Opinion

Yan: More subtle today, slavery still exists

March 31, 2009 • 8
Slavery has gone underground. One particularly antiquated form of modern-day slavery is bonded labor, also known as debt bondage or debt servitude. The International Labour Organization defines bonded labor as a “system whereby people are required to repay a debt by working for their creditors,” much like indentured servitude. An employer advances a loan to »
Opinion

FGM, vaginoplasty and the flawed female

January 29, 2008 • 34
Although women’s rights and gender equality have come a long way, especially in recent decades, violence against females has by no means been eliminated. Sex trafficking, economic exploitation in sweatshops and lack of structural support to raise children are only some of the global problems facing women. One particularly harmful practice is female genital mutilation »