3 voices: How to end modern-day slavery
Photographer Lisa Kristine traveled to Nepal to document modern-day slavery, including this young girl who started carrying stones because her family is in debt bondage. (More at http://www.lisakristine.com)
July 12th, 2011
08:17 AM ET

3 voices: How to end modern-day slavery

By Liane Membis, CNN

It seems impossible.

Human trafficking cases, blind promises of freedom, forced prostitution rings — these aspects of modern-day slavery come to light all too often.

Estimates of the number of slaves worldwide range from about 10 million to 30 million, according to policymakers, activists, journalists and scholars. Approximately 100,000 victims are in the United States, working as slaves inside homes, in agricultural fields, in the sex industry and other places, according to the U.S. Department of State’s 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report.

That’s millions of women, children and men struggling to escape captivity. That’s millions of people wondering what it means or what it would take to be free again.

But what about solutions - How can we end modern-day slavery? Three experts weigh in on what businesses, governments, the public and individuals must do.

Activist: We must believe that change can happen
Rob Morris is president and co-founder of Love 146, a non-profit organization that works to combat child sex trafficking.

I think first of all it will take the audacity to believe that we CAN end it. Considering the overwhelming stats of how many slaves exist today and how much money the sale of human beings generates, some would call it naive or idealistic to believe we can end it. I prefer to think that it is audacious. And it has only been people of audacity that have ever changed the world. Was it naive or idealistic for a William Wilberforce who fought against the trans-Atlantic slave trade in Great Britain to believe that it could and should end? No. It was audacious. And it came to an end. Was it naive or idealistic for a Martin Luther King Jr. to stand up on the Washington Mall and cry; "I have a dream!" No. It was audacious. I could go on and on.

It will take tenacity. We need to be committed for the long haul. Albert Einstein said; "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stick with problems longer." In other words ... we don't give up ... even when it gets hard. The reality is traffickers are committed 24/7. We must be at least that committed to stopping them. I love the words of jazz singer Billie Holiday who sang; "The difficult I'll do right now. The impossible will take a little while."

It will also take a collective effort. I love that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton added a fourth "P" to the international framework in combating human trafficking. In addition to Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, she added "Partnerships." If we are going to end modern-day slavery, governments, non-government organizations, law enforcement, service providers, communities of faith, businesses and corporations, individuals, all have to work together. The reality is traffickers make up such a small fraction of the human race. Then there is the rest of us.

Rabbi: Money and knowledge is power
Rachel Kahn-Troster is a strong supporter for the interfaith movement against slavery and Director of Education and Outreach Rabbis for Human Rights in North America.

We need to all learn the signs of slavery. One thing that strikes me when I read about examples of modern slavery in the United States is how many of them were found by nosy neighbors. People who noticed a nanny who never left the house, for example, or a hotel worker who noticed a child who seemed scared and not with people they knew. We have to know what questions to ask and how to direct victims to the right services, for example, the National Human Trafficking Human Resources Center.

Slavery is an issue that is hidden in the open - we choose not to ask questions about the price of goods that we buy or the labor that produces those goods. But once we know how to recognize slavery, we have to act and we have to help victims.

I think it is also important to work with businesses - no business truly wants to be built on the work of slaves, but they need incentives to create transparency in their supply chains. And as consumers, we don't want to buy chocolate that comes from child slave labor in the Ivory Coast, or tomatoes picked by slaves in Florida. The first step is to make educated choices as a consumer: buying fair trade tea and coffee and chocolate, for example, or only buying tomatoes from companies and grocery stores that have signed on to the Campaign for Fair Food. But we have to go beyond being a consumer to being an activist, writing to corporations that don't have policies about slavery in their supply chains (along the lines of the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act) or who don't buy fair trade and telling them that we are choosing to spend our money elsewhere.

We also need to learn about government policies that root out slavery - the Trafficking Victims Protection Act for example, or laws that prevent the exploitation of workers here legally - and ensure there is enough funding to implement them and provide services to victims of trafficking. In today's economic climate, times are tough and budgets are being cut, but we have to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are supported. Compared to the defense budget, the amounts of money our government spends to fight slavery is relatively small. Surely, we can do better.

Ultimately, slavery is a moral question: In the land of the free, how much of our lives are build on the work of those who are not free? Slavery is a human rights crime of the highest nature. We have to live to a higher moral standard than that created by slavery, protesting that human lives are not cheap commodities to be bought and sold. We have be prepared to say that we are not willing as Americans to be complicit in slavery. We have to make ourselves aware, and then we have to do something.

Researcher: Academic research should influence the public hemisphere
Christina Bain has been addressing issues on human trafficking and domestic violence in Massachusetts since 2005. She currently serves as the Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery at Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

In order to prevent modern-day slavery, key areas to develop are public and private partnerships and social entrepreneurship within an academic setting.

One example of a partnership took place in March 2011. During the 2011 Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, the Kennedy School’s Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery co-created a panel at the Harvard Business School focused on the role that businesses can play in preventing modern-day slavery. The panel featured representatives from LexisNexis, The Body Shop and Panjiva and addressed how every business can tackle modern-day slavery, whether through supply chain management; allocating business capital to assist non-governmental organizations; or human resources training.

Academia can also work with the public and corporate sectors to produce multi-disciplinary professional development trainings. These trainings would give promising practices in combating modern-day slavery to not only current law, business and public policy students, but public health professionals, law enforcement and corporate leaders.

By effectively combining resources, tools and knowledge, public/private partnerships and academia could begin to meet the challenges of modern-day slavery prevention.

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  1. Ramsi

    Day by day we hear that the numbr of educated people are increasing and on the other side cruelity against people by people is also increasing. Most of the nations are facing with these problem and its pity none can find a way that put an end to it. We all think and discuss for long but slavery,traficking is still continuing. I think besides these discussions,protests etc, our law should be strengthen without loopholes to deal with these problems and also we all must stand united and determined to eradicate these cruelity! We should raise our voice and keep in mind nothing is impossible. Let's be a part of these project wholeheartedly to achieve its mission and vision. STRENGTHEN LAW, STAND UNITED & RAISE YOUR VOICE FOR FREEDOM FROM SLAVERY!!

    July 12, 2011 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • Sean

      I’m not disagreeing with you exactly. But what source are you using for your statement: on the other side cruelity against people by people is also increasing. Is this an opinion or a statistical fact?

      Many believe there are more natural disasters now because we hear about more of them. But this is a misconception. We hear about ..everything…more now. Worldwide communication has increased exponentially in the last few decades.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Reply
    • Michele

      Birth control. As long as there are excess human beings, they will be exploited due their desperation.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Reply
      • Zagool6

        In poor countries children are asset, they help you with your day to day life struggle. Another thing, infant mortality as well as kids dying at a young age is common that people tend to have more kids to keep the balance.

        July 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Hudson

      Most nations arent facing it, there was a study that showed that most nations arent or not very well handling it. Education, well in my state of NJ we arent gaining more knowledge with the budget cuts we are facing. I am young so i would like to hear how you feel about the gain in education as you speak and most nations are trying to find a problem.

      July 12, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  2. caw

    One way to reduce sex slavery is to legalize prostitution. People desiring sex and willing to pay for it will never end. By legalizing it, the government can require permits and require the woman to meet with someone face to face and say "YES I want to do this." The industry can be regulated to include regular medical examines. A john who sees something that seems to be wrong would be more likely to report it, if what he was doing (engaging a prostitute) wasn't against the law.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:42 am | Reply
    • Toolidentifier

      Simplistic answer. Just because a government can regulate something doesn't mean that everyone will go along and become 'sanctioned wh0re stations'. There are many places where prostitution is legal and trafficing still occurs.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • kk

      Even Cows are accessing internet and typing? Or did you hire someone to type?

      July 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
      • tecjug

        Well done. His name is only three letters long and you managed to mis-read it.

        July 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Michele

      There are numerous studies in other countries that show this statement is correct.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Reply
      • Kay

        There are also numerous studies that show human trafficking and slavery exist in countries where prostitution is legal. Amsterdam is a great example. (they're obviously just not registered, but they're definitely there) I don't think this is a realistic solution, just a cover for a fast fix.

        July 28, 2011 at 4:46 am |
    • REVOLUTIONARY

      I agreed.

      July 27, 2011 at 9:21 am | Reply
  3. universe

    Slavery cannot be abolished unless the root cause is understood. Some of these economies are very poor, compounded with corrupt governments that really does not care about investing into the lives of their future generation, keeping them illiterate for ages.
    Slave jobs are created because there is a demand for cheap labor and there is supply of cheap labor and the market forces work to create these "Slave" jobs.
    Stop the supply of thiis cheap child labor and redirect this supply of labor into the education system to ensure that these children get trained and skilled to equip them as they become adults.
    To ensure these children have a hope and a future funding must be ensured by putting pressure on the local governments supplemented by aid.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:51 am | Reply
  4. Luke

    In the U.S. a vast majority of inmates in our prison system are African American. States pay much less than $1 per hour for work done by those prisoners. When considering those two facts, one has to wonder if conventional slavery ever ended in our country.

    July 12, 2011 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • NJ

      Why do prisoners need to be paid at all. It should be considered a part of their consequences of their crime... BTW I am a person of color if that matters...

      July 12, 2011 at 11:30 am | Reply
      • 16halo

        Why should it matter? It's your opinon. It does not carry any more or less weight.

        July 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
      • 214

        I agree that they shouldn't be paid but neither should the corporations that they are doing the work for..I think the proceeds from the work that they do should pay for their prison expenses and save us hard working Americans the tax dollars

        July 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
      • JB Cal

        No, not really.

        July 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
      • Hudson

        When i found out inmate's make money i was in shock, taxpayers pay for them to be in there and get fed and also pay for them to be in there for crimes? I just don't understand it.

        July 12, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
      • PJSB

        This thread is a perfect demonstration of why we cannot eradicate slavery. People are so good at negating the humanity of their fellow humans. Judging from these comments, there are lots of people who think slavery is fine as long as the slaves are convicts. Well, how about POWs? Political prisoners? Minors convicted of crimes? Where do you draw the line?

        July 31, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • kesha

      Who cares what prisoners make? They are in prison and shouldn't make anything at all. I am also a person of color.

      July 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Reply
      • 16halo

        It depends on the sentence and the inmate. Should all inmates be treated the same? Should the punishment regardless of the crime be the same?

        July 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
      • t rack

        the issue is not so much about the prisoners being paid as that companies can get extra-cheap labor and save money by employing prisoners to make license plates or pick up trash, etc. If companies are allowed to pay workers a few cents an hour, why should they hire anyone at a living wage. This way more people are kept out of work leading to alternative forms of income.. this doesn't lead directly to the slave trade but I would argue it is a factor.

