April 2nd, 2014
02:42 AM ET

Brazil tackling child prostitution for World Cup

By Shasta Darlington, CNN

The newly-renovated Castelao football stadium looms into sight up ahead. Driving just past it, we see women standing on street corners, leaning into cars and flashing nearly naked bodies in the low light.

We're in Fortaleza in the northeastern corner of Brazil, one of the World Cup host cities but also known as a magnet for sex tourism.

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March 21st, 2014
03:48 PM ET

Australian billionaire unites religious leaders in an anti-slavery initiative

This week Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury who is head of the Anglican Church, and the Grand Imam of the al-Azhar mosque in Egypt, Islam's highest-ranking Sunni cleric, united to tackle modern day slavery.

Their representatives gathered at the Vatican to sign on to the Global Freedom Network, an initiative launched by Australian billionaire and mining magnate Andrew Forrest.

“I got dragged, really, kicking and screaming, into this cause by my daughter, Grace,” Forrest said. “When she was 15, she worked in an orphanage in Nepal and our intelligence was that there was something suspect about the orphanage.”

The Global Freedom Network wants international support. It wants 50 multi-national businesses to free their supply chains from slavery. And it wants to convince the G20 to adopt an anti-slavery initiative.

Christiane Amanpour spoke to Forrest, along with Archbishop David Moxon of the Anglican Church and Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo of the Catholic Church.

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Topics: In The News
February 17th, 2014
04:46 PM ET

Qatar says it's addressing World Cup concerns; Amnesty says more work needed

Qatar says it has made “tangible progress” in addressing welfare concerns of migrant workers, as the nation builds the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup. Amnesty International says the reforms are positive but not enough.

“On one level, always pleased to see positive efforts to improve rights to migrant workers and prevent these kind of abuses happening," says James Lynch, Amnesty International’s researcher on migrants’ rights. "But I think it’s important to make it clear that this doesn’t really fundamentally change the situation. This is a limited contractual standard being applied to World Cup stadiums."

Watch his interview on CNN.

And read how Qatar is defending its record on human rights.

January 31st, 2014
04:57 PM ET

Was your carpet made by a slave?

Carpets woven by slaves are could be for sale in some of the world's biggest stores. Researchers investigating the hand-made carpet industry documented thousands of workers in northern India and found widespread slave labor, bonded labor and human trafficking in the supply chains. Siddharth Kara, who worked on the report for the Harvard School of Public Health, said that the reality may be far worse because they were violently turned away from many of the operations they tried to visit. Read his report in full here.

January 21st, 2014
04:00 PM ET

UK crime fighters warn sex predators: 'They will be found'

Law enforcement officers arrest 29 people in a clampdown on the organized sexual abuse of children online. The arrests include men in the UK and the Philippines. Stephanie McCourt of the UK National Crime Agency warns sex predators: "These people need to realize that what they are doing leaves a trail. They will be found."

January 10th, 2014
11:29 AM ET

The Gambia: How one teenager stood up to child marriages

In The Gambia, child marriages help alleviate poverty for many families. But Ramatoulie Jallow, a straight-A student with ambitions to be a doctor, wanted a different destiny and stood up to her father. Now she is an activist for children's rights, fighting to replace a culture of silence and early marriage for girls with education and the confidence to speak out.

Topics: In The News • Life In Slavery • Solutions • Voices
January 9th, 2014
11:47 AM ET

Ghana: Journalist goes undercover to expose traffickers

Police in Ghana storm a camp being used to keep children in slavery after one journalist spent weeks infiltrating the traffickers. In this video, CNN correspondent Vlad Duthiers meets the journalist and asks the minister responsible for protecting children what the government is doing to help.

'Operation Hope' and Sara Sidner win TV award
December 9th, 2013
04:58 PM ET

'Operation Hope' and Sara Sidner win TV award

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
Topics: In The News • Operation Hope
December 9th, 2013
03:35 PM ET

Police: 3 freed, 2 arrested in UK slavery bust

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.

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Topics: In The News
December 4th, 2013
02:43 AM ET

How traffickers use technology

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.

Topics: In The News • Life In Slavery • Technology
November 22nd, 2013
02:47 PM ET

After 30 years held as a slave, what is the recovery process?

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. 

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Topics: In The News • Life In Slavery • Solutions • Voices
November 21st, 2013
05:15 PM ET

30 years in slavery - how could it happen in London?

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.

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