April 5th, 2011
05:18 PM ET

The CNN Freedom Project: How to help

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

CNN's mission is to create awareness on the topic of modern-day slavery and provide people with information about organizations dedicated to ending it. CNN is working with more than 100 anti-slavery organizations over the course of The CNN Freedom Project, and we also have an in-house team in place to assist readers and viewers with specific questions.

We do not accept donations. Our aim is provide you with a wide range of national and international organizations dedicated to helping victims of human trafficking and leave the choice to you.

• Want more information about international charities working on the issue of modern-day slavery and human trafficking? Check out a list to get started

• Interested in donating to a charity in a particular country you’ve seen highlighted on CNN? See the list of charities, country-by-country

• Need information on how to report a suspected case of human trafficking? Learn signs of trafficking victims | List of hotlines

• Are you a student or teacher and want to incorporate modern-day slavery in your lesson plan? Explore our parents and educators guide

• Want to share with CNN and the world how you’re taking a stand against modern-day slavery? Submit an iReport

• Have press-related questions or want to speak with a member of the CNN Freedom Project? E-mail CNN PR, CNN.PR@turner.com

• If you have a story idea, or would like to make a general comment, e-mail The CNN Freedom Project, freedomproject@cnn.com

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  1. CNN

    Have press-related questions or want to speak with a member of the CNN Freedom Project? E-mail CNN PR, CNN.PR@turner.com

    April 5, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Reply
    • Kate

      How do you locate a list of companies that use slave labor to produce their products? Publish the list and lets put them out of business by NOT buying the products no matter how much you may like/need them.

      This is simply horrendous!!

      April 6, 2011 at 8:45 am | Reply
      • guy betrand

        it a little difficult because in the third world with high unemployment it will not hold here i think so bring out new strategies

        May 13, 2011 at 5:57 am |
      • jagdish bhattarai

        namaste, thank,s cantect.

        July 1, 2011 at 9:56 am |
      • Eric S

        Kate, you have the right idea but it's more complicated than that. US companies and other large corporations do not own the businesses that use slaves, and so they say they are not responsible, even though some companies like Walmart and Hershey's are probably more powerful than the governments of many countries. The only guarantee of products being made without slave labor is to buy fair trade products from companies like Equal Exchange or Global Exchange. But boycotting some of the worst offenders is not a bad idea. Walmart is probably the most anti-labor company, and probably has more slave made products than anyone else.

        July 29, 2011 at 9:36 am |
      • Marty

        Agree. At least major companies can be listed.
        Today my time there was a report by Clancy on a site to see the records of companies on human rights. How can I find this site.....

        July 30, 2011 at 12:34 am |
      • janani lum

        Need 'u'r help...i am in Nairobi .....i am enslaved....need help so i can be free.....address is jananilum@gmail.com...please help..

        March 31, 2012 at 4:44 am |
    • NANCY FOX

      I AM A TELEPATHIC MEDIUM AND PSYCHIC AND I WAS FRAMED AT THE DEPARTMNENT OF CHILD FAMILY PROTECTIVE SERVICES I BELIEVE TO SELL MY LOVELY DAUGHTERS AND MYSELF TO FAIR TRADE AT DCFS AND I AM OVER 26 YEARS SOBER AND 16 YEARS IN ALANON AND I HAVE PROFILE THE CRIMINAL RUNNING HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING IN CALIFORNIA.PLEASE READ MY PSYCHIC CHANNELED LEADS I HAVE SENT TO LONDON ANTI-SLAVERY CHANGE.ORG AND TO THE WASHINGTON POST AS ITS INVISIBLE SLAVERY AND I AM HOPING TO FIND VOLUNTEERS TO OPEN AN ANTI SLAVERY OFFICE IN SHERMAN OAKS WHERE I CAN GIVE THEM ALL MY LEADS TO FOLLOW AS I CHANNEL AND HAVE DONE THIS FOR THE PAST 2 YEARS. HERE IS MY STORY AND PLEASE FIND ME AT THE PSYCHIC EYE BOOK STORE IN SHERMAN OAKS WEDS. THROUGH SAT.

      I AM PRAYING FOR MY DAUGHTERS CUSTODY TO BE RETURNED TO ME AS IT WAS DETAINED BASED ON LIES AND THE LIES WERE DISMISSED TO MAJOR LIFE STRESSORS AND THAT WAS PEOPLE WHO STALKED MY HOUSE AND LIED TO DCFS AND STOPPED MY INCOME AND VICTIMIZED ME SINCE 2008 AND I AM LOOKING FOR A PRO BONO ATTORNEY TO SUE FOR SLANDER AS INDIVIDUALS LIED ABOUT ME AND I LOST MY DAUGHTERS CUSTODY BASED ON THEIR LIES, IT RUINED MY PEACEFUL HAPPY FAMILY LIFE AND MY TEN YEAR REAL ESTATE BUSINESS . I AM A VICTIM AND I AM PRAYING FOR MY LIFE TO BE RETURNED TO THE WAY IT WAS BEFORE STALKERS CAME IN 2008 AND PREDITORS FOLLOWED ME. PEOPLE LIED TO DCFS ABOUT ME AND I AM A WOMAN WHO PRIDES MYSELF ON MY LOVING KIND AND PATIENT PARENTING AND MY ETHICAL AND HONEST WAYS AS A MOM AND A REALTOR AND I AM SOBER WOMAN IN AA SINCE I WAS 25 YEARS OLD AND I HAVE 16 YEARS IN ALANON AND I LIVE MY LIFE BASED ON MORAL VALUES. I WANT OUR LIFE BACK TO THE WAY IT WAS IN OUR HOME IN WESTLAKE VILLAGE AS THE LIES AND DESTROYED OUR HAPPY HOME AND I AM PRAYING FOR JUSTICE TO PREVAIL. THE LIES TOLD WERE DISMISSED AT COURT BY MY DAUGHTER AND REDUCED TO" MAJOR LIFE STRESSORS" AND THAT WAS OTHERS STOPPING MY INCOME AND HIDING CAR LIS PLATES TO MAKE ME STUCK. THEY ARE THE" OUTSIDE LIFE STRESSORS" WHO DID THIS TO ME AND MY DAUGHTERS AND DCFS MADE ME DO A PSYCH EVAL FOR BEING PSYCHIC AND THATS WHAT THE COURT RULED ME AN INTUITVE CONCERNED CITIZEN AND NOW I AM WORKING AS A PSYCHIC AND A SPIRITUAL COUNSLER AND PRAYING TO FIND THE ROAD BACK TO MY LIFE THE WAY IT WAS AND I NEED A GOOD ATTORNEY TO SUE FOR PAIN AND SUFFERING AND THE DAMAGE DONE TO MY REAL ESTATE BUSINESS AND THE TWO YEARS I HAVE LOST WITH MY DAUGHTERS BECAUSE OF LIARS AND MOSTLY TO RETURN MY DAUGHTERS CUSTODY TO ME.
      I NEED A FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY TO DISMISS THE CASE AS A DOUBLE ENDEMNITY AND SLANDER THAT RUINED MY PERFECT WHOLESOME FAMILY REALTOR REPUTATION AND MY AA REPUTATION AND MY REAL ESTATE BUSINESS AND PAIN AND SUFFERING
      I WORKED OVER 30 YEARS TO GET WHERE I WAS IN MY DREAM HOME AND A SOLID REAL ESTATE BUSINESS WITH HIGH END CLIENTS AND MY COSTUME DESIGN CAREER I HAD TO FALL BACK ON AND I PLANNED TO MARKET TO THE ACTORS I WORKED WITH AS A REALTOR AND A GOOD MOM I PRIDE MYSELF ON AND THATS ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME IS BEING A GOOD MOM AND I PROVIDED WELL FOR MY CHILDREN ALONE AND BORROWED MONEY WHEN THE MARKET SLOWED AND LIES WERE TOLD AND THIS IS RAILROADING A NICE PERSON

