How to help: Enslaved children
May 12th, 2011
04:07 PM ET

How to help: Enslaved children

Children tragically are being abused through every form of human trafficking.  They make up to 50% of the victims, according to UNICEF.  They are trafficked for sex, forced to beg, can be found working in factories around the world and are even abducted by armed rebel forces and taught to kill.

This week, we have uncovered the atrocities suffered by a seven-year old Bangladeshi boy who was mutilated and forced to beg, and those of Liberian child soldiers whose childhoods have been stolen.

While the case of the Bangladeshi boy may be extreme, it is probably safe to say his isn’t isolated.  Globally, children are kidnapped and forced to beg, and as can be expected, only the traffickers and gang leaders receive any of the profits.  And in the worst cases, these children are wounded either because they refuse to beg or simply because “pity pays.”

An organization working in Bangladesh to help these children is Save the Children Bangladesh.

In Liberia, former child soldiers are now in the process of recovering after the country’s fourteen year long civil war.  But what they endured cannot easily be forgotten.  Abducted from their homes by rebel forces, they were used as messengers, spies, sex slaves, or even handed guns and forced to kill.  Their childhoods were stolen.

Fortunately, UNICEF and World Hope International work to rehabilitate these children, not only in Liberia, but wherever the need might be.


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  1. ntando

    this happens mostly in africa and plz also vist in zimbabwe children needs more help

    May 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • Miro

      Mostly Africa? You are ignorant of the facts. I implore you people to look up the actual statistics. It is happening here in America at epidemic levels.I had no idea of the actual facts either. Now I know. My child was taken. Find out the facts before it happens to you.

      May 15, 2011 at 4:54 am | Reply
    • Joan Rethcrow

      How to help enslaved children ? Don't buy Made in China until they raise their wages and make better working conditions. My blender was probably made in China by kids. That's why it's falling apart.

      May 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • chad raines

      ignorance is bliss i guess! 1/3 of americas youth over the age of 13 is a felon, being enslaved by there own country out in the open and you wanna look down on africa.clean up your own house.

      May 17, 2011 at 10:53 am | Reply
  2. Mona Mainali

    Many of the South Asian countries beside Bangladesh these problems are in the extreme level. It should be stop.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:47 am | Reply
  3. Edgar

    Hi is there any way i can help?

    May 13, 2011 at 10:44 am | Reply
  4. Olufemi, Nigeria

    The Nigerian government forces its fresh graduates to undergo a year of "service" (actually servitude), against the wish of most. It is called the National Youth Service Corp(NYSC). The program makes these young graduates available as cheap labour, working in very deplorable conditions with little or no right of their own. "These Corp members" were targets in the just concluded elections some killed. Isn't this slavery too? But the government is behind this and unwilling to yield to calls to scrap the program. Is CNN willing to be a voice of freedom here?

    May 13, 2011 at 10:52 am | Reply
  5. Name*Jodiec@Homepeel.com.au

    I agree Oludemi, although I am a blessed woman from Melbourne, Australia. How could I ever know how to live with these atrocities? I don't. Only in my imagination do I get close and that's 2 much for me 2 bare! How must it be for you? I'm sorry and I'm thankful. NYSC- sounds as bad as they all do. Not until we (people feeling like I do) can unite and let go of the fear that they work hard to instill in us... Can we overturn this dark energy that has seduced so many of our kind x

    May 13, 2011 at 11:15 am | Reply
  6. chenlee

    Thanx to cnn for freedom project ... Well I just wanna sugest you that plz visit to india, thanx

    May 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  7. roger

    You CNN deserve some credit for publicizing this, but you NEED TO POINT OUT that the problem is ENORMOUS with many millions enslaved around the world, and the root cause is world poverty, and you NEED TO POINT OUT that the problem is FAR too big for charities to solve–what is needed is MANY HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR in foreign aid, which will require MASSIVE TAXATION OF THE RICH–which our corrupt government will never do and so that is only one of many reasons why WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO RISE UP and overthrow them like the Egyptians, hopefully

    May 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  8. Horllaitan

    Thanks CNN for this wonderful venue to disclose some issues.Am on the surport that in Nigeria NYSC should be scrap and if it will not student should be given an opportunity to choose the state they want because i can undastand that majority of these student are been posted out of their will .plz i'll appreciate if something urgent can be done about dis instead of these student been posted into the midst of Northernans that lack Human feelings and Emotion,
    And also try visit most of Nigeria employer of labour,i think and believe that Nigeria govt should have an independent body that will checkmate the activities of HOW his citizen is been missuse.THANKS TO CNN PROJECT FREEDOM.GUDLUCKS!

    May 14, 2011 at 12:19 am | Reply
  9. randy

    Homeless and hungry children can be found all over the world. Cambodia is a safe place to go to help homeless kids and the elderly; but for those who prefer to stay in the US, we also have homeless folks who need help and the problem will continue to worsen as long as we continue to vote for republican leaders. Many are very selfish and are only concerned about how much they can acquire. Those huge tax breaks Bush gave the wealthy could have saved many families from the cold, hunger and desperation that they face everyday.

    May 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  10. randy

    To solve the homeless and hunger problem in America, we need people to do more than donate money because much of that money never reaches the people and is used to administer the program. To really get involved, personally adopt a family by giving them a place to sleep and help them get on their feet. Sometimes just the stress of their situation becomes disabling and they just need a chance to get their head above water. If you have never personally experienced such poverty, get to know someone who has and it will change your life and theirs for the better forever.

    May 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  11. TO NANCY GRACE LARRY KING CNN FRAUD SENT TO CNN!!!!!! BY TRAFFICKERS

    AHANNAF TAYLOR IS IN DANGER HER AUNT LINDA JOAN FOX IN MAMMOTH LAKES IS TELLING MATT SEEGERS IN AA TO ARREST HANNAH FOR LYING HER MOM WENT NUTS AT USC AND CAROLINE CLARK SHOEMAKER SAID THAT TO HANNAH AT CARLS JUNIOR ON WESTAKE BLVD AND HANNAH CAME OUT CRYING AND TOLD HER DAD AND HER DAD TOLD HER MOM NANCY FOX WHO CALLED CAROLINE AND JAN AND LANCE MANCUSO AND CANDY FINNIGAN AND SAID SHE HAD A COURT HEARING AND RULED A GOOD SAMARITUN CONCERNED CITIZEN AND INTUITVE MOM WHO REPORTED A PSYCHIC CHANNELED LEAD TO STOP RAPE OF HANNAH JESSICA IN THE EVENT IT WAS ACCURATE SO SHE LEFT USC AND TOLD THESE MENTIONED RULED PSYCHIC BUT NOT WHAT HER ESP LEAD SAID SO LINDA IS SAYING HANNAH SAID IT TO HER TEENAGE FRIEND AND LINDA SAID IT TO DARREN WHO SAID TO HANNAH PROBABLY AND SO DID CAROLINE AND JAN GOT OUT OF BUGGING HANNAHS CLOTHES AND HOUSE AND THE COMPUTER HACKERS AND ALL THE UNDERCOVERS BOB FINEMAN OR FINEBERG AND THE OTHERS SAY IM NOT HAPPY I WANT TO WHIP AND RAPE AND HANNAH IN FRONT OF NANCY FOX THE MOM REPORING US EVERY HOUR ME DAVID THE CNN LIAR HACKER WITH VANCE AND LANCE THE LONNIE ONE AND CINDYS DAD AND SEVENTY NINE OF US MEN UNDERGROUND STEVEN WITTOWS HOUSE AND SEAN DAVID FINNIGAN IS LYING TO CNN NOW TO GET HANNAH ARRESTED SAID LINDA FOX AND EDWARD SCHYLEER AND WE LIED TO THE OBAMA STAFF IN LOS ANGELES AGAIN AND SO DOES LINDA FOX AND EDWARD SCYHLER EVERY DAY THE DRINKERS WITH NO KIDS WHO NOTHING OF NANCY FOX AT ALL AND ALL TO SELL THEM AS BODIES SLAVES AND NOW WE REVERSED IT AGAIN AND LARRY KING WONT READ A WORD OF IT THE CIA SAYS ITS ALL BULL AND THAT THE BARRETT FAMILY AND NOW HE DID READ IT ANDIS WORRIED ITS RIGHT ON THE MONEY AND THE VAN NUYS DETECTIVE KNOWS SHE CAN READ MINDS AND IM WITH DAVID THE OTHER ONE AND LENNY VANCE RANDY LEVINE LEVY FAMILY TONS OF THOSE RAPISTS PIGS WHO WANT TO KILL LINDA ED STEVE JAN FOR LYING SEX IS FREE AND HERES NANCY THE RAPE VICTIM FROM 17 WHO TOOK SELF DEFENSE CLASS AT VALLEY COLLEGE AND TELEPATHIC MEDIUM TO GOD SUPPOSED TO BE A MIRACLE AND SHE CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY THEY DONT BLOW OUR BRAINS OUT OR PENIS AS WE ARE ALL SO SICK IN THE HEAD AND THATS ALL ONE THOUSAND WHO RAPE THE DCFS WELFARE KIDS AND WE FOOL THEM ALL AS WE ACT SINCERE AND KIND TO GET OUR WAY AND WE REVERSE LARRY KINGS EMAILS THAT JAN SENDS TOO AND NANCY FOX WE BLOCKED NOW FROM ANY SITE SO SHE CANT STOP THE RAPE MOESTING MURDERING LOBOTOMYS HYSTERCOMYS INTESTINES TIED IN A KNOT AND CLIT OFF OF HER TEENS AND HERSELF AND SANDY REALTOR MOMS LITTLE TWINS AND SANDY LAUGHS ANSD SAYS ME AND JAN WILL GO TO THE HOSPITAL AND JANS INSTANT MESSAGE TO THE PERVERTED RAPING JESSE THE ORDERLY AT CEDAR SINAI TO TAKE THE TEENS HANNAH JESSICA TO DR SOLOMAN LOBE OFF MAN AND JAN IS DUMB AND SAYS ITS FINE AND DOES NOT WORRY AND THEY THOUSANDS SAY KEEP THE LIE UP IN THE AA MEETINGS AND DO THE VAGINA CLEAING SURGERY ON VIRGIN MINOR GIRL HANNAH AND JESSICA AND NANCY FOX THEIR MOM AND THATS DIGUSTING TO NANCY FOX WHEN SHE HEARS IT WITH TELEAPTHIC REPORTING AND ITS MURDERING KIDS TEENS MOMS BABIES DADS WHO WE ARE NOW FRAMING IN SAN DIEGO AND THE PRESIDENTS ALL OVER THE WORLD SAY NO SURGERY!! STOP!!! AND WE IGNORE IT TO RAPE THE TEENS
    NINE COUNTRIES SAY WE GET THE DEATH PENALTY FOR COORDINATING SURGERY AND FAKE ARRESTS AND LIFE IN 3 COUNTIRES AND WE WHITE OUT AND CHANGE IT AND LIE TO DO IT OR DIE AND SEND IT TO CNN ALL DAY AND NIGHT AND THEY SEND IT TO THE OTHER MEDIA AND SAY NO WAY SNUFFING UNDER CALIFORNIA AND THEY ARE SATANIC TORCHERING AND LIE THEY ARE SAVING AND WE THOUSAND ARE ALL KILLING NICE FAMILIES WHO ARE NEVER ENDANGERING AND WE ARE UNDER DAVID WITTOWS HOUSE THE NEW ONE IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD LYIING TO THE MEDIA BY INSTANT MESSAGE WE REVERSE ALL NANCY FOX ESP LEADS A BILLIONS FAXES TO STOP ME DAVID THE HACKER GEEK SQUAD AND JOHNNY JOHN VANCE LENNY DAVID WITTOW DAD AND SEAN IS GETTING SEDUCED BY JAN MASTERMAN SOBEL AND CAROLINE CLARK SHOEMAKER AND LANCE MANCUSO DID NOT KNOW NANCY FOX IS SO GIFTED PSYCHIC AND I REVERSE HER LEADS ALL DAY AND NIGHT AND LINDA FOX AND STEVE FOX HER MEAN SIBLINGS AND JAN SAY DONT READ NANCY FOXS

