February 16th, 2011
04:59 PM ET

The CNN Freedom Project: How to help

The issue of modern-day slavery in The CNN Freedom Project may spur many readers and viewers to ask: How can I help?

CNN is working with more than 100 anti-slavery organizations over the course of The CNN Freedom Project, and we also have an in-house team in place to assist readers and viewers with specific questions.

Just e-mail: freedomproject@cnn.com

• Want to donate to a person or organization you saw or read about on The CNN Freedom Project?
• Want to report an instance of slavery happening and bring it to the attention to CNN?
• Need to help a potential victim or loved one?
• Want to comment on The CNN Freedom Project?

Again, just e-mail: freedomproject@cnn.com

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  1. Aikeke

    I am here in mexico and I see this everyday..so I am teaching the youths music as a means to keep them from all the negativity they face everyday.the Government has donated land to build a school. I am in the process of raising the money to do that.I recorded a cd to sell as a means of raising funds..

    March 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • Kevin Lawrence Santos-Coy

      Please keep me posted as to the status of your fundraising for your school.
      I may have some resources for you.

      KevinLSC

      March 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Reply
      • Johnny

        Hi I am Johnny I am 9.
        I am in school and I need to know how I can help.

        May 17, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • A.O.M

      Hi, I am from Mexico too, I'm interested in your fundraising, If you could give me more information about the location of your school and further details I would appreciate it.
      Thank you.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  2. Ehi

    I think poverty is another form of modern day slavery which has affected so many homes in my country. Mothers engaging their daughters into prostitution.My friends and I work with young people, and we have been able to come up with an initiative to fight against crime and delinquency. Watching the freedom project this morning gladdens my heart, finally we have to put an end to slavery

    March 7, 2011 at 5:31 am | Reply
  3. Michael

    hope all of those goes well, although I have a lot of life pressure in China like high cost of having a house, less and less of my friend still have their earlier dream, but i needn't to face the problems of poverty or slavery, thanks god!

    March 7, 2011 at 8:00 am | Reply
  4. shelby

    Perhaps CNN should look into all these Asian bride marriage brokers that advertise all over the internet. They're promoting a form of slavery when men in their 50's and 60's "pay" for a bride that is 15, 16 years old on up to 20 years old through these brokers, with only intention of basically getting "maid service" and "sex service". Thialand and the Phillipeanes are some of the major suppliers of these women.

    March 7, 2011 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • Allie

      I agree, this is a huge problem.

      March 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • Ap

      It would be a great help that the goverments in those countries improve the "awareness" of those woman by giving them proper education. The goverments accept "prostitution" also because it is the only way to have some income for those, who not are educated enough. An issue is that woman have not an position overthere, like we have here in modern western world: Especially young mothers and having kids, but the husband left her, have a problem. "No honey – No money" means: no food and future for their children.

      March 13, 2011 at 7:09 am | Reply
  5. Jamie McIntosh

    So glad that CNN is investing the resources to go in-depth over the next year to help end modern slavery. Together we can!

    Jamie McIntosh, Executive Director, International Justice Mission Canada
    @jamiemcintosh

    March 7, 2011 at 11:44 am | Reply
  6. Al Dadson

    In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, we learn of the many articles that we should have pursued for b peaceful existence of human-beings in this world.

    ARTICLE 25 stipulates that, everyone has the right to a standard of living, adequate health and well-being of himself, including food, clothing, housing and necessary social services, etc., etc,. .

    ARTICLE 26 draws our attention on the right to universal education, technical and professional education .

    ONE WOULD WONDER WHY WE DID FAIL IN THE LAST 63 YEARS TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD FOR ALL iIN THIS UNIVERSE..

    ARE WE NOT TO BE BLAMED FOR FAILING TO ARREST THE SITUATION AND FOR THIS PRESENT HUMAN SLAVERY THAT IS TAKING PLACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  7. fawakka

    Slavery excists in all forms thinkable; i'm against it in any form.

    Í AM TAKING A STAND TO END SLAVERY

    is not good enough ; acting upon it is even better ; like for instance not allowing sick people to continue working; but also call in sick when you are ill (you might infect AND affect others; workaholics !) ; become a member of amnesty international ; try donating to charity ; certain things you cannot buy for money but surely every penny you spend on charity is doubled by the governement;

    ACKNOWLEDGE HUMAN RIGHTS !

    become e vegaterian (!) ; get green energy; stop prostitution (yes; even girls on camsites are being trained to become prostitutes) don't go along with temp agencies (legal slavery) fire people who don't take breaks while working; respect the law ;

    stop discriminating;
    start caring for others !

    March 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  8. Alwyn Stroh

    Is this a joke or what? Another of those tipical US campaigns. The self appointed guardian for human rights, freedom and democracy soliciting the rest of the world to support their honourable values. BUT beware if you don't because you may end up not only losing your above birth rights but also your life. CNN you said it yourself ".... The victims are those unable to defend themselves, those who innocently trust the intentions of others, those who can easily be made to disappear. But there are also many examples of great courage and inspiration." What consttutes freedom or is that dependent on the US's interpretation of whether it is to their advantage or not at any specific place or time?

    In fact I feel very strong that all trafficers, be it humans, drugs, organs, weapons, .... be chained and made to labor for the rest of their lives as pay back to the community. The same to our corrupt African leaders and officials.

    I just find it ironic that this campaign is driven from the US currently in a fierce battle to gain possesion of Julian Assange – currently no. 1 on the US's most wanted list? Read again your piece on victims and courage!

    March 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  9. fawakka

    (dutch) Viewers take a look here http://www.ninsee.nl/

    March 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  10. Alcat

    Growing up in Chicago, I remember seeing people on the busses and trains selling little globe key chains that said, "support the deaf." They charged a dollar for the keychains and held a sign that said something along the lines of "I am deaf, please support me and the [Name of Official Sounding Organization] in providing care, and education to the deaf."

    Years later, i read in the paper that these people were refugees from various countries who were brought to Chicago, put up in over-crowded flats and forced to work the streets for money. They were kept here through violence, threats of deportation, and promises of a better life. They were many things, but deaf was not one of them. Eventually, this slavery ring was found out and several people went to jail for kidnapping, and human trafficking. I think the people were sent home.

    After that I have always been very suspicious of people out on the street trying to raise money for causes...how can you tell if someone is doing this sort of thing against their will?

    March 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Reply
    • Eug

      you probably can't tell, but if you give something there's at least some chance you're helping without being lied to. Not giving at all means there's zero chance of helping in that way. And giving money to those enslaved on the streets doesn't sound too bad – maybe they got punished if they didn't bring in enough.

      March 8, 2011 at 12:06 am | Reply
  11. CN Eriatlov

    I have friends who tell me that they have been writing to Swedish newspapers, the Swedish Foreign Office and other authorities denanucing that there is clearly a white slavery situation involving the entrance of hundreds of Bolivian women into Sweden saing that they met a Swede in a bar, fell in love and got married and now is going to join up with him in Sweden. Always the same story and nobody does anything.
    Please investigate

    March 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Reply
    • blue42

      What does that have to do with Human trafficking? This is about people being raped young children as young as 7 being sold for sex. Vulnerable people who's lives are destroyed forever because people want to self gratify. The perpetrators become richer and more powerful. This is about human bondage. The perpetrators when caught should get the death sentence or be put to work. Lets stay focused on the real issue at hand. The Swedish issue has nothing to do with Human trafficking.

      June 29, 2011 at 11:11 am | Reply
  12. timothy

    Its a nice move for having a platform like this but my only suggestion is if u really want to make this work,you have to first address the issue of bringing the old slave masters to justice,i.e u.s and britain.Untill they are held accountable for the crimes and havoc they commited.Africa still suffer from the aftermath of slavery and colonia rule.If people today are tried in war crime court for the crimes they commited years ago,then i wonder why the issue of crimes commited during slavery have and will probably never be addressed........timothy from sweden

    March 8, 2011 at 1:49 am | Reply
  13. george osuji

    Dear Editor,
    I was touched with horrific rate of modern slavery happening right now in Lagos central market in Nigeria.
    This children age 3-20 and above are being trafficked from neighboring country like Benin and Togo.while older boys comes from Norther Niger republic to work and (ALARU) Labourers inside Idomota,Balogun central market in Lagos state.
    Please use this medium to reach out to our Govt. to put a stop to this harmful humanitarian act.
    GEORGE OSUJI
    LAGOS

    March 8, 2011 at 4:42 am | Reply
  14. RS

    check out.

    http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/human-trafficking-casts-shadow-over-batam-with-authorities-struggling-to-stem-the-tide/404245

    March 8, 2011 at 9:41 am | Reply
  15. monica kharkar

    I just saw your piece on CNN about slavery . CRY- Child Rights and You , has been working on protecting children in India for the last 30 yrs . CRY pioneered this cause and has since been a great force in this field . you must read our work . http://www.cryamerica.org 30 yrs and 500 projects later CRY has been able to rescue and or mainstreamed hundreds of thousands of children irreversible and that is our greatest achievement and yet unfortunately 240 million children are still in waiting !

    I believe that every child must be guaranteed equal rights to survival, protection, development and participation.
    As a part of CRY America, I dedicate myself to mobilizing all sections of society to ensure justice for children

    I stand up for what is right ... I stand up for Child Rights !!

    March 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  16. SHIVAM SRIVASTAVA

    this is realy cruel for these innocent people,I realy appreciate the work CNN has done in order to get this to the world.
    indian government should be aware about this as this is what is going on the rural parts of india.Its realy heart renching and I realy feel pity for thses people.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  17. Onyemechi Ifende

    Great Work CNN! I hope other Media Giants will follow so as to end this ugly trade.

    March 9, 2011 at 9:22 am | Reply
  18. sunil kumar tiwari

    we all together with CNN in this noble cause. Pls find a story about trafficking of minor girls on e-mail and facebook.

    March 10, 2011 at 8:14 am | Reply
  19. Tonia P.

    I believe CNN is doing a fantastic work to show us viewers all over the world that brutality which is inflicted by some human beings upon other people and that is unacceptable by all means.
    In my view, pople who enslave other people, slave traders and human traffickers are despicable people, they are the scum of society because they take advantage of the poverty and misfortunes of other human beings and at the same time they get money out of it.
    Unfortunately, I think that maybe not far from our home there are slaves of some kind or other.
    I apologize for my English and thanks a lot to CNN.

    March 10, 2011 at 8:41 am | Reply
  20. Pinoy Cavitinio

    Im gladly this freedom project help all countrys slavery to free, in asia people more percent of slave and force labor cuz of the impact of nations econmic unstability an thats we called modern day slavery.and in western country and gladly to say that U.S.had even more JOB LESS THAN EVER.this what i called that the more percent of amircan people,is a HIGHTECH SLVERY think first americans.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:17 am | Reply
  21. Pinoy Cavitinio

    here in asia im not ahsamed to say for all countrys that im happy to be slaved by my own country with my family we never felt all sufferigs and poverty cuz wre immune already all this.Rather than to be SLAVE and to to be INFLUECE by other country.this what I SAY TO ALL ARAB COUNTRYS your country is RICH of oil and meniral reserved.BUT marked this all your mind your country will be POOR because of the INFLUENCE by other COUNTRY .... WHO'S THAT COUNTRY.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  22. Chris

    I would like to see CNN news organization do a full report on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about sex trafficking slaves. The articles about the super bowl sex slaves, has been proved wrong many times, but news organizations still report about it as fact.

    According to the media hype There was supposed to be hundreds of thousands of under age child sex slaves kidnapped and forced to have sex with super bowl fans. At the Dallas Super Bowl 2011. WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL OF THEM???????????? Where are they???????????????

    Well, as I predicted it was all a lie by the Dallas Women’s Foundation which is a anti-prostitution group that in order to get grant money from the government and charities to pay their high salaries. As proved in the link below:

    Top FBI agent in Dallas sees no evidence of expected spike in child sex trafficking

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/super-bowl/local/20110302-top-fbi-agent-in-dallas-praises-super-bowl-security-effort-sees-no-evidence-of-expected-spike-in-child-sex-trafficking.ece

    In recent years, every time there has been a major international sporting event, a group of government officials, campaigning feminists, pliant journalists and NGOs have claimed that the movement of thousands of men to strange foreign countries where there will be lots of alcohol and horniness will result in the enslavement of underage sex slaves for the purposes of sexual pleasure. Obviously. And every time they have simply doubled the made-up scare figures from the last international sporting event, to make it look like this problem of sport/sex/slavery gets worse year on year. Yet each year it is proved false.

    This myth of thousands or millions of underage sex slaves tries to make every sports fan a sex criminal. No matter what the sport is, or in what country it is in.

    Brian McCarthy isn't happy. He's a spokesman for the NFL. Every year he's forced to hear why his customers are adulterers and child molesters. Brian McCarthy says the sport/super bowl sex slave story is a urban legend, with no truth at all.

    ==World Cup 2010 ==
    Again using the made up number of 40,000 prostitutes trafficked:
    The behavior of fans in South Africa has run contrary to what was predicted prior to the start of the tournament after David Bayever told World Cup organizers in March it was feared that up to 40,000 extra prostitutes could converge in the host nation to meet the expected demand. Bayever, deputy chairperson of South Africa's Central Drug Authority (CDA) that advises on drug abuse but also works with prostitutes, warned: "Forty-thousand new prostitutes. As if we do not have enough people of our own, we have to import them to ensure our visitors are entertained."
    But the tournament in 2010, if anything, has seen the modern-day soccer fan attracted to art galleries and museums over brothels.
    A trend that has seen a drop in revenue across the board for the prostitution industry, which is illegal in South Africa. "Zobwa," the chairperson of Sisonke - an action group representing around 70 street prostitutes in Johannesburg - said business had been down over the last month. "The World Cup has been devastating. We thought it was going to be a cash cow but it's chased a lot of the business away. It's been the worst month in my company's history," the owner and founder of one of Johannesburg's most exclusive escort companies told CNN.

    CNN Link:

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/football/07/09/prostitute.gallery/index.html?iref=allsearch&fbid=0Ox1WH9NNpl

    == World Cup 2006 ==
    Politicians, religious and aid groups, still repeat the media story that 40,000 prostitutes were trafficked intoGermany for the 2006 world cup – long after leaked police documents revealed there was no truth at all in the tale. A baseless claim of 25,000 trafficking victims is still being quoted, recently, for example, by the Salvation Army in written evidence to the home affairs select committee, in which they added: "Other studies done by media have suggested much higher numbers.” Which has been proven by the German police to be completely false. Yet people still talk about these false numbers as if it were fact.

    In recent years, every time there has been a major international sporting event, a group of government officials, campaigning feminists, pliant journalists and NGOs have claimed that the movement of thousands of men to strange foreign countries where there will be lots of alcohol and horniness will result in the enslavement of women for the purposes of sexual pleasure. Obviously. And every time they have simply doubled the made-up scare figures from the last international sporting event, to make it look like this problem of sport/sex/slavery gets worse year on year. Yet each year it is proved false.
    This myth tries to make every sports fan a sex criminal. No matter what the sport is, or in what country it is in. These anti-prostitution groups need to in invent a victim that does not exist in order to get press attention.
    I do not like the idea of people getting the wrong information and believing lies, no matter what the topic is. The Sex trafficking, slavery issue is one of the biggest lies being told today. It is amazing to me how people will believe such lies so easily. The media is to blame for this. I wonder why they feel such a need to report wrong stats, numbers and information about this topic without doing proper research.

