Taking a stand to end slavery
April 11th, 2011
01:17 PM ET

You are taking a stand to end slavery

Modern-day slavery is not often talked about, but we’ve learned that people all over the world are passionate about stopping the problem.

Last month, CNN iReport and GOOD asked readers and viewers to join the fight against human trafficking by taking a virtual pledge to end slavery.

We’ve received more than 100 pledges from people in dozens of countries. Of those, we’ve spoken to 50 submitters and found that our audience is committed to educating themselves and those around them about sexual exploitation and forced labor beginning with a simple message:

"I’m taking a stand to end slavery." FULL POST

April 11th, 2011
01:04 PM ET

Tracking slavery around the world

All week, CNN examines the technology that is helping to track and tackle slavery around the world.

Which countries produce the most slaves and where are these slaves employed? And which international borders fail the test when it comes to human trafficking? CNN's News Stream mapped it all out – and illustrated the extremes. As the video above shows, the developing world does not have a monopoly on this degrading trade.

Topics: Technology • The Traffickers
April 11th, 2011
09:29 AM ET

Reader: Humans have good track record in the impossible realm

The debate about how we can end modern-day slavery is happening all across the web, including reader comments on The CNN Freedom Project blog, Twitter and the project's Facebook page.

Here's just one opinion from a reader on Facebook, Aya Reall Hansen, arguing why people are trying to end this.

"Yeah, it may be hard to win the battle, but heck, I'd say humans have a pretty good track record: good luck finding a "new world" – oh wait, thanks Columbus, you did the impossible; good luck sending someone to the moon – oh wait, thanks NASA, you did the impossible; good luck abolishing the Transatlantic Slave Trade – oh wait, thanks mankind, you did the impossible! Human Trafficking not only affects females, but also men, families, morals, ethics, morality, and religion! It appeals to the very soul of a person (for those who still have one), and if the only reason a person gets involved is so they can sleep well at night, I would say that at least they still have a conscience in tact, and from that starting point, their reasonings for putting an end to this nasty disease will be enlarged, their motivations deepen, and their understanding of the importance of freedom/agency solidified. To those who lack understanding, who choose to stand by and watch the innocent suffer – watch out, the barge of RESPONSIBILITY is coming through and cannot be stopped!"

What do you think?

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Topics: Reader Response • Voices
April 11th, 2011
12:05 AM ET

Real men join stars in fight against slavery

Don’t miss: Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore talk to Piers Morgan live on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.

Movie star couple Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are launching a new campaign Monday against child sex slavery.

A host of other stars, including Justin Timberlake and Sean Penn, signed up for "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" aimed at stopping people buying underage girls for sex.

The Demi and Ashton Foundation, or DNA Foundation, hopes to raise awareness of the global problem that is also a curse in small towns and big cities across the United States.

Kutcher told CNN: "We want to create a cultural shift in the way men and women view young people selling themselves for sex." FULL POST

Topics: How to Help • Solutions