March 9th, 2011
09:54 AM ET

Who are the human traffickers?

Human traffickers have many faces but no pity. CNN's Jim Clancy takes a look at the traffickers' tactics and motives.

Topics: The Traffickers

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  1. Nathaniel ayis

    Its evil. Its inhuman. Identified trafikers shud be jailed.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:24 am | Reply
  2. toye aromolaran

    As for me those terrorist should before they become something else.

    March 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  3. Catherine

    Just one question, HOW DO I GET ONE!!!!!
    I just need help with the house and someone who could sew, I would even give them a room, health care, spending money and an education so they could later balance my books..................hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
    Guess I will just find a husband instead but I would rather have a slave ;o), I imagine slaves are more reliable and appreciative!

    March 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply
    • Lindsay

      how dare you take this matter so lightly. poor taste!!!!!

      March 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Reply
      • Catherine

        Ahhhhhhhhh, poor Lindsay!
        You are probably the gal who went to college, got her MRS put some poor man you now call "husband" into slavery by blowing out a few anchoring puppies. I am sure he drags himself home from the office every day to pay for the biggest house you can barely afford. Your pinched expressions of loathing and credit card debt that fills that empty place you once thought you felt "love".

        Perhaps rather than people railing about how awful all this is, slavery has been around as long as their have been people. Perhaps someone will suggest something they COULD DO.

        Pay their employees more to offset the slavery of capitalism, cut back on spending Lindsay and take your housewife time to the streets by starting your own organization to help victims find sponsors, like myself, who could open their homes to both a protection group who might verify the welfare of these exploited peoples and give them a safe place to move forward from.

        I read lots of discontent, its all so awful, no one is proposing doing anything about it directly!
        Take slavery lightly?
        No, I just get that 90% of people are useless..............100% will squawk!

        Doc, you know I just need a good foot rub ;o) I am pretty easy to keep happy!

        March 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Doc

      I'll be your slave! Just tell me how to show my appreciation...

      March 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Reply
    • notimetohate

      Catherine, be careful what you wish for...may the day never come that you are abducted and forced into slavery or your child or sister...its a very scary, sad, disgusting epidemic...

      March 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Reply
      • Aaron

        Riiiight. Because "they climbin in yo window, snatchin yo people up".

        Historically, that's been the redirection. Whenever people start to actually care about the oppressed, someone starts a "white slavery" scare. "Oh no! They're gonna come in your house while you're sleeping and steal your wife/kids!".

        Actually, why don't we start by prosecuting real crimes instead of prosecuting the working girls who're being abused? Or expanding social services to make sure intrafamilial abuse isn't allowed to continue? Etc...

        Oh, because it's easier to freak out about nameless slavers that are going to abduct your kid from Wal Mart.

        March 26, 2011 at 5:45 am |
    • Terry

      My kind of girl! Catherine, let's have a cup of coffee and afterwards I'll rub your feet:-)

      March 27, 2017 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  4. Selassie

    Each side benefit depending where the slaves are located. For example, slaves that were traffic into the U.S.A. have many adventages than any place in the world. For poor countries, people would prefer being traffick into the U.S. as slaves because the labor pays.

    March 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Reply
    • ping & pong

      In what world do you live that you would think that a slave would be payed. slavery is slavery. Either way even if your are poor and living in a third world country its better than being left in the hands at the hands of a ruthless sexual abuser and having to live under the fear of be beaten until can't open your eyes ESPECIALLY if you are merely a child.

      May 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  5. violet

    This problem has always been quite a big issue for multiple countries. However, it never seems to vanish even in the highly developed countries of today. The US and Japan is also included but the vast majority where trafficking occurrs are the developing third world countries. This is only showing the dark side of today's people who believe " money can buy everything" and proves the inability of international organizations to solve such malicious problems that are proceeding world wide. The only solution could be the cooperation of leading countries to sever the unending cycle of corruption and to support the formation of regulatory institutes. For sure, everyone knows how to solve but the difficult aspect is no side tries to do such thing while there is no benefits in return. That's what capitallism is all about yeh?

    March 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  6. Kingsley Aphrane

    I support è idea to end modern slavely now

    March 10, 2011 at 1:41 am | Reply
  7. Adjiku GodstimeOj

    HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS CAUSED BY:1poverty2illeteracy. Once the world shows true commitment human trafficking will cease.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:57 am | Reply
  8. Olubunmi Akintade

    Human traffickers 're in types, mature nd inmature, inmature ones re those were under age of 20yrs, promisin to take them abroad 4 an holiday when they got there, they were turn them 2 sex worker nd house help. Those who were mature ones know d types of work 2 do when they get 2 their different destinations. Those inmature traffickers must be librated, by empower them nd d adult ones must be punished under d law... xxx

    March 10, 2011 at 2:14 am | Reply
  9. Ronny ogera.

