December 30th, 2011
01:53 PM ET

January declared U.S. anti-trafficking month

U.S. President Barack Obama has declared January 2012 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

The presidential proclamation says: "Human trafficking endangers the lives of millions of people around the world, and it is a crime that knows no borders. Trafficking networks operate both domestically and transnationally, and although abuses disproportionally affect women and girls, the victims of this ongoing global tragedy are men, women, and children of all ages.

"Around the world, we are monitoring the progress of governments in combating trafficking while supporting programs aimed at its eradication. From forced labor and debt bondage to forced commercial sexual exploitation and involuntary domestic servitude, human trafficking leaves no country untouched.

"With this knowledge, we rededicate ourselves to forging robust international partnerships that strengthen global anti-trafficking efforts, and to confronting traffickers here at home."

Topics: Government • In The News
December 27th, 2011
01:13 PM ET

'Scarred by the Gadhafis'

A nanny horribly burned by a relative of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is building a new life in Malta. She is out of hospital but still needs almost daily treatment, and many more months of hospital visits lie ahead. CNN’s Dan Rivers has this update on her progress.

More from CNN's Dan Rivers on the burned Gadhafi nanny

Breaking the chains: Freedom's successes
This image showing enslaved fishing boys in Ghana was one of the first to appear on the Freedom Project.
December 19th, 2011
03:44 PM ET

Breaking the chains: Freedom's successes

(CNN) - Since its launch in March, the CNN Freedom Project has helped shine a spotlight on all aspects of modern-day slavery and spurred action from governments, corporations and individuals.

CNN reported on sex slaves and bonded workers, children and adults caught in despair, and the inspirational against-all-odds work of individuals and organizations fighting the trade.

Nearly 2,000 people have come out of slavery, either directly or indirectly, as a result of the hundreds of  stories broadcast on air and published online.

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Google joins fight against slavery
December 14th, 2011
05:02 AM ET

Google joins fight against slavery

(CNN) - Google Inc. announced Wednesday that it's providing $11.5 million in grants to 10 organizations working to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

Gary Haugen, president and CEO of International Justice Mission, one of the grant recipients, called the move a "game-changing investment." IJM is a Washington-based human rights agency that works to rescue victims of slavery and sexual exploitation in about a dozen countries.

"This is the largest corporate step up to the challenge that is beginning to apply direct resources to the fight against slavery," Haugen said.

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Topics: Business • How to Help • In The News
December 8th, 2011
10:14 AM ET

Hundreds arrested in child-trafficking ring bust

Chinese police have busted two child-trafficking rings after a six-month nationwide investigation, rescuing 178 children and arresting 608 suspects, the country's Ministry of Public Security announced this week.

Calling it "the biggest achievement since the launch of a national campaign against human trafficking," the ministry described in detail the joint effort of police forces in ten provinces in statement posted on its official website. FULL POST

December 6th, 2011
10:38 AM ET

They called him 'Miguel'

They called him “Miguel.”

In April, Haitian police found a naked child in a hole, near the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He was badly beaten, hadn’t eaten in days and was unable to even speak. So they simply called him “Miguel.”

He is the face of human trafficking in a country whose porous borders provide many opportunities to those who buy, sell or abduct children. Authorities say these kids are often trafficked for sex, for their organs or as to be used as child laborers.

This is Miguel’s story.

- More about Haitian children being forced into slavery

Topics: Life In Slavery
December 1st, 2011
11:37 AM ET

Watch the "Common Dreams" documentary

Editor's note: The documentary "Common Dreams" recently aired on CNN. Find out more about how you can help the Haitian children at CommonDreamsHaiti.com

In a Freedom Project documentary, Grammy Award-winning musician and actor Common focuses on the plight of the Restaveks, the estimated 300,000 children working as domestic servants in Haiti. You can now watch the entire program in six parts below.

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