      May 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Reply
      • alan fischer

        Obama gave the United States to Mexico-SO YOU HAVE NO WORRIES–He just gave Myamar $125,000,000.00–what about New Jersey–New York

        November 28, 2012 at 5:17 am |
    • Richard McDonald

      We in our Bukavu Communicators Forum are planning our monthly "Women and Children's Rights" theme for June to investigate and report on " Sexual Slavery in the D R Congo" with a workshop at the beginning of June leading up to the International Day of the African Child / Refugee in Mid-June. Could CNN send a journalist to help prepare us and work with us related to Child Soldiers and Prostitution related Slavery in Society? Radio Kahuzi is an Implementing Partner Organisation with MONUSCO and the US Embassy. Search for Common Ground is also a member of our Forum. We could also ask VOA to help, along with CNN.

      Thank You.

      Sincerely, Richard McDonald Director, Radio Kahuzi

      May 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • Concerned citizen

      any one has information about http://www.aupair.com/a nanny services agency that offers employment to teenagers overseas.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:31 am | Reply
    • namrata

      CNN matters coz it touches us there by touching our lives.... so thank u immensely, i protest the very idea of considering women as sex slaves... n treating them as products ... as a women i want to fight for the freedom of right to be born , live n breathe!!!! together, globally lets end this !!!! lets say no to human trafficking, lets be human!!!!

      June 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • Marina Meadows

      Hi! Congrats on ur great work, hoping one day to be able to help as well, but now I have to Pls help us to stop the retaliation of Judges at the Miami Civil Court against our family, our lives depend on it ! 3057887679 e-m themeadowsfmly@aol.com

      July 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • Helen

      How does it happen that responsible citizens are lured (sometimes away from their sovereign nations) into forms of slavery? On Sunday in Lagos Nigeria at the national arts theater about 3000 persons were promised of jobs in Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. The authorities who should know are keeping mute! It may be a genuine job prospect or it could be otherwise. How does one know?

      September 13, 2011 at 4:26 am | Reply
    • Emily Nghiem

      October 22 is a day of protesting human trafficking and slave labor. Washington DC. If anyone has friends with IndyMedia, the Wall Street protests, or Students against sweatshops or Students for fair trade, please invite them to join in solidarity in DC on Oct 22. contact: globalcenturion.org or lasterglobal.com for more help to organize.

      October 10, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • Colleen - Om Amna

      I believe the "asker" on this webpage is trying to traffic women. There is no way this grant is true. They do not want women who are from here and if you knew the area or the people in that area they are talking about you would know that this adv is not acceptable and makes no sence, but foreign well meaning ladies may not. Something is very wrong. Please investigate or have a reporter pretend to be interested maybe. http://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ApVvTC.8bo3BZ3K7rsbCmX5nMH1G;_ylv=3?qid=20111020025554AAQK6Tc

      October 24, 2011 at 4:28 am | Reply
      • Women be careful

        Women DO get kidnapped in the US and sold into prostution rings in mexico. It's probably more often in the southwest than other regions but it does happen.

        January 14, 2012 at 5:19 am |
    • Colleen - Om Amna

      http://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ApVvTC.8bo3BZ3K7rsbCmX5nMH1G;_ylv=3?qid=20111020025554AAQK6Tc
      I believe the "asker" on the above web page is trying to traffic women. If you knew the area the person is speaking of and their "opinion" toward th people there the whole thing makes no sence and is unncecessary. I hope a reporter tries to follow this as an interested foreign lady as they are asking for. Thanks!

      October 24, 2011 at 4:33 am | Reply
    • Rishi

      Hi, I have breast cancer and have had a masectomy done. I have bras that cannot be worn anymore. Where can I send these to? I live in Tanzania.

      February 22, 2012 at 3:01 am | Reply
  2. GIFT ECONOMY

    Our economic system is designed for to make profit on someone or something – the system abuse people, rape Earth, harm life...
    Therefore only a GIFT ECONOMY can save us all from abuse – FREE WATER, FREE LAND, FREE SPACE, FREE MOVE, FREE GOLD, FREE PETROL... to all 6 billion people in the name of real humanbirthrights because working for free in the image of wikipedia collaborators is motivating!
    There is no onther way – we have to start sharing and giving! let the queen, who own 3/4 of all Earth's good be the first to share!

    April 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Reply
    • Emily Nghiem

      Microlending groups such as Grameen Foundation, Fair Trade cooperatives, and labor-backed currency such as Ithaca HOURS, allow the "abundance" mentality of sharing and charity to be applied through free enterprise and free markets to build sustainable economy based on the best of all systems, both the cost-effective focus on service with for-profit businesses and the equalitarian standards of charitable relations and social justice.

      October 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Reply
      • jerry

        Some studies suggest that microfinance (like what Grameen does) doesn't really do anything though.

        December 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  3. Mree Ann

    Is not the main reason behind trafficking, as well as many other problems in the world, the unbelieveably high level of poverty? There are huge numbers of vulnerable people who live in unbelievable conditions in many countries. We are most likely not aware of the majority of them. By tackling poverty and iliteracy, we would be able to help those unable to help themselves?

    April 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Reply
    • Kate

      You are so right. These poor people are lured into this with promises of a better life. So sad.
      The traffickers are lower than pond scum

      April 7, 2011 at 7:26 am | Reply
  4. Bad Conduct

    every corporation sends all their labour to 3rd world countries... and they want us to stop slavery? ha!

