A profitable enterprise
July 29th, 2011
04:08 PM ET

A profitable enterprise

Ranking behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking, human trafficking is estimated to be the third largest international crime industry, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. It is believed to generate profits of an estimated $32 billion, according to a 2005 report from the International Labour Organization. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries.


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  1. kolawole omolayo

    Yeah,it's my belief that united nation would be able to put an end to modern day slavery through out the world.

    July 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • Sheba

      How can one organisation solve the world's problems? Only God can help us.

      July 29, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Reply
      • Monty

        if one organization which is actively working and trying hard to solve our problems can't solve them – how can GOD – who no one has seen and who hasn't solved many of our other problems do so. Stop dreaming of god saving everything and everyone – he just cant. Isn't there a saying – God helps those who help themselves!!!

        August 4, 2011 at 10:25 am |
      • Ed

        I was glad to read your post. Read my posts.

        August 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
      • Sierra

        I agree. The United Nations pretty much has no enforcement power, so it is very difficult for them to do much of anything if the individual nations do not uphold human rights.
        And Monty, that saying is entirely untrue. If God only helped those who helped themselves, we'd be in a heap of trouble much larger than the one we're in now. "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him" – John 6:44. We're powerless without God.

        November 17, 2011 at 11:00 am |
      • Bob MacDonald

        How do we entrust ourselves into your plan?

        January 7, 2013 at 11:06 am |
  2. jose

    UN can't even stop the terrorism and illegal invasion of countries by USA. Only regulation of drugs and brothels will solve the problem, regulate, tax and use the tax to combat the illegal activities. If they prefer bans everything the criminals will easily win, they make 32 billions, government invest less than 1 billion to combat. It's easy figure out who is the winner. Regulate, tax and use the tax to combat the illegal activities. This is the ONLY solution... the rest is conservative, right-wingers and feminazis utopias.

    July 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Reply
    • Jeannine

      The only solution to this is to attack the demand. If (mostly) men would stop paying for sex, there would be no problem. If some men didn't want sex with under-aged girls, there would be no problem. As long as men want sex with prostitutes, and as long as men want sex with little girls, the problem will always be there. Regulation won't fix it.

      July 31, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Reply
      • J.J

        I'm not supporting trafficing women or girl but how can you stop the demand

        September 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  3. victor kalma

    positive moves.God will help us.

    July 30, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  4. Nkd

    I don't understand the previous post by annexian. I don't think this is fluff or a distraction. I think this is real. I remember 17 years ago – I was 15 – we traveled to the middle east for the summer and rented a house. The house next door was rented out shortly after we got there. My aunt, who lived in the same town heard that there was an "American" girl living there and suggested we stop by. So, we paid a visit. She was not an American, but spoke English, with a strong accent, almost like an Australian accent. She told me she was 13 and her father had "married" her to two men, who were brothers. She was small, blonde, and blue eyed. They spoke no English. She had been "married" for a few months. I had the most uneasy feeling ever in that house, as my aunt must also have, since we never went back. It wasn't until years later that I wondered if that girl was someone's missing persons case. I have wondered, from time to time, when I read articles like these, if she is dead or alive.

    August 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  5. Ed

    Time and unforeseen occurance befall us all-–But God-no-not his doings.

    August 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  6. Ed

    God has installed his son as king--In due time the meek will inherit the Earth-and there will be no more pain or sorrow-the former things [ will ] have passed away.
    I am so sorry for the natural disasters and wars that keep leaving people both lost and sad.
    Those people who came to my door had answered all my questions.

    August 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  7. Name*dave

    Ed, its true that drug and prostitution, trafficking are messing the world up. And god is not responsible for everthing. But the problems are real what can we do?

    August 8, 2011 at 2:40 am | Reply
  8. Name*dave

    When americans buy into any of this setvices. Their helping this bad things that are happening around the world?

    August 8, 2011 at 2:54 am | Reply
  9. Rom

    How did we come to this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MSWSHOdu7Q

    August 8, 2011 at 5:51 am | Reply
  10. Lucas Neto

    The biggest problem in Nepal is the free border with India, there is no traffic from Nepal to China, why? Because there is no free border to China to nepali people. Close the bordes and the things geting better.

    September 11, 2011 at 12:15 am | Reply
  11. Reggie

    I'm terribly disappointed in CNN! If CNN wants to portray the image that it is doing something about modern day slavery, then they will have to do a better job at convincing us. Sad, so very sad.

    October 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Reply
    • SAE

      Educating is still doing something. I know it's not going to literally take people out of those situations, but it is a start.

      October 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  12. SAE

    The CNN Freedom Project is great! I run an anti-human trafficking organization on my college campus and I'm frequently referencing and re-posting articles from this. Keep up the good work! I'm sure many have learned what a horrific and quickly growing issue this is.

    October 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  13. Savannah M

    Monty..how can you talk about God in terms of a physical person, who does not exist because we can not see him? And he has done nothing for us...how about life? You are healthy...alive...have internet access so I assume can also afford to eat..can spell thus have obviously been privelaged to go to school, unlike so many people in the world...you are blessed. To not thank God every day when you wake up healthy and happy is simply astonishing to me. ??

    November 2, 2011 at 11:38 am | Reply
  14. Sam

    I seriously see no benefit out of this project at all. I usually see that governments that fight human-trafficking are themselves a different kind of human-traffickers. If by slavery you mean having poor people do all kind of things and, forbidding them to move out of predefined space without a permission and, not giving them the same rights as these privileges given to local people and, all that for almost no pay at all, then, I'm sorry to say that real slavery is actually in Europe. If you are an immigrant from 3rd world country and you are living somewhere in Europe you will understand that we are the real slaves. And, you will also understand that all these kind of campaigns are just for powerful nations to feel better about themselves and feel less guilty while giving their immigrants hardtimes.

    December 14, 2011 at 6:46 am | Reply
  15. R. T. Cridebring

    Many may not believe what I'am about to write and so be it. I live with trafficking just outside my door way. My family has lived in the state of Arizona sense the 1840's. We are no fools to what is happening on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. What is very clear is that a good deal of the information about Human Trafficking between Arizona and Mexico is not based on fact. A very nice piece of my life has been spent living right next, ( 6.5 miles away ), to the happy little line in the sand, and the crimes against human beings on this part of the border is so far out of control that only military action could put a stop to it. The U.S. Army and U.S.M.C. have come and gone but always with orders of "Hands Off". If this country really knew who was behind and in control of the Drug Trafficking, that plays a key part in the Human Trafficking, the good people of this fine country would mess themselves. Think or say what you will, and you will. I live here and have seen it with my own eyes. From rapes, to babies being left just laying on the ground to die in the desert heat while the mother was abused then killed, ( this was in Mexico we found the remains ), all the way up to U.S. Border Patrol running dope and/ or helping the Mexican Military do the same. ( Do you know that the Mexican military crosses the Mexican/Arizona border illegally on a regular bases and I'm not talking about a lost truck. ) CNN comes the closest to the truth in regards to Human Trafficking as I have seen, and by the grace of God, this at some point will help. The law enforcement in Mexico is pointless. The law enforcement on the U.S. side of the border is dirty. The illegals coming up from Mexico are victims in both countries. I have seen some pretty nasty things around the world while serving this country in the military, and this equal to the worst. The fact that it is taking place here in the U.S. kills me. The answers and solutions that work always start with a prayer. Sometimes the end starts with gun. Welcome, to the wild wild west.

    December 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • Isheanesu

      it before and I'll say it again: I would utcaally be disappointed if you weren't trying to save my soul (I know Jesus is the actual savior, just humor me). Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully consider each reply. This is a deeply personal topic for the two of us, yet we seem to be getting nicer as this conversation continues. I don't think that is typical, but more of a testament to our desire to really know the truth (if such a thing can be known). As for your answer to my dilemma with modern day miracles I can honestly say I haven’t thought of it or heard it worded exactly like that (the idea of diminishing the significance of the work and life of Jesus). This is something that definitely deserves some further consideration away from the keyboard and monitor. I know for certain that I am not alone in my thinking. I have come across several other “Apostates” that have come to the shocking conclusion (opinion) that:A)The bible is not infallible or even inspired.B)If a god does exist there is a great chance it’s not the one we read about.The problem some apostates (me) have with this revelation is the almost innate fear of eternal damnation and the echoing nothingness that follows a divorce from faith. I still find myself wondering, “What if I’m wrong and I have to face judgment, is this really worth it?” Then there’s the idea that there isn’t a divine purpose at all, that nothingness I was referring to. To put it mildly, it sucks. It sucks to think that there’s no caring creator that is listening to your concerns and planning ways to intervene on your behalf. It sucks to think that attraction, love, fear, anger and any other emotion is just a response to a chemical that floods your system and that’s it.So, you might find several agnostics, atheists and other apostates creating an “Even-if-God-is-real-I-wouldn’t-serve-him-because-of-this-trait-or-that” list when they run out of things to disprove. That is almost a knee jerk response to this monumental change. It’s easier to say what you hate about God than what you loved when you get to this point. The reason I say all of this is because I’m about to share my own list with you, but let me do the hard part first and tell you what part of Christianity was most attractive to me. It was utcaally all the focus on the relationship. I try to step away from things and view them as an outsider looking in when they get difficult and then spot the best parts that have become second nature and easy to overlook (like when my wife and I fight, when my son is bothering me, when my team loses). I did this with Christianity more times than I can count and the one thing that brought me back was the relationship. I imagine when I die the most important part of my life won’t be how much money I had or how many things I owned, but how many people did I really know and how many really knew me. How many people did I love and how many loved me. Thinking like that made me think that relationships are quite possibly the most important function of human existence, and everything else is just a system to support them. Therefore if there’s a religion whose sole purpose is a relationship, well that just plain makes sense. It all changed over the course of a few years though. Growing up in a Pentecostal church I never put much stock into the security of salvation, often returning to the altar week after week to ask for salvation all over again. Eventually I was lead through a few scriptures to discover that this was not necessary at all and soon started putting more faith in the eternal security of salvation. Then I started to think that if the Pentecostals had been wrong about salvation, maybe they got a few other things wrong as well. Out went being baptized with the Holy Spirit after salvation as a separate act. Years later I was confronted with honest questions about Genesis and whether or not I believed it. After a long period of research, prayer and thoughtful conversations like this one I came to the conclusion that there is simply not enough evidence to confirm Genesis’ account of creation to be accurate if taken literally. Well, sadly enough several things snowballed into me thinking the same way I thought about the Pentecostals, “If one thing is wrong then maybe more is wrong.” One thing seemed to contradict another thing (in the bible) and the more I looked for reasons to not believe the more I found them. The final straw was the idea of original sin. I can not, in good conscience, think that original sin makes any sense at all. I know I am challenging theories and ideas that were put into motion (supposedly) by a being that is way more moral and loving than I could ever dream of being. So who am I to question it, right? But then I considered that as well. What kind of morality are we talking about here if me in my supposed corrupt state finds it completely offensive? What does that say? That I’m too corrupt to understand it? How does that make sense? We wouldn’t use that same logic if we were telling a good person that even a criminal finds his actions reprehensible. “Jim, when you killed your wife and kids for no reason at all the inmates at Folsom were disgusted and wanted your head on a platter. That’s how terrible your actions were Jim. Inmates were enraged.” Or, let me just use the most common story like this we have all heard at one time or another: “Inmates kill rapist and child molesters all the time because even they know that that is just wrong. Rape and child abuse is too much even for a murderer or a thief.” (Side note: I can’t say I disagree with the inmates.) No one would dare say, “Yeah, but those are inmates! What do they know? I, not being an inmate, posses a morality they can only dream of.”But we use this idea of a superior morality and goodness to justify God. His morality and love is so far outside our corrupted conscience that it is utcaally turning evil (sending massive amounts of people to eternal damnation just for being born) into good. To sum it up: I do not consider him good, just, loving or merciful just because I was born in a Christian home with religious parents and therefore considered “elect”. This system of justice and mercy is so terribly corrupt that I can’t get my own corrupt conscience to buy into it any longer. So, even if I did find out that God is real I can’t say that I would utcaally serve him. That idea of a few making it and the rest burning in hell is so awful to me that I don’t want any part of it. Having a problem with that idea of original sin makes it pretty easy to say when I wonder if this is worth it while thinking about hell, “Absolutely.” The deep discomfort I get from the original sin message helps me through the nothingness, guilt and fear my specific upbringing has afforded me. That’s how I got to where I am. Sorry if this was wordy or self-indulgent. I guarantee that I rambled on more than one occasion, sorry about that as well. And lastly, if I offended you in anyway please know that it wasn’t intentional. Thanks for doing this, and good luck preaching. I would say knock em’ dead, but as Paul was one of the few that could (supposedly) knock em’ dead and bring em’ back to life maybe I’ll just stick with good luck. Jonathan[]

      March 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Reply
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