Oscar-winning actress and anti-slavery activist Mira Sorvino joined a CNN team to investigate the child sex trade in Cambodia. She met the victims and the people who sold them - including three mothers. In this video she tells CNN's Andrew Stevens about the assignment - and the horrific memories which she says she will never forget.
Every Day in Cambodia airs for the first time on CNN International on Saturday 10 a.m. CET.
A neighborhood in Cambodia is a global hotspot for the child sex trade. The people selling the children? Too often, their parents. CNN Freedom Project and Mira Sorvino, award-winning actress and human rights activist, investigate in a major new documentary, "Every Day in Cambodia", which airs for the first time on CNN International on Saturday at 10 a.m. CET.
Here is the story of three mothers, their children and the people trying to stop modern day slavery.FULL STORY
Senior International Correspondent Sara Sidner has won a prestigious television award for her CNN Freedom Project documentary, "Operation Hope".
The documentary, aired earlier this year, was a powerful update to Sidner's original reporting in 2011 about a seven-year-old Bangladeshi boy who was viciously attacked, castrated and left for dead because he refused to be forced into begging.
"Operation Hope" was voted Best Social Awareness Program at the Asian Television Awards in Singapore.Watch the documentary in three parts here
British police have freed three men and arrested two people as part of a human trafficking bust. The rescues came in a series of raids, part of an investigation into forced labor and human trafficking called "Operation Wanderer".
The three men who were freed included one in his 30s, one in his 40s and one in his 50s.FULL STORY
Modern day slavery is a high-tech crime. Criminals use many methods to lure and traffic their victims, including websites and games. Investigators and police in San Francisco give an insight.
Three "extremely traumatized" women are being cared for by a charity after managing to leave a London house where they had allegedly been held captive for more than 30 years. Experts say compassion, time and allowing freedom of choice are essential to the rehabilitation process.
Aneeta Prem, founder of the Freedom Charity, which was contacted by one of the victims, tells CNN how they worked with police and what happens next for the victims.FULL STORY
British police have arrested a couple on suspicion of holding three "extremely traumatized" women captive for more than 30 years. One of the women - a 30-year-old Briton - "appears to have been in servitude for her entire life," said police. It's an unprecedented case for London's Human Trafficking Unit.
CNN's Max Foster spoke to UK lawmaker Andrew Boff who has just written a book investigating human trafficking in London and asked him how cases like this can happen.FULL STORY
Ima Mutal was 17 when she left her home in Indonesia to work as a nanny in Los Angeles. As soon as she entered the U.S. her passport was confiscated by her new "employer" and her servitude began. Hundreds of thousands of people are thought to be enduring forced labor in the United States. This is just one story.FULL STORY
By Gena Somra
Nepalgunj, Nepal (CNN) – At first blush, one could mistake 88-year-old Olga Murray, a petite white-haired woman with a thousand megawatt smile, as something other than what she is: a passionate force to be reckoned with.
She may be tiny, but don't be fooled. Murray is a powerhouse.
The sun is blazing, the heat daunting, but as she walks through a remote area of Nepalgunj nestled along the Indian border, infamous for being the "hottest place in Nepal", Murray shows little sign of discomfort.
She is energized. And it is the work she has done here she says, that is one of her proudest achievements.
In this tiny corner of the world, far from the trappings of modern life, Murray's Nepal Youth Foundation has rescued more than 11,000 girls from the practice of "Kamlari" and the life of indentured servitude it brings.
She called herself Sweetie and when she went online, 20,000 men from around the world contacted her and 1,000 of them offered her money to perform explicit acts. But Sweetie wasn't a young schoolgirl, she was a computer-generated image and now those men are being investigated by child protection authorities.
Professor Kevin Bales, co-founder of Free the Slaves, explains to Max Foster how his organization calculates the total number globally - and says 30 million is a conservative figure.
Bales examines how different countries face the problem, and explains why Brazil is setting the best example.