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Modern Day Abolitionists
According to estimates from the International Labour Organization (ILO), trafficking is a $150 billion industry affecting 20.9 million people worldwide, including 5.5 million children that are victims of the trafficking industry.

Operation Underground Railroad, a small Mormon-led group, is going undercover to rescue kids from sex trafficking. The International Justice Mission (IJM) is another organization which goes on similar rescue missions.

They are one of several groups who travel the world trying to rescue adults and children from slavery, according to the group, they rescued more than 250 slaves in 2014. But not everybody is a fan and some critics contend the group can only be successful if the raids actually improve lives. Critics contend the opposite result is produced.

“The appeal of the rescue is that it’s a happy ending. But it’s not. It’s a really hard life,” says Janie Chuang, a professor at American University’s Washington College of Law and a specialist in human trafficking tells Foreign Policy magazine.

Islam And The International Order
What can political science contribute to resolving questions such as “how Islamic is the Islamic State’ or “how legitimate is Baghdadi’s claim to the Caliphate”?

Those are some of the questions that were up for discussion when a group of scholars, including academics from Middle East studies, political science, history and religious studies, gathered earlier this year at an event hosted by the Project on Middle East Political Science.

The essays prepared for the workshop have now been published as a special issue in the POMEPS Studies series.

A Foreign Aid Success Story In Pakistan
For a myriad of reasons from rampant corruption to ineffectiveness, foreign aid assistance provided by governments and the UN often suffers from a bad image. But, The Washington Post reports, an alliance formed between moderate Muslims and a global charity have produced a success story high in the mountains of Pakistan.

According to the paper, Karimabad represents “what’s possible in rural Pakistan when residents accept support from international charities and stand firm against the threats” posed by radical Islam.

“When you have communities improving their own lives, and obtaining education, it prevents easy manipulation of communities and allows them to be resilient against external forces,” Iqbal Walji, president of the Aga Khan Council for Pakistan, told the Post.





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