    While this may happen in very rare limited situations, the media will say that millions of people are sex slaves without doing any real research on the topic. Only taking the word of special interest anti-prostitution groups which need to generate money in the form of huge government grants from taxpayers, and charities. These "non profit" group's employees make huge salaries, therefore they need to lobby the government, and inflate and invent victims in order to get more money into their organizations. If you look into how many real kidnapped forced against their will sex slaves there are, and not just take the anti-prostitution groups word for it. You will be very surprised.
    Where are all the forced sex slaves? I would like to meet the millions of slaves and see for myself if they were kidnapped and forced against their will.

    These groups lobby the government in a big way, getting Politicians to truly believe their lies.

    This is an attempt to over inflate an issue in order to get more government money to these organizations. As a tax payer, voter, and resident I don’t want the government to mislead me.

    I would like to see your news organization do a full report on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about sex trafficking slaves. The articles about the super bowl sex slaves, has been proved wrong many times, but news organizations still report about it, as if it were fact.

    Millions of USA government dollars are being spent to fight a crime that is extremely rare. The US government assumes that all prostitutes on Earth are sex trafficked slaves. Forced into it against their will. This is NOT true of MOST women.

    The numbers of sex trafficking sex slaves:
    There is a lot of controversy over the numbers of adult woman who are forced sex slaves. The real factual answer is that no one knows. There is hard evidence that the sex slavery/sex trafficking issue continues to report false information and is greatly exaggerated by politicians, the media, and aid groups, feminist and religious organizations that receive funds from the government, The estimate of adult women who become new sex slaves ranges anywhere from 40 million a year to 5,000 per year all of which appear to be much too high. They have no evidence to back up these numbers, and no one questions them about it. Their sources have no sources, and are made up numbers. In fact if some of these numbers are to believed which have either not changed or have been increased each year for the past twenty years, all woman on earth would currently be sex slaves. Yet, very few real forced against their will sex slaves have been found.

    It is not easy for criminals to engage in this acitvity:
    Sex trafficking/Slavery is illegal and the pentities are very severe. It is very difficult to force someone to be a sex slave, they would have to have 24 hour guards posted and be watched 365 days a year, 24 hours per day. Have the threat of violence if they refused, and have no one notice and complain to the authorities or police. They would need to hide from the general public yet still manage to see customers from the general public. They would need to provide them with medical care, food, shelter, and have all their basic needs met. They would need to have the sex slaves put on a fake front that they enjoyed what they were doing, act flirtatious and do their job well. They would have to deal with the authorities looking for the missing women, and hide any money they may make, since it comes from illegal activity. They must do all of this while constantly trying to prevent the sex slaves from escaping and reporting them to the police. This is extremely difficult to do, which makes this activity rare. These criminals would be breaking dozens of major laws not just one. Kidnapping itself is a serious crime. There are many laws against sex trafficking, sex slavery, kidnapping, sex abuse, rape, sexual harassment etc. If someone is behind it, they will be breaking many serious laws, be in big trouble, and will go to jail for many long years.
    While there are some women who may be true victims. And it is possible for this to happen in rare situations. This is a small rare group of people and that the numbers and scale of this crime is exaggerated. The very nature of someone pulling off a kidnapping and forced sex for profit appears to be very difficult. Since it would be difficult this makes this crime rare. Not impossible, but extremely rare.

    A key point is that on the sidelines the prostitutes themselves are not being listened to. They oppose laws against prostitution. But no one wants to listen to the prostitutes themselves. Only to the self appointed experts that make up numbers and stories many of which have never met a real forced sex slave or if they did it was only a few. The media and government never ask the prostitutes themselves what would help them in terms of laws.

    Many women in the sex business are independent workers. They don’t have a pimp.
    They work for themselves, advertise themselves, and keep all the money for themselves. No one forces them, because there isn’t anyone to force them. They go out and find their own customers, set their own prices, and arrange everything by themselves. Sometimes they may employ others to help them, but these are not pimps. If for example, she hires an internet web design company to make a website for her, does that make the web design company a pimp? If she pays a phone company for a phone to do business, does this make the phone company a pimp? If she puts an ad in the paper, does this make the editor a pimp? If she puts the money she makes into a bank account does this make the bank a pimp?

    A lot of anti prostitution groups would say yes. Everyone and everybody is a pimp.
    These groups make up lies, and false statistics that no one bothers to check. A big reason they do this is because it provides high paying jobs for them. They get big donations, and grants from the government, charity, churches, etc. to have these groups, and pay these workers.
    Sex Trafficking/Slavery is used by many groups as a attempt to outlaw all prostitution around the world by saying that all women are victims even if they do it willing. This hurts any real victims because it labels all sex workers as victims.

    This is done by the media, aid groups, NGO’s, feminists, politicians, and religious organizations that receive funds from the government. There are very strong groups who promote that all adult women who have sex are victims even if they are willing, enjoy it and go out of there way to get it. These groups try to get the public to believe that no adult women in their right mind would ever go into the sex business unless she was forced to do so, weather she knew it or not. They say that 100% of all sex workers are trafficking victims. They do this in order to label all men as sex offenders and wipe out all consensual prostitution. Which is what their real goal is. There is almost no one who challenges or questions them about their false beliefs. Therefore, the only voices you hear are of these extreme groups. These groups want to label all men as terrible sex offenders for seeing a willing adult sex worker. No one stands up to say this is foolish, the passive public says nothing. These groups even say that all men who marry foreign women are terrible sex predators who take advange of these "helpless foreign women wives".

    These groups believe that two adults having consensual sex in private should be outlawed. Since they believe that it is impossible for a man to have sex with a woman without abusing the woman in the process.

    This is an example of feminists and other groups exploiting the suffering of a small minority of vulnerable and abused women in order to further their own collective interests. For example, getting money from the government and Charity into their organizations. Rather than wanting to find the truth

    Here is some more information about this:

    sextraffickingtruths.blogspot.com/

    http://bebopper76.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/sex-trafficking-lies-myths/

    March 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous

      First: not all feminists can be lumped into one category, so you might want to stop over-inflating facts yourself.

      Second: The government does *not,* as you say, believe that all those involved in prostitution are trafficked. This, however, was more common under the Bush administration because of moral stances on prostitution, believing that no one would actually choose to enter into prostitution willingly.

      Third: The "abolitionist" movement, or one of them, was in fact a group of feminists who believed that all sex work/prostitution was the same as human trafficking and should be entirely abolished.

      Fourth: While numbers have likely been inflated in MANY given scenarios, human trafficking is real and those who are speaking accurately aren't calling sports goers more sex crazed than anyone else. Trafficking happens in situations of vulnerability, and the influx of people to a city/area during a massive event (not just sports but things like national political conventions, as well), tend to draw more buyers of sex. This, again, is not to say that all instances are trafficking, because some are likely cases of "typical" prostitution. More demand typically equals more supply. But the demand conversation is a whole other story.

      Fifth: Only extremists, as in any other situation (religion, etc.)–who happen to be extremely few and far between–could ever be considered as advocating against *completely consenting* sex by both parties. In fact, many anti-trafficking organizations are "sex positive," in that they fully advocate on *behalf* of healthy, consensual sex. Trafficking is a *severe* form of exploitation, and should be seen on a spectrum where consensual sex lies at the opposite end of that spectrum.

      Sixth: Please stop lumping all trafficking organizations into one category. And feminists and charities, for that matter. Just as you're advocating that it's "rare" for human trafficking situations to happen in and surrounding the Super Bowl and other sporting events, I would argue that it's *more* rare that the cases you're talking about exist in terms of those within the anti-trafficking "movement." You can't call for ceasing to inflate numbers/tell the truth if you, in your own arguments, are doing the same thing. Trafficking exists and any anti-trafficking worker will tell you that accurate numbers are hard to come by. This does not, however, mean that it doesn't happen and that it's not on a much, much larger scale than you're giving credence to. In fact, it sounds like you're only talking about sex trafficking, and not labor trafficking, which is often as much–if not more often–prevalent (including in the United States). Trafficking is often over-sensationlised, and I would agree–it is on many levels doing a disservice to not only the movement, but to policy, organizations, and victims themselves. So, it would be nice if you would also stop spreading inaccurate information, and only showing one side of the story. I'm hoping CNN will do the same.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  23. Informer

    Alimony is slavery. It clearly violates the 13th amendment of the United States constitution. It is involuntary servitude but I don't see CNN ever talking about it. I have asked lawyers and judges to explain how it does not violate the 13th amendment and no one can explain it. That is because it is a crime and one of the worst crimes of all. The only crime worse than slavery is genocide and the state and local governments of America are engaged in it. The only thing the victim is guilty of is studying hard in school and having the wrong physical appendages on their bodies. CNN Freedom Project , you don't have to do an undercover investigation because the court records are clear evidence. All readers please notice. CNN, Lawyers, Judges, legal expert Jeffry Toobin, Nancy Grace won't even try to defend Alimony because they know if they do they will only incriminate their peers. The main differences between Alimony slavery and African American slavery is they it is more efficient and lucrative today and you can't escape via underground railroad today. CNN if you are really a part of the Freedom Project then you will at least have the nerve to respond. I will take my 2 year associates degree from community college and take on all of your brightest legal comrades on national TV and will win easily because I stand for truth, justice, and basic common sense.

    March 11, 2011 at 1:02 am | Reply
  24. VISHWA MOHAN UPADHYAYA

    I would like to participate actively in the development, documentation
    and publication of series of interactive sessions, visits based
    interviews and sharing of the experiences sessions for the CNN. Will
    CNN sponsor these efforts.If implemented, this will go a long way in
    generating the pro active initiatives among people in general and
    persons affected in particular. I am also doing a PhD on the topic
    related to the HIV/AIDS, Condom Promotion, Family Planning and other
    related issues in developed and developing countries.
    It would be good if it is made a people's movement through
    intersectoral and inter disciplinary involvement and co-ordination. It
    is also to be noted that female trafficking, porn films, internet sex
    trade and related subsequent activities have got their wings spread
    across the continents and involves a wide sphere of vested interest
    people. Thus, therefore, it needs consolidated, clear and complete
    intervention in the fields of social, beaurocratic, political,
    psychological and environmetal developmental initiatives for getting
    the results materialized in the form(s) envisioned by CNN and like
    minded parties.
    I am sure such efforts would, one day, open a new panorama of the safe
    and rich surrounding environment around us to enable safety and
    security of girls and women.
    200 to 300 billion dollar sex industry, as estimated, is posing a
    great threat for the survival of the humanity, observance of safe
    sexual practices and prohibition of the unwanted circumstances forcing
    people against their wishes towards these practices and situations.
    Hence, will you i.e. CNN inform us, how can one join this/such
    campaigns. Me alongwith my friends will like to serve the cause.
    Looking forward for your response through email.

    March 12, 2011 at 1:08 am | Reply
    • G. RAGHVENDRA

      The comments of Vishwa Mohan are self speaking, illustrative of the problem and need concentrated consolidated efforts towards dealing with this grave human problem. Hopefully, the CNN will look into the various aspects highlighted by him and take an initiative, rich in contents and clarity of purpose, for the result oriented global action towards achieving the long felt needs, as highlighted. Such programmes, such responses and such active involvements shall surely yield rich dividends. It is worth mentioning here that the estimates of sex industry business may go higher than the mentioned figures and therefore may pose threats of unimaginable proportions, magnitude and directions for success of this campaign. However, my best wishes are there with you and your team for the excellent start. Persons like Vishwa Mohan coming forward to extend a helping hand should be encouraged by CNN.

      March 12, 2011 at 1:22 am | Reply
  25. Ant

    Is anyone making a documentary to expose whats going on? I think a hard hitting, honest documentary would go a long way to putting a end to what is in effect disrespect for the other, and ultimately for the self, which humanity needs to be addressed. The earth and people are starting to fight back against oppression, Egypt, Libya, Zimbabwe, Japan...

    March 12, 2011 at 6:37 am | Reply
  26. Informer

    Is anyone making a documentary to expose what's going on with Alimony slavery in the United States of America? Is it OK for America to tell the rest of the world to stop their forms of slavery when the most effecient and expansive form of slavery exists within its own borders? Does the CNN Freedom project support Alimony slavery, even though the 13th amendment of the US Constitution does not?

    March 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Reply
    • Nina

      I would be glad to see this documentary. So, researchers, please swing into action and let's see this documentary

      March 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • Nina

      I would be glad to see this documentary.

      March 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  27. Dr.Ali Masud - Bangladesh

    I AM TAKING A STAND TO STOP SLAVERY ! JOIN MY BATTLE FOR FREEDOM. TRYING TO SET UP A PROFESSIONAL TRAINING CENTER TO EDUCATE THESE GARO TRIBAL GIRLS TO GET THEIR FREEDOM AND EDUCATE THEM TO BECOME PROFESSIONAL BEAUTY EXPERTS AS WELL AS KNOW THE LAWS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THE RICH POWERFUL PEOPLE AND EXPLOITERS IN THIS TRADE.HELP ME BUILD A STRONGER TRAINING CENTER TO PUT AN END TO THIS MINORITY GROUP OF PEOPLE SUFFERINGS.I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING THIS BATTLE FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS IN BANGLADESH, NOW I AM AT THE LOW END OF LOOSING THIS BATTLE BECAUSE THERE ARE MORE ATTRACTIVE OPERATIONS . " DON'T LET ME LOOSE LADIES !, MOTHERS, GIRLS OUT THERE", IT'S A BATTLE WE CANT AFFORD TO LOOSE. I NEED YOUR HELP PEOPLE OF THE WORLD ! BLESS US ALL.

    March 14, 2011 at 12:19 am | Reply
  28. Nikita

    This is what it means to be a slave: to be abused and hear it compelled by violence to suffer wrong._ Euriphides.
    The true HEROES of an age are men and women who stand up fearlessly to challenge tyranny and oppression.
    CNN/PROJECT FREEDOM GROUP are now among our modern HEROES. They have given a LOUDER VOICE to our FREEDOM CRY which start's from the mouth of babies born into slavery.

    March 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  29. Informer

    The CNN so called Freedom Project still will not address Alimony, which is also involuntary servitude. They are not heroes. Heroes don't pick and choose which form of slavery they try to stop. You can't claim to try and stop all forms for slavery if you ignore your own nation's slavery. They won't even explain why our form of slavery is better than your form of slavery.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  30. Santa Cruz International School Student.

    I think what you guys are doing is just AMAZING! This people had suffer so much and getting them free, its like being born again. In school we're learning about slavery, We've been doing some works about this project we've found it very interesting.This project will always be history. Im so proud of what you guys are doing.

    I AM TAKING A STAND TO STOP SLAVERY ! JOIN MY BATTLE FOR FREEDOM.

    Love&Hope from South America♥

    March 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  31. Informer

    Maybe Fox News should take the lead on the Freedom project. Maybe they would be willing to take question the constitutionality of Alimony. We know there are countries around the world that have criminals breaking the law and engaging in illegal slave traffic. But in the United States of America we have State Sanctioned slavery called Alimony. I quote the 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." Please CNN Freedom Project: do your job and end this crime in our country.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Reply
    • Eug

      I didn't know much about the issue of alimony before, so thanks for informing me about it. I agree that it can be hurtful and a kind of state-sanctioned slavery and there's probably a lot of room of improvement.. I do think though that it wouldn't generally be as severe as what CNN is focusing on – based on the amount of physical/metal harm suffered and the extent of freedom that the alimony-payer can enjoy in other areas of their life.. Of course in individual case there could be a lot of variation..

      March 18, 2011 at 6:38 am | Reply
  32. mehreen

    I'm from Dhaka and i am aware that cases of modern-day slavery are widespread and the victims may be next door neighbors. Even so,I feel these issues are fueled by factors such as poverty, lack of intervention, and hopelessness. We find such crimes mostly in developing countries and our efforts to put them to an end are not so efficient. I think bringing these matters more and more into the notice of people is the ultimate solution.So I honestly appreciate CNN's participation. Hope we can finally bring a change! thumbs up!

    March 18, 2011 at 11:38 am | Reply
  33. Informer

    EUG, that is what the oppressors in our society want you to think. All forms of forced slavery are violent. If you do not pay, then they will attack you with police and if you try to defend yourself they will kill you. There is virtually no difference between slavery with the alias of Alimony and African American slavery. The only difference is we do not live in an agricultural society. The slave owners of the past had to pay the overhead of providing housing and food for the slaves. Now since we do not live in an agricurtural society there is no need to keep slaves at the same location as the slave owner. In many cases, the slave owner has taken the house of the slave. The slave of today has to provide their own housing and food but still pay the slave owner. Here is the 13th amendment: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." Just because we do not live on a plantation does not mean we have freedom. CNN knows this and that is why I have no respect for what CNN is doing. They are no difference from the pillars of society chanting liberty and justice for all while along supporting the slavery of African Americans. I understand the lucrative slave economy of today in America has strong allies just and the slave economy did 150 years ago.

    March 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  34. Name*Jose Rodriguez from Puerto Rico

    Slavery is the most sad for the world, I believe in the freedom for the entire world for that reason CNN go ahead with this interesting protect. FREEDOM FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD. GOD BLESS YOU.

    March 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  35. mike

    i live in the philippines, i see slavery and rape of women and children, but cares. corruption is strong in the philippines, prostitution runs hign in angeles city philppines, bar girls, mamasans (which are female pimps) are protected by the polive. when will someone do something to stop it. the filipinos dont care about their kind!!

    March 23, 2011 at 2:38 am | Reply
  36. Walter Proetzel

    From Lima, Peru. Also against slavery. Freedom is important. We will be together in this way

    March 23, 2011 at 8:46 am | Reply
  37. Jordy

    IT'S ABOUT TIME! If you're looking for a reputable non profit organization that has been fighting to stop child slavery, human trafficking and sexual exploitation for years, go to: http://rickymartinfoundation.org/

    I was offended when I heard words like "Comeback" when Ricky announced he had a new CD and Tour coming up after a 3 year absence from the spotlight, because he was working tirelessly on something much more important than entertaining! He uses his celebrity status, fame and wealth to help stop this abhorrent issue that many don't realize is third behind drug and arms smuggling and a billion dollar industry. Generating public awareness and raising money to save these children was his primary objective and most don't realize that when there is a catastrophic disaster, it's not the Red Cross that shows up on the scene first, it's human traffickers! There are many ways to get involved and there is a lot all of us can do. Go to the link above and find out how you can get involved and help.

    April 1, 2011 at 6:37 am | Reply
  38. Barbara Jillson

    I am so pleased to see that CNN is taking a stand against human trafficking. But I am surprised to see that there is no mention of this campaign in CNN, the domestic channel. We have access to CNN International and find the coverage and information excellent; it is a huge problem for the whole world. Why do American audiences have no access to information about this campaign?

    April 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • Jordy

      GOOD QUESTION, AND AS I'VE MENTIONED BEFORE, WHY IS THERE NO MENTION OF THE RICKY MARTIN FOUNDATION THAT STARTED TRYING TO GENERATE PUBLIC AWARENESS AND SAVE THESE CHILDREN ALL OVER THE WORLD YEARS AGO? OTHER CELEBRITIES HAVE JUMPED ON THE BAND WAGON AND HAVE CONTRIBUTED MONEY AND DONE A FEW VIDEOS, BUT HE'S HELD FUNDRAISERS AND SPOKEN OUT ABOUT THIS EVERY TIME HE'S BEEN INTERVIEWED AND HE'S BUILD CENTERS AND GONE IN WITH HIS TEAMS AFTER CATASTROPHES AND HE'S PERSONALLY SAVED SO MANY AND DONE SO MUCH AND SPENT MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OUT OF HIS OWN POCKET TO DO AS MUCH AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE!

      April 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • Informer

      Barbara have you ever read the 13th amendment of the US Constitution? "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." How can forced alimony not not violate this amendment? Is it OK to have slavery when the profits are large. Does that make free labor justified? Where is the outrage? Is alimony slavery in America like child molestion in the Catholic church–let's pretend it does not exist and don't talk about it?

      April 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  39. Tom Choi

    It seems very interesting for a world wide connection to take huge steps to world stability. I've seen many organizations come-and-go, some successful and some not, but since CNN being a world connection, have many headquarters all around the world, it would be more easier to tract slavery world wide.

