disclosure rules for businesses. The story... Read More
All eyes will be on London for the 2012 Olympic games. That’s why our UK sister organization, Anti-Slavery International, has started a new campaign to make sure that the games are slavery-free. According to ASI, there are 5000 people trafficked into London or the UK at any given time—but the Olympics will make the situation even worse. Past experience in international sporting and other major events often indicates a risk of an increase... Read More
It’s the beginning of the New Year, so why not start a New Year’s resolution to help end Modern-Day Slavery? There are currently 27 million slaves in the world right now- more than any other time in history. Together, we can do something about it. Here are five simple ways to help end slavery in your lifetime. Free the Slaves 2011 “Freedom Photo” winner 1) Tell 10 people that you know that slavery still exists. Words are powerful.... Read More