There are moments when journalists feel so powerless. We witness so many injustices, and there’s nothing we can do. This happened to Sean Williams while reporting in Palermo, Italy, for this issue. A local fixer took him to a brothel to verify the existence of sex slavery in the city. There were the rooms. There was the madam, selling drugs and greeting johns. There, just out of sight, were the victims. And there was nothing he could do to make it stop.
But he wrote about it, and now you know about it. And if you pick up our summer issue, you’ll know about the Good Samaritans hiking the Arizona desert with bottles of water, looking for dehydrated migrants. You’ll see India’s “wastelands” that are actually quite populous. You’ll learn about Indonesia’s descent into identity politics and hear perspectives on voter abstention and the war in Yemen.
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