Andrew Shaughnessy

Steps toward freedom

Business | Building businesses to fight modern-day slavery 
by Andrew Shaughnessy
Posted 7/18/19, 01:15 pm

Kolkata (once known as Calcutta) is infamous for Sonagachi, one of the largest red light districts in Asia. About 10,000 women, trapped in the sex trade, live within a labyrinthine tangle of streets. Many are victims of human trafficking, young village girls lured to the city by false promises of a job or marriage, then sold on the doorstep of a brothel. Others enter the pain factories out of desperation and poverty.

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Turnaround town

Cities | Chattanooga’s reinvention—and those left behind
by Andrew Shaughnessy
Posted 3/14/19, 02:42 pm

First in a series on changing cities

When Pat Kelley was growing up in the 1960s, Chattanooga was still a bustling industrial town. Textile factories, chemical plants, and steam boiler manufacturers employed men and women by the thousands. As a boy, Kelley caught glimpses of fire flashing in the foundries and watched as steel mills hurled atomized carbon into the humid Southern air.

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Traumas that persist

Missions | For missionaries and aid workers, coming home is just the beginning
by Andrew Shaughnessy
Posted 10/23/18, 12:30 pm

In March 1994 Ray Rising disappeared into the Colombian jungle. FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia) had abducted the Wycliffe missionary and radio technician. For the next 810 days, hard men with machine guns in their hands and murder in their hearts held him captive, constantly moving from camp to camp, always watching.

When the guerrillas released Rising in June 1996, he thought his ordeal was finally over. But Rising’s battle had only just begun.

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