    April 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • Mohamed

      I am from a thrid world country. many corporations have outsourced their production here but most of them do frequent audits to ensure compliance to international labour standards. the bigger problem we actually have is not from corporations but rather from our own poeple – those from a higher social class often use children as house help. these children come from extremly poor families who need the extra income to survive. some of the female workers do end up as a sex release for their "masters." escape is not always possible. the law exists but the enforcers do not always give priority to such cases.

      so i wouldn't lay all the blame on corporations.as we have a social system that tolarate/turns a blind eye to child labour.

      April 15, 2011 at 8:54 am | Reply
      • Abhi Banerjee

        Well said Mohamed. In countries like India, Bangladesh. Pakistan if you try to raise your voice against these people you will be murdered, most likely put behind bars and will beaten to death.

        May 5, 2011 at 10:59 am |
      • guy betrand

        i agree with you full swim

        May 13, 2011 at 6:29 am |
      • Eric S

        Mohamed, you are right about one type of slavery, and thank you for sharing your own observations of conditions in your country. But the reasons for women in sexual slavery are not exactly the same as the reasons for families in debt bondage (another kind of slavery) or the reasons why children are enslaved in cocoa production or other agriculture. The owners of the rich corporations are multibiliionaires, while their poorest suppliers struggle to compete for table scraps. The farmers who use slave labor are often poor and desperate themselves, because global competition has lowered prices so far. So yes, the large corporations do have a lot to answer for.

        July 29, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • Eric S

      No, 'they' want us to leave them alone in their dirty business, and keep buying lots of cheap T shirts and stuff we don't really need so they can keep on getting richer and richer. And 'they' want to be able to keep on shopping for the cheapest labor they can find, even if it's slave labor. And 'they' don't want anyone to notice, or suggest that the rich corporations are in any way responsible for global poverty and global slavery.

      July 29, 2011 at 9:43 am | Reply
  5. chinedu

    Look at what is going on in the us today,democratic are looking out for the poor and the republicans are looking out for the rich,what do you call that? This is modern slaver.

    April 10, 2011 at 10:13 am | Reply
  6. syl n deer

    The dems are really out for us. Gas at 4.00 a gl and a pres that thinks its ok. In fact he would like them to stay there so all will have to buy a new car. Please dont give the ole blame game on past administrations. Its been 2 plus years. Grow a pair and take responsibility. Human traffic is lower than snail slime. Reason number 302 to have a death penalty.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:36 am | Reply
    • Skeet

      And it's not the Pres.fault.all this came about when your beloved Bush was in office,which madie it easier for the greedy rich can get richer,nobody complained about him, a rich man, for making if possible for the rich to have taxs cuts,while the modern income people make up the different the rich man didn't have to pay,or when they allowed people from Mexico to over flow into the country so the corps.could use them for cheap lobor.And most of the big corps. are moving their corps. to other countries for cheap labor and no regulations and if they thought the could get away with it they also have free slave labours, they did before.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  7. chinedu

    It will take last list more than too year to clan up all the damage the republican did.

    April 11, 2011 at 7:57 am | Reply
    • Skeet

      You know it, I know it and they know it too.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  8. Dutchy

    Look at http://www.orange4india.nl to see what real women do about this

    April 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  9. Jeet Matharru

    I am a Film Producer/Director and an Actor. Last month I completed my feature film titled 'Woman From The East ...Kudessan' which is shot in Hindi and has subtitles in English as well as other languages.

    Synopsis:

    Backdrop
    The Eastern states of India suffer from chronic poverty due to many reasons, high population density being one of them. Uneducated and poor, families keep growing in number with barely any source of income and too many hungry mouths to feed.

    In the more affluent and prosperous states like Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan etc, a boy child is considered a boon and earns respect for a family. A girl child, however, is often put to death due to norms and beliefs that are still prevalent in rural India, giving rise to one of the world’s highest rates of female infanticide, thus creating a gender imbalance.

    A Brief
    The “WOMAN FROM THE EAST …Kudessan” depicts the plight of an innocent Indian village girl who is betrayed by her own father – trafficked and sold like an animal. She is a stranger in her own motherland – a Kudessan.

    Paala Singh, a small farmer from a remote village in Punjab, about 65 yrs old, doesn’t have a son from his first wife. His greed for a son pushes him to sell his cattle and with that money and an unholy intention, purchase “Ganga”, an innocent village girl from Bihar.

    The protagonist of “WOMAN FROM THE EAST …Kudessan” belongs to a poor family from Bihar. Her own mother is dead, and she lives with her father and her step-mother. Ganga’s father, a man best defined as a desperate addict, agrees to sell his daughter for a very nominal amount of money. Ganga is uprooted from her natural surroundings and sent off to Punjab where she is called Kudessan – a Woman from the East!

    “WOMAN FROM THE EAST …Kudessan” is a disturbing and heart-wrenching tale of hard-hitting realities in the underbelly of rural India.

    This movie is where the Movement begins – a Movement to protect and pay tribute to all the women across the globe… A Movement to bring the harsh realities of cruelty towards women into light… a Movement to educate and understand the root of the cause.

    This is a story about a woman who is a stranger in her own mother land… She is “WOMAN FROM THE EAST …Kudessan”

    It’s not just a movie… but a movement!

    You can watch the trailer on the following link:

    The film ends with this message:

    "Millions of women are traded in approximately 127 countries worldwide annually.
    Human Trafficking is the second largest Criminal trade in the world after the Drug trade."

    "Women have given birth to all civilization.
    How can we sell the women from whom we all are born?"

    "Today, as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day,
    let us honor all the women world over for their selflessness & end this crime."

    I am glad that CNN has taken such an initiative of fighting against human trafficking with THE CNN FREEDOM PROJECT.

    Let us all come together and do our best to stop this crime!

    April 12, 2011 at 9:09 am | Reply
  10. JaGGa SiDHU

    jeet sir you are really a great job done. keep it up

    April 12, 2011 at 9:21 am | Reply
  11. saskia johanssen

    "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign.

    Real men respect personal freedom of men and women including their election to work selling sexual services if such decision is taking freely.

    Real men are against human slavery as well as are against inquisitors and fascists that attack personal liberties, including liberty to prostitute themselves.

    Real men try to protect prostitutes against traffickers as well as against anyone who attacks their free decisions, and respecting and dignifying their work.

    Real men do it that, while traffickers, inquisitors and fascists don't. Cause traffickers, inquisitors and fascists are all against personal freedom and in favor of slavery. Some because of money, and others trying to impose on all, fanatically, their own morality.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • Burton Mac-Holmes

      I agree with your definition of a "real man." A real man does not need powerless people or those who have less of what he considers valuable, so he can feel they are beneath him. A real man realizes that his self-interest is best served if all those around him enjoy the freedom he has.

      unfortunately, we will have to wait a bit for "real men" to ascend over the current version of " real men" and for "real women" to be there to share society and the planet with them.

      August 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  12. Boya Gariba

    I must commend the initiation of the project and to say it is becoming a worry in Ghana and the Ministry of women and children affairs of Ghana, coordinates all other agencies in figthing this menance in the country. We shall continue to share and also learn from others how to stop this barbaric act of modern day slavery

    April 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  13. bill

    One way the American, Austrailian, and other goverments can help end slavery is to allow slaves and former slaves to immigrate. If a woman has been very poor in her life and desperate to help herself or help her family gain food, medicine, a roof overhead ect, and forced by dire poverty into prostitution, most goverments will not allow them to immigrate with thier husband or wife. Most goverments consider former prostitutes to me immoral and undesirable for immigration. Denying these people immigration when they have a loving partner to sponsor them to come, keeps them in many cases in the slavery of prostitution. Former prostitutes should be allowed to immigrate to help them get out of slavery, not damned because they were prostitutes into perpetual slavery of prostitution.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:27 am | Reply
    • Eric S

      Your heart is in the right place. Former slaves do need a way out of their desperate lives, and sometimes just freeing them does not end their desperate troubles. But there are estimated to be 27 million slaves in the world today, and the countries you named probably don't have room for them all. Here in the US, we have 100,000 slaves by State Department estimates. They are agriculture workers, sex slaves, house servants and others. Almost all are illegal immigrants, and even if freed, they face the threat of deportation. In fact, the fear of being sent back keeps many slaves from asking for help, and they are fearful of law enforcement officers, the very people who could most help them. What if we could allow slaves to become legal immigrants and remain in this country? A variation on your own idea.

      July 29, 2011 at 9:59 am | Reply
  14. Aruna Lakhani

    I saw interview with Sara this morning (Hawaii) about missing women in India. Indian Parliament has enacted law against sex determination tests and awareness campaigns, but what was not mentioned in the interview is the positive role media is playing and NGOS role in not only creating awareness but an activist role played by NGOs.

    Kudos to CNN for taking up this issue under Freedom project

    April 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  15. Marius

    Jozef Tischner – PHILOSOPHY OF DRAMA-"I./(....) Suffering is a kind of dying a slow process that takes time, is dying. In dying,process is dominated not so much death itself as consciousness is imbued death.The man painful awareness that life among the ends of such circumstances in which no property of his soul and body, no talent, no ability and no hope can not reach them and the proper kind of a natural fullness. Man is doomed to incompleteness and insignificance. With this is combined with an awareness of the degradation ethical. Man lives in a state of uncertainty and fear, because none of his moral virtue can not be a virtue to the end, each can be used against man himself or his loved ones. Truthfulness can be exploitative as informers, their diligence can multiply unjust profit, friendship one man can become a betrayal of another. In this lies something else, which undercuts any hope.The man said-it could be worse. "
    "So everything is an expression of condemnation – and death and dying. No matter what the danger, it's important that anyone who threatens-neglected.Neglected possibilityiSingle condition is a basic condition is that in any apparent threat. All of the threat comes down to one: if I will not give-condemns you and forces you to condemn the same .When man condemn himself, the road toward the enslavement of state before it begins . humiliation. "

    "II./In fact, the scope of the fundamental threats is not too great. It all boils down to three. One who threatens, it can kill me-is the first opportunity. Those who can threaten me ask you a longer or shorter duration of pain-here's another possibility. And finally, may destroy me morally, can condemn me, deprive a sense of dignity and any respect I am pleased with what the threat is not humain..Buthardly ever goal for himself-the one who threatens, threatens to attain some other goal is his goal.What threat? It him any more or less stable, more or less profound human enslavement. He who threatens me, strives to me for some time, and to some extent surrendered to his will. "

    "III./A slave can not drink water directly from the source, but should drink it with your hands while expressing gratitude to you for this gift,"
    THIS IS A SLAVERY DEFINITION?Presenting this philosophical cit. , for me interesting ..... -M. 18.11PM,20.04.2011.

    April 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  16. Beverly

    I've been browsing through the website, looking for specific product labels that are known to use child or forced labor. For example, are there some clothing labels that are known to have abusive working conditions? Or some that are known to be clear of abusive working conditions? I need labels and brands and am thinking of starting with clothing. I think one of the best ways we can help is by not purchasing products made by offending factories. I am not finding this information. Can someone help? I know how to purchase a carpet because of the reporting on CNN, but what about clothing and other items?

    April 22, 2011 at 12:23 am | Reply
    • Eric S

      If a product is not certified as fairly traded, then chances are high that it is contaminated with slave labor. The companies that make the shirts buy cloth from the ones who buy thread from the ones who buy the cotton. And the cotton farmer who uses slaves stands next to the ones who pay their workers (but none of them can afford to pay the workers a living wage!) and slave made cotton goes into the same bins as the rest. If you want companies to avoid, do not buy from Walmart, and buy fair trade chocolate instead of Hershey's. But there are some product guides that rank businesses, like Better World at http://www.betterworldshopper.org

      July 29, 2011 at 10:12 am | Reply
  17. Freeman

    There is slavery in the military too.
    I recently stumbled on the UNHCR Refworld site where a response from the Nigerian Military attaché (Naval) to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada is given on whether members of the Nigerian military can resign their positions prior to the end of the their terms of service; if not, consequences for the individual; punishment for desertion from the military.

    In his response the Military Attaché stated that the normal initial term of service for a member of Nigeria's military is between seven and ten years. He further stated that a member of the military is expected to serve their full term of service, except for special reasons such as illness and, as such, resigning is not possible. Leaving the military prior to completion of the term of service would be considered desertion. Under those circumstances the military would search for the person and, if found, the person would be prosecuted under the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 of 2006. If convicted the person would be subject to a sentence of imprisonment "not to exceed two years." If the person were outside of Nigeria, and his/her whereabouts were known by Nigerian authorities they could ask for the person's extradition from countries with which Nigeria has such agreements.

    I write with due respect, utmost sense of responsibility, unfaltering loyalty and unassailable patriotism to my country Nigeria. I am a naval rating in the Nigerian Navy. As a growing child I never thought I would join the military and although my dad was a Nigerian Army Officer I preferred a life that would allow me express my creativity to the fullest. However with the death of my dad while I was still quite young and the harsh economic situation in the country I was left with no other option than to “survive”. I tried many things and eventually joined the Nigerian Navy.

    I am aware that a member of the military is expected to serve their full term of service, except for special reasons such as illness and, as such, resigning is not possible. Leaving the military prior to completion of the term of service would be considered desertion. Under those circumstances the military would search for the person and, if found, the person would be prosecuted under the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 2006. If convicted the person would be subject to a sentence of imprisonment "not to exceed two years." If the person were outside of Nigeria, and his/her whereabouts were known by Nigerian authorities they could ask for the person's extradition from countries with which Nigeria has such agreements.

