Inside Cambodia's hidden brothels
December 11th, 2013
01:53 PM ET

Inside Cambodia's hidden brothels

Karaoke bars are a common front for child prostitution. As part of the documentary "Every Day in Cambodia", Oscar-winning actress and activist Mira Sorvino writes about what it was like going behind the scenes of this illicit trade.

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Every Day in Cambodia: The women who sold their daughters to sex slavery
December 10th, 2013
05:10 PM ET

Every Day in Cambodia: The women who sold their daughters to sex slavery

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.

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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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I was a modern-day slave in America
November 21st, 2013
04:22 PM ET

I was a modern-day slave in America

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.

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November 8th, 2013
11:55 AM ET

A goat, a pig and saving children from slavery in Nepal

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.

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October 18th, 2013
11:52 AM ET

Two years trapped in U.S. sex slavery

Slavery is all over the world, not just developing countries. The film "Eden" is based on Chong Kim's story as a sex slave in U.S. Here she tells Becky Anderson how members of the public stood and did nothing when she tried to run away, and how she plotted her eventual escape.

October 18th, 2013
10:53 AM ET

'Do you love me?'

Anti-slavery campaigner Sophie Hayes has released a powerful campaign to draw attention to the dangers of women who get lured into relationships, only to lose their freedom. Women like her.

Topics: Life In Slavery • Voices
10. Bangladesh
October 17th, 2013
10:01 AM ET

Global Slavery Index: Report shames India, China, Pakistan

A report claiming to be the most comprehensive look at global slavery says 30 million people are living as slaves around the world.

The Global Slavery Index, published by the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation, lists India as the country with by far the most slaves, with an estimated nearly 14 million, followed by China (2.9 million) and Pakistan (2.1 million).

The top 10 countries on its list of shame accounted for more than three quarters of the 29.8 million people living in slavery, with Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh completing the list.

 

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Legal prostitution condones humiliation of women
Legalizing prostitution is not working, says Lauren Hersh of Equality Now
September 2nd, 2013
09:09 AM ET

Legal prostitution condones humiliation of women

By Lauren Hersh, Special for CNN
Editor’s note: Lauren Hersh is New York Director of Equality Now and head of its Sex Trafficking program combatting violence against women and girls. She is a former prosecutor at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office which covers Brooklyn.

Misguided attempts to reduce stigma through legalization mean governments benefit financially from sex trafficking at the expense of people in prostitution.

My friend Rachel Moran describes in her book, “Paid For,” how she was taken into state custody at 14 and within a year, was homeless, hungry and vulnerable. Her lack of choice fed her into the belly of prostitution. For the next seven years, she lived through repeated rapes from buyers and relentless violence. But physical harm and exploitation were not all she endured.

For Rachel and countless survivors worldwide, societal stigma is a concept that they have faced all too often. It arises because society dehumanizes people in prostitution, treating them as second class citizens at best.

Stigma prevents prostituted people from accessing adequate health care and places them at higher risk of violence by abusers who often act with impunity. FULL POST

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March 20th, 2013
01:11 AM ET

Toddlers freed from brick kiln bondage

(CNN) – A flaring furnace blasts another wave of searing heat on the faces of workers hauling bricks under a southern Indian sun.

They work up to 22 hours a day propping heavy stacks of bricks on their heads. None expects to be paid for this labor. None knows how long they'll be kept here. Some are as young as three years old.

Manoj Singh was one of 149 people rescued this year from a brick kiln outside Hyderabad, India. Like millions of other Indians, the toddler was born into extreme poverty.

When CNN correspondent Mallika Kapur visited Manoj's family, now back home, he and the some of the 34 other children freed, showed her how they would make the bricks from wet clay.

"They recall from their muscle memory," says Anu George Canjanathoppil, of International Justice Mission, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating slavery around the world. "So if you ask them to explain what they did, they cannot say."

Older laborers, however, had plenty to say. FULL POST

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