This year CNN will join the fight to end modern-day slavery and shine a spotlight on the horrors of modern-day slavery, amplify the voices of the victims, highlight success stories and help unravel the complicated tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life.
For a special report in December, CNN's Anderson Cooper talked to John Walsh, host of TV's "America's Most Wanted," about human trafficking in the United States. Here's an edited transcript of the interview.
WALSH: It's all - it's all over this country, and I don't think politicians or the criminal justice system has really dealt with it. It's the ugly underbelly of America.
It's something - save the whales is a good thing, save the polar bears, save the Amazon, but this is ugly, ugly stuff. There's three big revenue streams for illegal activity. No. 1 is drugs. We all know that. Tied with number two with illegal arms and guns is sex trade. FULL POST
A young girl forced into sex slavery by Uganda's "Lord's Resistance Army" is teaching other children about her nightmare.
In 1809, the average price for a slave was $40,000 (adjusted to today's money). Two hundred years later, in 2009, the average price was just $90, according to Kevin Bales of freetheslaves.org.
CNN is joining the fight to end modern-day slavery by shining a spotlight on the horrors of modern-day slavery, amplifying the voices of the victims, highlighting success stories and helping unravel the complicated tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life. WHY WE'RE DOING THIS | MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT