Iconic fighters saving kids
May 9th, 2013
03:43 PM ET

Iconic fighters saving kids

Cecilia Flores-Oebanda has spent her life fighting - as a child for some education, as a teen rebel against a dictator, and for more than 20 years against human traffickers.

She has become the face of the Philippines anti-trafficking movement - a woman who has the ear of presidents, royalty and philanthropists around the globe.

Along the way she persuaded the biggest name in the Philippines - boxing legend Manny Pacquiao - to join her fight.

After two years of reporting in the Philippines – from going on police raids in Manila to going undercover in search of human trafficking in remote provinces - CNN can now tell their story.

Rescued girls describe how they were recruited by traffickers, the ordeals they endured - sometimes by men a computer click and half-a-world away - and how Oebanda saved them.

And we go undercover in Manila's bars where girls are available for tourists.  

Now Oebanda is fighting a battle that could truly ruin her reputation and the organization she created - fraud allegations made by Philippine investigators.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Susan Abolitionist

    Thank you CNN.
    Children from the Philippines are being tortured. This has to stop.
    The illegal slave trade is a $32 billion industry that is fighting back against the heroes who try
    to save these innocent children.
    Thank you Visayan Forum. For more go to http://www.visayanforum.org

    May 20, 2013 at 11:51 am | Reply
  2. Abusah Jackson

    It good to do that

    May 22, 2013 at 9:45 am | Reply
  3. Francis endesia mwanzia

    Innocent children must and must be saved no one on earth need to accept any single child to be misused in any way. Children are our future and will take care of we.

    May 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  4. Francis endesia mwanzia

    I mr Endesia mwanzia from Kenya i have been training young kenyans to work as masonary, capenters, painters for 25 years and thats is how i help our young generation. Every year i train 5 people. I hope one day i will get asponser to do more.

    May 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  5. Frank Moniz

    Great cause, but when will theU.S. learn you can't give money without extremely tight controls. This is an old story of a great cause that was on all accounts doing great things. However as soon as USAID and others started throwing money at the cause without tight controls, it was doomed. I hope I'm proved wrong, but after 25 years living in Asia history is on my side.

    June 2, 2013 at 5:18 am | Reply
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    June 4, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Reply
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    gampm904@yahoo.com

    June 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  8. Nick

    This problem might be fixed through real democracy,that means direct democracy, it means people voting their own laws.

    June 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  9. Umaru sesay

    Why africe

    June 11, 2013 at 6:41 am | Reply
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    June 21, 2013 at 6:27 am | Reply
  11. Mfonke1

    This problem is@gett wast let de Eyptsian Government should find solution about dis situation

    July 9, 2013 at 3:38 am | Reply
  12. Meta

    Great article. I am dealing with some of these issues as well..

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    December 19, 2014 at 4:17 am | Reply

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