August 11th, 2011
02:05 PM ET

Setting up the sting

Police officers in Anaheim, California, conduct an undercover operation aimed at sex traffickers.


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  1. TAHIRA MUSSARAT HUSSAIN

    I WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH CNN Freedom Project RIGHT NOW WE ARE WORKING IN OUR COMMUNITY WITH OTHER NGO'S ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND SLAVERY.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • joelle esther benyayer

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      August 12, 2011 at 10:49 am | Reply
  2. Bob in SoCal

    What a waste of money and time. Too bad these vice cops aren't catching violent criminals, but then that would require some courage. So they arrest some poor underage girl and she gets jail and a record instead of help. Way to go people and this helps our society how?

    August 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • Bob's clueless

      Bob,
      How about you wait and see what happens to the girl before you make a comment. I bet she wasn't arrested, was offered services to change her life, and was sent to a safe place. What are you doing personally to change things Bob? Sitting on a computer writing uninformed posts?

      August 12, 2011 at 1:07 am | Reply
      • Mortran

        These girls don't want to change their lives. And they certainly don't want to be brainwashed by fascist police officers. If these officers or anybody else doesn't like prostitution, it is their personal opinion. Don't try to impose your worthless personal opinion on others.

        August 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • Donbeliev da Hype

        Protecting and giving women choices is a waste of money and time?
        Are not violent criminals and violence very much involved here?
        This helps our society by increasing your / my quality of life e.g. do you want to live in a city where any person is a 'slave'?
        There is a long way to go and it won't be easy nor always the right way ... Keep up the good work.

        August 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • think

      It is much more difficult to go after powerful organizations that engage in child prostitution and sex slavery. Consider child sex slavery scandals involving US defense contractors - even the US embassy worked to help cover up the issues and protect the perpetuators (some of whom are still operating freely)

      From the Wikipedia:

      DynCorp Employee involvement in child sex slave traffic

      According to whistleblower Ben Johnston, a former aircraft mechanic who worked for the company in Bosnia and Herzegovina, DynCorp employees and supervisors engaged in sex with 12 to 15 year old children, and sold them to each other as slaves.[18] Ben Johnston ended up fired, and later forced into protective custody. According to Johnston, none of the girls were from Bosnia and Herzegovina itself, but were kidnapped by DynCorp employees from Russia, Romania and other places.

      On June 2, 2000, members of the 48th Military Police Detachment conducted a sting on the DynCorp hangar at Comanche Base Camp, one of two U.S. bases in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and all DynCorp personnel were detained for questioning. CID spent several weeks working the investigation and the results appear to support Johnston's allegations. For example, according to DynCorp employee Kevin Werner's sworn statement to CID, "during my last six months I have come to know a man we call 'Debeli,' which is Croatian for fat boy. He is the operator of a nightclub by the name of Harley's that offers prostitution. Women are sold hourly, nightly or permanently."[19]

      Johnston is not the only DynCorp employee to blow the whistle and sue the billion-dollar government contractor. Kathryn Bolkovac, a U.N. International Police Force monitor hired by the U.S. company on another U.N.-related contract, filed a lawsuit in Great Britain against DynCorp for unfair dismissal due to a protected disclosure (whistleblowing), and on 2 August 2002 the tribunal unanimously found in her favor.[20] DynCorp had a $15 million contract to hire and train police officers for duty in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the time she reported such officers were paying for prostitutes and participating in sex-trafficking.[21] Many of these were forced to resign under suspicion of illegal activity, but none have been prosecuted, as they also enjoy immunity from prosecution in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bolkovac's story was made into a film, The Whistleblower, in 2010. She has also co-authored a 2011 book with Cari Lynn titled The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors And One Woman's Fight For Justice.

      DynCorp has admitted it fired five employees for similar illegal activities prior to Johnston's charges.[22] In the summer of 2005, the United States Defense department drafted a proposal to prohibit defense contractor involvement in human trafficking for forced prostitution and labor. Several defense contractors, among others DynCorp, stalled the establishment of a final proposal that would formally prohibit defense contractor involvement in these activities.[23]

      Dancing boy incident

      DynCorp workers who were employed to train Afghan policemen took drugs and paid for young "dancing boys" (child prostitutes) to entertain them in Kunduz, according to one of the US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks.[24][25][26] The cable stated that the Afghan interior minister at the time, Hanif Atmar asked the assistant US ambassador to try and "quash" both the story and release of video from the incident. The story was eventually published by The Washington Post in July 2009[27] and downplayed the incident, calling it a "questionable management oversight" when it was in fact being discussed at the highest levels of the Afghan government. According to The Guardian, the incident was influential in causing the Afghans to demand that private security companies were more strictly controlled by governments,[28] although the leaked diplomatic cable states that "placing military officers to oversee contractor operations at RTCs [i.e., DynCorp Regional Training Centers] is not legally possible under the current DynCorp contract."

      At the time of the leaked cable's writing, an investigation was on-going and disciplinary actions had been taken against DynCorp leaders in Afghanistan. An investigation by Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior (MOI) resulted in the arrest of two Afghan police and nine other Afghans for the crime of "purchasing a service from a child." The United States' Assistant Ambassador to Afghanistan cautioned that an overreaction by the Afghan government would "only increase chances for the greater publicity the MOI is trying to forestall."[29]

      According to employees who spoke anonymously for fear of retribution, four senior managers were sacked as a result of this and other incidents in Afghanistan.[30] The State Department was reportedly investigating whether DynCorp had ignored signs of drug abuse among employees in Afghanistan. According to the State Department Inspector General, a "substantially completed" review specifically pertaining to the dancing boy incident had uncovered no criminal activity. Following government investigations into its programs in Afghanistan and other conflict zones, DynCorp was reported to be strengthening its ethics practices, and had created a chief compliance officer position whose focus included ethics, business conduct, and regulatory compliance.[31]

      August 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  3. Naomi

    American police officers are great! A permanent symbol of good guys. Hope this girl will find God's love in Christ under a decent care. We go through different kinds of hell in life, but the truth and the love of Jesus surpass all the horrors.

    August 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Reply
    • Mortran

      No sexual abuse can ever be as severe as religious indoctrination. Your comment is the best example for it. Religion has deprived you of the capability to make any rational statement. The police should better go after minors who are exposed to religious brainwashing instead of abusing and harassing defenseless girls.

      August 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
      • Steve

        Seriously? No sexual abuse can compare to religion? You really believe that is the truth? Honestly... What the hell is wrong with people these days?

        August 29, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  4. tx

    all those cops and no one see the person dropping her off, great work guys. i guess it takes 4 or 5 cops to take down a girl

    August 12, 2011 at 12:42 am | Reply
  5. Bugz

    Good job guys!! It's now or never...better saving one than none. From South Africa

    August 12, 2011 at 3:24 am | Reply
  6. KNM

    Usually the CNN Freedom Project does an excellent job of sensitively reporting on human trafficking and modern-day slavery, particularly in the U.S. While the coverage of this story is important, the title of the video is disappointing. Although the video is titled "Undercover bust targets underage victims," the article title is "Nabbing a Teenage Prostitute," moving the conversation away from victim protection and focusing on criminalizing the victim's activity. Under the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (2000), any minor engaged in commercial sex (including pimp-controlled prostitution) is automatically a victim of trafficking. Please keep this in mind in future reports, and consider changing the name of this segment. For more information, seek out resources from Polaris Project (www.polarisproject.org), an organization working to end human trafficking in the U.S. which operates the National Human Trafficking Resource Center 24/7 hotline. Call to report tips or learn more at 1.888.3737.888.

    August 12, 2011 at 11:08 am | Reply
  7. think

    Photos of Prince Andrew with child prostitute, and lurid details of 'naked pool parties'.

    http://www.dailymail (replace this dot) co (replace this dot, too) uk/news/article-1362380/Prince-Andrew-naked-pool-parties-paedophile-friends-house.html

    I guess the wealthy can do this with impunity.

    August 13, 2011 at 2:07 am | Reply
  8. Jsdamon257@gmail.com

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    August 15, 2011 at 11:39 am | Reply
  9. Paul

    Nice job

    August 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  10. karek40

    I had a friend who befriended a prostitute purchased a spray rig and went door to door getting lawn spraying jobs lined up. He was trying to help her get out of the business, she tried it for 30 days and quit, wasn't the money it was the work., she found it easier to make the money on her back. Life is about choices, choose drugs and if you are a girl eventually you will find yourself making the choice. I hope some positive percentage of those making bad choices can be helped.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  11. MannyHM

    Adopt the law in Sweden that it is legal to sell sex but illegal to buy it. Prostitutes will not be arrested but the buyer client or 'John' will be. It worked very well for Sweden.

