May 17th, 2013
04:01 PM ET

Activist explains the Pacquiao factor

Activist Cecilia Flores-Oebanda explains to CNN the challenges she faces every day running an anti-trafficking organization in the Philippines.

In the video interview above she says the trafficking gangs regularly threaten her life but can't stop her, and neither can the frustrating shortcomings of the Philippines political and legal systems.

Oebanda adds that winning the support of boxing superstar and Filipino hero, Manny Pacquiao has given her a new drive.

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May 17th, 2013
03:04 PM ET

Mexican sex traffickers moving into U.S.

By Krupskaia Alis and Rafael Romo, CNN
Joanna moves her hands nervously as she speaks.  Her oversized, golden earrings rattle as she shakes her head to make a point.  Joanna is not her real name.  She's speaking on the condition that CNN will protect her privacy and not disclose her real name.  She's only 16 years old, but has already experienced a lifetime of horror, abuse and torture.  She's a former sex slave.

It all started when she met a charming man.  "I was in a normal relationship with him for three months," she says.  At the time she was only 14 years old.  She was treated like royalty and fell in love.  A few months later he asked her to elope and she agreed.

"He promised that we would get a house and that we would raise children.  I was naïve and believed everything he said.  We started living together in July and by September he was already forcing me to work as a prostitute," Joanna said.

By then it had become painfully clear that Joanna's boyfriend was in reality her captor, a pimp who preyed on young, vulnerable teenagers whom he recruited in central Mexico with the purpose of forcing them into prostitution. FULL POST