Actress Demi Moore partners with the CNN Freedom Project for the documentary, "Nepal's Stolen Children," which premiered Sunday, June 26 (Find times and details). In the documentary, Moore travels to Nepal to meet 2010 CNN Hero of the Year Anuradha Koirala and some of the thousands of women and girls Koirala’s organization has rescued from forced prostitution.
The problem of slavery isn't isolated to one part of the world: the levels of slavery and people trafficking today are greater than at any point in history across all countries. But people with great courage are tackling this modern-day slavery and making a difference. (Related: Why CNN is doing this: A problem that can't be ignored)
What do you think? Were you aware the problem still exists in the world today? What can governments, communities and individuals do to help combat modern-day slavery? Why do you think slavery continues in the 21st century? Take a moment to think: How is slavery possibly connected to the products you buy, the clothes you wear or other aspects of daily life?
[Update 9:30 p.m. ET] Thanks to all of our viewers who took part in our discussion during the premiere of "Nepal's Stolen Children." Some fantastic questions and insightful comments. If you missed the documentary, it will re-air at 11 p.m. ET in the United States.
Still looking for a way to help? Check out our "How you can help" section for ideas. And while you're looking for ways to get involved, take a stand with iReport's "Take a stand to end slavery" project.
Special thanks to CNN producers Leif Coorlim, Gena Somra, and Neil Curry.
[Update 9:22 p.m. ET] More reaction from viewers on Twitter:
"@aplusk This CNN special on Nepal Human Trafficking is oddly beautiful for such a brutish subjects #endslavery" –@DancingFriar, San Diego
"@CNNFreedom i watched this 3 times today! The level of cruelty to those victims are horrifying!!" –@Marshiepooh
[Update 9:20 p.m. ET] "Will there be more documentaries to #EndSlavery from Africa, other countries, or the U.S.? (because there is child trafficking here 2)" –@Ms_Terion, Georgia, USA
CNN producer Leif Coorlim, editorial director of The CNN Freedom Project: "We have several documentaries in production now, which will be rolling out in the coming months. Stay tuned for pieces involving both the US, Africa and other regions as well!"
[Update 9:18 p.m. ET] "@CNNFreedom #endslavery I think at least few cases should be taught in history classes in schools." –@shakirbahzadm, Kuwait
CNN producer Gena Somra: "I couldn't agree more! As we have said - awareness and education are two key things needed to help bring an end to this type of practice and prevent it from happening in the future."
[Update 9:14 p.m. ET] "@cnnfreedom Watched Nepal's Stolen Children #endslavery – Excellent coverage. Wondering if the PM mandated any changes following meeting?" –@EricEwe, Houston
CNN producer Gena Somra: "Unfortunately with Nepal's political instability and lack of a cohesive government, making changes are quite difficult to do. I am not aware of the PM mandating any changes, at least to my knowledge at this time, but by shining a light on this very real issue, perhaps now changes can be made."
[Update 9:08 p.m. ET]
CNN producer Gena Somra: "Hopefully because of the response by people like you, more attention will be shown to this topic. It takes each and every person to raise his or her voice so that modern-day slavery will end."
CNN producer Leif Coorlim: "We agree completely. That's why CNN created the Freedom Project. To devote our resources to helping bring this story out of the shadows and give voice to the victims' plight."
[Update 9:07 p.m. ET] @toznsnd in Atlanta: "After watching #nepalsstolenchildren with @mrskutcher I wonder if things there can really change when the govt won't help. #endslavery"
CNN producer Leif Coorlim: "Be watching CNN tomorrow. The US State Department releases its 2011 Trafficking in Persons report. It's a way to pressure governments to make sure they are tackling this issue properly."
[Update 9:04 p.m. ET] "Questions: Are the Nepalese police trustworthy? Are they involved in the human trafficking? How low are their wages? #endslavery" –@fgwiazdon, San Francisco
CNN producer Gena Somra: "I don't think I can speak to every policeman in Nepal, but I can say the ones we encountered were very committed to helping stop this practice from happening. But we were told by the various NGO's [non-government organizations] that there are still cases of indifference or acceptance of this problem and that there is more work to be done to get the authorities to enforce consequences for those that are caught. But these organizations are also very hopeful because they see more attention than ever before from their law enforcement in combating this problem."
[Update 8:58 p.m. ET] @Darryl_Nielsen in Toronto asks: "@mrskutcher How long were you in Nepal for? #endslavery"
CNN producer Gena Somra: "Our team in Nepal, Producer Neil Curry, myself, cameraman Farhad Shadravan, cameraman Christian Streib, and cameraman Hamit Shonpal filmed with Demi Moore throughout various locations in Nepal for 6 days. It was an incredible experience to see these things first hand and see the way people are trying to bring this horrible practice to an end."
[Update 8:55 p.m. ET] Rob asks "Is it only girls that are traffic, and why does the Government of Nepal allow this."
CNN producer Gena Somra: "No. Young boys are also trafficked. We spent time in Nepal's carpet factories, where both boys and girls were forced into bonded labor and made to work under terrible conditions. We highlighted the organization Goodweave, a group that is working to end bonded labor in Nepal's carpet industry.
"Also the problem of trafficking in Nepal is a very complex problem rooted in poverty. Nepal's unemployment rate is over 40 percent. And with many men leaving the country to seek employment elsewhere, women and children are left vulnerable. Nepal's government does not even have a constitution right now, because of political instability so that combined with the economic migration of its citizens, makes it hard for an effective governance that can address this very real and tragic issue."
CNN producer Leif Coorlim: "Our correspondent Dan Rivers recently uncovered a trafficking ring involving boys sold to foreigners in Thailand.
"They are also vulnerable to being trafficked for labor in fields, factories and mines in many parts of the world."
[Update 8:47 p.m. ET]
#EndSlavery Have effective means been found to influence the culture and men's attitudes in Nepal and India? (Not to mention here as well).
— John McGinty (@johnpmcginty) June 27, 2011
#EndSlavery Have effective means been found to influence the culture and men's attitudes in Nepal and India? (Not to mention here as well).
— John McGinty (@johnpmcginty) June 27, 2011
CNN producer Gena Somra: "Yes. Anuradha Koirala's Maiti Nepal organization goes into villages and conducts awareness campaigns where they put on skits highlighting what trafficking does to a young girl. They also pass out pamphlets on what to look for and educate the whole community, not just the women and girls. This is one key step they are making to broaden people's knowledge and help them understand this practice is wrong. Also thanks to organizations like Maiti Nepal, police and government agencies are becoming more involved and paying more attention to this crime and taking it more seriously than before. But more needs to be done. The main problems in these countries that lead to trafficking are poverty and illiteracy. And those problems need to be addressed if a real difference is to be made."
CNN producer Leif Coorlim: "It's a long, slow process. But efforts are underway. Making the 'customers' aware of the pain and abuse these women suffer through is critical to changing perceptions."
[Update 8:45 p.m. ET] "@CNNFreedom I am looking for an educational video to show young children to teach them about human trafficking, any ideas? #endslavery" –@fighter06_xtina, North Carolina
CNN producer Leif Coorlim: "Given the nature of the topic, that can be tough to find age appropriate videos. There is a good book called "Gregory's Paper Airplane." It's written by a 9 year old named Ben Sherman." Read more
[Update 8:41 p.m. ET] From the comments: Virna Luque: "I applaud the effort CNN is making to be a part of the force fighting Human Trafficking. I am watching from Panama City, Republic of Panama the film Nepal's Stolen Children. It is heartbreaking to see what these women have been gone through. I AM TAKING A STAND TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING and so should everyone."
Virna, we're thrilled you're taking a stand to fight human trafficking!
If you're willing to join Virna and take a stand to end slavery, take part in iReport's "Take a Stand" assignment.
[Update 8:37 p.m. ET] abreitnauer asks in the comments "What can college students really do to make a difference and stop human trafficking in the US? What efforts are put forth to work with the men that are drawn to traffic women?"
CNN producer Leif Coorlim: "College students are some of the most active in the fight against slavery. Check out groups like Polaris Project, which was started by college students and now runs HHS's Human Trafficking Hotline."
[Update 8:34 p.m. ET] "While I appreciate #CNN bringing awareness to sex trafficking, they have a lot of work to do at home, not just in Nepal. #endslavery" –@christina014, California
CNN producer Leif Coorlim: "You are so right – sadly there's a lot more work to be done, no matter which country you call home."
"Watching stolen children of Nepal on CNN. There is so much for us to do to make sure trafficking doesn't take place in our country!" –@lokeshtodi, Boston
CNN producer Gena Somra: "CNN is committed to highlighting the dangers of trafficking through the CNN Freedom Project at cnn.com/freedom, not just in Nepal but all over the globe. It may come as a surprise to some that trafficking does indeed take place in the United States. And is not limited to other countries."
[Update 8:29 p.m. ET] @robinsoletzky in Phoenix: "@CNNFreedom This story is so sad. I hope Demi speaks to Nepal's prime minister to help out. Those poor young girls. Namaste..#endslavery"
CNN producer Gena Somra: "We did have an opportunity to speak to the Prime Minister. Be sure to keep watching to see his response, and what he says can be done to end this very real problem in his country."
[Update 8:25 p.m. ET] "The tiny women warriors at the border are fierce. #endslavery" –@RivetingSC
[Update 8:22 p.m. ET]
@CNNFreedom How can we educate the young and innocent about human trafficking before they encounter it? like "STRANGER, DANGER"
— Anna McDonald (@fighter06_xtina) June 27, 2011
@CNNFreedom How can we educate the young and innocent about human trafficking before they encounter it? like "STRANGER, DANGER"
— Anna McDonald (@fighter06_xtina) June 27, 2011
CNN producer Leif Coorlim: "Awareness is definitely the first step. Getting the word out through social media, at public events and during conversations with friends and family is a good start."
CNN producer Gena Somra: "Awareness is key. Get involved with those organizations in your community that work to end human trafficking. By learning about how people are trafficked, you can help raise awareness yourself by sharing with friends, family and others that you know the signs to look for, and they in turn can help educate the young and vulnerable about the danger that is very real."
[Update 8:18 p.m. ET] @jennybennyx33 from Sterling Heights, Michigan asks: "@CNNFreedom is their a way to volunteer and help out in shelters for victims of trafficking? Are these shelters dangerous for victims?" ... "what I mean is, after rescuing can these traffickers come back and it become dangerous? Traffickers are scary ppl"
CNN producer Gena Somra: "I can't speak to all shelters, but most that I have encountered in the US and elsewhere, including Maiti Nepal, are places where trafficked victims can at last find safety and have a protected environment in which they begin to heal."
CNN producer Leif Coorlim: "There are a number of ways to volunteer. You can go to cnn.com/freedom and click on "how to help" to find organizations that may be of interest to you.
"It can definitely be dangerous. But many of the shelters I've visited have a number of security measures in place to protect the children."
[Update 8:15 p.m. ET] More emotional response to "Nepal's Stolen Children:"
"Watching @mrskutcher on @cnn I'm already crying. I love you Demi & @aplusk for all you do!" –@cmccormick26, Oklahoma
"Only seven minutes into @CNNFreedom doc and several tissues used. Heart is aching for those who are abused/sold. #endslavery" –@elaine123abc, Washington State
"@mrskutcher Only 8 minutes into the CNN Special ... all i can say is wow. Hard not to tear up listening to these stories. Heartbreaking." –@RaymondBevidas, Philadelphia
[Update 8:12 p.m. ET]
I'm from Toledo Ohio which is one of the worst cities in the USA for sex slavery #endslavery
— Raine Wilder (@RaineWilder7) June 27, 2011
I'm from Toledo Ohio which is one of the worst cities in the USA for sex slavery #endslavery
— Raine Wilder (@RaineWilder7) June 27, 2011
CNN producer Leif Coorlim, editorial director of The CNN Freedom Project, weighs in: "You're absolutely correct. Most Americans don't realize as many as 100,000 people are trafficked every year inside the United States."