    Even though I will forever remain grateful that the Military has afforded me the chance to earn a living and cater for my immediate needs, my decision to join the Nigerian Military have come to be one that I regret piteously. No one told us when we joined that we will be forced to serve for 20 years even against our will. Yes! Twenty years! That is how long we were forced to sign while we were on training. Twenty mandatory years of service with no option for resigning.(Although no ever told us that then).

    The question I ask is why any reasonable government would demand that its citizens desiring of military service, serve twenty mandatory years. Although, there is a Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service (HTACOS), I’m aware that the Nigerian Navy coerces its trainees into signing 20 years. From the way the signing was done on that fateful day, seven months into the nine months training, I suspected foul play. We were just given documents and asked to write 20 years into an allotted space and sign after a tortuous session of training that could not be described as anything but actual torture. The whole process was hurried as if they didn’t want us to read what the details of what we were signing was. Many of us did not understand the import of the document we were made to sign that day. We signed our useful lifetime away.

    I crave your indulgence Sir, I do not mean to imply that there is anything wrong with spending ones useful lifetime in service of ones country in the military or else where. What I request is at least an opportunity for one to be able to be of service in other areas of interest as one progresses in life, even if it is not immediate. At least a shorter initial time of engagement.

    I am presently 24 years old. I love my country dearly and would love to serve. However, I would prefer not to be forced to serve in perpetuity. There are a lot of other ways I would love to contribute to the National development of Nigeria. I recently gained admission into the University, and I would love to go back to school and further my education.

    In the 21st century where other developed and developing countries like the US, Britain, Canada, Ghana and India have Military service of initial engagement contract of three, four, or five years, I am yet to understand why on earth the Nigerian Military will demand mandatory service of its citizens with no opportunity to resign at any time during the period of service, when we are clearly not a country at war. It is my believe that this is not in conformity with any norm of the civilized world. I humbly appeal that the Nigerian Armed Forces Act CAP A20 of 2006 be appropriately amended as many parts of this law is an offshoot of the Armed Forces Decree 1999 enacted during the military regime and should not have a place in a democratic setting. Please raise an awareness on military slavery.

    Once again I crave your indulgence for attempting to contact you directly. I am aware that the consequences could be grave but I am left with simply no other option than to attempt the unusual because any other thing would have surely resulted in intimidation, refusal and most likely punishment.

    Thank you Sir.

    NB.

    This letter has been sent anonymously for fear of intimidation, and likely severe punishment. The issue in question affects not just me but a numerous innocent young kids in the Nigerian Armed Forces whose potentials are being limited by its obnoxious contract laws. However, I have decided to talk about it, “as is” and not collectively because doing otherwise would mean a mutiny in military laws. So many of us are so unhappy, feeling trapped. Once in, there is hardly any way out- that is probably why you see the average Nigerian military man looking frustrated no matter what the pay is.

    May 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  18. ProjectCSR

    I wrote a blog on what we can do to prevent slavery: http://projectcsr.wordpress.com/2011/04/16/stop-slavery-what-can-i-do/

    I would love for your team to cover the implications of the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act. Is this an effective law?

    May 6, 2011 at 1:15 am | Reply
  19. Sabrina Samsuddin

    This is the story of the 21st century’s trade in slave-children.Asia, where the United Nations calculates 1 million children are being traded every day.In the lawless Bangladeshi borderlands where children are padlocked and prison-barred in transit to Indian brothels; to an iron whore-house where grown women have spent their entire lives being raped; to a clinic that treat syphilitic 11-year-olds. Last year, 231 victims of trafficking were rescued and 34 offenders convicted, of whom 26 were sentenced to life imprisonment.

    In urban Bangladesh, bonded labour is common in rural areas. Unlike in cities where workers are paid a daily or fixed wage, the rural workforce mostly has to make verbal arrangements for wages, which are often manipulated by unscrupulous landlords and loan sharks, known as Mahajan.

    women and children, end up as domestic servants, working in conditions that resemble servitude. Many suffer physical abuse, sometimes resulting in death. Domestic servants, especially the women and children, are often exposed to inhuman treatment. Few, if any, are concerned with this matter unless a tragedy like a death by torture becomes public

    Children are trafficked internally, externally, and through Bangladesh for purposes of domestic service, marriage, sale of organs, bonded labor, and sexual exploitation. The problem of child trafficking is compounded by the low rate of birth registration, since children without legal documents have no proof that they are underage, and the lack of enforcement at the borders. India and the Middle East are the primary destinations for trafficked children. Children are trafficked from rural areas of Bangladesh to its larger cities, and to countries in the Gulf region and the Middle East. Young boys are trafficked to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar to work as camel jockeys.According to the Center for Women and Child Services, most trafficked boys were under 10 years of age, while most trafficked girls were between 11 and 16 years of age.

    Usually the job brokers are only interested in making fast cash. The outsourcing companies told Bangladeshi job brokers 'you pay me 500 ringgit per worker and find jobs for them and do whatever'. So, Bangladeshi job brokers then bought the workers from the outsourcing companies, and literally made them slaves. The brokers then told the workers 'you go and work, I will give you food and lodging'. And the workers were put to work for two, three, or four months. So, the contract that had been signed between the workers and recruiting agencies in Bangladesh, which was attested by the Bangladesh government, had no meaning any more.

    I've been searching for these kind of informations about human trafficking & slavery in Bangladesh because I wanted CNN & the whole world to know about it.

    May 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  20. guy betrand

    we have to cut the chains of network because soo many people will stand to pretend fighting it but are there to fund such activities or are the brain behind so lets try to read beyond then can we start understanding

    May 13, 2011 at 6:07 am | Reply
  21. Ade

    Sir,

    I would be pleased if your people can investigate a big Chinese corporations in Nigeria where almost all the staff are outsourced and these people are treated as third class citizens in their country.

    Regards.

    May 16, 2011 at 5:33 am | Reply
  22. Ade

    Sir,

    I would be pleased if your people can investigate a big Chinese corporation in Nigeria where almost all the staff are outsourced and these people are treated as third class citizens in their country.

    Regards.

    May 16, 2011 at 5:37 am | Reply
  23. Julia Mosley

    Congratulations CNN on exposing and leading the world with much needed information about the horrific crimes against children. Many people still have no idea such crimes exist and many feel powerless. Your regular reports will inform and help us understand more about the problem. [ Human trafficking and slavery also draws our attention ] Thank you for giving us all an opportunity to help and have a voice. God bless you all. Julia

    May 26, 2011 at 4:30 am | Reply
  24. Richard King

    My comment is on photobucket.com under the name richard king..it is about slavery implemented with the use of sophisticated electronics and software. No touch torture, enslaved by an invisible force. My two year old son is their latest victim and one of the perpetrators sex slaved a young girl from Myanmar from age 7 to 21.