    Its such a wonder such things still happen at this time and age..,its such a shame.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:27 am | Reply
  10. Ana

    All this comes down on one thing: POVERTY. As long as there is poverty, slavery will always be there. This storys and videos only make me you realise even more just how low human race is. No animal, or any other creature would do this to its own specie, except humans. We have no laws( that REALLY work) it`s all lipwork. When the traffickers are brought in court for takeing someone`s else the basic right: FREEDOM, suddenly they have human rights and God forbids that the police act too strongly, you have the Amnesty Internacional screaming human rights everywhere, and headlines around the globe telling how they`r human rights are denied. As a simple citizen i would like to know why someone who takes other´s rights has rights?? When you take advantage of the weakest, the poorest does that still qualify you as human?? We need to punish human trafficking, slavery, the same way we punish murder or drug trafficking, no less no more, and until the govermants around the world won`t realise that, slavery will go on and on.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:14 am | Reply
  11. Brinda Odding

    I find some of the comments made on this subject incredible.How can anyone joke about such things.Perhaps we should rethink our own position in all of this.The police persecute the victims very often,and of course therefore enable the traffickers and slavers even more.How would any one of us like to be forced into such a so called life?Nobody,I'm sure,yet society can joke about slavery,help empower it and ignore it when it's nasty truth surfaces.Shame on us all.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:41 am | Reply


    March 10, 2011 at 9:13 am | Reply
  13. Walter Walker Sebudubudu

    That labour secretary is mad, how can he say that? That is slavery.

    March 10, 2011 at 10:37 am | Reply
  14. LAWAL

    it's so shameful to see all these in a modern world,i would like the whole wold to focus on a tribe in NIGERIA called BENIN in edo state.these girls are been brought to europe mostly italy by a pimp and will be asked to pay 30 to 50 thousand euros before they gain their a nigerian and live in europe i cry when ever i see dis girls some are below 17years old.IT HAS TO STOP

    March 10, 2011 at 10:43 am | Reply
  15. Walter Walker Sebudubudu

    That labour secretary has a part in that slavery.

    March 10, 2011 at 10:46 am | Reply
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    March 11, 2011 at 1:14 am | Reply
  17. Ken anagor

    What is bad is bad,slavery,human trafficking etc the world should stand aginst it no matter what.

    March 11, 2011 at 1:36 am | Reply
    • Justina

      Humans are cunning, miserable, and yet each one is priceless for being created in God's image... We need wisdom, dedication, sacrifice and God's help to combat slavery successfully. Slavery takes many forms such as addiction. Each human needs help from those who can offer help.

      March 12, 2011 at 1:45 am | Reply
      • Irma

        Only 4 hour wait? Seriously I would love a 4 hour wait since reality is more like 24 hours. Having worekd the ER here's some real rules of the ER:1. We are NOT first come first served! If you want that then go to a fast food joint.2. Having to wait is a good thing- it means you're not going to die in the next 5 minutes.3. The more you annoy us and the bigger an ass you are the longer you wait.4. It's called an EMERGENCY room for a reason. If you're not spraying blood across the room, have a bone sticking out, can talk in full sentences and still have a pulse- you're probally not an emergency!5. In the same mindset of #4: hangnails, bad dreams, drunkeness, flu are NOT emergencies. Use common sense and stay home.6. Niceness goes a long ways. So does patience.7. Unless you have a medical license or degree don't argue about why the little old lady with backpain was sent back before you. If you do have a medical license then why didn't you fix it yourself or come work here and help us out?8. If you're diabetic then bring something to eat with you. It's not our job to feed you.9. Unless the kid is sick don't bring your children with you. We have enough crybabies without having to listen to them. Also watch and disciplene your brats.10. SIT DOWN, SHUT UP AND WAIT YOUR TURN OR GO THE F ELSEWHERES!

        April 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
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    March 11, 2011 at 6:02 am | Reply
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  19. msholly woods

    Im awoman the work hard every day and take of myself all the time I love who im im beaufuel I have voise to heard so please flow the ruler im the power over my em treat them like person then god handle them went they not flow our rule .

    March 11, 2011 at 10:50 am | Reply
  20. Justina

    For them to come this low... to them humans are not humans. They need help, too.

