CNN's Kristie Lu Stout highlights iReporter Renee Hong's short film on human trafficking.
How did the video come about? Hong, a graphic designer, says she was part of a program called YWAM which stands for Youth With a Mission. Her six-month training in Germany focused on art and social injustice. "And so one of the graphic design assignments was to create a stop-motion video that somehow got awareness to the topic of human trafficking," she said.
As she says in her iReport submission, "It is a video that brings awareness to human trafficking in all of its forms: labor, prostitution and child soldiers."
Want to take the iReport challenge? Learn more about how you can make a difference and check out past iReport highlights
Modern-day slavery is not often talked about, but we’ve learned that people all over the world are passionate about stopping the problem.
Last month, CNN iReport and GOOD asked readers and viewers to join the fight against human trafficking by taking a virtual pledge to end slavery.
We’ve received more than 100 pledges from people in dozens of countries. Of those, we’ve spoken to 50 submitters and found that our audience is committed to educating themselves and those around them about sexual exploitation and forced labor beginning with a simple message:
"I’m taking a stand to end slavery." FULL POST
Over the next several months, the CNN Freedom Project will shine a spotlight on the horrors of human trafficking, highlight some of the success stories and share ways that everyone can make a difference.
CNN iReport and GOOD are partnering on a series of creative challenges that you can do to raise awareness about this crisis. For the first assignment, we’ve invited people to share a photo of yourself holding a sign that says “I’m taking a stand to end slavery” or a video with the same message.
So, what are you waiting for? Will you take a stand to end slavery? Take the pledge so you can take part in future Freedom Project challenges.
It may seem small, but it’s a first step to gather what we hope will be a huge group of people around the world, all committed to spreading the word about an issue of which most of the public is unaware. Together, we hope to make a big difference in future Freedom Project challenges.
So far, iReporters in nearly 20 countries have taken the pledge. As Salome Van Leuven of Farnham, England, eloquently put it, the problem “will not be resolved if no one is aware of it.” She added, “a good campaign will make people start talking.”
How about you? Will you take a stand to end slavery? Take the pledge so you can take part in future Freedom Project challenges.
CNN is joining the fight to end modern-day slavery by shining a spotlight on the horrors of modern-day slavery, amplifying the voices of the victims, highlighting success stories and helping unravel the complicated tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life. WHY WE'RE DOING THIS | MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT