Human Trafficking: New age slavery taking place in Ohio

When you hear the word ‘slavery’ in the United States, most people think back to the 18th & 19th centuries in the early colonial days. There is a new kind of slavery taking place today right here in America, undetected amongst the general population, called human trafficking.
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against their will. Sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues within the sex industry, including residential brothels, escort services, fake massage businesses, strip clubs, and street prostitution. Labor trafficking has been found in diverse labor settings including domestic work, small businesses, large farms and factories. Traffickers use violence, threats, blackmail, false promises, deception, manipulation, and debt bondage to trap vulnerable individuals in horrific situations.
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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a fast growing crime that is more often than not being ignored. Though shown in fictional works such as “Law & Order: SVU” or the 2008 movie “Taken”, the crime is very real and is happening even in Ohio. In fact, Ohio is number five in the U.S. for Human trafficking with Toledo ranking number four as a recruiting site, with 27 cases being recorded within an 18-month period.
On Tuesday, Nov. 18 Sinclair Talks tackled the subject of human trafficking in a presentation hosted by Faculty member Sarah Davis. In the presentation, Sarah went over ways human traffickers prey on children, one being “the Romeo Effect”, when an older man begins treating a girl or woman as a girlfriend and after a while, the man will lure the woman into prostituting by false pretenses, saying they want to run away with them for a better life. Other ways people have been lured into human trafficking include promises of a career opportunity, being introduced to a friend who is already in trafficking themselves and even being kidnapped off the street.
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Dear Gabby

Dear Gabby,
This is my first time spending Christmas with my girlfriend’s family. We’ve been dating for almost a year now, and I just feel lost on how to deal with it all. I feel comfortable around her and I’ve met some of her family outside of the holidays. Should I get her relatives gifts too? Or is it okay to just show up with hers? Is there something I can do to let them know I appreciate being included but without coming off as superficial?

Sincerely,
Reindeer Gameless
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Dear Gabby

I feel like I’ve been living a lie for a while. I’m not even sure why I’m writing this, but I feel like I need to get this out. I’m gay. I feel like I’ve been trying to hide it for so long because my parents won’t want to accept me for who I am. That’s my biggest fear. We’ve created a strong bond, but I’m still worried because they have very conservative views. I’m not sure what to do.

Sincerely,
In the closet
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There’s Fun in being a junk food junkie

It may only be food to you, but to me it’s the Eighth wonder of the World!
I know, as well as the next person, that food is the sustenance of life, but that isn’t what I’m praising. Twinkies do not sustain life. They, and all their wonderful cousins (junk food in general) do, however, make life fun. I like fun, or perhaps I should say fun food, and, like most Americans, I have fun down to a science.
The controversy over what foods are good or bad for you is an issue that people like me choose to ignore. It takes all the fun out of eating.
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The Muslim Student Association Speaks Out on ISIS

With this article, the MSA stands with hundreds of other Muslim and Islamic organizations worldwide that condemn the actions of ISIS as un-Islamic. The MSA hopes that the reader will conduct more independent research on Islam. Some reliable sources are indicated at the completion of the article.

The media coverage about ISIS has been frequent and unrepresentative of the Muslim religion. As such, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) writes to inform you of the misconceptions about Islam as conveyed by the terrorist group ISIS. We will draw upon the two authentic sources of Islamic teachings: the Quran and the traditions of Mohammad, the Prophet of Islam, may peace and blessings be upon him (pbuh).
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