March 18th, 2011
05:14 PM ET

Students look to join the fight

We’ve received many messages from school and college students wanting advice on how to join the fight against modern day slavery. 

For example, Lian of Rye Neck High School in New York wrote: “Hi my name is Lian Joerss and I'm a student at Rye Neck High School. Our global awareness class watched some videos and read some articles on the secret slavery and we realized how lucky we are to be in school. We want to raise awareness around the community except we aren't sure how.”

One place to look for some inspiration is the U.S. State Department's “20 Ways You can Help Fight Human Trafficking”. Many of their ideas are catered towards schools and colleges, like organize a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to an anti-trafficking organization; encourage your school to include modern slavery in its curriculum and write a letter to the editor for your local newspaper about your school’s initiatives.  

In the coming weeks on this blog we’ll offer a range of suggestions to get involved, including community action, fundraisers, educational initiatives and awareness about retail goods – as well as links to the work of credible organizations. Meanwhile, join the iReporters pledging to make a stand and please keep the comments, photos and video coming in.

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  1. ameer iqbal

    I am a doctor working in Middle east ,i want to bring your attention to another form of modern day slavery that is very common in middle east even now.
    I know many people who have come here from countries like bangladesh,philipines etc,who work for less than 100 dollars a month in middle east and just merely able to feed them selves and send some money back home.there is no minimum vages applicable and these people are slaves and some are working for 10 years and more and couldnot be able to go back even once due to such a low income,besides women working as maids in home are brutally beaten and are treated below the human standards. there are no standard wages for any category of employment ,lets talk about doctors,a non saudi doctor is getting less salary than a saudi nurse,(WHERE ARE THE HUMAN RIGHTS AND TEACHINGS OF ISLAM) and this applies to all the categories of employment.(REQUEST <PLEASE KEEP MY NAME SECRET <AS IT CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS FOR ME)

    March 19, 2011 at 1:57 am | Reply
    • Reny B

      Hi Ameer,

      I am currently living in Kuwait. I too am a witness to this inhuman situation. I'm currently trying to write an article on this matter for a local magazine. Is there any chance at all that I could have a couple of minutes of your time to interview you and what your thoughts are on this matter?

      July 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  2. suley adam

    Im from ghana,there is a big problem in qatar were modern day slavery is going on,there is no human right in qatar,when i arrive in doha to start work i was first my passport is taken away by the company.and i was will be paid 1000 us dollars,but 3 month i was not paid.and after 3 month i was paid 100 dollar that my monthly salary.and we work for 16 hrs.i write them a letter that i dont want to continue this work take me a year to come back to my country.middle east there is more than 1000 slave camps,especial many asians like indians,bangladesh etc. I remember a young bangladesh commit sucide bcos of im my country i want fight modern slavery.

    March 19, 2011 at 4:04 am | Reply
  3. Ad

    I have witness human trafficking, Human slavery.
    I can help in providing details, picture, location.

    1- Dubai: is the home of human trafficking in the Gulf area.
    many women has been brought from Uzbekistan and former soviet countries through Indians mediators
    I spoke with one girl and she told me that she entered Dubai to teach children and she found her self working in sex business.
    I didn't believe her fully until one day I saw her been beaten by her Indian Boss who ask her literary to work.

    thats all was back in 2001

    2- Jordan:
    I don't know what to say its very shame but no one seems to care
    I can provide you with location where under age sex slavery happens, I don't mean Under age like 17 nor 16 but 8-12

    March 20, 2011 at 7:01 am | Reply
  4. Osabuohien Richard Nosakhare

    Sometimes when i think of myself and the struggle my angel mother went through just to send me to the university i cry. Modern slavery is everywhere, violence, unequal right to education, oppression by one religion to another, giving and selling of new born baby out, under age prostitution. I was once subjected to have sex with a gay man just to get some money to run some work. With all this, i want to help with my unfinished book "Inhumanity" i do believe after i finish this book, there would be more awareness about rape, under age sex, human trafficking. God bless and help us all

    March 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  5. Lotfi MIHOUBI

    Hi. To travel anywhere these days with open eyes,is to see a world dominated by an increasingly arrogant superpower and in many countries,people,who are ruled by dictators that do not heed to calls for awarness,are forced to comply with inhuman demands except those who're struggling against the stain brains in an attempt to release themselves from the political slavery and to live as human beings. The rulers used to be bulwarks against militantism for rights then they end up to be slaves to the superpowers and people are slaves to the local powers which apply hegemony. Isn't that a form of slavery? The stakes are higher and we should,hand in hand,struggle to erase any form,political or economic,of slavery and build a free world by deepening our human brotherhood,raising and promoting the common values and submitting to the divine call which sets equal all human beings.

    March 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  6. Carlos Contreras

    Dear Journalists,

    I appreciate your interest and efforts to denounce this problem as well as many other probelmas that we have in our planet, but I am araid that, while we can not identify and reduce the real casue of the majorirty of the above enttioned problem we will be just walking around. I think that the real and ultimate probelm of the moderd world is the people who handle the markets around the world and that never get enough. I would like to suggest you guys to promote an initivative globally to talk about this and see how the Goverments and the common people could know more about the International Markets and also how to convince these people and groups that they can make money but that they can not simply suck the blood of all of us right now. The system needs to be sustainable.

    March 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  7. mike stevens

    March 21, 2011 at 12:12 am | Reply
  8. Taxpayer

    According to the media hype There was supposed to be hundreds of thousands of under age child sex slaves kidnapped and forced to have sex with super bowl fans. At the Dallas Super Bowl 2011. WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL OF THEM???????? Where are they???????????

    Well, as I predicted it was all a big lie told by various anti-prostitution groups and government officials that tell lies in order to get grant money from the government and charities to pay their high salaries. As proved in the link below:

    Top FBI agent in Dallas (Robert Casey Jr.) sees no evidence of expected spike in child sex trafficking:

    “Among those preparations was an initiative to prevent an expected rise in sex trafficking and child prostitution surrounding the Super Bowl. But Robert Casey Jr., special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas office, said he saw no evidence that the increase would happen, nor that it did.
    “In my opinion, the Super Bowl does not create a spike in those crimes,” he said. “The discussion gets very vague and general. People mixed up child prostitution with the term human trafficking, which are different things, and then there is just plain old prostitution.”

    This myth of thousands or millions of underage sex slaves tries to make every sports fan a sex criminal. No matter what the sport is, or in what country it is in.

    Brian McCarthy isn't happy. He's a spokesman for the NFL. Every year he's forced to hear why his customers are adulterers and child molesters. Brian McCarthy says the sport/super bowl sex slave story is a urban legend, with no truth at all.

    Here is some more information about this:


    March 21, 2011 at 4:23 am | Reply
  9. Taxpayer

    I do not like the idea of people getting the wrong information and believing lies, no matter what the topic is. The Sex trafficking, slavery issue is one of the biggest lies being told today. It is amazing to me how people will believe such lies so easily. The media is to blame for this. I wonder why they feel such a need to report wrong stats, numbers and information about this topic without doing proper research.

    While this may happen in very rare limited situations, the media will say that millions of people are sex slaves without doing any real research on the topic. Only taking the word of special interest anti-prostitution groups which need to generate money in the form of huge government grants from taxpayers, and charities. These "non profit" group's employees make huge salaries, therefore they need to lobby the government, and inflate and invent victims in order to get more money into their organizations. If you look into how many real kidnapped forced against their will sex slaves there are, and not just take the anti-prostitution groups word for it. You will be very surprised.

    Where are all the forced sex slaves? I would like to meet the millions of sex slaves and see for myself if they were in fact kidnapped, and forced against their will.

    These anti-prostitution groups lobby the government in a big way, getting Politicians to truly believe their lies.

    This is an attempt to over inflate an issue in order to get more government money to these organizations. As a tax payer, voter, and resident I don’t want the government to mislead me.

    I would like to see a news organization do a full report on the lies, myths and exaggerated numbers being told about sex trafficking slaves. But they won't do it because they are all sacred of the anti-prostitution groups, so the media continues to tell lies and only report what the anti-prostitution groups and politicians tell them to. The articles about the super bowl and sport sex slaves, has been proved wrong many times, but news organizations still report about it, as if it were fact.

    March 21, 2011 at 4:27 am | Reply
  10. Charles Ajunwa

    My name is Charles Ajunwa and I write for THISDAY Newspaper, Nigeria. 'Modern Day Slavery' is a global menace ravaging our society today. This wicked act is perpetuated by the greedy elites in the society.And I believe good governance is the only panacea to 'Modern Day Slavery'.