    May 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  25. lamine Mane

    Good morning,

    Please see the link below before reading the rest of my email.

    http://www.worldvision.ca/ContentArchives/content-stories/Pages/questions-and-answers-talibes-of-senegal.aspx

    I am writing you because I think you should do a report on Talibe children in Senegal.

    I am originally from Senegal and moved back to Senegal a year ago after 11 years in Atlanta, GA. However, there is one thing that is just not sinking in, I see so many children on the streets that are sent to beg for money. This now considered normal by people in Senegal, and no one does anything about it but it seems that people encourage it.
    I usually refuse to give to the children on the street because I know where the money goes, so I rather buy them food to eat or buy them shoes because they walk kilometers bare foot going from neighborhoods to neighborhoods.

    Today, I did something I never done before! I stopped I child to ask him questions to better understand why he was on the streets begging. I did not ask for his name but he told me he was 6 years old. When asked where were his parents he told me they live in Guinea Bissau, which is another country located at the south border of Senegal. His parents brought him to Senegal and left him at a school for him to learn Arabic but the headmaster send him and other out everyday to beg for money. Standing next to me in his small frame, he told me he has not eaten for a couple day and he is not allowed to go back to the school unless he comes back everyday with a certain amount of money. I felt so sorry that I did what i usually do not do, I gave him some money.

    This kids are being used to make money, what we do not realize is they are the adult of tomorrow! Their youth is stolen from them and a lot of them are sexually abused. I can only imagine what they are living but this needs to be exposed to the world has it is growing more and more.

    I hope this story get heard and people to help reduce what I say is unhuman!

    Lamine MANE

    June 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  26. Bibi

    I commend CNN & Demi Mooreon an excellent documentary!
    However I think some aspects ofthe trafficking situation were not emphasized enough. I have lived in a small, rural but touristy town in Nepal for 10 years. Although it does happen that girls are drugged, lured or duped into being trafficked to India- more often girls are willingly sold by their family & trafficked by a relative. The girls that are willingly sold by their family are quite young, usually 7 to 12 years old. This has been the culture of several Nepali ethnic groups for 100's of years. Sadly the families that have sold their girls don't want them back, yet another mouth too many to feed.

    June 26, 2011 at 8:49 am | Reply
  27. santoshouille

    The government of Nepal eventually has to pass some laws & order in a way to get control with this SEX crisis . Education isn't the problem in Nepal , it's poverty & dream for money ! The Government of Nepal must need to find an actual solution without any further delay . Don't you think that Nepal should block all of it's open gateways with India ? Perhaps , it makes a lot sense .

    June 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  28. tinky npeanuts investigations

    coventry county county co rt case 96dv5308-tazzy khalon and myton school friends are with you.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  29. Concerned citizen

    Anyone can said anything about http://www.aupair.com/ child care services for young women. This a world wide agency that recruit teens for work overseas as nannies.

    June 28, 2011 at 12:29 am | Reply
  30. bill

    Something must be done about these victoria era immigration laws that countrys like usa and austrailia have that disqualify former prostitutes from immigrating. All prostitutes are there because they have big problems and they sacrifice themselves for thier family, or thier baby, or just themselves to survive! nobody wants to be a prostitute and they should be judged for being too poor not to be a prostitute ! It keeps them in prostitution not to allow them a new life! Also the new protect act supposedly to protect underaged girls is being used to set up unwary tourists. You idiots made a law that gives gangs and organized crime a reason to use more underage girls. They get the underaged girls goverment issued ids and put them working in bars. They guys think they have ids no problem and bang setup for life with blackmail and extortion. The girls and the gangs make even more money than they did just selling sex !

    June 29, 2011 at 5:28 am | Reply
  31. Bello Babatunde

    THANK YOU CNN FOR THE FREEDOM PROJECT

    The issue of freedom in the so called “Free world” we live in is a case that really needs to be attended to and it is really a great to know the amount of force that CNN is putting to make sure this menace is stopped in our modern world.

    But it is a pity that most of us that are ruling against the mentality of slavery are also part of those promoting it in our society in one little way or another, whether consciously or unconsciously, either by what we do, say or purchase.

    But I will like to bring the attention of CNN to an article I read online written by Johann Hari, which is titled “The dark side of Dubai” and can be found through this link, http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/the-dark-side-of-dubai-1664368.html

    The article brings to light the case of unimaginable form of slavery in a place I personally wish and desire to visit one day (but which I now doubt I may not want to visit after reading the above article in the link).
    That place is DUBAI.

    The impression I have of Dubai after reading the article is just that of disgust, an ill treatment to fellow human beings which I cannot even wish for on an enemy.

    Though, due to the way of life in a world where there are a particular set of people that are meant to work for other people, the welfare of the low level workers should not be ignored, child slavery stopped, and the use of our women for forced prostitution finalized.

    I will like CNN to try and get an in-dept investigation into the matter because this cruel act of slavery has to be brought to an end or to the barest minimum.

    Thank you CNN for bringing to light the issue of slavery and I know with your strength, this will be corrected and the victims of slavery will be able to breathe a fresher air.

    GOD BLESS.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:11 am | Reply
  32. jimmy dunn

    Reading these article is hard,I cringe when I see how others suffer.this my real name,I survived 23 years in the bad streets of phila.Contact me and whatever needs to get done,Well I can play a big part in helping,I just don't know how to give you my information to get intouch,

    July 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  33. jimmy dunn

    jimmydunn88@yahoo.com,Like I said 23 years of daily survival,I know I can be beneficial and will!

    July 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  34. Adaobi Okwy

    adaobiokwy.blogspot.com
    The world is suddenly rife with talks of modern day slavery which would have being something worth celebrating except that in a country like Nigeria, there’s yet to be much impact. Awareness seems to stop at a certain level; that level being where no change can really happen. The low standard of living continues to contribute immensely to modern day slavery in Nigeria as everyone wants to put food in his/her mouth…end of story. It cannot be the end of the story anyway as, modern day slavers have taken advantage of this situation especially as it concerns children.
    I am greatly concerned about the children. Taken from their parents and homes at very young ages, they’re taken by the well to do and are turned to slaves. They’re made to work until they drop. They are physically, psychologically, emotionally and sexually abused while all the promises that were made to them dry up in the pool of their tears.
    It seems like no one hears the cries of these children. The ‘mind-your-own-business’ neighbourliness of today keeps these children invisible from the ‘blind’ world. This does not deafen the conscience anyway and so, the time to help create awareness from the grassroots to the top has come.
    Today I bring you Ngozi’s story. Ngozi is the girl whose dream is dust because of slavery. There are many Ngozis’ and they live among us. There are girl Ngozis’ as well as boy Ngozis’. Read Ngozi’s story and live her world. This is a way to understand her and help you follow through on a solution for her.
    You’re welcome to my Roundtable!

