Response to: “Legalized Prostitution Significantly Increases Human Sex Trafficking: Study”

By David H. Nguyen, Ph.D. Some argue that legalizing prostitution is the answer to stopping human sex trafficking. This study strongly suggests otherwise. Economists call this “The Cobra Effect.” It was from a time and place in India where the local governance wanted to get rid of cobras by paying the locals for cobra skins. … Read more

Response to: “Cash for Kidneys: The Case for a Market for Organs”

By David H. Nguyen, Ph.D. Economists Gary S. Becker and Julio J. Elias propose in the Wall Street Journal that they have calculated a system of legal payments for kidney donations that would cut costs and reduce shortages in America. The authors propose a system in which making it legal to pay someone for one … Read more

Surviving Both Human Trafficking and Cancer – Chong Kim’s Story

Cancer InCytes magazine highlights the deep intersections between public health and social justice. Our upcoming December, 2013 issue will feature double-survivor stories of victims of human trafficking who also survived cancer. Their stories highlight how cancer and social injustice are intertwined. Here is an excerpt. Stay tuned! Neither Height nor Depth, nor Hot, nor … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Doesn’t Understand Human Trafficking as a Public Health Problem

By Steve Mason, Ph.D. In 2003, the United States government enacted a law that placed two restrictions on private groups receiving federal money to help stem the tide of AIDS around the world.  The first restriction was that funds received could not be used to promote or otherwise advocate for prostitution and sex trafficking.  The … Read more

The cancer that is social injustice

I can’t recall all of the times I have used analogies to explain technical scientific concepts; biologists frequently use analogies to help researchers and non-scientists alike understand theories and models for how cells function. DNA is often likened to computer code, proteins that chop up other proteins are often described as scissors, and I’ve even … Read more