About The Lightbulb

The Lightbulb is Enlighten’s custom online journal for stories, information, and data about Human Trafficking. Check out the stories on this page to learn more about the issue or find out what you can do to help.

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and to spread the word, we have designed two posters with human trafficking statistics. Use the hashtag #HumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth and wear blue on January 11th to support the cause! Click here to open a pdf version of the first poster. Click here to open a pdf version of the second…

Labor Trafficking- How the Products you Buy Impact Slavery

Labor trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Labor trafficking is more prevalent than most people know, and it comes in many forms, including child labor, forced domestic servitude, farm workers coerced through violence to harvest crops, and factory workers…

She came for an education. She became a slave on IU’s campus.

Tebby Kaisara thought she was coming to IU to get an education. But the female IU student who sponsored her to come from Botswana stole her passport, told her she would be deported if she did not obey, and coerced her into working as a domestic servant for 18 months. She cleaned the student’s apartment, took care…

How a Bar of Soap Could Save a Sex Trafficking Victim

June 14, 2016 CLEVELAND, Ohio – Some 50,000 people are expected to converge on Cleveland during the Republican National Convention in July. And among those who will not be there for political reasons are people who sell others for sex. Theresa Flores was trafficked as a teen and as a survivor founded S.O.A.P. or “soap”…

HT Myth: Get rich. Work in prostitution.

The Ugly Truth: Traffickers keep the profits, and victims often pay with their lives. The vast majority of prostituted persons are recruited into the sex trade by pimps who use the threat of violence to force them to meet daily quotas. Over 80% of prostituted women have been the victim of a rape.

HT Myth: I don’t know anyone who pays for sex.

The Ugly Truth: Yes, you probably do. The total number of victims in underground sex trade in the United States reaches into the hundreds of thousands. And because prostitution and sex trafficking can occur in private homes, hotels, casinos, and fake massage parlors, it’s happening more often than you think, and doing even more damage.

HT Myth: The products I buy aren’t made by slaves.

The Ugly Truth: Our nation’s consumer choices have led to the exploitation of human rights for our convenience and gratification. Victims of human trafficking for labor, even in the US, work in deplorable conditions for little to no pay, and are often children. Your consumer choices can help change this trend.