[Update 8:10 p.m. ET] @persephone101 in Jamaica tweeted this: "Watching @mrskutcher in "Nepal's Stolen Children: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary". Powerful. Sad. Reality. 5 mins in and I'm crying."
It's an emotional topic - and @persephone101 is just one of several who have shared their emotions in response to learning more about the problem of modern slavery. What are you feeling as you watch? Let us know in the comments.
[Update 7:45 p.m. ET] In 15 minutes "Nepal's Stolen Children" will premiere in the United States on CNN. Be sure to submit your questions and comments for the producers behind "Nepal's Stolen Children" and the CNN Freedom Project. You can also connect on Twitter and Facebook. Please be sure to keep questions and comments on topic.
Demi Moore took some questions from Twitter followers earlier this afternoon during the documentary's debut on CNN International:
This is an overwhelming global problem but together I believe we can end this! RT @pabl0godoy @mrskutcher jus… (cont) http://deck.ly/~H4OZf
— Demi Moore (@justdemi) June 26, 2011
This is an overwhelming global problem but together I believe we can end this! RT @pabl0godoy @mrskutcher jus… (cont) http://deck.ly/~H4OZf
— Demi Moore (@justdemi) June 26, 2011
[Update 4:20 p.m. ET] Thanks for your questions and comments about modern slavery and "Nepal's Stolen Children." Didn't tune in? The documentary will air at 8 p.m. ET in the United States. (See other showtimes here)
Join us right here at 8 p.m. ET for another live discussion about modern slavery, and a chance to get your questions about "Nepal's Stolen Children" answered by the documentary's producers.
[Update 4:05 p.m. ET] @maureenagena in Uganda asks:
"Are young boys also trafficked?"
CNN producer Leif Coorlim: "Yes they are. Our correspondent Dan Rivers recently uncovered a trafficking ring involving boys sold to foreigners in Thailand.
[Update 3:57 p.m. ET] @hundun, in Manila, Philippines: "@mrskutcher @cnni such a heartbreaking story but learning so much.the same is happening in the philippines bec of our culture and poverty"
CNN producer Leif Coorlim: "You are correct. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda is doing incredible work with her Visayan Forum Foundation in that country to help protect victims and arrest traffickers."
[Update 3:53 p.m. ET] @canahuii asks "Did any of the girls or their families want their perpetrators to be sentenced to death? #endslavery"
CNN producer Neil Curry: "Most of the women we spoke to wanted life sentences for traffickers and many did want death sentences.
"I don't have the specific law in front of me but as far as I understand prostitution is not illegal in India and the rules on using or keeping brothels are not as strict as in many other countries. Anuradha spoke of her frustration that its usually the women who face punishment while men receive a slap on the wrist - or in our film they literally received a slap from the policewoman leading the raid on the brothel."
[Update 3:49 p.m. ET] @maureenagena in Uganda asks "What is the REAL cause of this Slavery? Poverty? This is what needs to be addressed/solved #endslavery"
From CNN producer Leif Coorlim: "In many cases, poverty obviously makes someone become more vulnerable to becoming a victim of slavery - but it is not the only reason.
"UNICEF, for example, says modern-day slavery exists because of the "poverty-plus" equation.
"Someone becomes a victim because they are 'poor + there is a problem with corruption in a certain area' or they are 'poor + there is a lack of political will to protect them.'"
[Update 3:46 p.m. ET] OSEI JNR asks in the comments if the Nepalese Prime Minister really gave Demi and Anuradha permission to see the convicted trafficker.
Producer Neil Curry says "Yes. He did so on camera. But the jailer told us that irrespective of the Prime Minister's permission he would not allow us to talk to the trafficker without the permission from the Director of Prisons, which was never given, despite repeated requests."
[Update 3:37 p.m. ET] Some more reaction to "Nepal's Stolen Children:"
"As hard as it is 2 watch @cnni 'Nepal's stolen children' we MUST be informed in order to #endslavery" –@pabl0godoy
"Thumbs up to Ma'am Koirala,Demi Moore and all those women who further strengthened my faith and belief in THE POWER OF WOMEN. Big Cheers!!!" –Prarthna Golay, New Delhi via Facebook
"It's very pity to see such a horrendous condition of Women trafficking in My home land. We should do something from our side whatever we can to stop this Modern day Slavery. :|" –Bishesh Lama, Kathmandu via Facebook
[Update 3:33 p.m. ET] @NathalieWill says "I sponsor 5 women a year thru Women for Women International. Is there a similar program for victims of human trafficking?"
From Leif Coorlim: "The UN Office of Drugs and Crime has established a Trafficking Victims Fund, which any company, country or individual can contribute to. It provides money for small, local charity groups to care for victims all over the world."
[Update 3:26 p.m. ET] @NhlalonhleSM asks "#endslavery are there any african campaigns?"
CNN producer Leif Coorlim, editorial director of the CNN Freedom Project, has details: "Yes, there are a number of organizations that are working hard to fight slavery in Africa right now. Two organizations worth looking at are World Vision International and the Enslavement Prevention Alliance in West Africa."
[Update 3:15 p.m. ET] @NathalieWill in Johannesburg, South Africa, asks a question that is shared by many: "what can I do to help?"
We've put together an entire section to answer just that. Visit our "How you can help" section here.
[Update 3:05 p.m. ET] Some more reaction from Twitter:
"Brotherly love, rescuing sisters sold into sex trade. Surely the men using the girls have sisters too? #endslavery @mrskutcher" –@grightford
"Guys, the 1st 10 mins of @cnnfreedom: "Nepal's Stolen Children" w/ Demi @MrsKutcher will absolutely break your heart. #Impact #endslavery" –@MrStevenGeorge
Be sure to share you comments or questions for the producers in the comments below.
[Update 2:55 p.m. ET] Some early reaction to "Nepal's Stolen Children" on Twitter:
"@mrskutcher watching nepal's stolen children on #cnn rather touching! Great job" –@tapalF
"It starts with you and me #EndSlavery" –@kennObara
"@aplusk @mrskutcher Nepalstolenchildren Its a very touching effort, a hard reality an excellent program. Congratulations #endslavery" –@pavelrg
I for one did not realize slavery still existed. I hear about human trafficking but didn't realize it and other things are just new forms of slavery.
Let us go down the root of slavery
i'am so glad for that's really appreciated for my sister (didi ) Anuradha koirala
Some girls enjoy this type of work and are very happy. No law will ever stamp out prostituition so lets live with it. I say the best option is to legalize it worldwide so that you can monitor and care for these girls.
Are you sick? They're being forced to it, they did not say.'I want to do it.' It is because of the poverty, not because they're willing to like in some developed countries as you say it strippers/ hookers/ prostitue?
I think it's clear who you are Peter and what kind of services you use for your satisfaction of sexual needs. Imagine you were a child. What would you feel?
Peter, you need to read Somaly Mam's book The Road to Lost Innocence. Yes, there might be a girl that you enjoyed that told you that "this is all good", but you need to know more than that. Most girls have lived through hell by resistance when it first happened to them. Later, some of these girls became advocates and abettors of the trade. It's the "If you can't beat them, join them" philosophy. For an example, let's say that YOU, as an individual, do not like to lie, steal, or hit people. Those are your beliefs. Let's say, then, that I throw you in prison for life. You find that, in order to live, you must lie, steal and hurt people in order not to be killed yourself. Resist, and be killed. Give in, and become part of the system, part of the hell.
Girls lose their core of dignity given to them by God when they are repeatedly forced to do something against their will.
'Some' is few and far between. A 7 year old child does not 'enjoy' being raped, sodomized and tortured by a client. These aren't consenting adults, these are children and teenagers and women who are married with children. Prostitution may be the oldest trade in the world, but it doesn't make it right. It doesn't just happen with the Nepalese/Indian border it happens with the U.S./Mexican border as well and in this case reports have noted victims as young as 6 month old babies. This is a global issue, beyond poverty, beyond race or gender.
Peter, you don't know what you are speaking of. None of the girls being trafficked in any country "like" their work. They may pretend so they don't get hurt, because believe me they will hurt the girls who are not acting happy, but, they don't like their work. If you really believe that you are beyond dumb.
Oh Peter. Where to begin. I'll justy keep it simple. The women who are "prostitutes" (not trafficked victims) do it because the HAVE to...they need the money. If she had said, "Actually dude, this gross's me out" you would have walked out...yes?
the little girls who don't even know to how to take care of them selves DONT enjoy this you idiot....may be your daughter or sister or mother does. so SHUT THE FUCK UP and get out of this conversation if you have nothing positive to say. People like you are the ones who are making this place called "world" a hell.
Human trafficking has seen a dramatic rise since the early 90's. Expert analysis points to a single factor. The fall of the eastern bloc and the introduction of free market, runaway capitalist and debt based economic policies being forced down the young nations throats. The IMF has much more to do with every woman and child trafficked than any individual does. Pick up Siddhartha Kara's book. It is more than enlightening and deeply disturbing. Sex service trafficking is just the tip of the iceburg. If you ever buy a stich of clothing produced in Thailand or Malasia I guarantee you hands are just as bloody as the sex traffickers they speak of in the Freedom Project articles. Those garments have the souls of 6 year old child slaves woven right into them.
There is basically one weapon against trafficking. That is to make it economically unattractive to do so. The only issue is that the source nations for the vast majority of the victims have been left so destitute by the IMF that they have no funds to allocate to combating the problem. It broke my heart to see that Greece is moving forward to liquidate national holdings to try and cover IMF debts. They are stealing their children's futures to make the rich richer. This is a spiral with no end and I support anyone who is willing to try and stop it.
Those are good points, but I also think it's about more than just making slavery fiscally unattractive, because let's face it there will always be somebody willing to enrich himself by putting shackles on somebody else.
Ending slavery was a part of the most costly war Americans ever fought, but 25 years earlier in 1836 the British Empire, good capitalists all, emancipated slaves in all of their territories by act of Parliament. They were a lot smarter than us in seeing the simple moral imperative, and yet ever since their almost-polite bloodless official abolition they've carried that fight to other parts of the world with varying degrees of welcome, and not always with immediate success. It took a long time for some people to get the message even inside Commonwealth nations, and while it may have at times included attempts to make human oppression unprofitable, people who lost their lives at Sharpeville and Amritsar deserved more than for consumers of slave labor goods to wring their hands.
I am not disagreeing that the British Empire did it sooner and also that they were capitalists. They were not, however, the BS Free Trade, Global corpratists that we see today. They did not have multinationals raiding soverign nation's natural resources and keeping all of the proceeds to the detriment of those native peoples. Currently there are virtually no financial or criminal consequences for trafficking children from Nepal, Moldova, Albania, Russia or Thailand to use for whatever you wants are. I am not kidding, read Siddharth Kara's book. It paints the large picture with real world solutions. When the maximum fine I could face for trafficking minors into a brothel in Mumbai is $44, then the only thing that is stopping me is my morals and my conscience. We all know how well they generally hold up when there are huge financial gains to be made.
The men purchasing sexual services are not going to stop; at least if the past 5000 years are any indication, but measures that would increase the the price of services by 5 or 10 or 25 times the going rate would certainly drop the demand to a level that would not warrant the risk of the activity if there are real penalties for being caught doing it.
Another kind of slavery: child brides. The current National Geographic has a very disturbing article about this subject, which affects very many girls. These girls miss out on more than education and childhood: they are not physically or emotionally ready to be wives or mothers, and are not told the "birds and the bees" by their families. The worst picture was of a young wife (aged 15) bleeding from stab wounds from her husband who went unpunished, and the woman Afghan soldier in the picture who was trying to help her was later killed by the Taliban. Horrible. Marriage between two adults can be a beautiful thing, but it is slavery when it is arranged against somebody's will.
Hello Elizabeth,I believe that when its comes to cultural relationships and marriages especially the once supported by family,it will take a lot of time and pressure especially from the government by making laws to protect their citizens.
