Headlines: Human Trafficking, Hunger, Homelessness

Here is a selection of headlines from the past week concerning human trafficking, hunger and homelessness.

Two of the headlines concerning Human Trafficking come out of Ohio this week

Ohioans selling sex with their own kids

This headline from The Columbus Dispatch grabs most readers by the throat. The author explains that the younger the trafficking victim, the more likely he or she is to be trafficked by one or both parents for drugs, rent or cash.

Anti-human trafficking billboards go up in Dayton

Abolition Ohio has partnered with United Methodist Women Task Force and Key Ads to erect an anti-human trafficking billboard near the I-70 /I-75 intersection, which is a prime location for traffickers.

Hunger, and what to do about it

National Geographic explores the difference between “hunger” and “food insecurity”

Today the hungry are almost always employed, a sea change since the 1960s. In 2012, 60 percent of all food-insecure Americans lived in households with a full-time worker; another 15 percent lived in households with a part-time worker.

Feeding American earns coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

Digital Journal reports if you want to make a difference, giving through Feeding American is an effective way to do it.

Homelessness is a crime in an increasing number of cities

The Herald-Tribute columnist writes from Sarasota, Florida, “On homelessness, we want decency — and invisibility”

Criminalization is “the least effective and most expensive way” to address homelessness, said Tristia Bauman, a lawyer and primary author of the report “No Safe Place: The Criminalization of Homelessness in U.S. Cities”.

This was not really news in Sarasota, columnist Tom Lyons writes, since Sarasota was named the “meanest city in America” by a national homeless-advocate organization. But, he ads, neither is Sarasota alone in making it a crime to be completely down and out.

Then concider this report: Millennials May Be Next Generation to Face Homelessness

Robbie Couch reviews a 2013  study for the Huffington Post finding that unemployment remains stubbornly high within the demographic, the cost of renting a home is exceedingly expensive (renters are spending more on rent than they have at any point in the past 30 years) and a dramatic increase in heroin use is comparable to the same increase in crack cocaine use three decades ago.

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So, what does a reader of Bird on Fire do with all this grim  news?

Give, if you can, to your local food bank or Feeding America. Support your local charity-run resale shops, make your money mean more. Vote. Vote for candidates and proposals that improve the lives of the least of these – because that will improve life for everyone.

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