    March 11, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  21. bambam

    Its the rich ppl that buy them its all about the money

    March 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  22. Mike

    CNN: This "project" isn't your role. CNN is not an advocacy group, an NGO, a think tank, or an international organization – you are a media corporation, and your role is to provide the news, period. You can also provide commentary and editorial content, but waging a campaign to end human trafficking far exceeds your mandate. Undertaking this "project" undermines your journalistic objectivity and threatens the very credibility your organization needs if your reporting on this and every topic is to be taken seriously. It was bad enough when CNN claimed to be "driving the agenda" at Davos – again, not your role – but this is truly over the top. If CNN's executives are not more careful about these flights of fancy, they will take this formerly respected news organization off the same cliff as Lou Dobbs and his anti-immigration rants. Please reconsider what you are doing and your role is as a news organization. This is an important issue, but you are doing the victims of trafficking no favors by throwing CNN's already shaky credibility out the window.

    March 13, 2011 at 9:47 am | Reply
    • icryfreedom

      well since you seems to know about roles why then dont you take over the project? if CNN have the capital to create the awareness why stop them? this is a serious issue that requires all hands on deck not selected!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please pass the mic.

      January 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  23. Lisa Er

    WHat you are doing is very commendable.
    The way to address this is to address the massive inequality in incomes world wide.
    ‎7.5% of global adults hold 43.7% of global wealth – new stats from Credit Suisse Research Institute Oct 2010
    If the media was truely free (and not Rupert Murdoch's business) then you would publicise this and demand that there is fair income for a days work. You would encourage people to buy Fair Trade products. You would not spin us the story that there is not enough in the world because we have enough, but some have too much. You would drop the story that the economy must grow and demand a more sustainable model thatprovides the basics for all.

    March 14, 2011 at 5:37 am | Reply
  24. kim

    Off with there head after awhile and when there is no way to see hope people will rise up and rid thereselfs of a evil govern or oppresive group of people.

    March 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  25. Grace Gan

    First of all, congratulations to CNN, you have done a great job exposing the evil behind the modern day slavery trade. Many things are easier said than done. If we are serious about solving the problems in this matter, we have to identify the root problems. 1. The main culprit is POVERY and INEQUALITY of INCOME. To address this isuue, I suggest that the UN come up with FAMILY PLANNING programs to educate the poor and the illiterate in countries like India and some Asian countries like the Phillipines. It is the poor who produce many children to feed the slavery industry as fodder ! 2. Illiteracy is the next culprit. The respective governments should educate their people about FAMILY PLANNING methods of controlling their family size. remember the world is now over-populated ! We are running out of resources to feed 6 billions. We have to control our population growth. 3. Supply and Demand game. The UN and the respective governments can come up with a LEGISLATURE to work on LAWS which we can impose on the human traffickers on both sides ( supply and demand) of the game. It takes political will. That means global efforts. If these three issues can be addressed effectively, we are heading somewhere to curb the scourge of slavery. Otherwise, we can talk until the cows come home, the human trafficking will continue to prosper as a business for those people in the trade. In short, we need a WHOLISTIC approach to tackle this matter.

    March 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  26. Grace Gan

    In some parts of India and Arabic countries, young girls below the age of 12 are married off to much older men . This is also a form of sex slavery. These young gilrs are victims of poverty and they have no choice but obey the parents' wishes. What are the women politicians of India doing for their girls ?

    March 14, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  27. Grace Gan

    As far as Phllipines is concerned, can I suggest the new president take on the challenge of controlling its population by introducing FAMILY PLANNING education programs nation wide ? Forget the Catholic teaching about this matter. This maybe a religious matter, but surely our GOd up there can understand that we are solving our problems on earth ! Just take a look at China. Two decades ago,China implemented a one-child policy as one of the strategies to improve its economy. Today we see a rising economy with many prosperous people in China. Had China not adopted that strategy, the Chinese will remain poor and the population would have doubled !! It's the quality of life that counts, not quantity.

    March 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  28. Grace Gan

    Lastly , PORNOGRAPHY is the industry that works hand in hand with the human trafficking trade. This again requires a wholistic approach. The UN should play a role in curbing the sins of the flesh through the three suggestions I've mentioned before : 1. Educate the poor about family planning, control the size of family. 2. Eradicate poverty and breach the gap between the rich and the poor. 3. Make LAWS to end the business of pornography, laws to punish the criminals involved in this trade. If there is a will, there is a way. We can't solve everybody's problem, at least there are laws to protect them.

    March 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  29. Grace Gan

    Having said that pornography is the evil that works with another evil business, let us BOYCOT the pornography business. Remember, where there is a demand for something, there will be a supply for that something. PORNOGRAPHY is EVIL, we must put an end to it. BOYCOT it.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  30. Grace Gan

    I DISAGREE with MIke who says that CNN should not throw its weight on human trafficking plus slavery problems. Is he aware of the statistics ? Man, this is a 30 bil dollar business !! more lucrative than Walmart ?? It is people like Mike in the world who keep their eye away from such issues, and that is THE PROBLEM. Human traffickers will do a roaring business when we have people like Mike. CNN is doing the right thing by highlighting the social evils. They are making a difference in our lives.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:25 am | Reply
  31. Aigona Chibs

    Slavery is slavery whether modern day or not.If slavery wasn't good in the 18th century,it can never be different today no matter what you call it.

    March 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  32. jose

    Is a bussines that make so much money that it cant even be count with machines. Thats the reason that the gov. Turn the blind eye is an underworld that we are not prepare to face because the country will get bankrupt before even make it to the first layer so is a sad situation but we cant do anything about it is a heart breaking situation if u out there never been in front of this u wont believe what happends in ure own town may
    be next door to u. We always can pray.

    March 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Reply

    All human trafickers are fragile , terminally ill stupid peaple that believe vainly that they will get away with their crimes against humanity. They are all also maggots and filth of the earth that have no safety regards for their own loved ones whom will eventually pay for those crimes.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:39 am | Reply


    March 17, 2011 at 1:49 am | Reply
  35. Davide Terzi

    The problem is complex as just any problem triggered by poverty. Human-trafficking is a multi million dollars business supported by powerful people not only in the criminal world but also amongst the politicians of the sending and receiving states, the police, immigraton officials and so on as so forth. The weak link of the human-trafficking chain is the "procecution" one and is there that CNN should concentrate if you're really serious about wanting to make a dent in this 21st century form of slavery. I'm a senior relief manager, have worked in this sector and can be of help. Best, DT

    March 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  36. nduka Nwaeme

    Nomatter how they put it slavrey is slavery whelher they call it modern or not.But what I want to say is that it is wrong

    March 21, 2011 at 3:31 am | Reply
  37. Meejoo Hwang

    Catherine, is this funny to you???? I hope you were drunk when u wrote that

    March 26, 2011 at 5:31 am | Reply
  38. ma & pa

    CNN IS doing news in one of the best forms open forum. Maybe facts shown here are too close to home for his comfort...he involved? Not buying porn is a step in the right direction. Making it illegal would have the same effect as prohibition did on booze...make criminals rich supplying it. Maybe respect of self and others would stop it. The worst of slavery we don't find said on here. People maybe too afraid of trackability of comments. Understandable. It's a brutal business and enforcers have been without mercy.

    March 27, 2011 at 3:40 am | Reply
  39. Rev. Joseph Kirichu

    Some prominent people in Kenya have made millions out of this so called modern day slaverly. Young high school and college graduated, especially girls have fallen victims of good promises abroad. Saudia Arabia, and Germany; at least of what I know, have taken so much of our innocent girls. Those who refuse or try to resist the mistreatment are brought home in coffins. Poverty and joblessnes are the major contributing factors for Kenya. Oh God in heaven! Thou hear the cry of your children. Deliver them from the hand of the oppressor and bring to justice all those involved. May the gracious Lord bless us all as we join our hands and faith to act. It's now or never!! "Justice delayed is justice denied" Church!! Rise up!! Take the leading roll as you did in the nineenth century! Africa is breading again, and so are many other nations!!

    March 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Reply
  40. jiji

    Praise God for those who survived to tell the world about the filth spread on earth.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:39 am | Reply
  41. Josh

    Interesting that in all of these comments, I never once read the words "Saudi, Bahrain, UAE, Dubai, Abu Dhabi," or the like in relationship to the human trafficking and sex trade issue. Interesting. Any of you ever spend a night in a lavish hotel in any of these places? If you have, did you happen to notice all of the beautiful young girls from Eastern Europe, the Philippines, or Africa? Oh, you just thought they were there on vacation, like you. Folks, our oil-rich "friends" in the Middle East are responsible for one of the largest human trafficing networks on the planet, and our governments and media ignore it because they're afraid to piss off these sub-human creatures from whom we choose to buy our oil, rather than drilling for our own. If we ever want to solve this problem, we have to have the integrity (and balls) to point our fingers at the culprits, call them out, and be willing to back up our words. Until then, they just keep doing what they're doing, enslaving young girls, selling us oil, and laughing at us.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  42. ma phyu

    I live on the southern Thai-Burma border. I generally hitch rides with my local human traffickers because they have AC in their trucks. In doing so, I've gotten to know them pretty well and actually come to appreciate what they do. I've seen the sweatshops full of Burmese people in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur and know that conditions can be extremely grim for these undocumented people, but I also know how horrendous life inside Burma is, expecially for ethnic minorities. Getting "trafficked" has saved many from torture, jail, and execution. Many of these traffickers are just regular guys who found a way to make some money and help their country people at the same time. Of course, there are some bad ones who take advantage of people's vulnerable situations, but they are the minority.

    May 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Reply
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