    May 16, 2011 at 1:43 am | Reply
    • Blackword

      sad! theres your problem!

      May 20, 2011 at 11:41 am | Reply
  12. Blackword

    How to help?
    Three things

    1st the ability to accumulate support, Although this is a great CNN web site at first blush it fails to grab those less able or those who may simply butterfly past. There’s no harm in a simple mechanism to garner support and get those email address.

    2nd I believe the pool of support is best utilised via Dramatic license it’s a big pool but we all need a splash! And sometimes grabbing attention requires loosening ambition to provide substance it’s difficult to grasp ideas when the subject remains so elusive.

    3rd slavery is an ugly trade but it is a commerce based trade and yes it requires a commercial solution for all those who fight against this evil there’s another who opposes your efforts for freedom. And they spend millions of dollars supporting this ideology. It is a series of webs and we must find the spiders.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  13. andre balkouma

    Thank you to CNN for the freedom project. Keeping the world together.

    May 18, 2011 at 7:49 am | Reply
  14. lileaf

    OK, I want to tell you, this problem is happend in some place of china, so many children beg in the street 。

    May 29, 2011 at 5:22 am | Reply
  15. RICHARDS

    THIS PROBLEM IS EVERYWHERE, HERE IN NIGERIA I KNOW OF A VERY BEAUTIFUL AND INTELLIGENT GIRL OF ABOUT 11 WHO DOES NOT GO TO SCHOOL BUT WORKS IN A RESTAURANT

    June 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  16. A B

    hello. welcome to the real world. people beg. kids grow up fast. This is not the disney world fantasy land that you've got ingrained in your head.
    You want to be a do gooder? Go to Miyanmar and meddle in their affairs. Get your head chopped off by rebels.

    June 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  17. Anna

    There's a terrific book everyone should share with their friends and age-appropriate children: "Sold", a harrowing first person account of trafficking, rape, and being freed. It's by Patricia McCormick and it's the only book of its kind I've seen. Highly recommended for young people, and for those who want to learn more about these emotional and factual issues. McCormick traveled to India and Nepal, and spoke to young women in the brothels. Proceeds from the book supports Anuradha Koirala's anti-trafficking organization, Maiti Nepal.

    June 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Reply

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