February 17th, 2011
02:39 PM ET

More about The CNN Freedom Project

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.

Topics: Life In Slavery • Solutions • The Traffickers • Voices

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  1. Roland

    I am so sick of this slavery in today's world, as a child I grew up seeing pictures and videos of American Africans being whipped and worked so hard to the point of collapse and even starved to death...I visited Phnom Penh, Siem Reap Cambodia in 2005 and I was horrified by its history many being killed off during Pol Pot, One evening relaxed in my hotel dining room i was approached by a chef thinking he wanted to ask me about hows my dinner, instead he had 7 young girls lined up near his kitchen door and he asked me if i would like to enjoy one these girls for the evening...my stomach was about to vomit especially he said the youngest was 10 and the oldest 17..he said it with pride...I can see it in the girls face she was worn and tortured...I lied to him said sorry I was gay just to avoid any more disturbance from this sick man but believe it or not he brought out 3 boys no older than 9 or ten..i was crying deep inside...I said again sorry I am commited to my partner..he strangely gave me looks of kill and stormed off towards his kitchen..I hear him yelling at those kids, i stand up to leave and walked pass the kitchen door to see a quick look that he was beating one of the girls with a metal pan..I wanted to save them but in reality there are so many and too many for me to be the hero and save them.. The next morning I changed my hotel....Thank God it was a nice hotel, but again while eating outside you are subject to children in the hundreds begging for money or they have these poor little girls selling books about Cambodia which was printed in America being sold for 3 or 4 Cambodian dollars, or 2 to5 American dollars..if you declined you can see their acting kicks in and starts to bear tears that will break your heart..You look at their warned out bodies and just wonder why these children are doing this. I was amazed when i paid one girl 10 US dollars to tell me why so many are like her...Half of them are orphans and are instructed to go out and sell pirated books...if they come back with nothing they will be whipped or smacked around. I spent one day in my hotel room because it made me so sick to walk among these people who put children through such hard burdens... One evening there was these little boys with small boats asking to give you rides through out the river or lake...they are very determined to get you to go..I did and i see why...I paid the boy 15 USA dollars to take me to his home which was across the lake...I was so shocked what i was to see next... The boys father jumped up and started to yell at his son and slapped him..the boy gets in his boat and goes away and the man was very angry and mad at me and scream me go..go...here i am stranded with a naked freak..why he was mad..he had 3 little naked girls with him no older than 10 to 12 years old, and he seen me take a photo of him before i got out the boat..he grabbed my small camera and tossed it in the lake...lost forever. and whats amazing his wife was in the corner head down as if a beaten dog would look like. she was afraid to look at me...as I left to find a taxi to go back to the city. I felt I needed to leave this sick city...it was Siem Reap time..I got a ferry to Siem Reap. I felt i was to get some peace there but it also was not to be, at this time I had nightmares about this. A man on a taxi took me not to where i wanted to go but to a factory with illegal gold and jewels were being assembled..I bought nothing, so he took me to 2 other factories and i bought nothing..so i guess maybe in his mind i wanted something else so he took me to this beautiful french style house with a lady came out with 5 girls dressed to kill, it was a sex brothel.. I declined again and my taxi drove off stranded me about 6 miles from my hotel. My time in Cambodia was about to end..I had enough, I went to visit Angkor Wat and it went peacefully and breath taking...I went to visit one of those memorial sites to visit the skulls and bones and it was heart breaking...I had to go..it was too much for me..when i went to my hotel to pack up i was approached by a police officer I needed to pay him 500 US dollars or he take me to jail for raping kids..I told him it was all a lie and I called my friends to meet up with me and when they came the police went away.. This country is a hot bed for slavery and the child sex slave...I learned before I went away that boy who got hit by his dad for bringing me to his home..those 3 little girls were his own daughters and 1 had a baby and he toss it in the river..My heart would never recover from that horrible event.. Slavery of all types needs to end..but it never will sadly.

    March 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Reply
    • vinhvinny

      What a great story you have. Thank you for posting, Roland

      March 7, 2011 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • Kevin Fryatt

      Roland, Unfortunately, your story is not unlike many others who have had similar experiences. You really need to check out Freedom Stones International – an amazing organization working in Cambodia 'breaking the chains of poverty and injustice'. Freedom Stones is one organization doing something tangible to combat this horrid crime.

      http://www.freedomstones.ws

      March 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Reply
    • Nahedh Siraj

      Dear Roland....what a sad story...thank you for sharing it...it made me shed tears.
      I think its a problem made of a group of problems...i mean poverty ignorance..the well known factors...but i believe deeply that people who go to these places to find and do these things contribute greatly to the problem.
      if you look at it from a buissness point its all about the demand of customers.
      I think that in order to fight this ugly thing we have to do many things...force governments to eradicate and stop that..
      make harsh strong laws against both...the people responsible about that AND people who want that...equally.
      Thank you again ...God bless.

      March 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • Tosin

      The picture you created looked more like a movie i hardly believe that's real. I however want us to know that we need first define what slavery is so that in creating full awareness, all can recognize and can fight it. I wiil work on a personal project on this subject in my locality God strengthening me. Thanks for the insight.

      March 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • ROY

      Hi Roland
      Your story very moving but is only a tip of an iceberg .This shows Human shave not changed though we live in age of technology and innovation our Metality is worse than an animal .Animals are far better they are innocent even if they kill unlike humans with vecious poison floing in their bloods.i get pertubed and disturbed to read and hear this in media .Day in and day out.I blame media too coz they are also humans they make money on stories ,evyone is and wants sensational stories to read ,Rape murder child abuse are talk of the day in toadays times.BIG buisness thrives.

      Sceintist instead of researching on medicines should go ahead and research on vaccination of altering humans DNA with compassion and Love.

      I pray the Human race changes in time

      March 17, 2011 at 7:50 am | Reply
      • Stormy

        A million thanks for posting this ifornmation.

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    • adriana

      Dear Roland, God bless you. Your eyes have brought the precious children of Cambodia a voice, their story is now able to be told to the world. I could only bare to read a small part of the facts. God is working through you. Thank you for your courage. Please contunue God's plan for you and the angel's of Cambodia.

      April 18, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Reply
    • Hal1490

      Why did Roland travel to Cambodia in the first place? To see the waters or Angor Watt? This whole story seems like a bunch of made up bunk. Wherever he went, he was approached by child abusers or people selling chilldren? Most documented accounts that I have read about Cambodia from first hand experience state that only adults or those at least 16 years or older are providing sexual services for a fee to earn extra money. This largely because Cambodian strongly frown on sex with children. A 16 or 17 year old woman is not a child and may have been having sex for over four years. Frankly, this whole article seems to be a constructed false piece of extreme radical feminist propaganda aimed at alarming American who are shocked with anyone having sex if they are under the magic 18, even though the US is the largest producer of porn worlld-wide. The US educational system is so deficient that most Americans don't have a clue how the US is perceived in other countries. The rest of the world would only like Americans to stop giving us a violent solution to every problem including killing underage girls with drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is the US view that better dead than having sex. Most people around the world prefer sex to violence. However, the US media is committed to running stories of this type ad nauseum so the US population can forget about their corrupt polliticians and lobbyist friends that have now run up 14 trillion in debt. Viewers that really want to be informed should go to bona fide travel site and read first hand accounts from travelers. Then contrast the view of sex in Europe or Canada versus the twisted and hypocritical view of sex in the US, and you will begin to understand how the US view of sex, age of consent, and marriage is not healthy or normal, and does not lead to good outcomes. Then research posters who post all to convenient stories that are created to support the radical feminist agenda to an all too ignorant and credulous public.

      April 22, 2011 at 5:17 am | Reply
    • Soknea

      Hi Roland, I am a Cambodian student in one of the University in the US. I was raised in Phnom Penh. One of my friend posted this on my wall. When I read it I felt so bad for you and also for my country. It wasn't very surprising to me because I have heard similar stories like this many times. It actually happens. And I'm so sorry that you didn't really have a good time because of this. But that's the truth behind the tourist scene in Cambodia. Most tourists come to our country because all of those stupid things. That's why I don't really appreciate those tourists that much. They don't want to know about our rich culture, they are just individualists who wants to fulfill their stupid desire. But i do appreciate the one who comes because they want to experience the country and the culture. Going back to Sex Slavery, I really hate it. I really want to do something about it. But till now I haven't found a proper and effective solution yet. It seems like those problems never ends.

      May 29, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • holySam

      sounds a bit like a "poodle-in-the-microwave" story, dear Roland ...

      though the link address to http://www.freedomstones.ws shows to be a good thing (except their email list does not work yet, maybe they should have a look at http://groups.yahoo.com or similar services)

      September 9, 2011 at 2:29 am | Reply
    • osama bin laden

      cool story no body cares

      May 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • Paula

      HHDThe real lesson is cmnoig. It has nothing to do with this blog you find pleasure disagreeing with, and everything to do with The School of Hard Knocks . No one is exempt and everyone learns humility on its steps. I admire your investment in education for even if you don't find employment, you will find enjoyment in knowledge. By your degree completion and lack of humility I assume that you are in your twenties and still high on your seeming indestructibility.Life will wake you up soon and dry the afterbirth from behind your ears.Please don't misdirect your anger at us, direct it at those who will betray you and your instinct.

      September 14, 2012 at 12:56 am | Reply
    • Daniel Ingham

      This story broke my heart

      October 12, 2012 at 7:02 am | Reply
    • ..Ladislav Czech republik

      Unbelievable ... I agree with you that this is terrible in this modern times can happen ..

      March 28, 2013 at 6:32 am | Reply
    • Fatima

      Please tell me its not true. I cannot believe in this day of time such inhumane acts still exist..
      I hope its a lie.

      May 8, 2014 at 12:14 am | Reply
      • pedrocastellano@hotmail.com

        Dear Fatima,

        Evil still exist on earth, and it is within us all.

        It is on our hands to make the difference!!!

        Bye,

        Pedro

        Prof. Pedro Castellano-Masias
        Enviado desde mi BlackBerry de Movistar

        May 9, 2014 at 3:11 pm |
  2. Helia Gamba

    I wish the end of the world,so all this absurd will end......

    March 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  3. Gloria

    Here in Kenya,we also got human-trafficking.A case recently in Kenya,where a couple trafficked children from Tanzania and most of them disabled.What is disturbing is that they were brought to beg in the streets of Nairobi,Kenya.They earned around $100 per day,and made the couples rich.Luckily,one of the media houses in Kenya had to trail them.Later,the couple were arrested and arrained in court.How many cases in Kenya of human trafficking are not trailed?Many.Hoping that one day it will be a thing of the past.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:10 am | Reply
  4. Karine

    This initiative of CNN is so great, infortunaly in Europe and particulary in France,authorities doesn't protect victims, the last law about immigration ask to the victim to collaborate with police but the protection is not enough. In France nigerians girls are traffiked , they are afraid about "Madame" and the "juju", so is difficult for them to talk. I used to work as a social worker in retention center, and I see some of them. We need to do a sensibilisation, human trafficking is not "illegal" migration and we need together to fight against slavery for the justice and freedom.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
    • Jelivan Bato'

      It's good to have some body/media that really care without double standard. For info please go to Sarawak Report and Free Malaysia Today. In Sarawak Report, Click Taib Paid $ 5 million to a PR company and also the other highlights too.

      August 4, 2011 at 2:15 am | Reply
  5. Akrivi

    Human beings treated like yesterday's garbage. It's sickening and barbaric. Any individual that gets their kicks out of other people's pain, especially children, need to die a slow, very painful and agonizing death. Even helping one child can make a difference.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  6. atandt

    What can be done to stop the **customers** of the product that is being bought, sold, shipped, traded, kicked when it doesn't work right, and then disappearing off the shelf one day?

    If it weren't for– let's pick a likely gender– men– being willing to purchase or rent other humans for sexual pleasures they can't get by their charm alone, then the traffickers would have no-one to sell to.

    What is being done to retrain the thinking of those who support the traffickers with their custom, to let them know that what they are doing is wrong and harmful, part of a larger problem not equal to their immediate gratification?

    People don't usually do things they believe are wrong. Obviously most of the people involved in this crime feel entitled and justified with what they are doing. What can be done to change the perceptions of those who never see the "human" in "Human Trafficking"?

    March 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • Kate

      Atandt, Although I agree with you that's like saying why can't we just stop the drug abusers of the world from using drugs and the crime and drug using would stop, but the people who use are sick, mentally ill from their addiction. When they want to "get high" they will steal/cheat/lie/sell themselves.... the list goes on and on, why? Because their "desire" for the drug overcomes their ability to think logically. It's esentially the same with sex addiction, the sex addict (whether addicted to sex from men, women or children) when they want it and they can get it for a small price, when its dangling in their face, all ability to see right from EXTEMELY wrong goes flying out the window. If only there were a magic "dirtball" detector, then maybe we could stop the buyers before they reach their "prize".... but sadly there isn't so the governments and wonderful people have to get straight to the source to stop it which is far more difficult to stop than the sicko looking for an easy fix. I think it would be good to start a campaign, along with the human trafficking campaigns, about treatment for sex addiction so that instead of feeling guilty about their addiction and looking for slaves of prostitution to get them "high" and mask their intense guilt, they can realize they have a problem and get help instead of feeding their addiction which only hurts themselves and the victims of slavery. We can only pray for those who have inopropriate thoughts of sexually engaging with enslaved children, men and women. The disgusting thought that people could actually pay money for a human is almost incomprehendable to those who have the ability to think rationally, but trying to understand the minds of the addicted and disturbed will only help those of us who feel strongly in stopping this cruel act and help all who are involved.

      July 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  7. Maurine

    atrocities against humanity are in deed numerous. many blame it on the economic status that keep rising. this may be true as many who are lured into the hands of traffickers are promised better lives. if a balance would be created in areas having loopholes, this modern day slavery would surely end. there is need for combined efforts cutting across lobbying groups, those advocating for the end of this craze , the civil society and governments world wide.

    March 8, 2011 at 1:09 am | Reply
  8. wayne

    I had no idea that slavery still was around, my god I feel like an idot, but I plan to help anyway I can

    March 8, 2011 at 9:39 am | Reply
  9. Rabbi David

    While no sane person is for slavery I find language a poor way to convey my absolute disgust with CNN. You are supposed to be journalists who report news, not an NGO trying to save the world.And what gives CNN the authority or statute to intervene in other countries business.Someday as in recently in Egypt when your "neutral" journalists encounter an "issue" you have no body to blame but yourselves for finally taking off the mask and calling a journalist what one truly IS at CNN- an activist with an agenda, a line to tow and an idea to push.This is rare for those of you not observant, CNN has finally set itself up as what it truly is-a bunch of UN/Obama Regime hacks out to twist the truth for their goals and agenda.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:04 am | Reply
    • Carrie

      Rabbi David,
      I'm a little jarred here; what does your opinion on CNN's journalistic approach have to do with the idea that the issue of trafficking needs to be spread to the mass media in order to help combat it. I do not see where you get the idea that CNN is doing something wrong here by shining a light on the issue and making it more visible to the rest of the world. It is people like Roland who have shared their stories that will help open up the eyes of others and make it more enticing to do something about it.

      March 8, 2011 at 11:29 am | Reply
      • Rabbi David

        What I am LIVID about is that these are supposed to be JOURNALISTS. They REPORT news, they don'y interject themselves into issues and are SUPPOSED to be as impartial as a Judge. By doing this they are violating the public's trust and dependence on this source as being an UNBIASED source of information.

        March 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Lei Wong

      Actually, Rabbi, journalists have a long history of doing research and looking int issues that are not largely considered to be mainstream news. The term for these journalists is "muckraker" and they are interested in creating change by empower their readers through information. For example, in 1887, Nellie Bly went undercover at the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island in New York to uncover the truth behinds reports of abuse and neglect. She wrote her expose for the New York Sun, arguably one of the best respected papers at the time.
      Beyond that sir, I was particularly saddened to see that this comment came from a Rabbi. As a rabbi, you know how often we quote Deuteronomy 16:20 to our congregants and our children: "Tzedek, tzedek, tirdoff" "justice, justice shall you pursue". Not wait for something to fall in your lap, but pursue. As in actively.
      Journalists take no oath of unbias, they are not charged with only pursuing that which falls into their laps. News is where you find it, and sometimes the most important news is that which is not being spoken about publicly. Like slavery. How can we expect our children to pursue justice if we do not applaud people for putting the truth of injustice out there for them to see? Journalists have an audience, is it not better for them to use that stage to educate us that we might better know how to follow the mitzvah of actively pursuing justice?

      January 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  10. duane

    While this is very bad, we all or most of us live as slaves to banks and credit cards. We can work where we choose but untill we are debt free we are slaves. Even being debt free we are slaves to the government.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:16 am | Reply
  11. Norbu Tsamda

    I really appreciate the CNN Freedom Project to end Modern-Day Slavery, for Slavery is a disgrace to humanity. We need to address Slavery in its totality by investigating the following issues:
    – poverty, and the evergrowing gap between the rich and the poor
    – giving more importance to human values rather than to the material world (either by touching religions or without
    touching religions in a secular manner using our common sense, experiences and scientific findings. These are infact
    one of the areas where His Holiness the Dalai Lama puts his efforts.
    – educational opportunities and facilities to the poor, so that an environment is provided in which they can stand up from
    their present position.

    I believe that CNN will touch the above issues, and wish CNN all the best in their efforts to serve the humanity.

    Norbu Tsamda

    March 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • Tudom

      RE: "I quit paying taxes in '04."********************************* Everybody pays taxes. Even if your deqieulnt on your income taxes, or even decided to never pay them again, if your a consumer, you pay taxes. Like cell phone bill taxes, cable bill taxes, satelite dish taxes, electric bill taxes, internet access taxes, hotel taxes, heating oil taxes, gasoline taxes, sales taxes, alcohol and tobacco taxes, toll road taxes, property taxes, driver's licence and licence plate taxes, etc, etc.Yet I for one believe that a national sales tax would benefit our nation, then eliminate income taxes. This would generate big tax dollars and help small businesses and contractors grow their business. Although this would ONLY be good if the US government was not a dry-drunk criminal regime – as it is today.Hey, we need new roads, we need police and firemen, we need schools, etc, but it all comes down to leadership and management, which we have NONE.I think Gates and Buffet should be President and vice-president, placed in power by a special USA EMERGENCY LEADERSHIP ACT. We need smart business men with a compassion for America's SUCCESS. (Not a group of oil and military industrial criminals.) You can now see what massive damage and lies they have done.Funny how they dont get arrested. Never forget: Hitler was a christian and was loved by many. Beware Americans..... Beware...

      August 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  12. Tanya

    It is wonderful that CNN is bringing light to this to this autrocity. However, I have been trying to find news articles in particular to how the government of India is handling this situation. The only thing that shows up are the legislations they have passed years ago.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  13. Celia

    Amazing article. Roland, the story you shared is a horrible story but maybe an experience you might have needed to experience to open up your eyes and to open up the eyes of people that surround you and so on. Yes modern day slavery could be hard to demolish but yet not impossible, if we all get together and instead of just thinking about the horrible facts we act, we CAN make a difference. One small difference can turn into a big difference, all of us that have the freedom that modern day slaves don't have should not take it for granted and speak out for them, we have a voice for a reason.

    March 9, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • Roxy

      Time to face the music armed with this great ifronmation.

      December 27, 2011 at 5:35 am | Reply
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  14. 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.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  15. monisola olatunji

    Thanks to CNN for bringing this to the public knowledge, modern day slavery is basically caused by poverty and poverty is a product of corruption.In places like Nigeria where there are only low and high classes, it is this high class that oppress the low class in various barbaric act,I hope this project will purge their minds and they begin to see their fellow human being as the same with them irrespective of the social/financial class.This has to stop!!!

    March 12, 2011 at 9:02 am | Reply
  16. Jake

    What is clear is that ripping off the rich is punished far more severely than ripping off the poor.

    Under MPE a National NON PROFIT Accounting Common monetary foundry (CMF) will be established by the people for the people to handle all loans/deposits (NO BANKS),credit & money will be issued by the people themselves via promissory obligations with NO INTEREST attached based on a simple 1.1.1 ratio where all DEBT obligation is equal or no more than remaining CIRCULATION & equal to no more of remaining depreciating VALUE OF PROPERTY,all principal is payed back at the rate of depreciation then retired/canceled/deleted (NO ONE KEEPS IT) out of circulation along with the debt after a loan is repaid in full

    MPE Is a sovereign economy for any nation where money will serve man rather than rule man.It solves all economic problems we see today,read on & see the side bar for further info *HOW BANKING REALLY WORKS* & see my MPE Playlists. Freedom is ours NO politician can assert MPE ONLY you can.

    More info on Mathematically Perfected Economy (the only solution) can be found here: Youtube: chelonia1663, or endtheecb.ning dot com, perfecteconomy dot com, or just google mathematically perfected economy/mike montagne

    March 13, 2011 at 8:15 am | Reply
  17. Jake

    The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. Once you understand (MPE) supporting anything else is economic suicide!! The solution to your fate is Mathematically Perfected Economy, ....but will you listen?

    SHORT OF MONEY

    Americans, living in what is called the richest nation on earth, seem always to be short of money. Wives are working in unprecedented numbers, husbands hope for overtime hours to earn more, or take part-time jobs evenings and weekends, children look for odd jobs for spending money, the family debt climbs higher, and psychologists say one of the biggest causes of family quarrels and breakups is "arguments over money." Much of this trouble can be traced to our present "debt AT INTEREST-money" system. Too few Americans realize why our founding fathers wrote into Article I of the U.S. Constitution: Congress shall have the Power to Coin Money and Regulate the Value Thereof.

    They did this, as we will show, in prayerful hope it would prevent "love of money" from destroying the Republic they had founded. We shall see how subversion of Article I has brought upon us the horrors of which Jefferson had warned.

    MONEY IS MAN'S ONLY "CREATION"
    Economists use the term "create" when speaking of the process by which money comes into existence. Now, creation means making something that did not exist before. Lumbermen make boards from trees, workers build houses from lumber, and factories manufacture automobiles from metal, glass and other materials. But in all these they did not "create," they only changed existing materials into a more usable and, therefore, more valuable form. This is not so with money. Here, and here alone, man actually "creates" something out of nothing. A piece of paper of little value is printed so that it is worth a piece of lumber. With different figures it can buy the automobile or even the house. Its value has been "created" in the true meaning of the word

    MONEY "CREATING" PROFITABLE
    As is seen by the above, money is very cheap to make, and whoever does the "creating" of money in a nation can make a tremendous profit! Builders work hard to make a profit of 5% above their cost to build a house.

    Auto makers sell their cars for 1% to 2% above the cost of manufacture and it is considered good business. But money "manufacturers" have no limit on their profits, since a few cents will print a $1 bill or a $10,000 bill.

    That profit is part of our story, but first let us consider another unique characteristic of the thing – money, the love of which is the "root of all evil."

    ADEQUATE MONEY SUPPLY NEEDED
    An adequate supply of money is indispensable to civilized society. We could forego many other things, but without money industry would grind to a halt, farms would become only self-sustaining units, surplus food would disappear, jobs requiring the work of more than one man or one family would remain undone, shipping, and large movements of goods would cease, hungry people would plunder and kill to remain alive, and all government except family or tribe would cease to function.

    An overstatement, you say? Not at all. Money is the blood of civilized society, the means of all commercial trade except simple barter. It is the measure and the instrument by which one product is sold and another purchased. Remove money or even reduce the supply below that which is necessary to carry on current levels of trade, and the results are catastrophic. For an example, we need only look at America's Depression of the early 1930's.

    THE BANKERS DEPRESSION OF THE 1930's
    In 1930 America did not lack industrial capacity, fertile-farm land, skilled and willing workers or industrious farm families. It had an extensive and highly efficient transportation system in railroads, road networks, and inland and ocean waterways. Communications between regions and localities were the best in the world, utilizing telephone, teletype, radio, and a well-operated government mail system. No war had ravaged the cities or the countryside, no pestilence weakened the population, nor had famine stalked the land. The United States of America in 1930 lacked only one thing: an adequate supply of money to carry on trade and commerce. In the early 1930's, Bankers, the only source of new money and credit, deliberately refused loans to industries, stores and farms.

    Payments on existing loans were required however, and money rapidly disappeared from circulation. Goods were available to be purchased, jobs waiting to be done, but the lack of money brought the nation to a standstill. By this simple ploy America was put in a "depression" and the greedy Bankers took possession of hundreds of thousands of farms, homes, and business properties. The people were told, "times are hard," and "money is short." Not understanding the system, they were cruelly robbed of their earnings, their savings, and their property.

    MONEY FOR PEACE? NO! MONEY FOR WAR? YES!
    World War II ended the "depression." The same Bankers who in the early 30's had no loans for peacetime houses, food and clothing, suddenly had unlimited billions to lend for Army barracks, K-rations and uniforms! A nation that in 1934 couldn't produce food for sale, suddenly could produce bombs to send free to Germany and Japan! (More on this riddle later.)

    With the sudden increase in money, people were hired, farms sold their produce, factories went to two shifts, mines re-opened, and "The Great Depression" was over! Some politicians were blamed for it and others took credit for ending it. The truth is the lack of money (caused by the Bankers) brought on the depression, and adequate money ended it. The people were never told that simple truth and in this article we will endeavor to show how these same Bankers who control our money and credit have used their control to plunder America and place us in bondage.

    POWER TO COIN AND REGULATE MONEY
    When we can see the disastrous results of an artificially created shortage of money, we can better understand why our Founding Fathers insisted on placing the power to "create" money and the power to control it ONLY in the hands of the Federal Congress. They believed that ALL citizens should share in the profits of its "creation" and therefore the national government must be the ONLY creator of money. They further believed that ALL citizens, of whatever State or Territory, or station in life would benefit by an adequate and stable currency and therefore, the national government must also be, by law, the ONLY controller of the value of money.

    Since the Federal Congress was the only legislative body subject to all the citizens at the ballot box, it was, to their minds, the only safe depository of so much profit and so much power. They wrote it out in the simple, but all-inclusive: "Congress shall have the Power to Coin Money and Regulate the Value Thereof."

    HOW THE PEOPLE LOST CONTROL TO THE FEDERAL RESERVE
    Instead of the Constitutional method of creating our money and putting it into circulation, we now have an entirely unconstitutional system. This has resulted in almost disastrous conditions, as we shall see.

    Since our money was handled both legally and illegally before 1913, we shall consider only the years following 1913, since from that year on, ALL of our money has been created and issued by an illegal method that will eventually destroy the United States if it is not changed. Prior to 1913, America was a prosperous, powerful, and growing nation, at peace with its neighbors and the envy of the world. But – in December of 1913, Congress, with many members away for the Christmas holidays, passed what has since been known as the FEDERAL RESERVE ACT. (For the full story of how this infamous legislation was forced through our Congress, read The Creature from Jekyll Island, by G. Edward Griffin or Conquest or Consent, by W. B. Vennard). Omitting the burdensome details, it simply authorized the establishment of a Federal Reserve Corporation, with a Board of Directors (The Federal Reserve Board) to run it, and the United States was divided into 12 Federal Reserve "Districts."

    This simple, but terrible, law completely removed from Congress the right to "create" money or to have any control over its "creation," and gave that function to the Federal Reserve Corporation. This was done with appropriate fanfare and propaganda that this would "remove money from politics" (they didn't say "and therefore from the people's control") and prevent "Boom and Bust" from hurting our citizens. The people were not told then, and most still do not know today, that the Federal Reserve Corporation is a private corporation controlled by bankers and therefore is operated for the financial gain of the bankers over the people rather than for the good of the people. The word "Federal" was used only to deceive the people.

    MORE DISASTROUS THAN PEARL HARBOR
    Since that "day of infamy," more disastrous to us than Pearl Harbor, the small group of "privileged" people who lend us "our" money have accrued to themselves all of the profits of printing our money' – and more! Since 1913 they have "created" tens of billions of dollars in money and credit, which, as their own personal property, they then lend to our government and our people at interest. "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer" had become the secret policy of our National Government. An example of the process of "creation" and its conversion to people's "debt" will aid our understanding.

    THEY PRINT IT – WE BORROW IT AND PAY THEM INTEREST
    We shall start with the need for money. The Federal Government, having spent more than it has taken from its citizens in taxes, needs, for the sake of illustration, $1,000,000,000. Since it does not have the money, and Congress has given away its authority to "create" it, the Government must go the "creators" for the $1 billion. But, the Federal Reserve, a private corporation, doesn't just give its money away! The Bankers are willing to deliver $1,000,000,000 in money or credit to the Federal Government in exchange for the Government's agreement to pay it back – with interest! So Congress authorizes the Treasury Department to print $1,000,000,000 in U.S. Bonds, which are then delivered to the Federal Reserve Bankers.

    The Federal Reserve then pays the cost of printing the $1,000,000,000 (about $1,000) and makes the exchange. The Government then uses the money to pay its obligations. What are the results of this fantastic transaction? Well, $1 billion in Government bills are paid all right, but the Government has now indebted the people to the Bankers for $1 billion on which the people must pay interest! Tens of thousands of such transactions have taken place since 1913 so that by the 1980's, the U.S. Government is indebted. to the Bankers for over $1,000,000,000,000 (trillion) on which the people pay over $100 billion a year in interest alone with no hope of ever paying off the principal. Supposedly our children and following generations will pay forever and forever!

    AND THERE'S MORE
    You say, "This is terrible!" Yes, it is, but we have shown only part of the sordid story. Under this unholy system, those United States Bonds have now become "assets" of the Banks in the Reserve System which they then use as "reserves" to "create" more "credit" to lend. Current "fractional reserve" requirements allow them to use that $1 billion in bonds to "create" as much as $15 billion in new "credit" to lend to States, Municipalities, to individuals and businesses. Added to the original $1 billion, they could have $16 billion of "created credit" out in loans paying them interest with their only cost being $1,000 for printing the original $1 billion! Since the U.S. Congress has not issued Constitutional money since 1863 (over 100 years), in order for the people to have money to carry on trade and commerce they are forced to borrow the "created credit" of the Monopoly Bankers and pay them usury-interest!

    AND THERE'S STILL MORE
    In addition to the vast wealth drawn to them through this almost unlimited usury, the Bankers who control the money at the top are able to approve or disapprove large loans to large and successful corporations to the extent that refusal of a loan will bring about a reduction in the price that that Corporation's stock sells for on the market. After depressing the price, the Bankers' agents buy large blocks of the stock, after which the sometimes multi-million dollar loan is approved, the stock rises, and is then sold for a profit. In this manner billions of dollars are made with which to buy more stock. This practice is so refined today that the Federal Reserve Board need only announce to the newspapers an increase or decrease in their "rediscount rate" to send stocks up and down as they wish. Using this method since 1913, the Bankers and their agents have purchased secret or open control of almost every large corporation in America. Using that control, they then force the corporations to borrow huge sums from their banks so that corporation earnings are siphoned off in the form of interest to the banks. This leaves little as actual "profits" which can be paid as dividends and explains why stock prices are often depressed, while the banks reap billions in interest from corporate loans. In effect, the bankers get almost all of the profits, while individual stockholders are left holding the bag.

    The millions of working families of America are now indebted to the few thousand Banking Families for twice the assessed value of the entire United States. And these Banking Families obtained that debt against us for the cost of paper, ink, and bookkeeping!

    THE INTEREST AMOUNT IS NEVER CREATED
    The only way new money (which is not true money, but is "credit" representing a debt), goes into circulation in America is when it is borrowed from Bankers. When the State and people borrow large sums, we seem to prosper. However, the Bankers "create" only the amount of the principal of each loan, never the extra amount needed to pay the interest. Therefore. the new money never equals the new debt added. The amounts needed to pay the interest on loans is not "created," and therefore does not exist!

    Under this kind of a system, where new debt always exceeds the new money no matter how much or how little is borrowed, the total debt increasingly outstrips the amount of money available to pay the debt. The people can never, ever get out of debt!

    An example will show the viciousness of this usury-debt system with its "built-in" shortage of money.

    IF $60,000 IS BORROWED, $255,931.20 MUST BE PAID BACK When a citizen goes to a Banker to borrow $60,000 to purchase a home or a farm, the Bank clerk has the borrower agree to pay back the loan plus interest. At 14% interest for 30 years, the Borrower must agree to pay $710.92 per month for a total of $255,931.20. The clerk then requires the citizen to assign to the Banker the right of ownership of the property if the Borrower does not make the required payments. The Bank clerk then gives the Borrower a $60,000 check or a $60,000 deposit slip crediting the Borrower's checking account with $60,000.

    The Borrower then writes checks to the builder, subcontractors, etc., who in turn write checks. $60,000 of new "checkbook" money is thereby added to "money in circulation."

    However, and this is the fatal flaw in a usury system, the only new money created and put into circulation is the amount of the loan, $60,000. The money to pay the interest is NOT created, and therefore was NOT added to "money in circulation."

    Even so, this Borrower (and those who follow him in ownership of the property) must earn and TAKE OUT OF CIRCULATION $255,931, almost $200,000 MORE than he put IN CIRCULATION when he borrowed the original $60,000! (By the way, it is this interest which cheats all families out of nicer homes. It is not that they can't afford them; it is because the Banker's usury forces them to pay for 4 homes to get one!)

    Every new loan puts the same process in operation. Each borrower adds a small sum to the total money supply when he borrows, but the payments on the loan (because of interest) then deduct a much LARGER sum from the total money supply.

    There is therefore no way all debtors can pay off the money-lenders. As they pay the principal and interest, the money in circulation disappears. All they can do is struggle against each other, borrowing more and more from the money-lenders each generation. The money-lenders (Bankers), who produce nothing of value, slowly, then more rapidly, gain a death grip on the land, buildings, and present and future earnings of the whole working population.

    SMALL LOANS DO THE SAME THING
    If you haven't quite grasped the impact of the above, let us consider a small auto loan for 3 years at 18% interest. Step 1: Citizen borrows $5,000 and pays it into circulation (it goes to the dealer, factory, miner, etc.) and signs a note agreeing to pay the Banker $6,500. Step 2: Citizen pays $180 per month of his earnings to the Banker. In 3 years he will take OUT of circulation $1,500 more than he put IN circulation.

    Every loan of Banker "created" money (credit) causes the same thing to happen. Since this has happened millions of times since 1913 (and continues today), you can see why America has gone from a prosperous, debt-free nation to a debt-ridden nation where practically every home, farm and business is paying usury-tribute to some Banker. The usury-tribute to the Bankers on personal, local, State and Federal debt totals more than the combined earnings of 25% of the working people. Soon it will be 50% and continue up.

    THIS IS WHY BANKERS PROSPER IN GOOD TIMES OR BAD
    In the millions of transactions made each year like those above, little actual currency changes hands, nor is it necessary that it do so. 95% of all "cash" transactions in the U.S. are by check, so the Banker is perfectly safe in "creating" that so-called "loan" by writing the check or deposit slip, not against actual money, but AGAINST YOUR PROMISE TO PAY IT BACK! The cost to him is paper, ink and a few dollars in salaries and office costs for each transaction. It is "check-kiting" on an enormous scale. The profits increase rapidly, year after year, as shown below.

    These are a few taken from newspapers in 2009.

    * Goldman Sachs says pay and profit in 2009 up sharply
    * On Thursday, JPMorgan Chase became the latest big bank to announce stellar second-quarter earnings. Its $2.7 billion profit, after record gains for Goldman Sachs, underscores how the government’s effort to halt a collapse has also set the stage for a narrowing concentration of financial power.
    * Bank of America Earns $3.2 Billion in Second Quarter
    * Bank of America profits soar
    * The bank based in Charlotte, North Carolina, said its 2009 first-quarter results include Merrill Lynch, which it acquired on January 1, and mortgage lender Countrywide Financial, which was purchased on July 1, 2008.

    Merrill Lynch contributed 3.7 billion dollars to net income, excluding certain merger costs, "on strong capital markets revenue," Bank of America said.

    These are a few taken from Arizona newspapers in 1979.

    * Valley Bank posts 49% gain in profits
    * Gains of 49 percent in net income and 51 percent in operating income were posted last year by Valley National Bank.
    * Those gains brought net income to $33,969,-000' in the year ended Dec..31 and operating income to $34,459.000. The year before those totals were $22,836.000 and $22,807,000 respectively.
    * Bank's profits rise 21%
    Arizona Bank announced on Monday it had achieved a 21.2 percent increase in net income in 1978 over 1977. On the basis of operating income, excluding the 1977 sale of the Arizona Bank Building for $l,336,369, the bank said the increase was 43.9 percent.
    * Tostenrud said loans and deposits increased in the last year: Deposits 18.8 percent to $1.353 billion and loans 21.9 percent to $951 million.

