Photo of the Day: Stay Angry and Stay Young, Fight Human Trafficking

U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN, David L. Carden, challenges youth to “stay angry and stay young” by fighting human trafficking at the USAID co-sponsored MTV EXIT concert in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Photo via USAID Vietnam/Fllickr

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According to the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2012, Vietnam, a tier 2 country, is a source and, to a lesser extent, a destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and conditions of forced labor.  Vietnamese women and children subjected to sex trafficking throughout Asia are often misled by fraudulent labor opportunities and sold to brothels on the borders of Cambodia, China, and Laos, with some eventually sent to third countries, including Thailand and Malaysia. Some Vietnamese women are forced into prostitution in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and in Europe.
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WaPo’s State Dept Apple Pie Contest News: It’s a Good Thing Cypress Did Not Win

WaPo’s Bonnie S. Benwick wrote about the apple pie contest at the State Department timed for the 4th of July celebration last week. Quick excerpt:

Apple pie contests are pretty gosh-darned all-American, which is one reason why the State Department decided to make it a feature at its Fourth of July celebration this evening. Post Food critic Tom Sietsema’s one of the three judges, and we hear that Libya is among the 15 countries who are competing for top honors. They’ve had about a month to work on their dishes, some of which are being made by embassy chefs/representatives and even ambassadors’ wives.

(For the record, “Libyan apple pie” gets zero Google hits.)

Other nations who accepted the invitation to compete: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Cypress, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, Denmark and the United Kingdom.

Read in full here. 

Follow-up post with the winners in Apple pie, diplomatically interpreted (with photos)!

First place: Belgium
Second place: United Kingdom
Third place: Hungary

Sorry, Cypress did not make the cut; and that’s a good thing, too.

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