Most of the people involved in this acts believe that they are SIMPLY practicing the cultures handed down by their ancestors and who are "we" to tell them what not to do(western culture) in their own land.Some of them perceive this as invasion of privacy and cultural norms.
Re-orientation of some cultural practices is encouraged in this type of situation.
In many African countries and under the constitution,It is legal to marry a girl from the age of 13yrs old and at 16years old the person most times have already had 2-3 children.This is not new.
The problem is with the government not been able to make and enforce real laws that will stop such practices.
I totally agree with you. The World community needs to awake from it's drugged stupor, and pay attention to what the IMF is doing.
Punishment for slave trafficking should be death. People like that shouldn't be allowed to live among us.
I am totally agree with you, the punishment should be death. I would espacially like to thank you Demi Moore for travelling to Nepal and share this story to world.
Tara, I agree with you, and also want to thank Ms. Moore for the stand she is taking, because it is only when the famous and the rich, draws attentions to the ills of society, more governments will hopefully take action against some of these cultural issues, and other social ills
Sex slavery is a big problem, but I'd like to do away with self-righteous celebrities as well.
Does Demi Moore think we are buying her concerned humanitarian act? Wasn't she laughing about prostitution on P. Morgan with her husband? Any woman who can laugh about prostitution's effect on women, is not in the authentic position to be a spokes person for human rights related to exploitation. Angelina Jolie wanna be!
I agree with you. The problem with sex slavery is that its demand driven and porn plays a significant part. Demi has featured in some saucy sexy movies.
WHERE exactly did you see ANYTHING self-righteous about Demi???? Her, her husband & their foundation are working VERY hard to try to help. More importantly...WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO HELP?????
Sadly, those celebrities that try to go this alone without fanfare and publicity are fighting a losing battle! Ricky Martin and his foundation RickyMartinFoundation.org have been fighting this for years, and he's tried so hard to spread the word and create more public awareness, but it's very hard to do this AND keep a low profile so it doesn't appear to be self serving! Regardless of who it is or what their motives or intent, anyone that brings this critically important issue into the forefront and gets involved in any capacity, is to be commended! Thank You Demi.. We need EVERYONE to get involved and help!
The sad fact is, this kind of slavery exists in these other countries. In the USA, we have our own brand; it's called salaried employees and underpaid, overworked lower to middle class.
False equivalencies are just that: false. If you can quit your job, take a new job, change careers, go back to school, etc. at will, then you are not a "slave". Slaves cannot make any of those choices for themselves. Grow up.
There are many many sex slaves trafficked in the US. Very young children as well, they are killed or just dumped when they are no longer a good product.
Oh Nada...PLEASE...go Google YOUR state & see what's going on in it...as far as Human Trafficking. It is happening in YOUR backyard.
Thank you for making us aware of the terrible situation faced by so many human beings around the world. Both my kids and myself are going to tuned in to Nepal´s stolen children. We live in Panama City, Republic of Panama.
We are taking a stand to end modern day slavery.
Keep up the excellent work!
Americans and our celebrities rush to stop the spread of slavery and the injustices of child labor across the world, yet we neglect to look back on our unjust actions of our recent history and ask for forgiveness from the millions of Africa's children enslaved by America. We fail to repent for the genocide of the American Indians, despite the revelations of the harsh treatment, the forced marches, the massacres, the lies told, and treaties broken. Although America's fight for the reparations of land taken from others by force and resources stolen from the millions of Jews during WW2, the children of the forefathers of America force the world to swallow and overlook America's own crime against humanity, i.e. slavery, child labor, prostitution, and murder by lynch mob.
In fact, since the revelation of the lie that started the Iraq war, the secret misdeeds of our country have been brought to the forefront, I.E. torture by the CIA, outright murder by the military as well as the experiments done in secret to innocent people of Central America. Since we are a nation that pledges our loyalty to the God of Abraham with the words 'In God we trust.', it must be remembered that this same God proclaimed that which we sow that also we shall reap.
Recently, when one of the children of Africa became president, the racist underbelly of America ran to the forefront. Although our constitution promised freedom of religion, many quickly declared since Barrack Obama might be a Muslim, he was not qualified to be President. The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) to the United States Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868 as one of the Reconstruction Amendments. Although, its Citizenship Clause provides a broad definition of citizenship that overruled the Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) holding that blacks could not be citizens of the United States. Many in America voiced opposition to the rightful election of a Hawaiian born African-American. This injustice went so far as to overlook the fact that Senator McCain was himself not born in the USA and needed a Congressional Amendment passed to run.
Therefore, until America decides to deal with the sins of our past, our present will be filled with the confusion that has overwhelmed our world. Until America learns to first clean its own house, we neither our celebrities have any right to demand another country cleanse their country of the same hostilities that litters our history. Until we stand behind our pledges in our founding documents, America's future will be tainted with the memories from those in the world we have misused. America not only needs to stand behind the words, 'We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equally and endowed by their creator with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.', we must understand that all people do not just mean only the Caucasoid race or the American citizenry, rather all people mean everyone regardless of nationality, race, creed, religion, or culture. America must first understand that the only one that can cast the first stone is the one without sin. Because of the well known and documented killings, rapes, genocide, and forced child labor of the children of Africa and the American Indian, our past is just as worse as the present situation in Nepal, and we have no right to point out their present problem with slavery until we correct our past sin of enslaving other races ourselves.
The sad thing is they don't teach much history today. Knowlege of history is the best way to keep from making the same mistakes over and over. Yes the injustice that a variety of cultures have committed are terrible but at the time they didn't seem to be to THAT society. To ASSUME that everyone who doesn't like Obama is a racist is about as racist as you can get. You know what happens when you assume? Obama has done nothing he said he was going to do except force a health care law that is beyond a joke it has some good points but did nothing to fix the problem of high costs. I know for a fact, I make more money than I did when he came into office and yet my checks are smaller, those are the reasons I want him out of office in 2012 not because he is half white.
If you dislike this country so much, perhaps you should leave and go live somewhere else. It's been 200 years since slavery was outlawed in the U.S. and you are still complaining; you won't be missed.
Robert, Robert 1st there's no time limit on sin .you gave $ to the japanese, the indians with their gambling, the indians bought and sold blacks. had children and the blacks helped them to fight and now disown them. they look more like whites with the cowboy boots. i could ramble on esp. about Ga, Ala. and Fla. when indians killed blacks for the whites.
my point is be careful who you make a hero. Human is not perfect, just perfect intentions
He was stating history, and asking all of us to not point fingers. You are trying to pick a present fight. Most African-American families have been in America generations longer than most white families; this country is home to all of us, and you can try to be more welcoming.
Just because someone is not blind to the serious evil done by the elected officials does not mean they have to leave. IF you are happy being in complicity w/ such evil, so happy for you, but, many ppl are disappointed in the Corporation of the U.S. This is a country actively pursuing the destruction of a large number of its citizens, and that will not do at all. We deserve better and our children and grandchildren deserve better. And just b/c a piece of paper was signed saying slavery was over on a certain date, does not mean the damage stopped to those ppl who were "freed" or that slavery stopped. As long as any ppl of color in this country are living w/ discrimination then no one is truly free. Furthermore, There are stil slaves in this country, many of them little children. This is not acceptable. A house divided will fall, & racist blind ppl do exactly what our leaders want them to do, divide the country with their old tired hate. The house will fall on THEM.
Good show. Now that your sermon has been published, what will you do on the pulpit this Sunday? Oh yeah – pass the hat and spout extraneous self-righteous drivel I'm quite sure.
Then you'll pass the hat. Did I forget that you'll pass the hat? No? My mistake. Apologies.
America certainly has its share of skeletons in the closet, but we've also done our share of coming to terms with the sins of our past. The fact that we have dark pages in our history (and even dark pages in our present) doesn't mean that Americans should shy away from simple moral imperatives. Perhaps it does mean that we should be careful how we go about it.
Possibly unrelated factoid, the 2nd most costly war in human history was not World War I but in fact the Taipeng Rebellion in China which came about when a disenfranchised Chinese civil servant picked up some broken bits and pieces of Christian theology from a missionary school and then accepted "help" from an American named Fredrick Townsend Ward and a Brit named Charles Gordon to import weapons and use them to fight against their feudal emperor.
As far as introductions to western culture go, a 14 year war killing 20 million people isn't exactly the way I'd like to see western values promoted.
Oh my God. Really Reginald???? re:"when one of the children of Africa became president" it was because 43% of white people voted for him. How many years ago did this country do the UNTHINKABLE & have Afican American Slaves??? We have, and continue to, make amends for that. Give the race card a rest. THIS is about Human Trafficking. Go Google YOUR state & see how much of THAT is going on in YOUR backyard.
Its wrong wrong those children needs people stand up fight for them
Good and evil lie side by side（十一）eleven as Scriptures according Genesis 3V22 shows good and bad are inborn in everyone of us, but some fail to find meaning in lfe when they end up in hell on earth (prisions), most probaly due to Satan manipulating theirweakness such as fear,doubt,worry and faith(Ps Ruth). Many might not understand that one's faith in God is the possible answer to one's problem. That is because God has defeated evil in Jesus Christ once for all who have belief(faith) in the Cross, indicating in Scriptures according Romans 8V31. Who has fought God and won ?(Acts 5v39).
What a funny joke. Where is your God when children are being raped, murdered, burnt, locked in boxes, being raped so much their insides come out and they bleed to death????? Hello, wake up, grow up. God does not hear the cries of children being raped, tortured, he does not answer, they just die, I know, I have been there, seen it. NO God, sorry. And if there was such a God, who just allows such suffering and pain, and ignores the cries of the babies being raped, then who would want any kind of "GOD" like that, you keep it. God is not coming to save you, DO SOMETHING SAVE YOURSELF.
One of the benefits of slavery is there was no unemployment. Everyone had work to do.
"... is there was.. "? Mix tenses much? You've got work to do for sure. Third grade would be a great start.
(You are missing a comma in your sentence.) Slaves have no education, and do not contribute to the economic health of a country. Their low pay undercuts everybody else's pay. Unemployment is also evil, although people can be retrained. But real jobs do not "employ" people for 168 hours a week; many slaves wear out and die very young.
Why are we continually involved in problems with other countries? Iraq, Libya, Nepal, India, etc. Let's worry about our own people and problems in the U.S.
Because we, thorough our economic and foreign policies, created all of these problems in those other nations.
Thank you Karl for knowing that and saying it.
Some of those "good" rich Indian "Americans" (orignially from India) bring over their own slaves, make them work 24/7, give them very low wages (less than $1.00 per hour), make them sleep on the floor of their Manhattan apartments, and belittle them....Brought to you by Wake Up America.
Yes, there are slave owners from many countries; it sickens me. If the slaves are under 18 years old, America will send them into foster care and jail those who keep them. But what do we do for those slaves who are over 18? Do we tell somebody, resulting in the "illegal immigrants" being simply deported back home to starve? If people know of minors who are enslaved, please tell the authorities, but the adult "housekeepers?" There is almost no solution under our laws, which favor the slave owners much more than the slaves. If CNN or anybody here has a solution for adult slaves that doesn't punish them, please tell us.
Because we are americans. This is what we do. We take care of people... no matter where they are from.
America takes care of ppl?? really are you awake? Let me give you some things, MKULTRA, watch the movie "End of Poverty", or "Sweet Misery:a poisoned world" or "The Fluride Deception" or "The doctor, depleted Uranium and the dyung children". How about how American knowingly poisons citizens with vaccines, such as the Hep B vaccine killing babies and giving ppl Systemic Lupus? (<they did it to me, I lost my home, my job, everything, no insurance now, living w/out treatment, they don't care if ppl die) And the damage being done to young girls with the Gardisil vaccine. Gov't's don't care about anyone. If they did trafficking in U.S. would have never happened in the first place.
Hmmmm....did you miss the part where Mrs. Kutcher said she wanted to learn SO SHE COULD COME HOME & HELP THE US WITH OUR Human Trafficking situation??? (Oh...didn't watch the show??)
Hey, let's allow Demi Moore to do her bit against sex slavery. She's inconsistent? Gee that would make her like everyone else. She's got money to throw at the cause? Good, let her do some good with her fortune.
As for the Biblical references, you must include references to slaves both indenturing themselves and buying their way out of it to complete the picture of slavery in ancient times. Suffice it to say that it could be quite different from the kidnapping, raping and coercion in practice over the last millennia. America fought a civil war against slavery (yeah I know it was to "preserve the union" at the outset) .. but the war isn't over.
See http://www.thea21campaign.org/ and http://love146.org .. my 2 faves in this battle.
Amen to that. As I said just above: if anybody has a solution of what to do with an adult slave other than just deporting them (punishing them worse, sometimes starving them), please speak up. These adults often have nowhere to go, and have been slaves all their lives.
I for one always wish I could make a difference in this, but never do anything to help.
Yet these same celebrities have no problem with 8 year olds working in sweatshops for them.
If they have a fashion line, not all do. Some lawmakers were also caught having a direct hand in running sweat shops in American territories; Republican celebrities, and probably self-centered. All celebrities make WAY too much money, I agree there.
Take a closer look at the problem and you will find the reason for the high numbers of human trafficking around the world is GLOBALIZATION !!! From corrupt corporations to individuals with whatever affiliation.
Human trafficking and slavery are a product of globalization it has been that way and will always be that way. The scale of human trafficking and slavery have skyrocketed because globalization has never been on this large of scale before with this amount of people on the planet.
The entire article on Evelyn Chumbow is full of inconsistancies. She was help captive yes, but she escaped at age 11 not 17 as stated here on CNN. This occurred in the late 90's here in the Washington DC area. Her captor was convicted in 2004-2005. She claims she is worried for the children, but the youngest child at this point has been without his mother for 6 years and is 15 years old. Why is CNN not allowing comments on this article and this is public record so they are idiots to think facts can't be checked. I am not siputing the facts and the horror that she was enslaved, but they should tell the factual story not something they have conjured up to sell ads!
It's sad anyway. In a large city, people do not always know their neighbors. Our world has so many people that it seems that we can't keep track, or see each other as competition only. When I was a child, I was told that we were different from the Nazis because America cared for every person, but now? My husband is ill, but has to work so that he will have the insurance plan to pay the doctors. And then people make fun of the new health care regulations (which don't go nearly far enough), and they want to get rid of Medicare. I wish that people would have the compassion to try to help others, and this includes people who might be slaves, whether children or adults.
This is the 20th century... Everyone should have opportunity to be the best they can.. Not be slaves.. What gives you the right to tell another person he has to work for you for free? Everyone whos talking crap about America having slaves for so long.. Well your right. But that is over now. So look to the future, live in the present and FORGET THE PAST! :) Crap happens..
Want to end slavery...eye for an eye. caught trafficking spend the rest of your life in slavery.
Does anyone know more detail on the Evelyn Chumbow story?
Where did this captivity take place? State? City? I like some other readers thought that human trafficking was more so perpetrated by the underbelly of society for sex trade type situations. It’s hard to imagine a typical family in suburbia getting away with it.
The family that had Evelyn – how did they hide her? Neighbors must have seen her, family must have seen her. People would ask about school. Evelyn would have to be kept silent, all neighbors and family would have to turn a blind eye. Even the children of the family…would have to be kept quiet.
Not doubting that it happened at all just very surprised and sad that no one would reach out to help in all those years.
I think this is used solely to provoke an emotional response. As such this effort will not be long lived since most people have developed a calloused ear. LISTEN: Blacks repelled, stuck, protested, practiced civil disobedience and suffered for the racial ground they have earned. Women's rights, emigrants, and a host of other groups benefited from the sweat and toil of blacks as a people. Now even the slavery issue itself is being used for other groups when many black Americans feel they have not yet achieved their goal. Anyone ever seen My Fair Lady?
I agree. Blacks have been Americans for more generations than most other immigrants. There is still serious banking and loan discrimination, serious employment discrimination, etc. And then anybody who says this is called a racist by right-wing radical talk show hosts that are supported by billionaires who own all the media channels.
I suppose that snodus and smells just about right.
REGINALD WALKER – our "child of Africa" is also a child of Europe, or have you forgotten? Has everyone?
I AM A PSYCHIC MEDIUM CHANNELING OUR LORD FROM HEAVEN THAT THE ANTI CHRIST IS MASS MURDERING TORCHERING EVERY DAY AROUND THE WORLD BY FOOLING THE AUTHORITYS WITH THEIR MASKS OF INTELLIGENCE AND SENSE OF HUMOR AND SOFT SPOKEN WORDS AND SIT ON JUDGES PANELS AND LIE ABOUT THE MOMS OF THE GIRLS THEY SELL WITH THEIR PEEPING TOM OF STINGS ISPYWARE AND STALK THEM IN ISPYWARE ALL OVER THE WORLD AND A MASS CONVEYOR BELT OF HUMANS THEY TAKE BY LYING AND HAVE A MILLION CONS WORKING FOR THEM TO LIE ABOUT THE FAMILY ROB THEM BLIND AND THEY SIT WORK UNDER THE COURTS AND TRAIN STATIONS SUBWAYS ADOPT THE KIDS TO A PERSON POSING AS NICE PARENT CRYING ITS THE MOM THEY ARE WORRIED OF AND SIGN THEM OFF MANY TIME TO THE MEN WHO RAPE KIDS AND REMOVE ORGANS LOBE OUTS THEY DO AT THIER HOMES AND UNDERGROUND STING STATIONS AND RAPE TORCHERBY THOUSANDS OF MEN WHO PAY IN ADVANCE PLAN THE SNUFF FILM AND STENOGRAPHERS DO FRAUD ARREST WARRANT AND DCFS WELFARE CASE WORKERS LAUGH LIE AND CHANGE FILES TO FIREMAN POLICE SHERIFF THE MOST AND ONE HUMDRE SAY THEY ARE IN CHARGE OF INVESTAGING THE MOM AND SAY THEY ARE TOP SECRET NO ONE CAN LOOK AND THERE ARE THREE YEAR OLDS BABIES TEENS MOM AND YOUNG WOMAN THEY HAULED OFF BY AMBULANCE WITH LIES AND BY SET UP ARRESTS WITH ACTORS VOICE OVERS AND PEEPING TOM OF VAGINAS IN THE TOLIET ISPY AND SELL THEM TO BE TORCHERED AND SHOOT THEM UP BY NURSES AGIANST THIER WILL IN AMERICA AND THE SLAVE OPERATION SAYS I KNOW BEST AND ITS THE MOM THEY ARE WORRIED OF AND NO ITS DCFS WELFARE HACKERS THEIR LAWYERS DOCTORS AND MEDICS AND NURSES AND LIARS AND ACTORS AND ISPYWARE MEN AND VOICE OVER ACTORS STENOGRAPHGERS AND CON MEN AND GOSSIP BRIGADES AND FILM EDITORS TO MAKE NICE VIRGINS LOOK SLUTTY AND INSTANT MESSAGE 1000 OF THEM ALL IN UNISON TO DRIVE THE KIDS THE MOM TO SAFTEY TO THERAPY TO ANY LIE TO FOOL THEM WITH EVEN A VACATION WITH THE AUNT IN THE MOUNAINS AND SNUFF CREWS SIT AND WAIT AND A MILLION MEN MASTERBATE TO THEIR ISPYWARE OF THE VIRGINS MOMS BABIES VAGINAS AND THE MEN SAY PART OF THEIR PAY TO RAPE TORCHER RUN BY THE ANTI CHIRST UNDER CALIFORNIA AND HUMAN REMAINS ALL UNDER AND TUNNELS TO HOTLES MOTELS AND THEIR HOMES AND LOCK UP INNOCNET MOMS DADS TO SELL THE KIDS AND RAPE THE KID WITH A LOBOTOMY HYSTECOMY CLIT OFF IN FRONT OF A HAND CUFFED MOM AND SAY SEE WHAT YOU DID TO YOUR MOMMY 9 STATES AND 9 AREAS IN CALIFRONIA AND FRANCE LONDON CHINA JAPAN INDONESIA AND LITAWANIA AND A MILLION DEVILS THEY PAY TO PICK UP MY LEADS AND SHRED THEM AND A HUNDRED HACKERS AT FIVE THOUSAND A DAY DELETE THEM AND SAY YOU CANT READ THAT OR YOUR ARRESTED AND PAY MILLIONS TO BLOCK ME FROM REPORTING THE NEW MIILENIUM HOLLACAST RUN AROUND THE WORLD UNDER LA COUNTY CALIF AND WHY DO THEY GO TO SO MUCH TROUBLE TO BLOCK ME? BECAUSE I AM ACCURATE
So, what is it you're trying to say ... exactly?
U R right about the lying ppl, stealing kids from good parents to sell, even thru the court system, CPS, Social Services are involved in many cases, & Foster homes., about the snuff films, about the films, perhaps by lobotamy, you could mean the drugging of the kids? Otherwise, I have seen these things, U R right.
I am SOOOO tired of hearing about Slavery, and the Holocaust. ENOUGH! What has CNN devolved into? The Crying Towel network? NO WONDER you are bleeding customers by the thousands, even millions! Enough of this nonsense! I am not sure why I even come back to this site any more. It is NEVER about news. It is always about Bleeding Heart and Racism stories. Good Bye!
What are you trying to say, dude? That slavery isn't news?!?? What? You wanted sports? Kitten rescued from a tree? The latest on Paris Hilton's skirt length? OF COURSE modern-day slavery is news. Sheesh.
You would feel different if it was happening to YOU, or your family. Uncaring, Unfeeling, Apathetic ppl are why our world is in the condition it is in. (or perhaps you dont care b/c you support trafficking of children and women, <more likely)
The issues addressed in the CNN "Freedom Project" – are undoubtedly important and for us working in South Asia – Asia region we see the direct impact of – exploitation and lack of rights for migrant workers who mostly go to middle east countries. However, I am still not convinced as to how much of the CNN "Freedom Project" is serious and how much is motivated by CNN marketing -ratings mechanisms . These suspicions are only strengthened with the use of Hollywood celebrities -movie stars as "CNN anchors/reporters" noting the use of Demi Moore to interview the Nepalese Prime Minister. Noting also that in the CNN marketing of the June 26 program with MS. Moore – CNN commercials focus on Demi Moore emotional responses (crying) when confronted with the realities of the victims of sex trafficking.
Gregory.....REALLY???? Oh, yes...I feel so stupid. I should have realized "celebs" don't have feelings. How stupid of me. Tell me the name of YOUR group that YOU started to fight Human Trafficking so I can donate.
I very much agree with the end of sex slavery and believe that anyone who buys low cost items imported from India, China and all of Indonesia is supporting some kind of slavery. There is more slavery today than there ever was and that kind of slavery supports the mentality of sex slavery.
either talk sex or talk slavery. i dont think we make adult movies
A local doctor and his wife were just charged with keeping a Bolivian woman as a slave in their home for 15 years. They brought her to the US by saying they needed her to care for their children on a trip and then took her passport from her. She has worked in their home for no wages and was threatened with deportation for years. It is a shame. This doctor treated my family!
when did bolivia come in nepal?
SO what is the point????????????????????? Be frank and clear when u make news.
Sunet...Paige NEVER said Bolivia was in Nepal did she??? THE FACT IS IT'S HAPPENING EVERYWHERE. Hello??????
These are the worst postings ever. Anti-capitalism, anti-christian, anti-whatever is all I am reading...
No system is perfect or without flaw, so what's the answer? What's the solution to man taking advantage of man? That's what I thought!
The answer is simple. End the corrupt "systems" which just allow the slavery and suffering. I think that is why ppl made those comments you were mentioning. Hello? Corrupt systems>all. And throwing your hands up and saying no place is perfect? So? does that mean nothing should be done? IF something is wrong, FIX IT.