    THE COST TO YOU? EVENTUALLY, EVERYTHING!
    In 1910 the U.S. Federal debt was only $1 billion, or $12.40 per citizen. State and local debts were practically non-existent.

    By 1920, after only 6 years of Federal Reserve shenanigans, the Federal debt had jumped to $24 billion, or $226 per person.

    In 1960 the Federal debt reached $284 billion, or $1,575 per citizen and State and local debts were mushrooming.

    By 1981 the Federal debt passed $1 trillion and was growing exponentially as the Banker's tripled the interest rates. State and local debts are now MORE than the Federal, and with business and personal debts totaled over $6 trillion, 3 times the value of all land and buildings in America.

    If we signed over to the money-leaders all of America we would still owe them 2 more Americas (plus their usury, of course!)

    However, they are too cunning to take title to everything. They will instead leave you with some "illusion of ownership" so you and your children will continue to work and pay the Bankers more of your earnings on ever-increasing debts. The "establishment" has captured our people with their system of usury and debt as certainly as if they had marched in with a uniformed army.

    FOR THE GAMBLERS AMONG MY READERS
    To grasp the truth that periodic withdrawal of money through interest payments will inexorably transfer all wealth in the nation to the receiver of interest, imagine yourself in a poker or dice game where everyone must buy the chips (the medium of exchange) from a "banker" who does not risk chips in the game, but watches the table and every hour reaches in and takes 10% to 15% of all the chips on the table. As the game goes on, the amount of chips in the possession of each player will go up and down with his "luck."

    However, the TOTAL number of chips available to play the game (carry on trade and business) will decrease rapidly.

    The game will get low on chips, and some will run out. If they want to continue to play, they must buy or borrow them from the "banker." The "banker" will sell (lend) them ONLY if the player signs a "mortgage" agreeing to give the "banker" some real property (car, home, farm, business, etc.) if he cannot make periodic payments to pay back all of the chips plus some EXTRA ones (interest). The payments must be made on time, whether he wins (makes a profit) or not.

    It is easy to see that no matter how skillfully they play, eventually the "banker" will end up with all of his original chips back, and except for the very best players, the rest, if they stay in long enough, will lose to the "banker" their homes, their farms, their businesses, perhaps even their cars, watches, rings, and the shirts off their backs!

    Our real-life situation is MUCH WORSE than any poker game. In a poker game none is forced to go into debt AT INTEREST, and anyone can quit at any time and keep whatever he still has. But in real life, even if we borrow little ourselves at interest from the Bankers, the local, State, and Federal governments borrow billions in our name, squander it, then confiscate our earnings from us and pay it back to the Bankers with interest. We are forced to play the game, and none can leave except by death. We pay as long as we live, and our children pay after we die. If we cannot pay, the same government sends the police to take our property and give it to the Bankers. The Bankers risk nothing in the game; they just collect their percentage and "win it all." In Las Vegas and at other gambling centers, all games are "rigged" to pay the owner a percentage, and they rake in millions. The Federal Reserve Bankers' "game" is also rigged, and it pays off in billions!

    In recent years Bankers added real "cards" to their 'game. "Credit" cards are promoted as a convenience and a great boon to trade. Actually, they are ingenious devices by which Bankers collect 2% to 5% of every retail sale from the seller and 18% interest from buyers. A real "stacked" deck!

    YES, IT'S POLITICAL, TOO!
    Democrat, Republican, and Independent voters who have wondered why politicians always spend more tax money than they take in should now see the reason. When they begin to study our "debt at interest-money" system, they soon realize that these politicians are not the agents of the people but are the agents of the Bankers, for whom they plan ways to place the people further-in debt. It takes only a little imagination to see that if Congress had been "creating," and spending or issuing into circulation the necessary increase in the money supply, THERE WOULD BE NO EVER MULITPLYING NATIONAL DEBT BY INTEREST, and the over $4 Trillion of other debts would be practically non-existent. Since there would be no ORIGINAL cost of money except printing, and no CONTINUING costs such as interest, Federal taxes would be almost nil. Money, once in circulation FREE OF INTEREST, would remain it´s purchasing power and go on serving its purpose as a medium of exchange for generation after generation and century after century, just as coins do now, with NO payments to the Bankers whatever!

    MOUNTING DEBTS AND WARS
    But instead of peace and debt at interest-free prosperity, we have ever-mounting debt through INTEREST and periodic wars. We as a people are now ruled by a system of Banker-owned Mammon that has usurped the mantle of government, disguised itself as our legitimate government, and set about to pauperize and control our people. It is now a centralized, all-powerful political apparatus whose main purposes are promoting war, spending the peoples' money, and propagandizing to perpetuate itself in power. Our two large political parties have become its servants, the various departments of government its spending agencies, and the Internal Revenue its collection agency.

    Unknown to the people, it operates in close cooperation with similar apparatuses in other nations. which are also disguised as "governments." Some, we are told, are friends. Some, we are told, are enemies. "Enemies" are built up through international manipulations and used to frighten the American people into going billions of dollars more into debt to the Bankers for "military preparedness," "foreign aid to stop communism," "minority rights," etc. Citizens, deliberately confused by brainwashing propaganda, watch helplessly while our politicians give our food, goods, and money to Banker-controlled alien governments under the guise of "better relations" and "easing tensions." Our Banker-controlled government takes our finest and bravest sons and sends them into foreign wars with obsolete equipment and inadequate training, where tens of thousands are murdered, and hundreds of thousands are crippled. Other thousands are morally corrupted, addicted to drugs, and infected with venereal and other diseases, which they bring back to the United States. When the "war" is over, we have gained nothing, but we are scores of billions of dollars more in debt to the Bankers, which was the reason for the "war" in the first place!

    BUT WAIT... THERE'S STILL MORE
    The profits from these massive debts have been used to erect a complete and almost hidden economic and political colossus over our nation. They keep telling us they are trying to do us "good," when in truth they work to bring harm and injury to our people. These would-be despots know it is easier to control and rob an ill, poorly-educated and confused people than it is a healthy and intelligent population, so they deliberately prevent real cures for diseases, they degrade our educational systems, and they stir up social and racial unrest. For the same reason they favor drug use, alcohol, sexual promiscuity, abortion, pornography, and crime. Everything which debilitates the minds and bodies of the people is secretly encouraged, as it makes the people less able to oppose them or even to understand what is being done to them.

    Family, morals, love of Country, religion, all that is honorable is being swept away, while they try to build their new, subservient man. Our new "rulers" are trying to change our whole racial, social, religious, and political order, but they will not change the debt-money economic system by which they rob and rule. Our people have become tenants and "debt AT INTEREST-slaves" to the Bankers and their agents in the land our fathers conquered. It is conquest through the most gigantic fraud and swindle in the history of mankind. And we remind you again: The key to their wealth and power over us is their ability to create "money" out of nothing and lend it to us at interest. If they had not been allowed to do that, they would never have gained secret control of our nation. "The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender".

    Let us now consider the correct method of providing the medium of exchange (money) needed by our people.

    MONEY NEEDS TO BE ISSUED AS DEBT (to be able to retire it again) BUT FREE OF INTEREST
    History tells us of debt-free and interest-free money issued by governments. The American colonies did it in the 1700's and their wealth soon rivaled England and brought restrictions from Parliament, which led to the Revolutionary War. Abraham Lincoln did it in 1863 to help finance the Civil War. He was later assassinated by an agent of the Rothschild Bank. No debt-free or interest-free money has been issued in America since then. Several Arab nations issue interest-free loans to their citizens today. The Saracen Empire for bad interest on money for 1,000 years, and its wealth outshone even Saxon Europe. Mandarin China issued its own money, interest-free and debt-free, and historians and collectors of art today consider those centuries to be China's time of greatest wealth, culture and peace.

    Germany issued debt-free and interest-free money from 1935 and on, accounting for its startling rise from the depression to a world power in 5 years. Germany financed its entire government and war operation from 1935 to 1945 without debt, and it took the whole Capitalist and Communist world to destroy the German power over Europe and bring Europe back under the heel of the Bankers. Such history of money does not even appear in the textbooks of public (government) schools today.

    Issuing money which doesn't have to be paid back in interest leaves the money available to use in the exchange of goods and services and its only continuing cost is replacement as the paper wears out. Money is the paper ticket by which such transfers are made and should always be in sufficient quantity to transfer all possible production of the nation to ultimate consumers.

    It is as ridiculous for a nation to say to its citizens, "You must consume less because we are short of money," as it would be for an Airline to say "Our planes are flying, but we can't take you because we are short of tickets."

    NO MORE BANKERS' PLUNDER
    Under the present debt-usury system, the extra burden of usury forces workers and businesses to demand more money for the work and goods to pay their ever-increasing debts and taxes. This increase in prices and wages is called "inflation." Bankers, politicians and "economists" blame it on everything but the real cause, which is the usury levied on money and debt by the Bankers. This "inflation" benefits the money-lenders, since it wipes out savings of one generation so they cannot finance or help the next generation, who must then borrow from the money-lenders, and pay a large part of their life's labor to the usurer.

    With an adequate supply of interest-free money, little borrowing would be required and prices would be established by people and goods, not by debts and usury.

    CITIZEN CONTROL
    If the Federal Congress failed to act, or acted wrongly, in the supply of money, the citizens would use the ballot or recall petition to replace those who prevented correct action with others whom the people believe would pursue a better money policy. Since the creation of money and its issuance in sufficient quantity would be one of the few functions of Congress, the voter could decide on a candidate by his stand on money, instead of the hundreds of lesser, and deliberately confusing, subjects which are presented to us today. And since money is, and would remain, a national function, local differences or local factions would not be able to sway the people from the nation's (citizens') interest. All other problems, except the nation's defense, would be taken care of in the State, County, or City governments where they are best handled and most easily corrected.

    An adequate national defense would be provided by the same citizen-controlled Congress, and there would be no Bankers behind the scenes, bribing politicians to give $200 billion of American military equipment to other nations, disarming us, while alien nations prepare to attack and invade the United States of America.

    AN INTEREST-FREE AMERICA
    With interest-free money, there would be no high and confiscatory taxation, our homes would be mortgage free with no $10,000-a-year payments to the Bankers, nor would they get $1,000 to $2,500 per year from every automobile on our roads. We would need no "easy payment" plans, "revolving" charge accounts, loans to pay medical or hospital bills, loans to pay taxes, loans to pay for burials, loans to pay loans, nor any of the thousand and one usury-bearing loans which now suck the life-blood of American families. There would be no unemployment, divorces caused by debt, destitute old people, or mounting crime, and even the so-called "deprived" classes would be deprived of neither job nor money to buy the necessities of life.

    Criminals could not become politicians, nor would politicians become criminals in the pay of the Money-lenders. Our officials, at all government levels, would be working for the people instead of devising means to spend more money to place us further in debt to the Bankers. We would get out of the entangling foreign alliances that have engulfed us in four major wars and scores of minor wars since the Federal Reserve Act was passed, alliances which are now used to prevent America from preparing her own defense in the face of mounting danger from alien powers.

    An interest free America would mean mothers would not have to work. With mother at home, juvenile delinquency would decrease rapidly. The elimination of the usury would be the equivalent of a 50% raise in the purchasing power of every worker. With this cancellation most of all debts by reimbursing all the interest paid, the return to the people of all the property and wealth the parasitic Bankers and their quasi-legal agents have stolen by usury and fraud, and the ending of their theft of $300 Billion (or more) every year from the people, America would be prosperous and powerful beyond the wildest dreams of its citizens today. And we would be at peace!

    WHY YOU HAVEN'T KNOWN
    We realize this small, and necessarily incomplete, article on money may be charged with oversimplification. Some may say that if it is that simple the people would have known about it, and it could not have happened. But this MONEY-LENDERS' consPIRACY is as old as Babylon, and even in America it dates far back before the year 1913. Actually, 1913 may be considered the year in which their previous plans came to fruition, and the way opened for complete economic conquest of our people. The consPIRACY is old enough in America so that its agents have been, for many years, in positions such as newspaper publishers, editors, columnists, church ministers, university presidents, professors, textbook writers, labor union leaders, movie makers, radio and TV commentators, politicians from school board members to U.S. presidents, and many others.

    CONTROLLED NEWS AND INFORMATION
    These agents control the information available to our people. They manipulate public opinion, elect whom they will locally and nationally, and never expose the crooked money system. They promote school bonds, municipal bonds, expensive and detrimental farm programs, "urban renewal," foreign aid, and many other schemes which will put the people more into debt to the Bankers. Thoughtful citizens wonder why billions are spent on one program and billions on another which may duplicate it or even nullify it, such as paying some farmers not to raise crops, while at the same time building dams or canals to irrigate more farm land. Crazy or stupid? Neither. The goal is more debt. Thousand of government-sponsored ways to waste money go on continually. Most make no sense, but they are never exposed for what they really are, builders of "billions for the bankers and debts for the people."

    So-called "economic experts" write syndicated columns in hundreds of newspapers, craftily designed to prevent the people from learning the simple truth about our money system. Commentators on radio and TV, preachers, educators, and politicians blame the people as wasteful, lazy, or, spend-thrift, and blame the workers, and consumers for the increase in debts and the inflation of prices, when they know the cause is the debt-money system itself. Our people are literally drowned in charges and counter-charges designed to confuse them and keep them from understanding the unconstitutional and evil money-system that is so efficiently and silently robbing the farmers, the workers, and the businessmen of the fruits of their labors and of their freedoms.

    When some few Patriotic people or organizations who know the truth begin to expose them or try to stop any of their mad schemes, they are ridiculed and smeared as "right-wing extremists," "super-patriots," "ultra-rightists," "bigots," "racists," even "fascists" and "anti-Semites." Any name is used which will cause them to shut up or will at least stop other people from listening to the warning they are giving. Articles and books such as you are now reading are kept out of schools, libraries, and book stores.

    Some, who are especially vocal in their exposure of the treason against our people, are harassed by government agencies such as the EPA, OSHA, the IRS, and others, causing them financial loss or bankruptcy. Using the above methods, they have been completely successful in preventing most Americans from learning the things you have read in this pamphlet. However, in spite of their control of information, they realize many citizens are learning the truth. Therefore, to prevent violence or armed resistance to their plunder of America, they plan to register all firearms and eventually to disarm all citizens. They have to eliminate most guns, except those in the hands of their government police and army.

    TELL THE PEOPLE
    The "almost hidden" conspirators in politics, religion, education, entertainment, and the news media are working for a Banker-owned United States in a Banker-owned world under a Banker-owned World Governments!

    Love of Country and concern for your children should make you deeply interested in this, America's greatest problem, for our generation has not suffered under the "yoke" as the coming generations will. Usury and taxes will continue to take a larger and larger part of the annual earnings of the people and put them into the pockets of the Bankers and their political Agents. Increasing "government" regulations will prevent citizen protest and opposition to their control. Is it possible that your grandchildren will own neither home nor car, but will live in "government-owned" apartments and ride to work in "government-owned" buses (both paying usury to the Bankers), AND BE ALLOWED TO KEEP JUST ENOUGH OF THEIR EARNINGS TO BUY A MINIMUM OF FOOD AND CLOTHING while their Rulers wallow in luxury? In Asia and eastern Europe it is called "communism;" in America it is called "Democracy" and "Capitalism."

    America will not shake off her Banker-controlled dictatorship as long as the people are ignorant of the hidden controllers. International financiers, who control most of the governments of the nations, and most sources of information, seem to have us completely within their grasp. They are afraid of only one thing: an awakened Patriotic Citizenry, armed with the truth, and with a trust, in Almighty God for deliverance. This article has given you the truth about their iniquitous system. What you do with it is in your hands.

    AUDIT THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM?
    The Federal Reserve has never been audited by the government since it took over our money and credit in 1913. In 1975 a bill, H.R. 4316, to require an audit was introduced in Congress.

    During the April, 1975 hearings, this author submitted a statement favoring the audit, as did many others. Due to pressure from the money controllers, it was not passed. No audit of the Fed has ever been made.

    WHY HAVEN'T THEY TOLD YOU?
    Why haven't they told you about this scandal – the greatest fraud in history which has caused Americans and others to spill oceans of blood, pay trillions of dollars interest on fraudulent loans and burden themselves with unnecessary taxes?

    Who are "they"? "They" are most of the politicians of the two old parties and elected officials. Most "educational" groups like the League of Women Voters, the Heritage Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). All mainstream news services, such as the Associated Press and the United Press International. All mainstream daily newspapers, including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. All mainstream weekly "news" magazines, such as "Time" and "Newsweek." All of the above and more have been hiding the truth from you.

    SOLUTION (AND THERE IS ONLY ONE) The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. Once you understand (MPE) supporting anything else is economic suicide!! The solution to your fate is Mathematically Perfected Economy, ....but will you listen?

    WHAT SOME FAMOUS MEN HAVE SAID ABOUT THE MONEY QUESTION

    ALAN GREENSPAN: "In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. ... This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists' tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists' antagonism toward the gold standard."

    PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON: "The system of banking [is] a blot left in all our Constitutions, which, if not covered, will end in their destruction... I sincerely believe that banking institutions are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity... is but swindling futurity on a large scale."

    PRESIDENT JAMES A. GARFIELD: "Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce".

    CONGRESSMAN LOUIS McFADDEN: "The Federal Reserve(Banks) are one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever seen. There is not a man within the sound of my voice who does not know that this Nation is run by the International Bankers".

    HORACE GREELEY: "While boasting of our noble deeds were careful to conceal the ugly fact that by an iniquitous money system we have nationalized a system of oppression which, though more refined, is not less cruel than the old system of chattel slavery.

    THOMAS A. EDISON: "People who will not turn a shovel full of dirt on the project (Muscle Shoals Dam) nor contribute a pound of material, will collect more money from the United States than will the People who supply all the material and do all the work. This is the terrible thing about interest ...But here is the point: If the Nation can issue a dollar bond it can issue a dollar bill. The element that makes the bond good makes the bill good also. The difference between the bond and the bill is that the bond lets the money broker collect twice the amount of the bond and an additional 20%. Whereas the currency, the honest sort provided by the Constitution pays nobody but those who contribute in some useful way. It is absurd to say our Country can issue bonds and cannot issue currency. Both are promises to pay, but one fattens the usurer and the other helps the People."

    PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON: "A great industrial Nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the Nation and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world – no longer a Government of free opinion no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men". (Just before he died, Wilson is reported to have stated to friends that he had been "deceived" and that "I have betrayed my Country". He referred to the Federal Reserve Act passed during his Presidency.)

    SIR JOSIAH STAMP,(President of the Bank of England in the 1920's, the second richest man in Britain): "Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin. The Bankers own the earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create deposits, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough deposits to buy it back again. However, take it away from them, and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear and they ought to disappear, for this would be a happier and better world to live in. But, if you wish to remain the slaves of Bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, let them continue to create deposits".

    MAJOR L .L. B. ANGUS: "The modern Banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process is perhaps the most astounding piece of sleight of hand that was ever invented. Banks can in fact inflate, mint and unmint the modern ledger-entry currency".

    RALPH M. HAWTREY (Former Secretary of the British Treasury): "Banks lend by creating credit. They create the means of payment out of nothing".

    ROBERT HEMPHILL (Credit Manager of Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta, Ga.): "This is a staggering thought. We are completely dependent on the commercial Banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash or credit. If the Banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system. When one gets a complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless position is almost incredible, but there it is. It is the most important subject intelligent persons can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it becomes widely understood and the defects remedied very soon".

    March 13, 2011 at 8:19 am | Reply
    • Not Jake

      I don't know why people post stuff like this. No one's going to read past 4 paragraphs. Write a book or something.

      June 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Reply
      • Jake

        Trolls are trolls. They don’t come here to learn. They don’t come to debate. They come to call names, because that’s all they have; and because there’s so many of them, it’s no wonder the country is fallen to what it has.
        You are part of the solution? You’re part of the necessary vision?
        No. You’re the very core of the destruction of this country

        June 26, 2011 at 3:52 am |
  18. sdfds

    stop spamming this blabla project every f**ing hour.

    March 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  19. Informer

    Once again. Alimony is slavery too. The CNN Freedom project says they are trying to end all forms of slavery, but they still will not addresss the most profitable form of slavery of all time. Slavery always occurs when a slave economy is in place that benefits many powerful groups of people. Those like CNN who can help turn a blind eye to it. They won't even bring the alimony involuntary servitude on the table to discuss. Slavery also occurs when there is a convient group who we feel is "okay" to oppress. Once it was blacks, then it was Jews, now it is American Males. The words that America claim to uphold that we are all created equally and are supposed to have equal protection under the law is violated for the same reason it was 150 years ago–free forced labor.

    March 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • Not Jake

      Alimony is NOT slavery. you made a committment. you signed a contract. you VOLUNTARILY bound yourself to a person. you are being held to that committment. if you don't want to be bound to the person, don't marry them.

      June 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  20. anita kunz

    This is a great project. Sometimes i think aren t we all slaves of our time, the psychological pressure, torture of lifestyle or society? Full of fear of whats happening next, like libya, japan,... how are we gonne raise our kids. The world is a village. We must take care if it and other people. Thank you CNN.

    March 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  21. Informer

    Slaves are forced to work and provide free labor for their masters. If they refuse to work they will be physical assault against them or legal action against them and be imprisoned. That is another reason why Alimony is clearly involuntary servitude. The United States of America has always had a very cozy history with slavery. Other countries throughout the history of this planet have engaged in slavery, but America is the best at it. We do slavery better than anyone. We have been more successful at not only keeping slavery alive, but expanding it and the profits from it. CNN please back your words and help bring American Slavery, known as Alimony to an end.

    March 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  22. A.T. Joneses

    Sometimes its the slave's choice to be slaves.

    March 16, 2011 at 9:21 am | Reply
  23. HP

    A.T, that's not counting those who then get snagged by a human trafficking network and is sold, and re-sold. When they 'willingly' venture out to earn a survival wage, they have no clue when they're lured and transported to another state, province or country, often another continent – to customers running sweatshops, brothels, casinos, mines, farms... and experience horrors that go way beyond low wages. - Thanks to CNN for a laudable forcus for this year's Freedom Project.

    For CNN's teams and all who want inspiration and ideas on what can be done – and is being done – to combat human trafficking in developing countries, where people are particularly vulnerable (and where organized ctime is also quite pervasive), I suggest you check out the SACTAP Program for Southern Africa as a best-practice example. Active for almost 10 years, it's gone from zero-to-hero in many countries where there was complete official denial of the crime happening – and virtually no public awareness of it. Excerpt:

    The Southern African Counter-Trafficking Assistance Programme (SACTAP) commenced in 2003, and is a key player in Southern Africa’s efforts to tackle and respond to human trafficking. Active across the Southern African region, SACTAP aims to support and develop the capacity of governments and civil society groups to deal with the problem of trafficking in Southern Africa while also offering assistance to victims and raising awareness among the general public.

    SACTAP Activities
    SACTAP is organized around four key components of counter-trafficking intervention:

    * Victim assistance
    * Capacity building
    * Research and data collection
    * Information and awareness raising

    Since its inception, SACTAP has:

    * produced regular information campaigns for the general public;
    * conducted qualitative research assessments of the human trafficking problem in Southern Africa;
    * published its quarterly bulletin Eye on Human Trafficking for electronic distribution;
    * built the capacity of law enforcement and other government officials, as well as civil society groups, through training and the provision of other technical support;
    * contributed to the human trafficking legislative process through consultation with policy drafters and/or Law Reform Commissions of South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique, and;
    * provided trafficked persons with safe accommodation, medical and psychosocial assistance, and a range of return and reintegration options.

    SACTAP Highlights

    * Publication of: In Pursuit of the Southern Dream: Victims of Necessity, 2009; No Experience Necessary: The Internal Trafficking of Persons in South Africa, 2008; and
    o Seduction, Sale and Slavery: Trafficking in Women and Children for Sexual Exploitation in Southern Africa, 2003
    * Establishment of a national toll free Human Trafficking Help Line in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
    * Significant public awareness raised about the problem of human trafficking in Southern Africa
    * Trained over 3000 government officials and members of the civil society in the region
    * Comprehensive assistance provided to over 300 trafficked persons
    * MIDSA Workshop held on Human Trafficking and Legislative Responses in Southern Africa for high level officials from relevant ministries and concerned departments in the SADC region that are involved in legislative policy and development.

    Cut/paste link: http://iom.org.za/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=43

    Keep up the steam, and the good work! And- as they say – 'follow the money'.

    March 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  24. HP

    And here's an award-winning awareness edutorial from South Africa for (more) inspiration (from Facebook):
    http://www.behance.net/gallery/IOM-A-CAMPAIGN-DESIGNED-TO-DROP-SALES/639855

    March 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  25. Informer

    CNN Freedom project award winning? Give me a break. CNN what is your response to ALIMONY and it being a clear violation of the 13th amendment? If you are going to boast about stopping slavery please start with the most profitable form of slavery in the world which occurs every day in America.

    March 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  26. Grr

    Let's stay on track here! There is a huge difference between someone who chooses to get married then divorced, and a person/ child who is raped everyday because they are a sex slave. These people are not choosing to be in the circumstances they are in and did nothing to deserve it! We need to get out of this mindset of "ME, ME, ME" and take a look at the world around us. We have so much power when we work together, and when we are honest about calling a spade a spade. Slavery is wrong no matter who is doing it, or who is being enslaved.
    @ Rabbi David. Grow a heart, this isn't some outlandish political agenda, it's basic human rights. CNN had the tenacity to talk about what so few news stations will,for fear of their precious ratings. It's not about the ratings, its about the news! If this isn't a worthy news topic for them to stand behind, I don't know what is, and you shouldn't be bashing it.
    unless you have an alternative agenda...

    April 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • Rabbi David

      No free pass here.This is NOT one world and we don't all march under one banner-except maybe in YOUR agenda driven world.CNN are jounalists NOT a NGO out to save the world.YOU go start your own organization to save people or stop social issues, but there is a name for people that call themselves JOURNALISTS who behave as ACTIVISTS-its called LIAR. A person who can not be trusted to tell the truth because they have a SOCIAL AGENDA.There is no gray areas in journalism-you either report the news without prejudice or AGENDA as you call it OR you go start your save the world organization.No quarter on this the truth is the truth-STOP trying to bend it for YOUR agenda.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • Informer

      Choosing to get married is not the same thing as choosing to be a slave. Just because one gets married that is no excuse to turn them into a slave if they decide to end the marriage or their spouse decides to end the marriage. Do not argue with me, argue with the 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution. Just because a form of slavery is approved illegally by some courts in America because it generates a lot of revenue please do not give it a pass. If you do not believe it violates the 13th Amendment please debate your point. Else have some empathy on all forced slaves and join in the effort to end ALL SLAVERY.

      April 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  27. Mercy

    I agree that we need to stop the demand for sexual slavery especially of children. I was a trafficked child. A forensic psychologist and I figured out the least logical number of "guests" I had to be about 90 a year for more than 10 years. The effects of denigration, dehumanition, torture and abuse stay with those who are abused for their whole life. The PTSD and personality fragmentation necessary to survive the abuse continues. It is as if the abuse never stops especially during flashbacks. I wonder every time I pass a trailor truck with a door on the side if it is a traveling brothel which serves men at truck stops? For me, elaborate entertainments were set up like ski vacation packages where the children were the evening entertainment. We were delivered in florist's vans manacles to the shelves or catering trucks. I never knew how many days the arrangements would last. Please try to remember that many of these children die of abuse and are never seen. Please remember that long term therapy and rehabilitation will be necessary for every child who is rescued.