    July 14, 2011 at 4:28 am | Reply
  35. John polycarp

    i really don\t know the right meaning of slavery because here my country Nigeria, children are becoming more of slave. Most parent send their children out as house-help only for this kids to be tortured to work late in the night. they are been deprive of education and stave to death. some in the process, are been gotten pregnant become of neglect by their parents. we need to broaden this fight to include those ones sent out by their family to money for a their living. In my compound, one house-help went for a competition and won a space to compete outside d state but the mistress wouldn't allow her. beating the girl and even sent her out of the house all because she was on the verge of leaving their house. right now the girl knows no joy.

    July 16, 2011 at 7:19 am | Reply
  36. Gungkak Bob Laizure

    I am a retired American and a volunteer English Teacher in a Trade School in Bali. This is my tenth year. Recently we were about to lose one of our best teachers because she had no accreditation. She was to be replaced by a new teacher who was sent to our school by a high government official. The replacement would be a very poor substitute for her. He is a very poor teacher. I managed to save her . . . for now . . . by threatening to quit. I asked her today why she wasn’t getting her accreditation? She told me because she could not afford it. She was asked for 265 million rupiah – about 30,000 U.S. dollars. She makes about 2,500,000R a month. That means working eight years or so just to pay for the job. If that isn’t a form of slavery, what is?
    Many government jobs here are subject to this type of corruption. To become a cop is around 200 million. I don’t have current figures on joining the military but even that costs. What is equally sad about this situation is that we end up with a lot of sub-standard teachers and corrupt cops. Our students are as much the victims as our teachers are.

    July 18, 2011 at 6:09 am | Reply
  37. ibrahim

    am presently in ghana and have a trafficking story to tell.how do i do that.

    July 29, 2011 at 6:50 am | Reply
  38. 封锁

    我是中国大陆的网民,很喜欢看你们的新闻。国内的新闻我基本不看(都是报喜不报优)。可是你们网站只要是关于中国的新闻,就是点不进去。希望你们能教我们用什么方式可以看新闻(你们报道的才是真的事实),谢谢!!

    August 1, 2011 at 3:45 am | Reply
  39. Burton Mac-Holmes

    victimization of any kind is abhorrent to me. the number one problem on the planet is over-population. the key to stemming this self-destructive (to humanity and individual females, especiatlly girls) human tendency is to give women sexual ascendence - the power to say no, to choose the be more than their biology, to use whatever talents their inclinations drive them toward. women are the key to the survival of humanity: we must protect our female half and encourage their emancipation, at all costs. brava (and bravo) to Ms Moore, Ms Koirala and the other people who struggle in this mission.

    August 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  40. Ken Rothey

    I am not in any way shape or form raising any question about adopted children. I am very concerned, however, that the Chinese government, in enforcing its policies agaiinst multiple births, has for years has made it a practive to 'steal children' from the homes of the poor and unprotected only to turn around and sell them through State controlled orphanages for dollars, sometimes as high as tens of thousands. This practice continues to this day.

    Is this not a very direct violation of the rights of children who are helpless victums. These children are not necessarily being sold into slavery, but as we all know, Haitian children are know to become the slaves of their American families.

    Just for your consideration!

    August 7, 2011 at 9:52 am | Reply
  41. Unknown

    Come to Saudi Arabia ...and c the real picture of modern slavery on extreme level .....

    August 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  42. MEDIUM FOR GOD CHANNELING TELEPATHIC PROFILING TRAFFICKERS

    TELEPATHIC OF FAIR GAMER HUMAN SEX TRAFFICK WOMAN LANEY SAYS THEY ARE NOT STOPPING TAKING GIRLS BY WAY OF LYING ABOUT THE NICEST SINGLE MOMS WITH GIRLS AND SURGERY IS LOBE AWAY THE BRAIN OUT WE LIE ITS FINE AND ITS DEATH ON THE OPERATING TABLES ON THEIR ACCOUNT AND IF THEY STOP THEN THE WORLD WILL KNOW ALL THE ONES THEY TOOK BY DCFS FAKE SET UPS UNEEDED SURGERYS ARE DEAD OR TRAFFICKED SOMEWHERE BY THE STING INVISIBLE INSTANT MESSGES TO FIVE MILLION ALL OVER THE WORLD SOME ARE UNDER SANTA MONICA SAN CLEMENTE CEDAR SINAI AREA BY TUNNELS UNDER HIGHWAYS AND FIVE FEET UNDER WHERE UTILITY WORKERS WALK

    THEY SET THE MOMS UP YEARS MONTHS IN ADVANCE AND OVERDRAFT SET UPS COPY PASTE FILES ISPYWARE PEEPING TOM SLANDER LIAR BIRGADES THEY PAY MANY TO LIE TO THEIR JOBS SCHOOLS NEIGHBORHOODS GET MEDICAL FINANCIAL CONTROL TAKE THE MOMS MONEY AND SHE DOES NOT HEAR OR SEE IT EVER AND MEDICAL CONTROL SHOOT KIDS UP AT SCHOOL AT HOME MOMS AT THEIR JOBS STALK IN SURVELNCE ISPY AND BRAIN DAMEGE CHEMICAL THEY LIE TO WORKERS IT RELAXS THEM FOR THERAPY AND TAKE THEM ALL SEPERATE LOCATIONS TO A HOTEL THE KIDS MOM AND DAD SOMETIMES ARREST TEENS PARENTS DRIVING AND GANG RAPE THE DAUGHTERS IN FRONT OF THE MOM OR DAD HANDCUFFED TO 5,000 MEN THE FIRST DAY UNDER LA AND ALL UNDER CALIF AND TO JOHNS WHO PAID TO RAPE SLAVES BY INSTANT MESSAGING VOYERISM AND COLLECTING MONEY CALLED ABUSE MONEY AND THEN TRAFFICKED ACROSS THE USA TO JAPAN CHINA LITAWANIA UNDER THE WORLD ARE THE INUMAN MEN AND SNUFF OPERATION AT THE END GET PROOF I AM A MEDIUM FOR RICARD NIXON JESUS LADY DIANA AND MOST OF ALL JFK SAYS GOD AND I KNOW AND NANCY OUR VESSEL OF OUR WAY OF INFORMING THE WORLD OF THIS MOST SERIOUS PROBELM NO SHOOTS NO RN NURSES NO ISPY NO AMBULANCES A TOE NEAR A DCFS WELFARE RELATED FAMILY NO FIREMEN NO CASE WORKERS NO INVISIBLE STINGS

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    August 13, 2011 at 4:15 am | Reply
  43. Martin Barr-David

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/zara-fashion-chain-linked-to-slave-labour-in-brazil-20110819-1j2c7.html

    August 19, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  44. yusuf

    God bless you for this effort. I live and work in Saudi Arabia, from the Philippines and comes accross many horrifying stories of abuse on housemaids and drivers, but most commonly housemaids. Althought I will not categorically say this is a norm,but there is alarming cases of abuses not reported or exposed to media. Many Saudis are very good employers and really care for their househelps, but a few are really evil and deserves punishment

    yusuf

    August 24, 2011 at 3:21 am | Reply
  45. Kris

    Trafficking in Cameroon is getting serious. how do i share my story?

    September 4, 2011 at 8:54 am | Reply
  46. dillinger

    A lot of the comments on the trafficking board are offensive and should be deleted. The trafficking board needs moderators.

    September 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  47. manish arch

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    September 24, 2011 at 9:40 am | Reply
  48. Jimmy

    The company I worked for was managing foreign workers brought in from various Asian countries.
    I worked for less than a year before I quit. It was painful when I discovered how these workers were treated. Thought by staying longer with the company I might be able to change my boss (typical china man business man…. Money! Money! Money!) Well, all he cared was how much profit he can make and nothing else bothered him.

    The workers (about 20 -25) were cramped in one shop lot unit (with one bathroom and one toilet). They only provided bed (with a low quality mattress and pillow.. which is replaceable only once a year), a fan or two and a gas stove for cooking. Poor ventilation and poor hygiene creates haven for bed bugs.

    Workers were scolded, beaten or threatened when they voiced their dissatisfaction. Passports are held by the company/agent. There was nothing they could do. When they are sick, the wardens are told not to take them to clinic/hospital unless it ‘very’ visible that they are sick. And if the doctors do not approve their leave, another deduction is done from the wages (more than a day’s pay). Afraid of the penalty, they are forced to work.. like it or not!

    They are required to work for 12 hours a day and 6 days a week and are sometimes questioned for not working on Sundays (which is their only rest day). How cruel can we be??

    A few girls who were beaten manage to escape and approach NGOs. Thank God!... someone finally had the courage. That particular incident managed to change my boss a little. He stopped beating the workers due to the pressure from the NGOs.

    These workers work for many giant companies but none of them took any effort to find out more about these workers. They couldn’t be bothered!

    But I like to mention one particular Taiwanese company (a company in Melaka, Malaysia) to which we supplied our workers. The HR team actually visited the hostels and emailed us their requirements (according to the EICC standard). Otherwise they will not employ our workers. I thought to myself ‘wonderful!!!’. The only reason my boss made the changes to these hostels was because he didn’t want to lose this customer.

    I wish all the companies out there can follow the example of this particular Taiwanese company. Operated by a great HR team! Most of the HR Mangers I know… were only concerned about how much ‘cut’ can they get from these agencies.

    Each one of us needs to play a role to change this world.

    Only Spiritual Transformation of Individuals will shape the society we live in. We cannot be content with just being good but to put them into action/service.

    We can make a change! This project can be successful......

    October 5, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  49. Steve Cobb

    You can help by supporting the film project Cargo:
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/personafilms/cargo-theatrical-release-of-independent-feature

    October 11, 2011 at 4:07 am | Reply
  50. Orlando Mercado

    In the Philippines it is common practice by most companies to hire work force from a labor/personnel supplier company. These labor/personnel are hired/used for less than six(6) months and replaced, to avoid permanent appointments. This is how most companies avail of cheap labor. It is legal but is it moral?

    October 28, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  51. Kokui Yawor

    I am saddened as a mother to see a very 'refined' form of modern slavery IN Ghana.
    Families living in the cities seek children as young as 5years form the rural areas or villages with the supposed story of taking them to school in the cities and end up using them. They are deprived of the basic things; they dont eat the same meals as the rest of the family, they are locked in at home when the rest of the family goes out and sleep on bare floors. they are most often very mulnourished and grow up very timid. in extreme cases the yourn girls are abused by males in the family. we know of this but who are the culprits? the same people who should know better and people in Authority. SLAVERY OF ANYFORM IS WRONG! LET CHILDREN BE CHILDREN!

    October 29, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  52. Ahmed Saleh

    TO CNN REPORTERS
    Disturbing news about African refugees in sinai,Egypt. For more information visit asmarino.com

    November 1, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  53. Epie

    I'm shocked when i saw a youtube movie about how Dutch police of Dordrecht harsh handling of a man because of what he's was wearing a T-shirt with the sentence "Zwarte Piet (mean Black Piet) is racisme" He was just standing there. The Dutch Santa Claus (so called tradition) with a Black Piet (white people making their faces black: saying one of milion explanation one is; they are coming in or out of a chimney (smokestack) THATs WHY THEIR FACES ARE BLACK???
    If you look how black people been drawned you see what i mean.Thats my opion. check this web
    http://www.ad.nl/ad/nl/1012/Binnenland/article/detail/3030720/2011/11/12/Zwarte-Piet-demonstrant-door-politie-mishandeld.dhtml

    November 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Reply
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  55. martin tande

    This is what true journalism is all about, after watching handful of broadcast about the freedom project I get the feeling we are all living in a crazy world of make believe, whereas the reality if not for the CNN freedom project will always be a non event. Those religious groups who profess God should have taken the lead before now.what Hypocrisy?

    December 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  56. SONNI SUNDIATA (bushdoctor)

    REFUGEE camps are also a type of modern day slavery,as people are sold by the banks which holds their estates of the dead parents,would have like to offer some names of young women that has written to me asking for my help to gain there freedom from these slave camps.Lots of the camp managers are selling these young women in collaboration with lawyer from the Untied nations refugee placement unit.Can your investigators find there way to any refugee camps in DAKAR/SENEGAL and get a first hand veiw of whAT TAKING PLACE AT THESE CAMPS.

    December 31, 2011 at 9:38 am | Reply
  57. Michael Khoun

    Postal Code: 13502
    My dream is to visit the capital of every country in the world and advertise world peace. If one man can go to every country as the world watches, then maybe we will have given back hope to those who have lost it. Never give up on your dreams.

    My name is Michael Khoun, I am 22 years old. I was honorably discharged as a Corporal in the Marine Corps March of 2011, only to get promoted on inactive reserves to a Sergeant. I now go to Utica College majoring Crime, although I am only a freshman I felt like I was meant to walk the world.

    I want to get the worlds attention and to everytually make on National TV and even speak to the president.

    I want to create a flag with the words "WORLD PEACE" in rainbow colors, and the flag of all 196 countries in the world in the background of my flag. I then want to travel to every capital of every country and walk with that flag from the poorest to the richest part. If I work my way from the most well known cities maybe I can reach out to countries like North Korea after visiting every country.

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