There had been series of such freedom projects here in Nepal in the past. But the question is, has the sufferers realized it? Obviously not. If it had then CNN would not have any opportunity to initiate the current project.
Its hard to watch the people with pain and its even harder(sometimes impossible) to watch our Nepali brother and sister traded for slavery or sex. I wish someday it will end but I'm afraid it will not.
So as bad as her situation was and the perpetrator has been sentenced, shouldn't she be returned to her home country?
In many countrys there are issues regarding dishonoring a family which would leave the females w/out a family or support.
i am merchant seaman for 18 yrs... my first travel was in calcutta india, we stay there for 15 days. and i met a girl in a brothel she told me everything that she was sold by her mother, she was nice but troubled... i tried my best to give what she want but i'm also young.... before our ship go she told me she will do everything just for me to bring her to my country.. but what can i do... this thing has been going on for decades.. until now my heart and hope goes with her.... her name is KABITHA BRAHMA... how i wish she ok now, but its been 18 yrs and i still think of her.....
she a nepalese girl..and she not the only one i met... i regret that i done this... and i'm so sorry for her... to all mothers or father,,, dont ever bring a human being that u cant protect! now its time to help this human beings...
Its a pity that women are everyday willingly and unwillingly sent into prostitution out of desperation for survival.Some of these girls do not have any option than what they do.
The governments and individuals of every country in the world must look into this problem and help STOP it.
The Men who also patronize prostitutes should also understand that they are contributing to a shameful act which is anti-human and have huge negative impact in our society.
The provision of more employment opportunities in rural areas could also to an extent reduce this problem.
Poverty is the main cause of this act and when all of us join hands together to help eliminate poverty,this will help in stopping this act.
Prostitution as a profession is as old as humanity,but even at that,it must not be encouraged because of the dangers negative social effects associated with this oldest profession.
IF there were not men willing to treat females and children this way, this would not happen. And I have never met any of the kids who wanted that life, it was forced, threats made to kill their families and them. They are shown snuff films or witness others killed for not cooperating.
POVERTY IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF CHILD PROSTITUTION. CORRUPTION AND CRIMINALITY TAKE ADVANTAGE TO THE SPREAD OF ABUSE TO OUR CHILDREN.....
Posting may just be a waste of energy, given what I have read in the postings. I am not sure that this documentary gave a clear picture of the situation and as a history teacher I don't believe that i would ever use this as a resource in my classroom. I find that the time spent by Ms. Moore in Nepal to have been well present and so I would agree with some who have posted that her celebrity status might have opened a door; but she didn't step very far in.
In speaking with the Prime Minister a more accurate issue was touched up and that is the lack of education that the girls receive.
They indicated that the populous that resides in the rural mountains of Nepal are willing to accept people as good – they need education. Poverty is an issue and the value of a girl could mean food on the table for the family – so she is sold.
There is much to the story there; and the sex trade that is occurring not only in these economic deprived countries; but it is the solvent consumer (from all countries) who is taking advantage of those trying to better their life. It is happening in a myriad of forms, in all social levels and in countries that circle the globe.
As a teacher it is difficult to open the eyes of students when it isn't happening in their community or to them; but a great deal of this comes from the attitude of the adults around them. We can close our eyes to what happens in Nepal, Phillipines, China, North Korea, Cambodia, (and the list goes on) but how do we continue to keep our eyes closed that when those who are enslaved (or promised jobs) end up in our communities.
This is a United States issue; it is a world issue. It isn't about religion – lets not make it about religion and lets quit bring religion in as the reason it happens... it isn't. Living and working in Singapore; traveling and photographing in India, Malaysia, Thailand, you see a lot; as a U.S. citizen we need to educate ourselves because we are a large part of a global population and while we don't have to be the end all solution we need to stop being a cog in the wheel.
Many of the children in slavery in the U.S. are us citizens. Most of the time the families are in complicity. Even families not in poverty. Greed.
I would be interested to hear of the resettlement plan for victims of human trafficking and slavery. If a person is deemed to be such a victim, does UNHCR resettle them to a third country permanently like they do with refugees? Is there an official status such as is conferred on refugees giving them the right to be considered for permanent resettlement? If they are repatriated, is there a protection plan in place for them and a post placement follow up plan?
Am not sure if you have seen the show or not... but in most case they try to get them back with their families; depending though on the part of the country or the country they come from this is sometime feasible and sometimes not. The book Half the Sky looks at other options that are sometimes taken if their family or village won't accept them back.
THANK YOU CNN TEAM, DEMI MOORE & ANURADHA KOIRALA FOR YOUR ALL GREAT EFFORTS.
Hoping each and everyone, good & bad people, in this world will learn from you. No matter whether or not what others will do, I will sure join hands with you in ending human trafficking globally.
Use sport as a vehicle to build up positive images, social networks etc. Why there are no "womens´s sport programs" in TV or like in the CNN network?
Kids, especially girls, need modern role models with strength and courage.
A SMALL STEP FOR A MAN A GIANT LEAP FOR A MANKIND
This issue has been under the veneer for a long time and CNN has done a wonderful job by ripping it open. The lady spearheading this in Nepal is a goddess herself. I am sure everybody in the chain is involved, and that means even the police and judiciary.
Demi is hot!
Yes, exactly.. Am I the only one who has a problem with a Hollywood movie star who just took a pic of herself a few months ago or so, in her bikini and posted it on the web.. Is being a humanitarian a fad or is this real? The awareness is so necessary for this subject but it's hard to take her seriously. Give credit to where it's due to those who have spent their life advocating and fighting for this cause.
So to clarify, you think that a person who wears a bikini cannot be taken seriously as a human being?
You cannot be a person, a wife, a female in a bikini, and someone who helps ppl at the same time?
Dulcia....hmmmm....who exactly do YOU know that has spent their LIFE fighting this? And yes, by all means, let's not anybody else jump in NOT to try to help. Is that what you're saying??? This is not a "new" project for Mrs. Kutcher, Ashton Kutcher & their foundation, DNAFoundation. If not for THEM, I never would have realized this is happening globally. Because of THEM, this has become my passion in life. But...maybe you're right...I should move on to something else. After all...Demi's a "celeb". What does she know. RIGHT???? Good God.
I really appreciate Demi work. It is important to create awareness. You will be surprised that this horrible things happen in our community. Please dont criticize Demi, you are only distracting from the main issue which is human trafficking
Trafficking happens everywhere not just the so-called third world. As long as the laws allow these dirty men and women (yestthere are female pimps too)
to take advantage of the vulnerable it will continue. we all have to do our part to help these women.
so did the Prime Minister really give Demi and Kiorala permission to see the convicted trafficker?
why are we watching the same program twice. We all agree that it is an important subject. But.....
End the vice by standing up and fight
Well done Demi!
Nepal's Stolen Children was absolutely amazing... at 18 years old, I already know what field of work I want to pursue, and with this heart-breaking, yet powerful documentary, I am even more determined to help put a stop to this cruel act.
This was the most dramatic and painful documentary I've ever seen. Kudos to CNN, the Nepalese heroine and Demi for educating the world about this dreadful criminal activity. It exists in many other places, such as Thailand. When are we all going to be a civilized society and eradicate these brutal crimes against our children? As long as there is no education and opportunity for girls and women in these societies, the future is bleak. Education is everything. The PM is equally responsible for this trafficking by not making education a top priority.
Very nice comment. It's good to see someone who understands this is an important subject. However, this crime happens in the U.S. as well, and girls can go to school here. IF men didn't buy, the criminals wouldn't find kids and women to sell. There are abusers who see people as objects, & this is a big problem. Thank you for your concern for others in this program.
I am a survive of human trafficking and Demi Moore i am watching the documentary. hats off. good work keep it up and iknow what those women are going through.
God bless you and open your heart up wide to help others ....I have also been through hardship in life and we must help others ,for we have so much knowledge and awareness now. God bless you.
I am wondering about what happens to the girls when they become to old to be used in their job? Or if they even get to that age.
I don't know what happens to girls in other countrys but in U.S. many girls are "dumped" when too old IF THEY LIVE THAT LONG. And since many were provided drugs to deal w/ this work and many became infected w/ disease, AND had very little education, many end up living on the streets here. Many girls if found to be infected w/ disease at a young age were used for the uglyest kind of child porn when girls are killed,mutilated. For the luckest ones who get out w/out disease, or too damaged (most I know have PTSD & other mental disorders or drug problems to deal w/ the pain) have to live w/ the "stigma" which will never go away. Trafficking damages ppl forever. People are disposable in this world. I wish I could have a recovery program for those who escape in this country.
As a Nepali nationale, I confirm that this is a real social problem of Nepal, caused by extreme poverty. Still many girls and women are being sold or taken to India for slavery as well as prostitution. Further, during these days , gulf countries are explored as attractive places by human traffickers because in this case girls/women can be easily motivated. The women who returned or escaped from such gulf countries told us that they were extremely abused for sex and almost unpaid for their works. Many of them tortured violently and murdered. Recent news is still there are 6 dead women bodies of Nepali lying in Kuwait's hospital. So, focus international efforts so called democratic gulf countries or allies against terrorism, the major countries I remembered are Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Israel etc.
Always saddened to hear and see such gross violations of human rights.Maiti Nepal and Madame Anuradha Koirala is doing an increadibly brave and commendable job,people and organisations like theese should be supported.It is easy to turn right into wrong,but takes lot of courage and conviction to turn it backwards.We all observe some kind of slavery around us ,but how many of us actually end up doing something about it.Poverty and illiteracy are the biggest evils of society,efforts to curb the same will somewhat help in reducing any form of slavery.Turning a blind eye to this problem is not a solution ,knowledge and understanding of the same is the first step in ending this situation.
Just watched the program at 20h00 in South Africa tonight.
t clearly looks Nepal Government is aware of what is going on,but does not do anything about it
OR POVERTY AND JOB-CREATION, which is the clearly the cause. God bless Demi and Ashton and
everybody who is doing something about it.
I met a girl that enjoyed it. Was happy to send money to her family.
She had no future in her village in Thailand and later married her punter and now has a happy family...
Peter...seriously??? My dear friend, there might POSSIBLY be some prostitutes (NOT Trafficked Victims) who "like" it, but what they need is the money. Was she supposed to be honest to you, her john, & tell you it's gross? You would walk out the door, yes?
Sure, peter you are the kind of guy who will believe anything a girl says, just so you wont' have to feel bad about what you are doing or have done. Of course she will lie and say she liked it. No peter she didn't like it, and no peter you are not the best she ever had, no peter there is no santa either. sorry.
Dude! you are fucking sick!! Well keep that shit to yourself and we dont want to know who enjoys it and who doesnt. WE want to end this it hell that those girls are living in. Please be respectful and stop making dumb comments that hurt others feelings.
well the ills is so tall
can we save billions of kids being aborted too.?.... the problem is beyond hollywood star tears
sex slave will more than double in a couple of years time...we can not ignore the bible that this system will end
Nepali government is so much busy bickering and power-positioning by three major parties that sustainable effort and focus on this problem is far-fetched. Try reading the major newspapers (MyRepublica, Kathmandu Post, Himalayan Times) and you find about political party and government's pre-occupation - just plain bickering and pushing their party's interest. Let's just pray that the government will address women trafficking on a more aggressive and deliberate stance. No less than the Prime Minister should issue directive backed by CA's (Congress) expeditious passing of the laws related to this issue and allocating budget for this. NGOs and INGOs in Nepal such as Maiti cannot do it alone, the government has to step-in seriously. How about a nationwide Bandha every month just to remind the govt's role towards mitigating trafficking.
In Norway child slavery is governed by the State, children of divorced parents – that is now 62 % every year – are kept in slavery by being denied access to their fathers, creating everlasting mental disorders cause profound grieving...
Sex traffickers are according to Danish police mostly women; former whores; in fact 80 % are women pimps in the world – according to Danish police reports; and Denmark are full of them
Thank you CNN and DNA Foundation! Modern-day slavery will not end overnight but with a lot of collective efforts to raise awareness and make strides in ending it, what many victims have only been afraid to hope for, can and will be achieved!
Still don't belive how possible nowadays anykind of slavery being alive ! money?I belive !... thanks.
THANKYOU FOR CNN FREEDOM PROJECT TEAM, DEMI MOORE & ANURADHA KOIRALA.
This was the most painful documentary.I confirm that is a real social problem of nepal.
Do you by any chance know where I can watch the full documentary?? I couldn't find it anywhere.
Thank you for an amazing documentary. Are there any opportunities for volunteer ESL teachers with Maiti Nepal or any of the other organizations working with these victims?
Really this programme have touch my heart I have cry from the start till the end, We need a global project to educate the venerable women of the world how to defense them self against human trafficking, Thank you Demi Moore and Anuradha Koirala for helping the Nepal women to go back on their feet again
I quiet appreciat the efford of CNN toward identifying and exposing modern day slaveries and there elements, but the truth of the matter is that the Genesis of this slavery which goes hand in hand is being propagated every now and then all over the and that is ( DEMOCRACY ) a system were the rich becames more richer and the poor becomes poorer . Going by CNN documentries both the victims and the papetrators are victims of democracy from democratic nation, Neither the victim nor the papetrators had ever been reported to be from a wealthy family, they are all engaged as a result of suvival or force to, believe you me this things are happening all over the world and it can only be stoped
when the people are no more hungry . look at the situation in nepal and india .The world need a system of government that is just to all people in respective of thier status . This should be a priority for CNN in there campaign against modern day slavery.
most of the problems of the world come from human beings. And the most problems of human beings come from an inbalance of the chakras (subtil energy centers) in the body. So find and cleanse your self, than such things will disappear. We have to realize, that we are all one.
If anyone reading this wishes to help Anuradha Koirala in her heroic work, and would like to join with likeminded people who support her and Maiti Nepal, please join Friends of Maiti Nepal on Facebook. Or see our website http://www.friendsofmaitinepal.org/
I hope you, Cnn or someone investigated a lot of money will reach the truth! To be $Eco is not depening of money! Good and fullfilling hope. CNN keep the line. Hugs
Thank you CNN and God bless our Nepal's Hero, Anuradha Koirala!
I totally support Demi Moore...ie....I support the outrage on this evil.....tho'i know to do so on-line ...is pissing in the wind....sadly....
From nigeria am taking a stand to end M.Day slavry
"Join the conversation: Ending slavery"
If they want to end slavery, they must:
1. Stop their population growth, and start reducing the population. Population growth cheapens human life, making it ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE to strive for and uphold human dignity. It is not just the women who end up as slaves. The men sell themselves into slavery in places like the Middle East, where greedy, wealthy, unscrupulous construction magnates are overjoyed to have at their disposal such a large hungry hoard of desperate people willing to work for next to nothing. Overpopulation is GUARANTEED to ruin all efforts to eliminate poverty. All the surplus which might otherwise make possible higher arts, higher aspirations and higher education is gobbled up by the extra mouths to feed.
2. Solve overpopulation and 95% of other problems will be solved. The fewer people can buy and use capital generating machines, thus freeing up men from the tasks which enslave their minds and bodies. Incremental gains can be made in wealth, without the appalling and ludicrous dissipation of hard-earned wealth on more hungry mouths. Wealth creates jobs, frees up resources for education. More education means more people will strive for freedom and dignity. THE END.
WHY, OH WHY, DOES CNN AND EVERYONE ELSE NEVER EVER BRING UP POPULATION GROWTH AS THE ROOT CAUSE OF ALL SUCH SOCIAL MALADIES LIKE SLAVERY? WHY DO YOU WASTE YOUR TIME WRITING ENDLESS ARTICLES ON EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE PROBLEM?? IT IS AS PATHETIC AS THESE PEOPLE WHO ENSLAVE THEMSELVES.
Hegga, AWESOME!! PLEASE let us all know when you're flying out there with all of the birth control because we will all chip in $$$$. (Did you not hear the part where the trafficked women are NOT usually allowed to use birth control?) Go Google YOUR city & find out about the Trafficking situation going on right where you live.
Is hard to end what have been going on for the pass 4 decads by the people who stated it
Nigeria is trying to end the m.day slavry
Nigeria is taking a stand to end the m.day slavry
And all the people that have been fighting this prior to Demi Moore taking an interest I am sorry but I find this ridiculous that people don't make an effort to see how others are without a celebrity attached to the cause. I live in Nepal and Australia working with children with autism – as the government doesn't recognize Autism as a disability. We as a small organisation are not fortunate enough to get the attention of the big names And like so many other great people doing amazing work over in Nepal – we do the fundraisers in own homelands and pray that we get enough to last another year And I can guarantee all the people in Himalayan heart Nepal are volunteers in Australia and Nepal Can UNICEF it save the children promise the same ??
The show was great in showcasing the issues and problems however WE NEED to remember this information it's great to watch and say how sad it's awful Well Make a difference change your life by doing something Don't forget just don't forget
I didn't even know about this until I heard Demi & Ashton talking about it. (And that was quite awhile ago Jesslee). This is NOT a new project for them). So please...just say thank you...OR start your own charity to fight Human Trafficking & be sure to give me the name of it so I can donate.
You've summed it all up in a nutshell "I didn't even know about this until.." I wasn't aware of this until Ricky Martin told me and the main focus and efforts in this cause that will help more than anything is "Public Awareness" which is what some of us have been trying to raise for years now! One celebrity's efforts and one show on the subject will not help stop human trafficking or child sexual exploitation. We all can help in our own little ways by just spreading the news and informing, educating and enlightening others. Share links, send emails, talk to people and post blogs. I'm using everything from social networks to Ebay and Youtube to get the word out there about this, BECAUSE Ricky Martin made me aware of the problem and explained how we can all help! I'm glad Ashton and Demi and CNN are FINALLY on board now and this is getting some attention, but in three weeks when there is big news about something else most will move on and that will be the end of that! Don't allow this to happen! Continue to inform others daily! I tell everyone from telemarketers to front desk clerks at hotels DAILY and the response I get 99% of the time is, Thank You.. I didn't know that! Thank You Demi and CNN! Now I'm asking everyone to keep on informing people and perhaps one day, because of public awareness and an international outcry, we can put a dent in this horrid problem! To help or just to read more about this problem and efforts to stop trafficking please visit Rickymartinfoundation.org
The unbridled sex drive is such a weird, powerful thing. Priests, doctors, politicians, male/female school teachers, etc.
can succumb to the intense, zombie on speed, frenzied hunger. Protect your kids at all costs, be compassionate to
suffering children around the world, and despise predators, sex tourists, and other slime. As for movie stars drawing
attention to an international problem, I'm all for it. Whatever the intention, a whim, narcissism, true altruistic feelings,
better than leaving that evil in the shadows. Give the children a chance for a life in this ever increasing, difficult world.
"Public Awareness" is vitally important regardless of the source! You don't have to be a celebrity to spread the word and inform others! Thank you Demi and Ricky Martin, who has been fighting this for years!
demi their are lots of mexicans, asians,african....migrant sex slaves in america why don't you do your on beat of the fighting in america instead of going to nepal to take over some elses project please this is cheap publicity and atension you've taken the shine off koirala please stay in america and let the poor woman continue a great job she is doing.
There are kids of ALL races being sold in the U.S. in most cities. People choose to be blind. They like to pretend its somewhere else.
I am very grateful to CNN for getting behind this issue. It has needed to brought into the light for a very long time!
I couldn't agree more Sharon! Now, EVERYONE.. keep on spreading the news and talking to people about this because Public Awareness is needed to fight this!
Peter, What you said "Some girls enjoy this type of work and are very happy" is totally wrong it should never be legalized. Are you not ashamed of telling this? Don't you know that some of run away kids were forced into this under gun and knife. Some of the family members.are forcing for living, money their young girls into prostituition? It should be checked - wherever it happens - and the culprits should be punished heavily. The affected girls must be cared and the government should protect every citizen educating discouraging this.
Pornography should be stopped, banned at internet. Even the computers sold must have fire wall not to even view any web sites. Not just with age warnings. Only by registering - like gun control - people should be allowed to even access and they be monitored closely. Then only the appetite idiots for girls into rape, force into prostitution be stopped. Too much freedom is the worst than hell..
Way to go Demi Moore, way to wear your 5 carat diamond ring in an impovrished country in order to convince people you're just so pious and caring. This is a serious issue, can we please get a serious journalist and not a celebrity with a "keeping up with Angelina Jolie" complex.
Meg. please post the name of YOUR charity that YOU started so we all can donate. And Demi...you deserve nothing just because you have $$$$. No ring, no car, no home. Right Meg? Geez
If those wishing to help have issues with what someone above referred to as Demi's keeping up with Angelina comlplex, there are other ways to do so! I DID NOT WATCH this report on CNN because it's too upsetting! I've been aware and involved for a while now and regardless of everyone's feelings about this one person's efforts, public awareness is needed and important, so bravo Demi and CNN.. We need your help too, so please keep on informing and educating everyone you can! Yes this was on Oprah years ago, and on several occasions! Watching a TV show and crying about it and then going on with life without doing a thing, will not bring an end to this problem!
What can college students really do to make a difference and stop human trafficking in the US? What efforts are put forth to work with the men that are drawn to traffic women?
I applaud the effort CNN is making to be a part of the force fighting Human Trafficking. I am watching from Panama City, Republic of Panama the film Nepal's Stolen Children. It is heartbreaking to see what these women have been gone through. I AM TAKING A STAND TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING and so should everyone.
Congratulations CNN bringing up such a big issue to be resolved! am from Nepal and whatever showing on the TV is True! Political leaders including the Nepalese Prime Minister has other interest than such a minor issue for them.
CNN, you are full of hypocrisy. Broadcasting a program like this, you want us to credit you for fighting sex trafficking. Yet, you are willing to enhance and profit from the status of Eliot Spitzer. Trafficking would not exist without the demand that is provided by the likes of Spitzer. If you accept his conduct, you are supporting trafficking. If you want to work against sex trafficking, you need to fire Spitzer.
Is it only girls that are traffic, and why does the Government of Nepal allow this.
In countries like India and Nepal, people like doing things that the government has restricted. And they aren't even caught.
People say the eyes of a person is the window to their soul. Let me tell you the eyes of a child trafficked share a shattered soul. I have stared into the eyes of a 8 year old who was trafficked and seen the pain behind the eyes. I have heard stories I don't know if I can repeat because they are so sad and horrid. We as people need to be able to educate children and adults as well as teach people the value of human life. If people understood the value of life and also understood a life is not a price sign but a human being who has a soul and has a life I think trafficking would decrease. My heart breaks for the children I have met, the mothers, the fathers all the people who are trafficked. My heart also hurts for the children, mothers and fathers who do not know or choose not to believe trafficking exists. I know abolition can happen and I believe grass roots organizations are the key to doing so!
Thank you to the Demi and to CNN for broadcasting this extraordinary story.
Thank you for producing this show and thanks to Demi for lending her voice and presence to the cause. I just happened upon this program and am glad to see that it's on TV and in awe of that lady's (Anurada) drive and determination to take up the cause. It seems to me that we as Americans can in fact put pressure on India to provide more support and resources to combat this. How can we do this? One way is to put pressure on companies here, MANY American companies contract with companies in India, there are hundreds of call centers, programmers, etc. working for American companies, surely there is an opportunity to leverage the billions of dollars of revenue this brings to India.
The girl who leaves Nepal should get clearance from local police station. The paper should be given at the border and she should have the paper. Nepali officals should do random checks in the place of work with other country co ordination.
I was adopted from Calcutta when I was a baby girl. Therefor, sex slavery is an emotional topic for me. I just to say that I was never a fan of Demi or Ashton. However, after watching the dedication that Demi had to the sex slavery report, I have a whole new respect for her and Ashton. I give thanks and praise to them and their fight to end sex slavery. Thank you for the eye opening broadcast and may God bless Demi, Ashton, all the girls and families who have suffered and continue to suffer this ordeal. Also may God bless all those who continue to help, rescue and create awareness.
I cried while watching this program. It is ridiculous that this is going on around the world. I am a 24 year old, drop out college student. I have hardly any recent education but I have a big heart. I somehow would like to help this situation and maybe form an organization that can help stop this. If anyone is interested or even have information for me to help, I would take my life into this direction and make a change. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, please contact me if you are interested in helping or have an organization I can join to help. This could be the start of saving people's lives before it's too late. Wake up your mind and do something!
One suggestion: I believe Maiti Nepal can use modern technologies (inexpensive way) to store records of and find out culprits/traffickers.
1. On a border, take picture of every suspects using a smartphone (many are inexpensive now).
2. upload it to desktop (inexpensive laptops) or somewhere in the cloud.
3. keep track of suspects on a computer
4. With face recognition (like one in Picasa Web or even facebook tagging), we can find out whether a suspect is crossing border regulary using different names.
5. Also, the victims (who are in Maiti Nepal and not in borders) can remotely recognize the culprits/traffickers. This will speed up the tracking and recognition process.
6. With enough government support, we could keep track of every men, women and children crossing the border.
I would like to thank CNN for bringing this issue and I hope my suggestion receives careful consideration by Maiti Nepal and CNN Freedom Project.
Thank You! What a powerful visual portrayal of the beauty of truth and freedom which is fighting injustice. Thank you for being a loud voice on behalf of the innocent and exploited.
Nepal is one of my favorite countries in the world which I have visited. I have many friends who live there and are living for justice. I hope to one day SOON get back again!
Many won't watch because...well, it's Nepal. They don't realize it IS HAPPENING in our backyards! I love these beautiful survivors! And I love you, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, DNAFoundation...ALL the groups fighting this! I am trying soooo hard to help. I know many get tired of seeing my tweets about it & unfollow. Thank you so much to all of you for all that you're doing to help & to educate!! @LifeIsSweetBaby
My niece Aubrey Sacco has been missing in Nepal since April 2010. PLEASE go to http://www.aubreysacco.com
There should be a follow up about AMERICANS missing in Nepal who may be victims of trafficking.
Jennifer, my heart goes out to you and your family. I hope Aubrey is found and returned to her home.
Thank you Kay! It has been a complete nightmare trying to deal with the people of this country. There is so little regard for life especially women! So sad. Please join Aubrey's fbook group. Go to aubreysacco.com and click on the fbook link. We are staying positive and keeping her story going. There are several ongoing searches.
NEPAL is NOT the safe haven that people think it is. These people will rob and kill to steal $5. The Army that protects this country is in on it. NEPAL is terribly corrupt. They turn a blind eye to human trafficking. They do nothing about the problem. STAY AWAY from this county. DO YOUR HOMEWORK before traveling there. READ their papers and you will see how women are 2nd citizens and most have NO REGARD for life. AMERICAN AUBREY SACCO missing in Nepal since 4/2010 http://www.aubreysacco.com
What non-developed country doesnt have problems? Which underdeveloped countries do you know that does not have the problems that you described. Thats the whole reason that they are not being able to develop. I agree that the government is highly corrupt, but u cant say the same for the people. The people there treat you as a king or a queen. I have been to Nepal several times and I have always been highly pleased to see how humble the people were.
Not all the people are bad. I don't mean to say that. But the very gov't that protects them is in on this disgusting crime. The same people of the villages say they know what happened to my niece but refuse to say! They tore down her missing posters so it doesn't interfere with their 2011 Nepal Tourism campaign!!! My family has spent alot of time in Nepal trying to look for Aubrey.
Acupuncturists Without Borders (www.ACWB.info) is working with Maiti Nepal, and many other organizations around the world including in the U.S. to help heal trauma related to trafficking, poverty, environmental devastation, disasters, wars and conflicts. This was a great program on CNN, but I didn't hear much about how to help heal the psychological trauma, which can be the main cause of suicide, or ongoing physical and other difficulties, if not healed. Any thoughts about this?
Is it just me or did anyone else find Ms Moore’s participation in this documentary disturbing? Sex trafficking is a very serious issue in Nepal and there are serious people, like Ms Koirala, working hard to help those most at risk (also visit http://www.RHEST.org.np), but I found Ms Moore’s– “I am here to learn about this so I can stop it in my own country” appallingly self interested. Her and Mr Kucher’s foundation is focused on trying to convince men who have sex with girls that they are not ‘real men’ – as if those type of men are going to care what the likes of Moore and Kucher think! Moore should stick to fundraising to help Maiti, RHEST and others do the real work and CNN should stick with professionals like Siddharth Kara to front issues as important as this one.
Patrick...could you possibly be more self righteous??? Demi & Aston HAVE a foundation & HAVE for awhile. It's called the DNAFoundation. You truly found the fact that Demi wants to learn, so that she can bring the info to the US "self-serving"???? "Celebs" are an AWESOME way to bring attention to all kinds of groups that need help. Shame on you for saying they shouldn't use whatever they can to help whoever or whatever they can. By the way, because of Mr. & Mrs. Kutcher, I am now involved with so many groups fighting Human Trafficking ,I've lost count. What is the name of the group YOU started? Post the name so I can donate.
Demi, Anuradha and company, you're simply amazing! Great job!
I can't believe some of the comments here, that some people are so out of touch with reality that they don't know that human trafficking and slavery still exists. Or that some believe prostitution involving children should be legalized. The latter is just plain sick. These children are drugged and stolen from their homes and families. They are sold as sex slaves and used until they are no longer useful. They are exposed to diseases, treated as less than human.
Anyone who is remotely human and living in the real world should be appalled by this–especially anyone with children. Human trafficking is a disease–a plague–upon the world. Traffickers should be hung or shot. They don't deserve the gift of life.
Demi, you are a goddess among women. I salute you for going where most are too afraid to go, for exposing such hideous crimes upon these children. Anyone who criticizes you should spend one day doing what you just did; but they aren't brave enough. Thank you for being an inspiration, Demi. Thank you for caring.
A global problem of huge proportions, where our most precious resources are been sold and resold for prostitution, slavery, mutilations of organs to sale for transplants, and more.
Or one, I am glad CNN is bringing to the surface this problem to the public’s attention. We have been silently watching while the children are been exploited. To remedy this problem has to be a full worldwide cooperation with governments and the immigration Depts. will require for every child a passport with the parents and child present, pertinent documents, birth certificate on hand and if one of the parents is traveling with the child or a member or friend of the family, requirements and notarized letters of permission at the passport or state Dept. offices depending of the country, along with the person or persons they will be traveling with, presenting and recording their photo Identifications.
As the children arrive to their entry countries, the officers should not only check every document but ask the same questions they do to adults, individually to a child 9 years and older. If the child shows sign of distress, they will know something is wrong.
Pressure should be on the nations that do not comply to protect the children with more secure regularization.
Unfortnately, I feel that in our United States there are many youny girls and boys being
Taken into the sex trade. When in the world will weas a public address this?
Mr. & Mrs. Kutcher, DNAFoundation & CNNFreedom Project: Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all that you're doing to fight Human Trafficking. Demi & Ashton...YOU are the reason I even learned about this. YOU are the reason I have such passion for this. You are "celebs", yep. However, I have seen, when I've watched you both, (on different shows), your dedication, passion & pain that this issue has brought to you. Bless your hearts and bless the CNNFreedom Project. I truly wish each person who has posted here would google their state & see where it stands, as far as Human Trafficking. They would be stunned.
This organization, Maiti Nepal, was featured on the Oprah Winfrey talk show at least 14 years ago. I wanted to support the efforts of this organization AND teach my teenage nieces about the lives of girls far less fortunate than themselves. I paid $250 for a year-long educational sponsorship of 2 rescued girls through Maiti Nepal. Correspondence, including progress reports on these two girls, was supposed to be provided through Maiti Nepal. Neither my nieces nor myself ever received any correspondence nor acknowledgement of the sponsorship. My check was cashed by the organization. I contacted both Maiti Nepal and the Oprah Winfrey show with the particulars and never received a reply from either.
Oprah has interviewed Ricky Martin ,on more than one occasion, and talked about his efforts to stop human trafficking and his foundation that was established years ago too, but people turn the channel or get up and start something else and it's never thought of or mentioned again, and that is the problem! What about those that missed that episode? Did any of you talk about the problem or investigate ways to help end it? Did you inform, educate or enlighten anyone else? Sadly, this problem is massive and the tragedy is that most people are too caught up in Dancing With The Stars or American Idol to care! It amazes me just how many aren't even aware there is still slavery in the world! Public awareness is desperately needed and ANY HELP is welcome! Spread the word, read more, get involved, donate! Rickymartinfoundation.org Thank You CNN and Demi
Anni and Demi u guys are doing a great job,i watched the documentary but it could only show so much,the Governments of the world needs to declare a state of emergency on this issue because it happens around the world.As a Nigerian, there are girls trafficked from Nigeria to Mali and Bokinafaso all in the name of finding them a good job, but are forced into prostitution to repay the travel expenses of their traffickers, more needs to be done to arrest this situation globally.In Nepal i am certain those guards in the prisons are encouraging the business.
I feel any form of slavery will end when every stomach in the world is full. Until that, i am just optimistc!
It`s basically parental ignorance and immoral greed. Parents are ignorant if they let go of their children before they are raised and mature, and governments are weak and ignorant to let traffickers get away with these crimes. Parents are underdeveloped when they don`t find a way to feed their children. Spiritual development and religion is the hope for these and all people. If Nepal was a good christian nation, there would`ve been no problem, but somehow it wasn`t possible for a hogher religion to be established there.
Mr Mountbatten, I was shocked by your thoughts about christianity and non-christianity. Can you explain why there was abundant prostitution in Christian countries all over Europe for a long time in the history, be it rule of Romans or others? Do you know what changed the situation? Do you think it was Christianity?
People are into slavery because of ignorance, poverty, and if this is already accepted as a form of their culture. The government of that particular country where slavery is ramphant should act first. And if their action is so slow, the government is in denial that such atrocity is happening. Let the people around join hand in hand in combating this unforgiving act. Let us be vigilant and act. We cannot just stand and look. We should act. We should give whatever that we can give. There's no such thing as little help. Let's ACT NOW!
Hi i live in Quebec, Canada and i wish to help can anyone tell me how and where i can go to do my part in this matter
Go read more here and you can join the fight here too. http://rickymartinfoundation.org/aboutus.html
Lucy, bless your heart. Jordy is correct, Ricky Martin started his foundation 3 years ago, or you can check out Ashton & Demi's foundation that they started a little over a year ago: DNAFoundation.com. I can't even count how many Trafficking groups I'm involved with. Keep in mind, Canada ALSO has Human Trafficking problems, as do we here in the US. Google Human Trafficking in Canada & I'm afraid you'll be stunned. Together we CAN get this nightmare to end!
Thank You Lynn! I've been involved and commented here many times when CNN joined this fight, which really pleased all of us that are passionate about helping in any way possible. It is my understanding that CNN is producing more specials covering other areas which also pleases me, because this is a global and international issue and more might be more involved or interested if it wasn't focused on one region.
Ricky's involvement has attracted many organizations and governments world wide and they're focusing on many aspects of this epidemic including housing. Partnering with Habitat For Humanity International has reaped great benefits as they've focused on putting roofs over the heads of displaced children in areas that have suffered catastrophic disasters, and his organization is building children centers to help with education, activities and health care. Also, teams rush in after a disaster to help protect displaced children immediately. Efforts continue in Haiti as we speak. Just as there are problems in the entire world including Canada, there are problems in Puerto Rico where Ricky was born. As Lynn mentioned, there are many organizations that would welcome your help and involvement and some might prefer to focus on their region or a specific region. My involvement with RMF and interest as a result of more research, helped me find out more information about other problems in Puerto Rico that are also important, and I'm here now in hopes that I'll make some headway with my project and cause which is suicide prevention. Much work is needed here on the island to help establish a better plan and some contact information and a crisis line, so I'm personally focusing on that now. I'll try to enlist the help of the government, hospitals, universities and churches. No one person can do anything alone when addressing and trying to tackle issues as big as these, which is why public awareness is greatly needed! Education and information will enlighten, so spread the word because as I've said before, and as Ricky has said, which is proven by statements in this discussion.. Many have no idea there is still so much slavery in the world, or that human trafficking is a huge global problem!