    April 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  40. Junganiko

    This is a wonderful project.I would like to take a stand towards modern slavery.Firstly most of the affected areas are people from developing countries for instance in Africa.May you extend this project to my country Malawi. Children are forced in tobacco fields, cotton and tea fields.I am a teacher by profession and i know i am in a right position to make a huge contribution against this modern slavery.I would like you to intensify the campaign in preventing it to happen in other words need to deal with root cause.In my country there are many young girls who prefer to go to the west with totally strangers as long as they are promised jobs even if they do not know the kind of job .They just want to run away from poverty.Most girls are found in night clubs even at the age of 10.Its pathetic.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:50 am | Reply
  41. felix

    Thank you CNN for cause like this because I believe you giving many people voice to air their pains deep within them.I have worked eight years in a multinational Oil company but we have been deprived of so many things like staff status,job security and financial benefits and we decided to go to court the judge is been bribed,for over five we are in court but no verdict,the case is stalled from year in year out because the company (Shell) can anybody with their money.this is the same case with Exxon Mobile,Agip,Elf and Chevron in Nigeria and these group of workers are called supernumery police officers that is the company private security officers.Sir,I will be glad if you can investigate this issue to give people who are not hostile yet oppressed and never take to violence.

    April 16, 2011 at 10:11 am | Reply
  42. john wiede

    I was surprised to not see Mexico in your list of countries which have orgs.workingon efforts to curb slavery and provide safe houses for sexual abuse victims that are minors.Its within walking distance of the US.!Could we not network to form such a program here along the border ? Using idealist.org as a meeting ground. replies ?!

    May 31, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  43. victor

    Hey hi to all. Just curious about the fact that here in Cameroon, central Africa Internet connection is so expensive talkless of phone calls. Young student over here are not able to cop with these exhausting prices, talk less of phone calls Oh MY God Who do they take us for banks where they with draw money at self will??? And sincerely i must also comment on Our Energizing Agencies. Oh my God. Too expensive where a house of 2 bulbs + Fan only with people who practically work evey day and are only back late every evening, pay a sum of 15.000FCFA Dem. This country is really bad. A country where, the president calls his citizens witches, where kids need to hack local commercial access like MTN, ORANGE AND RINGO IN CAMEROON just to gain access to internet to check their inbox. All these is because this country is not in shape. I am here to make known to the world the deep hidden secrets of this Corrupted nation Cameroon sorry to say that, and more to that there are no good drinking water in Cameroon except for residential zones. I am actually building a blog where i would expose all these deeds and stricking images to backup every single information i put online. have a nice time as you will all soon next visite my blog

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    June 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  44. Jordy

    So many get so far off topic that it's just ridiculous! Now on the Nepal forum some are trying to turn it into a political debate and a campaign against bleeding heart liberals and promoting the GOP! It's disgusting! This is about young lives and human trafficking and not about alimony, STDs, illegal immigrants or politics!

    Children are stolen, whether kidnapped or whether poor families have been assured their child will be cared for and have a better life! These children are then used as sweatshop laborers, field hands, put in mines to dig, hobbled and put on the streets as beggars, housekeepers, sex slaves, prostitutes or organ donors, and this black market industry is a multi billion dollar a year industry and governments and law enforcement officials are paid to look the other way, or directly involved and in charge of this travesty, and this is the topic and responding to idiots that can't read or comprehend what the forum is addressing should just be ignored because they're clearly not intelligent enough to have a sensible and productive argument or debate with! That said, I've got things to do now! Don't let morons rent space in your brain! Have a great day! Most that can access the internet and view these pages are surely free and fortunate, so count your blessings and then think about the less fortunate and what you can do to try to help bring about much needed change! !

    June 29, 2011 at 11:40 am | Reply
  45. Asafo Adjei Joseph(Junior)

    Its very horrible as fellow human beings does not have any pity for young children,rather they use them for hard labor.And i believe all this is happening because of poverty in homes,because sometimes the parents themselves sell their children especially in Ghana.Im in Ghana and it happens every day and night children and no one is doing anything about it.I want to help but i dont know where to start .Also street children are also at stake to this wicked slave traders.I have a land and i want to build an orphanage home where i will keep this street children safe from this wicked people.Please if any one wants to assist me,you can call me on +233243821351 or send me a mail on asafoadjei_joseph@yahoo.com thank you

    July 17, 2011 at 9:40 am | Reply
  46. evald nexhipi

    The freedom of the talking isn't in some places in the world.For example in some countries in asia .In the china the freedom of the talking doesn't existed,and in the democratic countries the freedom is not very well.Thank you

    August 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Reply
    • Robert Jaworska

      true cnn has a lot to learn, they are not allowed to interfere in many countries

      November 11, 2011 at 3:16 am | Reply
  47. TAMUNO BRIGHT

    Hi, do you know that niger delta of nigeria we have this problem more? dose who send this reports from nigeria need to go more.

    October 24, 2011 at 2:29 am | Reply
  48. St. Estephe

    For information on alimony slavery see The Unknown History of MISANDRY.

    November 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  49. Robert Jaworska

    how about the average price of a bar girl dancing on stage in the philippines, most mamasans bar fine php3,500 then whatever the girl makes on her own minus mamsans commission, dancing girl still the same as a slave , her master is the mamasan

    November 11, 2011 at 3:18 am | Reply
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