    March 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Reply

    Hey Lian we have lots of ways of getting involved on our web site. STOP THE TRAFFIK is a global movement with many different campaigns to get involved in. That is what we are all about – answering these 3 questions What is trafficking? How is it affecting me and my community? What can I do? Maybe look at our chocolate campaign or START FREEDOM which has resources written especially written for American young people (as well as Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Hindi and many more!!!! It is a terrible crime but you and your friends are the answer. If you need anymore info be in touch. STOP THE TRAFFIK team

    March 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  12. Not For Sale (Nathan Beeghly)

    Check out Not For Sale's Student Abolitionist Movement (SAM). SAM has tons of resources on how you can join the movement and also of what other students are doing! Check them out at or on Facebook at! We'd love to have you join us!

    March 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  13. Mtjackson

    Hi!my name is mtjackson,
    Slavery is still much alive in our world even in nigeria,girls are taken out of the country as sex can I help give me some tips.

    March 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  14. taneem

    Hi my name is taneem .I am from pakistan .↲Can any body suggest how my country can get free from rich country like USA or any amrican can anwser why the USA make slave the poor nations/countries ?

    March 23, 2011 at 3:26 am | Reply
  15. Ubi-abai itoro

    Its great to be part of the CNN freedom project. I am a graduate of the university of portharcourt, Portharcourt, Nigeria(2010). Human trafficking is truly a modern day slavery. These ranges from prostitution of girls abroad exposing them to the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, forced labor which includes hawking, houseslaves etc. These happens in Nigeria a lot. Last year during d writing of my project,i wrote a term paper on how human trafficking can be tamed in my state which is the location where almost all trafficking activities take place. The solution to this menace ranges from enlightenment and advocacy campaigns among households, local communities n states which will require the full support of the government especially in its implementation. In nigeria, the government is tackling this cankerworm by establishing NAPTIP. I think more effort is needed in tackling these effectively. Its a privilege joining in the CNN freedom project. Am fully in support and rendering myself to say NO TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN ALL RAMIFICATION.

    March 23, 2011 at 11:53 am | Reply
  16. Omar

    A person who fears God and is concerned of the day when he/she will be accounted for his/her deeds wont do any injustice

    March 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  17. okah joseph

    In all ramifications human trafficking is an abuse of the dignity of human life. Am glad to be a part of the CNN freedom project, I write from Lagos, Nigeria, a place where we see all forms of human rights abuses despite the incessant efforts of the Lagos state and federal governments. Am ready to take the campaign to most remote communities in nigeria.

    March 24, 2011 at 7:56 am | Reply
  18. AgusSatoto

    Hello, I am an Indonesian. Modern Day Slavery, to me, is a phrase that intelligently reflects and describes one of the impacts of capitalism and consumerism. The so-called slaves around the world are actually the 'cash machines' of the the so-called wealthy industrialists, manufacturers, retailers, brokers, and marketers. The former have become the 'soldiers' of the latter. In other words, the wealthy (read: capitalists) have become wealthy at the expensive expense of the poor (read: slaves). Therefore, fighting or eradicating modern day slavery should be translated into reducing or eliminating the greed of those capitalists while at the same time teaching them to be loving and caring. These two noble characteristics, i believe, will undoubtedly transform slavery into a new kind of cooperation, partnership, or employment that benefits mankind, thus upholding justice and creating mutual prosperity. (Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia)

    March 24, 2011 at 9:52 am | Reply
  19. Emmanuel Yukwe

    Modern day slavery is a multi-dimensional issue. Ranging from forced labour to human trafficking, the list is endless! Moral codes are fast dropping. In order to bring modern day slavery to its bearest minimum. A social re-orientation would need to be effected among indiuiduals in the society.

    March 26, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  20. Angeline Diamond

    I am so glad to hear about so many people wanting to become involved with the fight against trafficking. For the past year, I have worked with a non-profit, ECPAT-USA, which id dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation of children. I wanted to share some of the most basic things, we can do to join the fight:
    1.Become educated about the issue! You can check out,,,, Those are just a few of the non-profits working within the United States.
    2.Share the information you have with your family, friends, co-workers, etc. Make it your facebook status, Tweet the facts, blog about a story, etc.
    3.Become a visible advocate for change. My favorite way to do this is to carry my TassaTag. TassaTags are luggage tags that allow travelers to reclaim their bags while reclaiming children's lives. I have one on every pocketbook, backpack, and suitcase. You can find them at
    4.Spread awareness with postcards. You can download a postcard from These postcards allow you to ask travel companies to incorporate measures that prevent trafficking.
    5.Start your own campaign. People around the world have done everything from biking to running to writing a poem to designing a t-shirt to raise awareness about trafficking. Take your talents to fight trafficking!