    April 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Reply
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  29. Ivone jorge

    Hi human beings are not for sale,Slaves are forced to work and provide free labor for their musters,this happens all over the world,im taking a stand again
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    May 7, 2011 at 7:37 am | Reply
  30. James

    Hi everybody in the whole word wants this system to be end. Why on the earth some people can have a peaceful life to do what ever they wanna do with full freedom and why some people are bound to work for someone or be a slave. It been a mystery for so many years. No people wants to be a slave by themselves, for every action sometimes there might be a situation and a reason. They have to survive in this world they need money for the family to survive, for the food for their children for the family to dress properly. I think we should have a better option of providing these people with good education and so that at least they could know how to do their business and start working for themselves in small income in themself. I think the better solution for this would be to provide them with education and better future.

    May 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • Jassime

      And that's exactly what America and coalition forces have done in Afghanistan. But, alas, our liberal president wants to be elected for another 4 years so he can live the high life....hard to give up, so he's pulling us out of Afghanistan. What will happen to the women and little girls after tasting education and freedom for 10 years since we sent the Taliban running to the hills? I fear for them, and I'm sorry for them. That country will again return to the long list of other misogynistic, poor and rich (Saudi Arabia) countries who force women into unwanted marriages with old nasty men who want to break a little girl. Why would anyone go to these places on vacation and spend money there?

      December 31, 2011 at 12:14 am | Reply
      • Mac

        If anyone thinks that the current US President cares about anybody but himself, then they deserve the disaster he is bring on the people of the US.

        February 23, 2012 at 6:50 am |
  31. Tete

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  32. Pedro Castellano-Masias

    Dear friends of CNN and all those who seek freedom, After a few years working around this terrible problem of neoliberal slavery I finally fnd that the media is taking the challenge. Regretfully, the problem is not adressed from its core, it is presented as independend cases of cruelty.

    The real problem is systemic. Neoliberal slavery is the result of oligopolic capitalism, a form of capitalism that enhances capital concentration and power, leaving small enterprices and poor countries with little negotiation capacities. At the end of the rope you find workers subjected to pauperization and slavery.

    Neoliberal Slavery is a new colonial system where the Empires are the multinational companies. For more on this systemic view, see: Neoliberal Slavery ejrot. Lets End Neoliberal Slavery!!!

    June 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  33. Ciel

    Thousands of women and children get snatched everyday, or maybe every instance in Nepal. While millions get snatched from all over the world. What kind of people would do such a thing? What kind of individuals could bare doing this to another? Maybe we'll never know. But come to think of it, while many are busy figuring out the answer to this, so many are having their lives wrecked and their relatives taken away. Bottomline– instead of arguing about every little thing or reason behind these sad events, we'd rather help stop these mishaps, right? I'm from the Philippines and am no stranger to these tragedies. I'm blessed to be raised by great parents and to be schooled in a well-bred environment.

    It makes me think sadly of those who are in Nepal, India and every other part of the world which are exposed to this kind of exploitation. Kids shouldn't bear the pain of parting with their mothers and/or families. Women, young girls shouldn't be subject to prostitution and slavery. Not at a young age; NOT AT ANY AGE. Let me encourage one another: Let's help this project. It may not be you or me or anyone you know. But what if it is? It's not a question of family ties, but rather, of a heart to serve and the will to protect and stand up for what's right and against what's inhumane.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:52 am | Reply
    • Botond

      "So yes, a high credit score does speak louldy to your character. It means you are a slave to debt."I lease my vehicles, usually close to 0% and alawys get rates under 5%for credit cards and often 0% with 12 months to pay. My mortgage is fixed at 30 years 6.25%. I pay extra each month and have plenty of equity being in a stable area. It is not being a slave to debt to use credit wisely. My score is in the mid 700s. I am trying to get it closer to 800 before I sell my house and buy a new one in a few years.In the real world you better care about your credit score. There has to be a way to judge worthiness. This is the system we are stuck with. Only a fool would not care about having access to cheap easy credit.

      September 13, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  34. Leonard Johnson

    I find it funny that CNN invites to read "more on the project" and presents 4 lines of information, failing to supply other aspects to the very large project like campaigning, legal work and their supposed partners in this project, ILO (Int. Lab. Org.), UNICEF and World Bank and CNN is supposed to be information specialists!!! Hah, hah, shame on you, CNN!!!
    Although, Max Havelaar (I hope I got the name right) may be deficient, he/they sure has/have made it pretty clear how important Fairtrade is to the world! I hope the Fairtrade efforts are also continued alongside projects like this one, CNN Freedom Project!!!
    Not so much shame, that I wish CNN good progress and best wishes to their continued efforts (please, make these a consistent 20 years or so)!!! Cheers!

    June 27, 2011 at 10:15 am | Reply
  35. Leonard Johnson

    I support, I support, I support (but the real reason is that some information attached to my name, the email, has been entered incorrectly). Can you, CNN, please amend this as email is _now_ the correct one! Thank you! Cheers!

    June 27, 2011 at 10:31 am | Reply
  36. Daniella

    How can I get involved in the freedom project ? Thank you Daniella

    July 11, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Reply
    • Mila

      Noodles-Some people here cnsufoe the US with a 1st world country and sadly we're not...Huge sections of this country are second world and even a few third world area are here...Towns that are crumbling as we speak.Some talk about how if you don't like it leave...How does just accepting crap make things better?As for me trying to make a difference but I know it's useless...So I'm planning to move out of country...Mom has given me land elsewhere down south.I want my country to do well but Americans are blind and don't care...therefore they deserve whatever they have coming.As for me give me a clean town with streets of cobblestone, a cute little hacienda home, an evening walk to the cafe to discuss politics, play chess while drinking strong yucatan coffee with friends than live in a "dog eat dog" fake society that is lobotomizing itself into extinction..."New Rome indeed"Alas my great country has been ruined in less than 100 years by evil powerful men

      September 11, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
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  38. vivienne

    The CNN freedom project is commendable. however, my concern is whether it will make the government of countries currently on tier 3 list to up their game and fight human trafficking in all its ramifications?

    July 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  39. Paul Harvey

    Thank you so much for applying your great might to this important issue.

    For my part, I'm doing 10,000 Push-ups to Crush Slavery in Martin Place, the business centre of Sydney, Australia, in a suit, to raise awareness, and petition our government to meet our Millennium Development Goals.

    My site: http://crushslavery.com
    The petition: http://j.mp/slaverypetition

    Together, we can crush slavery!

    July 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  40. William Reidy

    This is brilliant its good to see some people making a stand against this trafficing, I want to be able to help put at stop to it, I wouldnt like it to happen my sister or if i had kids. Where I am from there is a rise in the trafficcing and I do not no what to do about it, what to say to them or who to tell if I come across them, It has been reported on our local news that there is a rise. I was wondering if ye could email me what i should do if I come across a person been trafficed in the city. thank you regards William.

    August 3, 2011 at 10:52 am | Reply
  41. Artem

    Want to change the world? Change yourself first. When there won't be any perverts looking for young hookers, there wont be human trafficking for sex reasons. When you start thinking about how your personal and, what is more important, business affairs may affect anyone else, people will start to live better and there wont be things like hunger and slavery.
    I use general sentences, because I don't want to engage in polemics. But I hope you got the idea. Work to change the system and don't go out on the places where they use child labour trying to find a supervisor. It's ridiculous. Because even though I appreciate you may change someone's life for better or worse, thousands of people will get in the same situations, until you eliminate the root of the problem. I assume pointed problem solving just to be a waste of time, efforts and resources.

    August 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  42. Sandeep.M.Kashyap

    How can i get involved in this noble project?
    As long as there are people who will be cheated,there are cheaters. It must be curbed at the earliest possible time. When traditions turn topsy-turvy, This is the result. Inactive authorities,poverty,unemployment are the major contributors.

    September 25, 2011 at 7:47 am | Reply
    • Jassime

      Don't forget about the problem of Islam which should be included in your list. Even those rich, educated, misogynist Saudis believe in forced marriages, oppression and enslavement of women, Sandeep. Your little theory just crashed

      December 31, 2011 at 12:00 am | Reply
      • Shirlene

        Bill,I suspect many fuurte doctoral theses in Psychology or Marketing will be written about why people saw only what they wanted from Mr. Obama. In his defense, he followed the first rule of sales: when the prospect says yes , stop selling and start writing up the order. He didn't have to sell many specifics; we so wanted to buy an amorphous concept.

        December 19, 2012 at 5:53 am |
  43. Hope

    I watched all series of the CNN Freedom Project from Kampala, Uganda in 2011. My heart was heavy, I cried on many occassions when I watched and was horrified by the human evil revealed especially by the programme on "Death in the dessert". CNN, this has been a revolutionary way of reporting we have not seen in many years. You should keep the pressure on and not let the project end in 2011. For the first time, CNN was trully on the side of humanity, and showed that they really care for people from all walks of life, from all parts of the world. CNN became the Voice of the down trodden, the voice of the abused and the destroyed. CNN should get the next Nobel Prize for Peace, 2012 – for Promotion of human Rights and Justice.. Thank you CNN .

    January 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
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