May 20th, 2011
02:32 PM ET

How to help: Who’s in the fight?

This past week, on Jim Clancy’s The Brief, we have focused on young activists who are serving as role models in the fight against modern day slavery.  Our guests included Bradley Myles, the Executive Director and CEO of Polaris Project; Zach Hunter, author and founder of the Loose Change to Loosen Chains campaign through IJM; and Cheryl Perera, Founder and President of One Child.

Polaris Project,  IJM, and One Child are excellent sources of information on the topic and accept donations as well as provide suggestions as to how you can get involved.  But most importantly, these three young activists exhibit the power this generation can exert.  As Cheryl Perera said, “Young people, our generation today, has the power, the intellect, the talent, the creativity, the know-how, the technology and the resources to actually see slavery go down in this generation. …  I think that young people who have been exploited in the sex trade themselves would feel a sense of empowerment, they are an invaluable insight into what can be done to challenge this.”

Tina Frundt, featured later in the week, was herself a victim of trafficking.  She is an excellent example of someone who has overcome her tragic past and now puts her energy into doing good for other victims.  Frundt is the owner and director of Courtney’s House, a shelter for recovering child sex slaves.

ECPAT (End Child Prostitution Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes), another group working against human trafficking has dedicated itself to many projects, including working with the hotel, retail, and travel industries to prevent this awful crime.  On Thursday, we spoke with Carol Smolenski, the Executive Director of ECPAT-USA, about these efforts.

And finally, on Friday, we presented one of the youngest fighters to you: nine-year-old Benjamin Sherman, who wrote a book, Gregory’s Paper Airplane, on the subject of human trafficking.  Proceeds from sales of the story are being donated to Agape International Missions and IJM.

Throughout the week, we have shown that sometimes the least expected individuals can have an impact - in this case, the young as well as former victims of slavery.  The Frederick Douglass Family Foundation is another organization working to end human trafficking.  The group accepts financial donations and encourages more young people to join in the fight through their educational projects.  You can find out how to get your school involved by visiting their website.

You can also check out the CNN Freedom Project blog’s Educator and Parents Guide.

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  1. joelle esther benyayer

    two women in french defense in var a muslims and one cloxse to front national involds with hacking and control internet also communication worst they are responsable or robbery of informations money for more and three years after the meeting january when the international nazi was there with members of al qaida from holland france germany spain italy they make a graffic of drugs liquid explosif hacking some bank like the bank of france dispattching the money wia iran maroco austria germany techenie only the liberal can work and for sure jewish communauty the objectif was soulevaement of middle east what we oberv the war in middle east the french gouvernement dont act worst they accepted the money be made in ffrrance only the jewish communauty in europa and in france pay the price joelle esther benyayer i ask my voisin rezan to stop and this woman in military in var to stop in sainte maxime to control internet joelle esther benyayer

    May 23, 2011 at 2:53 am | Reply
  2. franklin harvey

    human trafficking is not the worst modern form of slavery, credit card debt is, and the banks get away with it

    May 24, 2011 at 4:48 am | Reply
  3. Jofficial3

    Human Trafficking Is very bad I Jofficial3 am taking a Stand against Modern Slavery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qVIsqGtQp4&feature=channel_video_title

    May 24, 2011 at 10:44 am | Reply
  4. shraeve

    Most of these anti-trafficking campaigns are thinly disguised attempts to ban consenting adult prostitution. Proof? How many say they are in favor of legal consenting adult prostitution? Virtually none.

    May 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  5. Christine gogo

    I take a stand against child sex traffiking.! It is the worst form of slavery. We need to find out why men or even women find children so appealing to perform such lurid acts. It is such a puzzle. We need to stop pornography. We need to find a way to convince mothers to keep their children. They are obviously better off with their mothers than out there in the world. Women have got to start respecting themselves so that men can find them more appealing than the poor children.

