April 30th, 2013
05:55 PM ET

Rescued Nepalese find new life in circus

By Bibek Bhandari, Special for CNN
Kathmandu, Nepal - Bijaya Limbu is an experienced circus performer who enjoys his art - but his introduction to the traveling showbiz lifestyle came through human traffickers who bought him from his parents.

While other children watch the circus in awe, Limbu was just nine when he was first forced to work in a circus.

He says he was trafficked from Nepal to a circus in India, and forced to perform for four years until he was rescued.

Limbu's story highlights the state of human trafficking in Nepal, where poverty coupled with lack of awareness fuels the trade in children. FULL POST

April 29th, 2013
07:03 PM ET

Spread the glove to help Fighters end trafficking

World champion boxer Manny Pacquiao has had more than 50 professional fights. But none may be more important than the battle he has joined against the trafficking of tens of thousands of women and children.

Pacquiao, who is also a lawmaker in his native Philippines, teamed up with campaigner Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, who has spent 20 years trying to protect victims of sex slavery and forced labor.

CNN spent two years documenting her struggle as she enlisted the help of Pacquiao. The resulting full length film premieres on CNN International on May 17 and 18. Watch the trailer here.

To draw worldwide attention to the horrendous crimes and to help the victims, CNN and iReport is joining forces with the End it Movement, which launched its red X campaign in February.

Download the Fighters-End It boxing glove here, share it with your friends and join The Fighters to end modern-day slavery.

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Campaigner: We can see the finish line
April 15th, 2013
10:20 AM ET

Campaigner: We can see the finish line

By Jesse Eaves Senior Policy Adviser for Child Protection, World Vision

Advocates are dynamic voices for change. Those voices often have a simple beginning. Two years ago, if 13-year-old Ravi was told that he would become a leading advocate against child labor in India, he would have taken that statement the same way that people treated him  - “as a joke.”

When his father fell ill when he was 8 years old, Ravi was forced to quit school and work to pay off his family’s never-ending debts.  For two years Ravi toiled in a small shack making wire brushes to clean machine parts in the city of Kanpur, India.

It was not the life he wanted to lead. However, Ravi’s life took a turn at age 10 when a social worker for World Vision found Ravi on the streets and got him out of forced labor and back into school. FULL POST

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April 13th, 2013
02:31 PM ET

Runners trek through Europe tackling slavery

Three runners update CNN on their 1,000-mile trek through Europe raising money to help children rescued from trafficking.

The Run for Love 1000 campaign is raising money for Love 146 which works with rescued children in Europe  and wants to build a trauma recovery center in the UK for victims of trafficking.

The run began in Ukraine by the Black Sea  and ends in Croatia on the Adriatic Coast.

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April 10th, 2013
05:46 PM ET

Mauritania slavery reporting honored

CNN has won two honors at the 2012 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards - one for an online-led Freedom Project special report on modern-day slavery in Mauritania and one for its coverage of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

For Mauritania, the judges said 'Slavery's Last Stronghold' upholds "the highest ideals of journalism" and recognized the covert reporting of CNN Digital reporters John D. Sutter and Edythe McNamee.

The judges noted: “They had to do their reporting on slavery covertly, often in the presence of a government-assigned minder. Their project was published online, accompanied by haunting photos and video.”

Senior international correspondent Arwa Damon and photojournalist Sarmad Qaseera won in the breaking news category. The reporting shed light on the attack which killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

Judges said: “Damon’s courageous reporting showed it appeared to be a planned attack that came after U.S. diplomats had been warned days before by Libyan officials about the deteriorating security there. The network stood firm in the face of harsh criticism from the State Department. The U.S. government’s investigation later proved CNN’s reporting to be accurate.”

The full list of winners is here.

iReport links with End It campaign
April 9th, 2013
01:44 PM ET

iReport links with End It campaign

CNN and iReport is joining the #enditmovement to help shine a light on slavery.

Join us by drawing a red X on your hand, window, wherever – be creative! – and sharing your photos by tagging them #enditmovement. You can also send them to iReport here. We’ll share some of the best on CNN.

You can find out more about the End It Movement here or watch this interview where actor-comedian Nick Cannon talks to CNN about the movement.

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April 5th, 2013
02:33 PM ET

'America's Got Talent' host fighting slavery

The host of hit U.S. TV show “America’s Got Talent” is getting behind a new campaign to end modern-day slavery.

Actor-comedian Nick Cannon told CNN he wanted to use his celebrity to encourage others to join the anti-slavery fight.

Seven non-profits formed the End It Movement to fight modern-day slavery all over the world.

End It and Cannon hope people will join the campaign on social media and agree to put an X on their hands as part of the organization’s ‘Shine a light on slavery day’ on April 9.

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