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Sex trafficking is happening right under our noses.

"At least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor and bonded labor." — Equality Now

Every year, approximately 2 million children are victims of sex trafficking. Some are kidnapped, some are runaways, some are even exploited by their own trusted caretakers.

And unfortunately, many of these horrific occurrences happen in hotels.


What if hotel workers could do more? The one described in this #DoesYourHotelKnow video might have.

Imagine the difference a hotel worker could have made in that girl's life. They — and even you as a guest — can decide to be vigilant.

Be aware of what to notice about people coming and going in a hotel who may be being exploited, like these flags from The Polaris Project:

  • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid
  • Appears malnourished
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture
  • Has few or no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of their own identification documents (ID or passport)
  • Is not allowed to or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)
  • Claims of just visiting and inability to clarify where they are staying or give an address
  • Lack of knowledge of whereabouts or do not know what city they are in
  • Loss of sense of time
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in their story

Don't be afraid to make a call.

If you see these red flags, immediately call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at (888) 373-7888. Or text INFO or HELP to 233733 (BeFree).

You could make the entire difference in a victim being rescued and predators being apprehended. And sharing this can help others be ready to do the same.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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Small actions lead to big movements.

Acts of kindness—we know they’re important not only for others, but for ourselves. They can contribute to a more positive community and help us feel more connected, happier even. But in our incessantly busy and hectic lives, performing good deeds can feel like an unattainable goal. Or perhaps we equate generosity with monetary contribution, which can feel like an impossible task depending on a person’s financial situation.

Perhaps surprisingly, the main reason people don’t offer more acts of kindness is the fear of being misunderstood. That is, at least, according to The Kindness Test—an online questionnaire about being nice to others that more than 60,000 people from 144 countries completed. It does make sense—having your good intentions be viewed as an awkward source of discomfort is not exactly fun for either party.

However, the results of The Kindness Test also indicated those fears were perhaps unfounded. The most common words people used were "happy," "grateful," "loved," "relieved" and "pleased" to describe their feelings after receiving kindness. Less than 1% of people said they felt embarrassed, according to the BBC.


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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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