    May 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  6. undercovers sell families with Ispy and exploit them to men and boys to set up rape and trafficking

    jan a trade woman in calabasas tips i got about hundredsa abusing an AA family and hundreds of victims on thier traffick list
    SETTING UP MISS NANCY GAIL FOX AKA FOX-TAYLOR FOR ANOTHER PSCYH EVAL AT DEPTARTMENT CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES TO GET HANNAH RETURNED TO HER MOM AND THEY WILL NOT STOP EXPLOTING JESSICA D TAYLOR AT HER COLLEGE VALLEY TO VALLEY COLLEGE CAMPUS SHERIFFS BY DAM JAN SOBEL MASTERMAN WHO DOES ISPYWARE ON DCFS FAMILIES THEY SELL AS SLAVES AND SHE HAS LIFE ALREADY IN THE USA AND REVERSES HER OWN ARREST WARRANT AND HANNAH GRACE TAYLOR 16 IS BEING EXPLOITED TO BOYS AT HER SCHOOL BY STAN THE STING TO SET UP GANG RAPE OF THESE NICE GIRLS RAISED SO CAREFULLY BY THEIR MOTHER AND THIS FRAMING OF THE MOTHER WAS PROVEN ALREADY TO THE PRES OBAMA BEDEN AND JAPAN PRIME MINISTER IN 2008 FALL AND SPRING 2009 THESE PEOPLE WHO PLANTED GIN IN THEIR GARAGE AT WESTLAKE VILLAGE AT THEIR FAMILY HOME ON RIVER FARM WAS PROVEN BY THE UNDERCOVERS STINGS WHO WERE SENT BY THE JAPAN ANIMAL CRUELTY CENTER AND THEY PLANTED GIN IN NANCY FOX REMAX OFFICE AND IN THEIR GARAGEA AND NANCY FOX HAS 26 YEARS SOBER IN AA AND JESSICA HAS OVER 4 YEARS SOBER AT 19 AND HANNAH DOES NOT PARTY A VIRGIN A NICE GIRL AND THIS WAS PROVEN ALREADY 3 OR 5 YEARS OF FRAMING TO SELL THEM TO BE RAPED AND KILLED IN JAPAN BLACK MARKET AN AA REALTOR MOM AND TWO MINOR VIRGINS SOLD WITH PEEPING TOM AND PARIS KNOWS AND CALLS IT THE VOYERSIM CONSPIRACY AND ANYONE SIDING WITH JAN MASTERMAN SOBEL OR DCFS MISS CHARLYNN DAHL OR DCFS DELMY MENDOZA AND JAINE EVANS PECK AND BOB FINEMAN WITH KATE KALI AND STEVEN DOUGLAS FOX THEIR OWN DAM UNCLE AND UNCLE ED AND AUNT LINDA FOX IN MAMMOTH LAKES THEY DID DO ISPYWARE ON THEM IN THIER HOMES AND SELL IT AND NOW ARE DOING IT ON JESSICA AND HER AA NICE BOYFRIEND WILL STANLY AND ITS A PHELONY ITS EXPLOTING THEM AND THEY ARE TOLD TO STOP AND THEY ARE ARRESTED BY MANY COUNTRIES AND FAMILIES ALREADY AND SAY ITS NANCY THE MOM AND SHE HATES PORN IS SOBER IN AA HONEST NICE PERSON AND HAS NEVER LAID EYES ON ISPY ITS THE STING ISPY AND THESE LADIES AND MEN THINK THEY ARE HOT SHIT CIA TOP SECRET AND FRAME MOMS KIDS AND TEENS AND SELL THEM TO SO CALLED FAIR TRADE BY MAKING THEM LOOK BAD WITH THEIR ISPY AND BOB FINEMAN RAPES TEENS AND MOMS AND MAKES SNUFF MOVIES AND FOR 2 YEARS HE IS CHANGING ALL THE JAPAN STING EVEIDENCE AND KEEP IT FROM THE PRESIDENT OBAMA WHO IS ANTI HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING AND NO TRADE PERIOD IN AMERICA AND THEY HAVE MOLESTOR PERPS JULIE WESERMAN LINDA WITH VANCE LENNY JIMBO GARY JOHNNY DAVID AND OTHERS HACK AND LIE TO THE POLICE SHERIFF MEDIA IN LA CALIF USA AND TO THE MRS OBAMA STAFF TOO AND COVER UP THE RAPE MURDER BODY SELLING PEEPING TOM SNUFF MOVIE OPERATION THAT THEY CALL TRADE AND THE HACKERS ARE PAID FIVE THOUSAND A DAY TO STOP THE LEADS FROM GETTING OUT OF WHAT THEY DO AND JAN COPY PASTES ALL NINE THOUSAND MEN WHO RUN THE OPERATION CHANGES THEIR ARREST WARRANTS ROUND THE CLOCK AND LIES TO OPRAH AND CNN AND SAYS NANCY KNOWS THERE WAS ISPY IN PARIS AND NO SHE DID NOT AND NO CAMERA AND PROVEN ALREADY TO PARIS PARLIMENT AND NANCY HATES PORN PERIOD AND ALWAYS HAS AND PROVED THAT TOO AND JESSICA HATES PORN AND HOW CAN A MOM JAN MASTERMAN SOBEL WITH TEENS OF HER OWN BE EVER SO CRUEL TO DO THIS TO THESE POOR GIRLS?

    May 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  7. Precious

    Another apsect of slavery that is being practiced but not yet exposed , is so called Aupair. Some individuals run "agencies" They bring girls from poor countries bring them to families that treat them like slaves, some of the are even racists and one has to live a life of torture everyday. Some families even hit the girls and still there is no justice by authorities. I was a victim of such a case. I was brought from Africa, and my passion for taking care of children, learning other cultures and even furthering my eduacation but only to be dissapointed upon my arrival in Europe. These back door so called "aupair agencies" must be banned, they are all for the money and bring young women in families that they know are bad, they promise to help us but the moment we have problems they do not help.sometimes young women have to be out on the streets at night not knowing where to sleep or what to eat after being inhumaley treated by their so called "host families"

    May 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  8. azedinne

    thoose girls they got american dream and european dream they do anything to come they loves city and light and their dream becomes dark humantraffiking must be stopped !

    May 27, 2011 at 11:57 am | Reply
  9. w-d

    thoose girls they got american dream and european dream they do anything to come they loves city and light and their dream becomes dark humantraffiking must be stopped !

    May 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  10. Desmond Graham

    I have just seen Angeli Rao's piece about piece about the families caught in the brick making business trap. I feel diminished at seeing children treated like this. God alone knows I came from a working class family in Dublin, but we had some sort of life. Mr. Karsai is a disgrace, and should be outed for allowing this to happen in his country while his associates live in luxury. Please keep the cqmâign going.

    May 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  11. Desmond Graham

    I have just seen Angeli Rao's piece about piece about the families caught in the brick making business trap. I feel diminished at seeing children treated like this. God alone knows I came from a working class family in Dublin, but we had some sort of life. Mr. Karsai is a disgrace, and should be outed for allowing this to happen in his country while his associates live in luxury. I will never forget that litle boy trying to manipulate that wheel barrow. Please keep the campaign going.

    May 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  12. Dr. Bev Questad

    The best org to help fight child slavery and sex abuse in Bangladesh is Distressed Children and Infants International.
    Check it out at http://v2.distressedchildren.org/

    May 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  13. Clara

    Dear sirs,
    I'm sooo disappointed! I was looking forward the whole week to today's premiere that was announced for 20.00 London time and 21.00 CET...I'm in CET and what was my surprise when I entered in CNN at 20.25 just by chance and....there it was already, it started at 20.00 CET!!! I missed half of it! Pity!
    Anyway, I think it's a beautiful project you have, I wish you the best of luck!!

    June 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Reply

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