Lucy, come join *Friends of Maiti Nepal* on facebook or see our website. We are a nonprofit with many followers who raise funds and friends for Maiti Nepal. There is a role for everyone with a heart to help. We welcome you.
Weakness in applying the law by governmental bodies leeds to white slavery, as long as employees will not find protection they will do blindly according to their masters' rules and orders .Investigations by labor ministries are necessary.
The program on Maiti Nepal was moving and inspiring. it is remarkable what one individual can do for humanity!.
However, you neglected to mention the decade of work accomplished by a passionate individual from Boston to raise funds and awareness – Brigitte Cazalis-Collins. She and her husband Joe have worked tirelessly, given of their own resources, time and even their home, to head up the fundraising efforts and work the political arena to find ways
to promote, educate and build that incredible institution in Katmandou to retrain and support these girls. They are a wonderful example of a philanthropic couple with the American can-do spirit whose wokk leaves a sustainable program and institution. I am truly proud of what they have accomplished! Although Demi Moore has come into this now to bring greater awareness – and we know how important it is to have celebrity support – Brigitte and Joe have devoted over 12 years of their lives – and I think their own story is admirable and inspiring and they should be acknowledged!
Elaine, bless Brigitte & Joe's heart!!!! I already love them :-) However...there are soooooo many beautiful souls trying to help end Human Trafficking that there just isn't enough room to give thanks to each & every one. I consider myself a "beginning baby" in this fight but I'm involved with sooooo many beautiful people fighting this horror. I love & respect each & every one. But this show was about Nepal & what Demi, Ashton & their DNAFoundation are doing to do to try to help accomplish is this fight! CNN Freedom Project has been doing MANY shows on this that do not include "celebs". Maybe you can contact them about the beautiful work Brigitte & Joe are doing...maybe they will include them in one of the shows they air! MANY should be acknowledged, but mainly we ALL have to band together to end this horror!
Lynn, I could not have said it better myself! Yes, this focus is on one region and focusing on one effort and I so applaud Demi and Ashton for their involvement, and as you said so well, but I'll summarize.. any and all public awareness is vitally important!
I too applaud Brigitte and Joe because that's wonderful and amazing. It was after Ricky had dug deep into his own pocket, and I think so far that figure is up to or over 30 million, to build children centers, his able staff began fundraising efforts with the most recent being a Golf Tournament at Trump Resort earlier this month. I do not have the exact figures from this years event, but they did bring in 2.1 million last year, and many more corporate sponsors joined in this year including Fiat, banks, airlines and resort hotel chains, so to reiterate, there are many involved world wide and there are far too many to list here.
Naturally any celebrity with a following can reach many more people than most of us could ever hope to, and it's for that reason I say Kudos Demi and CNN because we need everyone's help! To anyone coming to this forum that's accusing these beautiful people of being self serving all I can say is, shame on you! We need people like Cyndi Lauper, Sharon Stone, Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Bullock, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Demi Moore Kutcher and Ricky Martin to help open people's eyes to the many injustices and crimes going on around us, and I love them all the more for what they're doing!
It is a crime that international adoption was shut down in Nepal as abruptly as it was. Many of these young girls could have been saved from a life of slavery. It sickens me.
Poverty drives sex trafficking, and it is poverty cannot be eliminated until the birth rate is reduced. Until governments, journalists, philanthropists, and the world's major religions address this issue, all the good will in theo world will have limited effect. Demi Moore's documentary failed to acknowledge that some parents in Nepal and other impoverished nations knowingly sell their children into the sex trade out of sheer desperation.
350000 children known as "restaveks" are slaves in Haiti. It is accepted by everyone as "normal". CNN should look into it and see the horrendous and barbaric condition under which those children are living. It is very close to home. Some documented cases of this practise in Florida with conviction and jail time.
Thanks for mentioning this John. Some of are aware and involved. Time magazine covered this a little over a year ago and there are several organizations trying to address this sad situation, but it does need to be publicized more as many still aren't aware and the problem still exists.
In Haiti, parents unable to care for children may send them to live with more affluent families. This is perceived as acceptable because in Haitian culture, it is ubiquitous for housing to be shared among members of an extended family, including distant relatives. (In contrast, the concept of a single nuclear family occupying each household is seen as desirable in other cultures.)
Therefore, in Haiti it is acceptable for parents to send children to distant relatives to live. Often these relatives are living in more urban areas. The children receive food and housing (and sometimes an education) in exchange for housework. However, many restavecs live in poverty, they would not receive proper education and sometimes, the child could be raped. The United Nations considers restavec a "modern form of slavery".
Restavecs are not paid for long working hours. They work in horrible conditions that are not good for their health. While at work many of the children suffer sexual harassment from their owners.
Restavecs are slave children who "belong" to well-to-do families. They receive no pay and are kept out of school. Since the emancipation and independence of 1804, affluent blacks and mulattoes have reintroduced slavery by using children of the very poor as house servants. They promise poor families in faraway villages who have too many mouths to feed a better life for their children. Once acquired, these children lose contact with their families and, like slaves of the past, are sometimes given new names for the sake of convenience.
In general, leading indicators of restavèk treatment include work expectations equivalent to adult servants and long hours that surpass the cultural norm for children’s work at home, inferior food and clothing compared to other children in the home, sleeping on the floor rather than in a bed, no time out for play, and a common expectation that the restavèk child must use formal terms of address when speaking to social superiors including virtually all other household members. This expectation applies to restavèk relations to other children in the household, even children younger than the restavèk child.
SOUTH AFRICA IN CRISIS: Never in the history of South Africa has the trust in the integrity and honesty of the government of South Africa been so low, as seen and experienced by its own people. The ever ongoing greed for power, positions and money with a total lack of wisdom, norms and moral values has split the ANC party into an irreparable and irrevocable banana circus. The uneducated clowns of the circus leads without any clue of the destruction and economic damage they cause, totally blinded in a foolish rush for personal gain, so called “black empowerment” and “correctional action” which has caused poor people to be poorer, and the disempowerment of an irreplaceable and knowledgeable workforce that could create wealth for all. Like in Zimbabwe, the blind will lead because of the uninformed masses voting for the blind, not knowing how deep the black hole is in which all their hopes and dreams will disappear.
The story about 17,000 Nepalese women being taken as sex slaves yearly does not appear quite correct. I am very opposed to slavery of any type – and sex slavery is really bad. The populaton of Nepal is approximately 3,500,000 with a 2% annual growth rate. There are approximately 35,000 female babies born yearly in Nepal. If the story is traue, then17,000 (half the annual female birth rate) dissappears annually to sex slavery. Additionally, the demographics (2% growth rate) would mean that there is one baby born per year for every 10 females that can have babies – and if 17,000 are taken into slavery, then the birth rate is approximately 1 birth for every 5 or 6 women of child bearing age ( 13 yrs to 48 yrs avg) – which appears to be the highest demographic birth rate of any nation. I recomend that the writer get the facts straight. (Perhaps I do not have mine correct – but the research I conducted shows the population to be 3,500,00 with a 2% birth rate per year.)
Get the facts straight and report about sex slavery. Then act and do something to stop it.
Finally there is attention to this problem – the most heinous civil rights violations of our time. Friends..... please refrain from using the phrase "modern day slavery". It is simply SLAVERY. Why doesn't America care about the rampant and sickening SLAVERY that abounds? Well I suggest to you that liberals and democrats have not cared up till now (except for a few) because it simply wasn't fashionable. Democrats act like teenage packs who need permission from their peers on what to get identified with. Oh, black slavery, they all agreed that was the worst thing in man's history. Democrats have actually said that conduct defines American history if you can believe it. Our witless President went to Africa and announced "Thank God Slavery is over". How shocking and depressing that he and his craven, selfish and blind peers think that slavery is only a bad thing when it happens to those african descent. Wake up people and God Bless those doing this most depressing, dangerous and challenging work yet.
You should do some research and check some facts. Lot's of us "Liberals" have been very involved for a very long time. The problem is, this is a multi-billion dollar a year black market industry that only surpassed by Arms and Drug smuggling and if you want to turn this into a political debate, historically speaking it sure wasn't the liberals involved or benefiting, but indeed the right wing family value conservative, let's bond religion and state and control the masses and deny the poor while we get richer, so called Christians that are anything but Christ like!. It's those liberal types that have been working on this issue for a very long time and in the past decade the ones that have influenced the corrupt governments that looked the other way because they were paid off to do so, or were actively involved, to stop allowing it and passing laws to prevent it.
If you'll go to the bottom of this forum and look to the right you'll see where it says "Next Entry" >> Slavery report will name, shame nations. Or, copy and paste this link to learn more: http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/clinton_2011_gtip_report
Try to stay on topic and stop all the hating and ranting!
Oh and one more thing. Do you realize that since American whites voted for and made a black man their President and therefore leader of the world – that since his inauguration date up till now there have been MORE victims of SLAVERY than in the entirety of US history? Contemplate that fact. When you add that Obama not only has failed to mention it or address it – he actually spoke words making it more invisible – then you see the heinous state of this world. Democrats should nominate Hillary/Jim Webb if they want a chance to win 2012 and to have a prayer for decent uncompromising leadership.
ROFLMAO! Do you not realize what happened in the last election? The NATION as a whole, including Blacks, Latinos among other races, were so desperate for change because of the downward spiral the country's economy was in because of 8 years under the leadership (and I use that term very loosely) of a total moron, and we can't forget.. because of the lies, that masses of people that had never registered or voted signed up, and it was the younger, and praise God, smarter young citizens that will inherit these problems that started the registration drive and mobilized the country to vote for much needed change because we were the laughing stock of the world with the coke head alcoholic at the helm. What was he doing when Katrina hit and how long did it take him to respond to the catastrophic disaster? As I said before, you really should research some things and you really should stay on topic here, however it's obvious you are one of those, I'm gonna believe what I believe because I know I'm right and everyone else is wrong types, so exchanging with you is a waste of anyone's time! Vote Bachmann/Palin and let's see how well the bimbos run things. I'd think we'd all surely have learned where that would get us by reviewing the track record of George W Bimbo. The upcoming campaigns will provide us with some humor and comic relief though, and we need something to laugh about what with the condition of the world, and our poor run down depleted and almost destroyed nation! Thanks Bush! No president can undo the damage that was done to our once great nation in a short period of time, especially with no cooperation or support!
Take the hate and the political debate to another page Sheila!
The project should also make free pornography illegal which is so easily available, even in the remote parts of the world. These kind of free media makes sex to be a cheap and an easily available commodity.
I can certainly agree especially regarding child porn, but yes, many are exploited in all age categories, however there are many that choose that industry as a career choice and they are not forced into it. Censuring the world is impossible, however controlling the industry and avoiding any porn with the word "Teen" in it would certainly help I would think! The only thing with the word Teen in it that I have any involvement or interest in is Teen Suicide, which in some cases is definitely caused from abuse or self worth issues which do tie that subject to this issue!
yes watched the documentary , just that ills is so high that sex trafficking is nothing compared to billions of children that were never given the chance to exist becuase they were labelled unwanted. we need something more than hollywood sensational tears
not being pessimistic but realistic a careful assessment of the situation in five years would reveal a marked increase in this sex trade...remember the entertainment industry is busy fashioning out how to increasingly wet our appetite for strange sexual behaviour....hmm mainly the rich can afford sex tourism.... this business is just getting started , legislations can be evaded
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