    August 20, 2011 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • Dave

      As a EU citizen I have to inform You, that Sweden law is not working – law reduced numbers of prostitutes on streets, but not reduced the numbers in general. Police in Sweden do not know how many girls are working underground now – discos, internet, news adds etc. Under new law even sex out of marriage could be prosecuted as – paying for sex.

      August 22, 2011 at 11:22 am | Reply
  12. Dagogo

    CNN Save Our Soul;Employment System in Deutschland- Is Slavery the best solution to Unemployment in Deutschland:, when the answer is NO, but the system is still existing here in Germany called ZEITARBEITS of which i am a victim, is a Callous system operated by all the Companies in Germany and supported by the gevernment to demorallized foreigners and to make life unbearable to live in the country. The company prefer to go through the Zeitarbeits firms to recruit workers , Zeitarbeits companies collected more money from the company, but give so little to the workers two weeks after the month ends. You´re demorallised when equal work is not equal pay. Is the rest unpaid money goes to the pocket of gorvernment, why is gorvernment supporting them knowing fully that a lot of money are lost every month into the hands of Zeitarbeits firm als unpaid Taxes. CNN Please help us.

    August 24, 2011 at 10:04 am | Reply
  13. michael wind

    come to miami beach we have here russian mafia bringing sex slaves from former siviet states under protection of local corupt government..

    August 28, 2011 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • Tommy

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      March 4, 2012 at 6:39 am | Reply
  14. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    How conveniently fast those peaple wish to want to forget the sexual atrocities committed by the Catholic Church against defenseless little boys and girls .That type of child sex abuse originated in the Roman Empire by the Roman Empire and is widely practiced by europeans.The same folks who call themselves defenders of the defenseless and saviors of soul.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  15. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    With absolute NO EXCEPTION ,All whom are corrupt; and/or corruption inclined;will undoubtedly prematurely corrode in mind body and soul.ESPECIALLY ALL THOSE WHO PATHETICALLY AND COMICALLY BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE MAJESTIC SUPERHUMAN BEINGS WHO EXEED OTHERS IN THEIR SATANIC UNSCRUPULOUS SELF PERCEPTION OF ROYALTY.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:52 am | Reply
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    August 30, 2011 at 10:23 am | Reply
  17. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    The typical secret society own thing proposal.To trample creation to their own filthy corrupt desires of their infested infectionous flesh.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  18. Amelia

    Tech advancement for police is well funded thanks to taxpayers. Im sure by tomorrow they might be watching what her pimp(s) will be eating for breakfast. lol

    October 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  19. getnet abebe

    hi i want congratulate for all freedom worker. i want write commen problem in ethiopia.
    in below.
    ethiopia news
    Informal trading in addis ababa trading in straight and road with out tax.
    By genet abebe
    Trading at road, straight front of an other formal trader shop trading without taxt this make them informal.this types of trading now now atime seen as usually event.
    Accourding to informal trading in gulela sub town commerce regestraion and head of working assistance sir tfra workneh said “one trader to be formal.frist register by commerce register and licence. according licence 686200 proclamion.every people can trading by formal way.
    by using license. Unless trading from place to place and at front of formal trader shop with out tax. Make them informal.to make informal trader tobe formal. government open first small shop, second sundey market.
    There aim is to make informal trader to formal trader.
    Gulela sub town commerce inspection and regulatory working process head officer tariku gudisa said” 2010 two proclamion revise once, commerce activity and stock holder proclamion
    second, commerce registration and license proclamion.these revise proclamion make commerce ease to modernizing and commerce reform. Commerce inspection and regulatory work is trader to trading by commerce license and informal trader at road and straight to make awarness we give learnig.
    Our sub town in 2013 has 2 regulatory parts but now our regulatory reach 16 regulatory part.regulatory part bring informal trader in to court.
    And also this kind of informal trader to not incrase every season give awarness education.accourding to informal trading
    Vise sagn denise bekele said” informal trader make traffic accident with vicles, when police come they run and inter in to straight with out zebra cross.they make accident and their activate make violent of the rule of traffic at road.
    This also cause for another life traffic accident.bekele asrat is informal trader he said” I come from rural area to get job in addis ababa. But all job want education certificate and relative to get job. Now I trading on straight to survive.
    In this trading have different challenge when come police we run away. One time I am loss 125 birr sofit and soap. But now I bring little good.”
    Aster one of girl informal trader said I work this for survive my life.

    February 27, 2013 at 5:38 am | Reply
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