        July 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Lillian

      Seriously, are you comparing inmates to children forced into sex slavery. Oh yeah, and I am from a mixed heritage including latino and black.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply
      • JoeNavy

        Hmm, I think that is what he was saying.

        BTW: I'm african american, latino, cuac, philipino, and my religious beliefs are a little bit of Catholic, Muslim with a twist of Athiaism, and dunnoism.......

        July 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
      • Brad

        There are two problems with prisoner labor:
        1. It drives down wages and takes jobs away from law abiding citizens who need the work
        2. It creates a conflict of interest in the prison system where imprisoning people becomes a very profitable business. There is more incentive to give overly harsh sentences for minor crimes to supply a work force for greedy corporations.

        July 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • mamaG

      Luke: What is the cost to house that prisoner? I suspect is far more than the value of service they are providing regarldess of color.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • anna

      What are you suggesting that prisoners should get proper wages????

      They are in prison for a reason and its not to have a holiday!

      July 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • TooShort

      You ALL completely and UTTERLY MISSED the point that Luke was TRYING to make... Luke, you pose a question that I have been wondering about for so long now... I know that the answer is No but we have to believe that it can and will someday.

      July 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Reply
    • MFRANKLIN278@GMAIL.COM

      THE MOST INTELLIGENT WORDS I THINK I HAVE EVER HEARD!

      November 29, 2011 at 9:21 am | Reply
  5. Rob

    If we started passing laws that actually meant somehting and could be adheared to, this problem would not exist. Start with the death penalty for such crimes, without the 20 yr beaurcratic bullshit the lawyers so much love. I guarantee things would change. However, that could only be done in countries who have governments with guts, and the USA not longer has any guts! We can all thank the blat baby churches for this mess.

    July 12, 2011 at 11:58 am | Reply
    • William

      Do you think China or Russia puts up with any activity they deem questionable? Their governments don't tolerate any criminal activity, unless of course they control it, which is sometimes the cases. They generally eliminate the competition.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  6. Defender

    One of the things that kills me, is that this is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world and everyone believes it is an "over there" thing, or yeah "I heard about that, have you seen the movie, Taken?"
    Now, if a foreign power came into our nation, and stole even a thousand of our children drugged them, then used them as sex slaves and forced labor, we would be warming up our tanks and loading up our warplanes.
    That 100,000 slaves here in the U.S. includes a vast amount of domestic victims as well. Organized crime syndicates, foreign and domestic, to include Russian Organized Crime, various 1%er motorcycle gangs, Triads etc. are organized, well funded and using both our ignorance and apathy to fund a multi-billions a year industry.

    I once swore an oath to protect our Country and its Constitution from enemies, both foreign and domestic and I can think of no more heinous enemy than one that preys on our children.

    Sure, the worldwide economy crisis has certainly helped with the harvesting grounds. Sure other laws need to change, though with the average age of a sex trafficking victim hovering around 14, I don't see any legalization of prostitution that would help with child rape. But.....even looking back at the root issues that helped fuel this, I would say the main one is simple Ignorance. This tragedy grew to such dynamic proportions because hardly anyone knew it had reached such horrible proportions. And though we definitely need to evaluate root causes, prevention, etc. My question is this... What are you going to Do about it, right now.
    We have little girls being sold in the U.S. from central America and Mexico. and I am talking 12 years old. And if we expand a little on our doorsteps, there are children in brothels in Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic, and I am talking about 5-11 years old that have to take clients. We have open sex tourist resorts in the Dominican Republic ran by Russian Organized Crime, catering to Europeans. Now, move your mind beyond "consenting adults' and focus back on one thing, "children." And then before you talk about conditions and culture, know that it is sex tourist from Europe and the States that fuel this. There wouldn't be a problem without a demand.
    Yes, I know sometimes that I personally sound like a reformed alcoholic, but I myself have done horrible things I am dreadfully ashamed of in my past. I use those things to talk to men, to try to get them to end their justifications and apathy and become protectors again. There would not be such a problem if their was not a demand for it.
    There are many organizations you can get involved in now. I myself could not live life normally while their are children being held captive and raped.
    I can recommend
    http://www.thedefenderfoundation.org
    One of their mottoes is Do more than Donate. (They are all Volunteers)
    as they have room for many different types, from just those that want a little education, to those that want to volunteer to help the emerging shelters, etc. to special ops types that want to go get the victims.
    And there are so many other worthy organizations.
    A21 Campaign-started overseas but are starting to do things here in the U.S. as well.
    The Polaris Network
    or even look up DHS Blue Campaign.

    Just do something, with someone. Do something more than argue, debate or recheck your post response.
    Talk is cheap. If we all actually did something, we could blow this thing out of the water and then imagine if we then turned our focus onto other things?

    July 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • 16halo

      Thank you!

      July 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • TooShort

      Wonderfully and powerfully said. I am ready to make my moves!

      July 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • saff

      Words fittly spoken.
      Wisdom makes one wise man more powerful than ten rulers. Ecclesiastes 7:19

      January 31, 2012 at 8:26 am | Reply
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    July 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  8. bufordtpusser

    Not to mention the institutional slavery which has been engineered by the government/industrial machine upon the populace of the United States.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  9. OtakuAnthony

    While I should care about slavery, I just cannot give a care for it, unless it happen in the US. If it does not happen in the US, then I don't care about it. Slavery will never end and while I had to say it some people are not destined to ever get out it. If the countries that have it don't want to do anything about it, then that is that.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Reply
    • nini29

      what a ridiculous comment to make.....seriously if you think that this is not happening in the USA you are sadly mistaken and grossly uninformed! Do you really think that most of the pimps are getting their girls through volunteers? These men pray on little girls who have a broken home life.....they show them love and affection.....they buy things for them....they have them believe that they have the best man in the world....then they turn them out and force them to have sex with other men.....THIS IS HAPPENING IN USA....hell it could be right next door to you! You say if it happens in other countries and they choose to do nothing oh well....you only care if it happens in America....what about those Americans who are purchasing these people from other countries? These people who are enslaved and being sent to work in American households and serve American people.....this is happening as much in America as in any other country! WAKE UP!!!!!

      July 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • Meme

      It does happen in the US. It is well-documented and mentioned in this article. Did you think it didn't? The point is though that even when it is in another country, we are in a global economy now, so peoples actions in one country affect people in other country.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • Simple

      You get kidnapped and forced to do things against your will... see how your mind will change
      so quit being ignorant because it does happen here is these United States and all over globe
      it can happen to anyone.. pick up a book and read the news, stop watching anime all day otaku

      July 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  10. John Kaufman, Oceanside, CA

    Is this our responsibility? Are we in America responsible for all of the world's injustices and problems?

    July 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • Meme

      Please see my comment above. This does happen in the US.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • William

      No, we are not responsible but for the past 50 years we have taken on the role, which we can no longer extract ourselves from. It doesn't matter who is in office, it is bigger than all of us and money rules.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • Ellen, Holland, Europe

      Non-Americans read this stuff too. It's not our (or your) responcability as Americans, it's our responcability as HUMANS. Besides, trafficing happens in America too and Americans benefit from trafficing in other countries.

      January 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  11. scott

    this one is easy we need to butt out let another country worry about im tired of paying taxes to help everyone else f them

    July 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • wrighte

      You're tired of money being spent to keep 5 year old kids out of slavery? And sex slavery, at that? You're ok with children being forced to do and have done to them unspeakable things while someone gets paid for it?

      Disgusting.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  12. RRMON

    Is not the employment/management practice "an advance accepted" form of slavery? Yes it is, then re-educate and evolve this practice, eliminate the, "have to do, too, I want to do" and incorporate from birth.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  13. Pat

    Legalize prostitution so law enforcement can focus more on finding pimps and human traffickers.Many women and men don't come forward to report it because it is illegal. If we can't tell women what to do with they're unborn babies, we shouldn't be able to tell consenting people what they can do behind closed doors. If a someone wants to sell their body for sex it's their bussiness. When someone forces someone to sell their body, it's the law's bussiness.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  14. stejo

    wow...just...wow.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  15. Ghostburns

    How to stop Modern Slavery: Vote Democrat!!!! To sum up the modern American political agenda; Democrats are trying to maintain Social services and policy that made the middle class of America the envy of the world LAST century. GOP is try to ENSLAVE the middle class. Simple.

    If you are not a Millionaire, don't vote for GOP – they want to enslave YOU!

    July 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • Hey nutjob

      Free enterprise, individual liberty, the rule of law. Those are the forces "enslaving" people? try checking in with the left in this country that has done more to create a permanent underclass via government dependence than any corporate CEO or Republican politician.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Reply
      • doncville

        hammer connects with nail square on head

        July 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Kristi

      Yes, entitlements for those who won't work certainly is no form of slavery. Wow you are brilliant!

      July 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Reply
      • doncville

        ghostburns....sad sad sad.

        July 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
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        August 2, 2012 at 1:16 am |
  16. 16halo

    Seriously Deter! This is one of the downfalls of the Internet, the ability to say whatever you want, knowing that you have complete annonymity.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • Nunya

      Actually that is the very best part of the Internet, period.

      July 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • kk

      you never know if that zeter is human or an ape

      July 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • kk

      i.e. if I can type all Apes can type

      July 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  17. downtownfarm

    The rule system of our "free market" rewards those that are the most greedy, ruthless, competitive, unfair, and irresponsible exploiters of planet and people. If we want businesses and people to act in accordance to better values we need to put rules in place that reward those that values. If buying goods from sweat shops would lead to disadvantages rather than advantages in the market place they would not exist. Practice what you preach ... economic law makers.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  18. Oops!

    You forgot Demi Moore. She's the solution.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  19. doncville

    Fix America first. We still haven't corrected the wrongs of slavery in the US. I'm not talking reperations either.
    I'm talking about a stong educational system that teaches society that your world is what you make it. One that should have embraced blacks in America...instead, its left them behind.
    Our educational system is nothing more than a trap for lower class citizens to stay just that...low class. Slavery is not gone. It hides under the guise of of a weak minded people...Its alive and well. Low class people are weak spirited just like a slave.....beat down. There will always be evil persons in the world to take advantage this.... I could go on.
    Provide a solid real education and you will see generations turn around.
    It is the only way.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • someoneelse

      Blacks aren't left behind at all. Poor people are (white, black, whatever).

      July 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
      • doncville

        I can agree with that. I used the black plight as a slice of example.....I did say lower class. Sorry should have been more clear.

        July 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • anna

      That being said on the other hand the young black people of today dont care about education. Most of them dont even know how to talk properly.
      It is not the government that needs to change but the attitude of the young!

      July 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Reply
      • doncville

        They are a product of the system that failed their parents......I was corrected early. Lets use the broad stroke here.
        I see it in every race and class in America...Even the rich kids are falling through the cracks sometimes.
        Socialisim is the true evil.

        July 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  20. mamaG

    that comment is in really poor taste and shows your lack of maturity.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  21. someoneelse

    Bring people here and educate them, but then make sure they are shipped back to their respective countries. We keep taking their best and leaving their worst (except Mexico, where America takes in the crap). Make it so that even if they marry an American, they are 100% (no exception) for sure sent back to their country with no chance at staying. They got a free education, that's more than most can say. Along the same lines, stop giving people in these countries any aid unless they go to school. Give free meals to everyone who attends school (even just night classes for those who farm or work). The others can starve and die.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
    • anna

      This is a dangerous suggestion, once you bring them in there is no getting rid of them.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
      • doncville

        We are already doing this....most are going home to make their country better than ours....I have no problem with as long as we continue to evolve and stay leaders of the free word.....That of which we are failing at furiously.

        July 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • dharma

      as a taxpayer, im not exited about this proposition...

      January 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply
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  22. mwiles217

    Just curious, why doesn't government divert police resources from the war on drug users, and click it or ticket to actually fight real crime such as the issue in the above article? Oh wait, that's because it would actually require police to do real police work during the day. We can't have that. Its so much easier to pull over and harass an over taxed generally law abiding citizen.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  23. Nunya

    I already do my part by not having slaves of my own. That's all I will ever do to help.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • jim

      Thank you! I think you are probably the only honest person here, the rest are "keyboard" liberals who would save the world if words alone would do it!

      July 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Reply
      • Elizabeth

        Many are more than keyboard. But, I would also like to know what happens to adults from foreign countries who are slaves, if they are freed? Will they be deported? If you see a situation that may be slavery, but aren't sure what will happen to the person, would you say something?

        July 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  24. doncville

    Yes they are...and none the wiser to it. Most that are wiser become part of the system and they will use their brothers skin off his back to keep warm. (Jessie, Rev. this one and that one, we know who they are...so called heros) If they do anything less that leans towards being an American who works hard and provides for family and community then they are just uncle-tomin'.
    Wake up Black America (and lazy a$$ white people).....This country offers gifts and opportunities that many people on the face of this earth would love and die to have.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  25. Arien

    Very inteliigent, what we need to do is stop downing each other and encourage each those people that are in jail are in jail for a reason wether right or wrong all we can do is pray for them and about the democratic slave policy you maybe right about the democrats , but how many other people know that? help educate others..

    July 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • doncville

      Agreed!
      However....our prison system does nothing more than perpetuate society on the outside....Two months in the hole and one realizes that eat, s#!+, shower and shave (sometimes) is the order of the day. EZPZ when the outside world expects so much more of a person. Its almost Disney land in there. The ones who have a conscious are the ones who understand where the real freedom is. They also are open to the path of correction and being a better person and citizen.
      But we must make all efforts. I do think everyone gets another chance to be a better person.....but only one chance.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  26. Richie

    They have the courage and dignity to know right from wrong no matter what they are forced into.

    Do you know what will happen if you say a word!!!

    Like we planned it that way!!!

    They have nothing to ever be embarrassed about because sometimes looking normal comes at the heaviest price.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  27. Patsy

    The only way to end this sort of situation is to empower women by getting them into the workforce and making sure their educated. Too often children are sold into slavery because of poverty. We have to elevate the poor.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Reply
    • Kristi

      teaching women to use the proper "they're" would be a great first step

      July 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Reply
      • doncville

        I love this form of classism. Look folks!!!. Make fun of someone becuase they don't know how to properly use a word. Let me guess. a liberal, a democrat, a bleeding heart and one who probably supports the very educational system that has failed the one you attack?
        The real enemy.......check yourself.

        July 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
      • jim

        @doncville Why do you say the educational system has failed them. You can't have education pumped into you like gas into a car, you actually have to be involved in the process. No one can teach you if you refuse (or are too stupid) to learn!

        July 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
      • Elizabeth

        No, we shouldn't make fun of others, but it is easier to understand a sentence if double-checking that the correct word is used: their there; two to too; etc.
        What does grammar have to do with an argument? Ask an attorney, whether liberal or conservative, if grammar is important when they write their motions.

        July 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  28. Sybaris

    Make leaders of countries where slavery occurs accountable and send them to face The Hague for crimes against humanity. Sooner or later these bad actors will quit bubbling to the top and won't want to rule.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  29. roderick ronald roberts

    Turn the page,that is all i can say,turn the page.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  30. Fr3domWanted

    Why doesn't the US government realize that they are wasting enormous amounts of US money and resources on the "War on Drugs"? Marijuana is no worse that alcohol, and yet it is illegal. Our country is wasting it's time on this endless war that has caused countless billions of dollars and lives. Why can't we focus our laws, time and money on slavery that IS actually a terrible thing. America is wasting too many resources on something that Americans deserve as a freedom of choice, when this terrible ordeal still goes on today.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  31. zeeter

    I expected negative response but I didn't expect positive. I don't blame the blacks or hispanics or the white people who accept these entitlements. Often they're given little choice. The only steps taken have been affirmative action, basically forcing diversity and thus telling companies and universities how to run their enrollments/hiring. Minority public schools are the most underfunded in the country. We should stop with the handouts and give that money to the schools, instead. Create legitimate opportunities for minority businesses that they have to work for rather than just giving them money for nothing.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • LBW

      Check out the situation in the Atlanta Public Schools, high percentage minority. Teachers, principals, administrators all changed students incorrect answers on standardized tests so the scores would go up and the employees would receive bonus pay. One outraged parent called it the worst kind of black on black crime. DO you think maybe they should TEACH THE STUDENTS to raise test scores? DId they think these kids couldn't learn? WRONG. That is something that will create a generation of modern slaves.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  32. JD

    These experts say we'll never succeed in winning the war on slavery? Then it's an open-ended war! We must withdraw! There's no point in fighting a war we can't win!

    Hey, I'm going to keep saying it until people realize how stupid this line of thinking is.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  33. Yago

    How to end Slavery? In the United States it's easy. We just need an Immigration Reform that allows the 20 million Illegal Immigrants to work legally and under the law, and be protected by. Corporations are not allowing this Reform to pass, keeping 20 million in the Shadows. Sadly, the United States have a long history of Abusing other ethnic groups.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • Curby McStomperson

      N0o. Instead I'll support their deportation. Their home countries can care for them. I will not.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
      • Yago

        if you are willing to pay $25.000 per each and look and act as the Nazi did, may be.

        July 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • Curby McStomperson

      No. Instead I'll support their deportation. Their home countries can care for them. I will not.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  34. mike2

    The biggest 'modern slavery' issue is the illegal Mexican labor that the US uses. Yet, Liberal idiots everywhere proudly sit back and let it happen.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
    • William

      Don't forget that corporate America loves illegal immigrants as slave labor in order to appease their shareholders and increase profits at their expense. There are always two sides to an argument :)

      July 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Reply
    • OP

      You are delusional. Both democrats and repubs want these illegals in our country.

      The dems want them for potential future votes. The repubs want them to bring down labor costs.

      Both parties are to blame, but I think you got it backwards on who wants the cheap labor more.

      July 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Reply
      • Elizabeth

        Since America seems to be heading towards or already at an oligarchy (a multi-person monarchy led by a small group of businesses and government persons), the "vote" won't matter anymore. So there is no point in adding "voters." Only slaves, who will lower the wage.

        July 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  35. JD

    According to the supporters of other American vices, what we need to do is legalize and tax it. Hmmm...

    July 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  36. William

    Education is the first step. With that, impoverished third world/developing nations can slowly begin to address the birth rate issue/dilemma. Secondly, separate church and state so that women don't feel compelled to have five to six children they cannot afford to raise. Finally, establish an effective government to collect and allocate resources for a sustainable infrastructure dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      Women have a lot of children when they think nobody will take care of them in old age. So, take away Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid (which pays for nursing homes for people with dementia), and you will guarantee a huge population explosion.

      July 12, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  37. Thomas

    One of the best methods I can think of is to ban trade with countries that allow this directly or indirectly. The U.S. trades with many nations that allow or through ambiguous laws and apathy the slave and drug trades, while refusing trade with nations like Cuba because of their politics and economics rather than their treatment of their [people and humans rights. This issue stems from an economic spout that elected US officials and businesses drink from and support support because of the economic ties to those countries. Take their business incentives away and the support dries up. That's business and the wealthy's way.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  38. tangozuluimports

    Buying fair trade products isn't a cure-all but it helps. When you buy fair trade you help someone earn a decent living under good working conditions (at least compared to the norm for their country), and you're also in many cases keeping artisan skills alive that might otherwise be lost. And their are more and more cool and practical and reasonably priced fair trade products on the market, like here (shameless plug) http://www.tangozuluimports.com

    July 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  39. May

    We all must pay a 'fair' price for the goods and services we recieve, can't expect to paid a huge wage then buy everything cheap. We have many people who do just that, they earn huge salaries, then expect everything they buy to be cheap.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  40. Higginson

    The Democrtic party in 1860's is not the same Democratiic Party that is currently in power. You cannot compare the two. The Democratic party lost the Southern Democrats when President Johnson backed Civil Rights with Federal Power. They went to the Republican Party. The Democratic Party was conservative, wanted a small Federal Government and a hands off approach by the government as to the issue of slavery. They would be more in tune with what the Conservatiive Republicans fight for today, minus slavery.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  41. Curby McStomperson

    Where can I buy a slave? I'm tired of cleaning my shitter.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  42. ListAll

    Surprised the article didnt say, bring them to the US and send Billions of dollars to fight it.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  43. CS Holmes

    Do you really want to end modern slavery? Make credit cards illegal and health care and university free. At least it's a start.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      That would just about do it. Add to that a penalty for job out-sourcing.
      My beef with Harvard is that they want to perpetuate the caste system in America; that institution has no interest whatsoever in stopping slavery of any kind.

      July 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  44. Barry

    The United Nations should impose heavy sanctions upon any country that permits slavery and fails to do everything in its power to stomp out such evil.

    And to those of you who are practicing, supporting or condoning slavery: Know that you are despised by decent people all over the globe, and know that you will be punished for what you have done to your neighbor, your brother, your sister, when you face your maker.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  45. R1fRaf

    Oh, I thought this article might actually be tackling capitalism, which IS modern-day slavery and justifies slavery in itself, but I also thought it'd be odd to see that on a mainstream media site.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      A representative of Harvard tackling capitalism? You've got to be kidding. She "asks" politely if business would donate one hundredth of a penny to the cause.

      July 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  46. Ridiculous

    It appears to me that most of us are slaveless...give me a slave first...then I can free one...

    July 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • down to earth dude

      your smarter than you seem....

      January 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  47. harir e maziwa

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROo_hYzluQM&w=640&h=390]

    July 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  48. Adam

    How about empowering women with education and giving them control over their reproductive cycles through contraceptives and information, so there's less unwanted babies, and higher levels of human well-being with the humans already on this planet.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  49. Pathwilla

    One Word "Accountability!"

    July 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  50. Judge Dredd

    Here is how to end Slavery:

    Poor people stop breeding!

    I am the law

    July 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  51. Cyg

    GOP has a job for all of these people – as contractors, holy warriors, and laborers. They won't pay you anything for your work – but by God you'll have 'freedom' like you've never known, and Sarah Palin will be your bestest friend ever. Just sign here...

    July 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  52. Chrisstopher

    With all due respect, I doubt that we can stop slavery anywhere in the world. We have it here in the United States, at least 200K people in slavery according to estimates.

    The only way to stop slavery is..... well, I'll be honest: I doubt there IS a way to stop it. Sexual slavery or regular slavery. We can only find the people who practice it and punish them, as well as giving the people who are forced into it the means to report it and get out of it.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  53. Judge Dredd

    Remove black people from the world and slavery will be gone

    I am the law

    July 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  54. Judge Dredd

    Slaves keep our products prices low, is that is what you want people? Higher prices, higher wages, inflation.

    I am the law

    July 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  55. 2bits

    You end slavery by ending mankind.

    Mankind is just evil to the core. It can be trained to be nice but it's hard core wiring is evil.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  56. JC

    Things that make me go 'hmmmm'.. Did the whips and chains of slavery get replaced with money and debt? Did the elite's needs for workers 'all of a sudden' disappear or was the system overhauled and disguised?

    There has been slavery for thousands and thousands of years. Then BAM, it ended? I think not....

    July 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  57. Elizabeth

    I am not against academia teaching businesses to do a better job of preventing slavery and donating to causes, but that should be assumed. What is surprising is that academia has such a bad track record of training bankers and business to harm people. That is the reason why, even though many universities seem liberal, when it comes time to pay back the loans, the former students become the worst bosses and job out-sourcers and loan sharks. Harvard is an example of an institution that does not share its library, does not reach out to the community with its educational resources, and perpetuates a caste system. So, I would agree with the first two contributors to this article, but the third undermines it.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  58. Parent50

    Why are the (generally) men who 'hire' the services of those in sexual slavery in the US not arrested and charged? And if the child is underage, why are they not charged as pedophiles and made to register as a sexual predator? I realize you can't get everyone, but if the penalties were harsher, maybe the demand would go down. A billboard or two might help, as well.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  59. Yuveth

    Slavery will exhist for as long as poverty exhists. From the earliest times of man.. slavery has been here and the number one reason for its very exhistence.. is was and always will be.. poverty. People have allowed.. embraced and even cheered on the Capital monster. Where the bottom line is money.. money and more money. The bigger the gap becomes between the poorest and the richest.. the more you will see slavery of all types. And lets face it.. right now in the world today.. the gap is huge and its getting bigger and bigger.

    Personally, I have lost faith in society I think. There are times when I sit in awe.. at the way technology has advanced. simply amazing.. but when I look at people and see the monstrous things we do to one another.. it feels like we are going backwards.. instead of evolving ..we have come to a halt. Much easier to wage war than to find a way to live and exhist peacefully together....

    I've read stories of parents selling their children .. stories of young women who go off to work to support their families and end up as sex slaves.. little babies who are forced to work .. making barbie dolls and shoes .. items that they will never ever be able to afford.. it makes me more than a little sick ..

    July 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  60. wilma

    We, Americans, that is not of the RICH, white, or acceptable are still fighting modern-day slavery. Look at the wages, poor living qualities, thieving, and murdering politicians, racial wars, and all types of abomination going on here in the USA, and the leaders think its right. We have a lot to deal with, but we give it all to GOD. One thing you all wont be able to LIE to GOD..

    July 12, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  61. ahmed

    One of the swiftest means of ending modern day slavery is by creating more jobs and by tackling poverty as well as redefining our laws to enable the victims of modern day slavery the ability to make a case without any hitches and hinderances.Surely,by so doing,this phenomenon shall be reduced and combacted easily.

    July 13, 2011 at 4:52 am | Reply
  62. DiamondSky

    Solution to slavery is Bible education for all earthlings. All other educations including secularism are all about pigging out with selfishness with murky sense of justice, so nothing else works.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:36 am | Reply
  63. Adaobi Okwy

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

    July 14, 2011 at 4:38 am | Reply
  64. Olayiwola Obe

    It is in number we can make choice, hence the problem of the human race is not number but application. We now have many countries, we have just added South Sudan, an idea not tenable some hundred of years back. Every thing on earth was put there by the Maker for a purpose. Let us learn to apply and appropriate the resources on earth correctly. Those engaged in slavery are guilty of misappropriation of their vantage point. This system in which we are is transient, everyone's concern should be the result of his action on the WHOLE.

    July 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  65. lior

    Simple:
    Developed countries should stop trading and have diplomatic relations with all countries lacking minimal human rights protection.
    A big question is – how minimum?
    The biggest question – which country will agree to loose money for others’ human rights?

    July 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  66. lulamae fragd

    Stop this madness right now!!!

    July 18, 2011 at 8:39 am | Reply
  67. Vishwa Aggarwal

    In all of this we forget that most of the countries where we are facing Slavery,Child Prostitutuion,Trafficking are the left over of After Effects of US&West's Illegal Carpet Bombing,Looting through Conflicts just to impose their Will,Laying of Mines & spread of Christianity thro' Bribery& Coersion. First & foremost we should also fight to stop some of these Barbaric Countries to impose&create wars&conflicts and unjustfied Sanctions on Countries as a Group Punishment.The ultimate Beneficiaries have been Western Thugs and the sufferers have been the poor people who were maimed & looted

    July 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  68. tee

    prey we all need to prey and god will fix all these things!!!!

    July 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  69. Stephanie

    Sex trafficking, forced labor and child labour are all serious cases of modern day slavery, but I’ve seen what I call the most modern way of slavery – electronics slavery( brain manipulation and reading, house bugging and phone hacking). How will be the question? The storey that is to be shared here can help in finding the conditions of slaves, and combating the menace.
    An abused woman’s move for freedom sentenced her to a life of torture. This is how it works – The bugged home with speaker, relates whatever she says to the public, which destroyed her image before she knew what was going on. Most importantly it is used to convince whoever or whatever office she goes to for help, that all is well at home and that the woman is ‘paranoid’ and troublesome.
    The phone hacking helps to find out who and what she says – this helps to plan good defence, and block any relationship between her and people.
    With brain manipulation, she acts to suit his arguments. With brain reading her every plan is known and thwarted before she acts. And most especially, her every movement is known. All are meant to shout her up.
    She is depressed and despaired but can’t move away, because any where she goes, her saved speeches and acts will be used against her. It takes only hours or days of connection and acting to thwart her hope for help, and the man goes on enjoying, while she goes ‘back to black’. Remember, it leaves no evidence and the public are filled with what they are made to hear. It is suicidal, it is slavery, it might be used on innocent victims.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:33 am | Reply
  70. Stephanie

    Sex trafficking, forced labor and child labour are all serious cases of modern day slavery, but I’ve seen what I call the most modern way of slavery – electronics slavery( brain manipulation and reading, house bugging and phone hacking). How will be the question? The storey that is to be shared here can help in finding the conditions of slaves, and combating the menace.
    An abused woman’s move for freedom sentenced her to a life of torture. This is how it works – The bugged home with speaker, relates whatever she says to the public, which destroyed her image before she knew what was going on. Most importantly it is used to convince whoever or whatever office she goes to for help, that all is well at home and that the woman is ‘paranoid’ and troublesome.
    The phone hacking helps to find out who and what she says – this helps to plan good defence, and block any relationship between her and people.
    With brain manipulation, she acts to suit his arguments. With brain reading her every plan is known and thwarted before she acts. And most especially, her every movement is known. All are meant to shout her up.
    She is depressed and despaired but can’t move away, because any where she goes, her saved speeches and acts will be used against her. It takes only hours or days of connection and acting to thwart her hope for help, and the man goes on enjoying, while she goes ‘back to black’. Remember, it leaves no evidence and the public are filled with what they are made to hear. It is suicidal, it is slavery, it might be used on innocent victims.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • Stephanie

      She was only contributing – meant no harm at all. She has her facts if there is a way of dictating it; the particles are still in her.

      November 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  71. dountoothers

    People, People, listen up – forget the details, the who, the colour, the how, the why, the where...... DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE DONE TO YOU... if you, as a human being, would not want to be held in slavery, then it is the duty of all humans to stop this – well done CNN

    August 27, 2011 at 1:37 am | Reply
  72. Winski

    So, CNN thru this effort is trying to broaden it's public image as a player trying to end modern slavery. AND, it's clear that CNN is going for the low-hanging fruit first because it's the easiest (CNN doesn't't have to pay for REAL investigative journalist) way to get a 'story' in front of the public.... What a sham...

    IF you or any other investigative group wanted to truly shine light on modern slavery go after today's republican party whose platforms, policies and money goes toward perpetuating slavery of EVERY WOMAN ALIVE in the U.S. They, thru coercion, legislation, false church doctrine, force, intimidation, bribery, bullying and hate want to FORCE, by law, every woman to turn over decisions about her body and it's future to them....no discussion. This is a criminal act on a level that makes your initiative look like a kindergarten picnic... I believe, as do millions of others, that this criminal activity should be stopped at ANY cost. And it will... With you or without you... You pick.

    August 28, 2011 at 1:51 am | Reply
    • down to earth dude

      your ignorance is extraordanary.

      January 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  73. suziebelmont

    Hello to all, I am of age and I am an intelligent and very competent young woman and most misrable as well, because I have been put under forced guardianship and what I mean by forced I mean this was all done against my will and I feel as though Im being treated like I'm just a like I'm non-human but cattle and my rights have been violated and it seems as though no one cares what is right or wrong anymore this is suppose to be still america home of the free :( and the one who has done this horrible act towards me is my very overcontrolling father and very abusive but yet no one bothered to talk to me one-on-one to ask me questions about anything it's like just because he is the older adult it's like he's automaticlly in the right, I was manipulated by this whole thing and by him. well all that we the people know is that some people will try to take advantage of the system and try to buy people to do that other person's durty work for them which is a big shame , there is nothing at all wrong with me but only wrong with that other person who thinks that they can keep controlling other people's lives when that person themself is the real criminal.

    April 21, 2012 at 1:31 am | Reply

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