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Stephanie Oplinger
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Artist - Fine Art Paintings - Illustration - Advocacy through Art - Online Comics Creation
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The words in this poster bring up a great point: human trafficking and modern slavery know no age or class - social, economic, or otherwise. Victims of sexual slavery come from all walks of life and from the most ordinary next-door places. Trafficking and slavery doesn't just happen in slums or underdeveloped countries. Trafficking and slavery happen in suburbs and first world countries. Modern slavery is an epidemic - it doesn't care who you or yours are. That's why this issue is so important, because not only is it a horrendous evil, but it is an evil lurking next door. Become aware of the issue (check out http://www.castla.org/definition-of-the-issue for more information on modern slavery) and learn how to protect yourself and others from becoming victims (visit http://dontsellbodies.org for information on safety). Ultimately, get involved and do something to end slavery. Start talking about it in your neighborhoods and communities. Together, we CAN end slavery.

I found the picture of this great sign from a public bus while searching online for campaigns and ads against human trafficking. I am glad to see more and more signs popping up in public places, such as at the bathroom entrances in highway rest stops. But we can still do so much more to bring this issue into the public eye. Is there a place where you work, a transportation you take, or a place that you frequent that you think would be a great place to have a hotline sign for human trafficking? If so, start suggesting it to those in charge or start a petition to have signs and posters put up in public places.
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Today we are here with Ashook and his wonderful team at Humana People to People India near the slums of Jaipur, where they do incredible work with and for the communities nearby. They have been working in this area for the past six years and have had great success with children otherwise lacking a chance for an education.

Rather than making photographs in the school, we ventured into the neighborhood for some photography, and were greeted by the most beautiful students in their own homes. This is an honor I have otherwise lacked during my previous visits, and feels just right.

Who says that a girl in a slum needs to be photographed with garbage all around her? Who says that she wants to be photographed in such a way?

Here, the girls chose their outfits and their positions, as well as their expressions. This young girl was a natural, truly a vibrant example of what it means to be human in the most difficult of circumstances.

www.halimina.org

Note: Image was made with a Sony RX100M2.
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Scotland is now training airline flight attendants to spot victims of human trafficking. This initiative is part of a larger network in Scotland to train public and health service workers to spot potential victims and to give them the tools necessary to help them.

Can you think of ways in your workplace that human trafficking awareness and training can help?
If so, make a plan of action and propose it to your company or workplace! YOU can make a difference.

Read more about Scotland's initiatives to fight human trafficking in this article from The Daily Record:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/human-trafficking-crackdown-scots-flight-5292230

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It's not the first time that it's been pointed out that sex slavery and pornography have a strong link. This video takes a look at the unique challenge our digitized generation faces and scientifically shows how pornography does in fact contribute to sex slavery. Think about it!

http://fightthenewdrug.org/the-new-anti-porn-movement/#sthash.zaoNhUWD.8GBF0pO4.dpbs

#FightTheNewDrug #PornKillsLove
Join the movement and become a Fighter!

http://www.fightthenewdrug.org

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Calling all musicians: ALBUM COVER GIVEAWAY

Krystal Ritenour Designs is giving away a FREE Album Cover!
(Use it for an upcoming Ep/Lp, or whatever you want. The chosen artist/band will have the option to make some slight modifications to best fit their style.)

If you like this album cover, LIKE and RE-POST the FACEBOOK post here: https://www.facebook.com/krystalritenourdesigns for a chance to win. 

Enter by Friday Feb. 27, 2015. 
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