    My favorite quote that helps inspire me in the fight against trafficking is one from Margaret Meade, who states, "Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world, for it is the only thing that ever has." Become a part of the small group of citizens on a mission to change the world!

    March 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  21. Freedomfighter

    Perhaps we should worry about the enslavement of a American society that has enslaved the entire world. The school systems are hyping American youth to be concerned about issues that are benign and are false flags.

    We are enslaving a lybian government from dealing with their own problems. At the same time might I jog our memory back to the g20 summit. Remember how our government shut down the voice of our people? We just sat and did nothing.

    When will America's youth stand up for what is right? When will we stand and say enough of government control of every aspect of our lives? The time is now people. The time of American freedom from enslavement is ticking. Soon we will lose all freedom.

    Do not forget the deaths of our fathers for our freedom or we are doomed to repeat the same fates.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  22. mahari

    I am very happy that Cnn gan give me the Oppurtunity to write about this subject .I have been as Journalist involved in this Issue since 1974 when the First Refugees came from Ethiopia not for the Drought but for the poltical Unrest. I worked with Caritas International in Rome to give all Africans Women no matter their Religious or Social belonging a way out of Prostitution and Home Labour Slavery, The solution of this Problem specially for Non-Europeans are New Laws that can "Allow in the most Humanitarian way" to give the Foreigners already in the European Soil a Three Year Green Card to find a Decent Job , Housing and Social Medical-Care. 2) Work with the Embassies to grant New Passports to all the Women who are brought to work as Prostitutes so that they can be Freeed from their Masters who hold THeir Passports as Black Mail 3) Give more Oppurunities to Young Men and Women to join Educational Centers even though they are of Different Religion Beliefs I believe UNESCO has to gceate Schools for Refugees in all Big Cities as it did in Early Eighties in Kassala(Sudan) for the Eritrean Children and Youth coming out from the War.
    4th The EU has to change the Prostituition Law that is to Attack the Gangs who are in charge and give the Girls who are forced to prostitute the Chance to come out with the promise of Education and Staying Permit.
    I live today in Berlin and in my Area a very joyful and pleasant corner of Berlin SCHÖNENBERG" we have the greatest Concentration of Young Pristtitues coming from Eastern Euope, doing this on the Open Day Light Streets their Age do not exceed 16 to 20 years , and you can see their Masters or Mistresses at the Corner waiting to "Cash" So i believe this is also a Police State Problem that can avoid this Mess by jaust putting to Police Trucks in this One Kilometer Road of Pervasion.

    March 30, 2011 at 4:01 am | Reply
  23. James Jordy

    IT'S ABOUT TIME! If you're looking for a reputable non profit organization that has been fighting to stop child slavery, human trafficking and sexual exploitation for years, go to:

    I was offended when I heard words like "Comeback" when Ricky announced he had a new CD and Tour coming up after a 3 year absence from the spotlight, because he was working tirelessly on something much more important than entertaining! He uses his celebrity status, fame and wealth to help stop this abhorrent issue that many don't realize is third behind drug and arms smuggling and a billion dollar industry. Generating public awareness and raising money to save these children was his primary objective and most don't realize that when there is a catastrophic disaster, it's not the Red Cross that shows up on the scene first, it's human traffickers! There are many ways to get involved and there is a lot all of us can do. Go to the link above and find out how you can get involved and help.

    April 1, 2011 at 6:15 am | Reply
  24. JD Richardson

    There are many ways to get involved. When we learned about the child slave industry in the Lake Volta area in Ghana, we knew we had to do something. For us, this means going there to work with the children, to bring awareness to their situation, and to make a difference by raising the funds to build a school so that as more children are rescued, they can receive an education. We are going to Ghana in November of 2011, and we will document our efforts here: If anyone is looking for ways to help, look no further. EVERYONE can make a difference, no effort too small.

    April 2, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  25. Prince Dickson

    Am Prince Dickson from Nigeria. I want be Part of this CNN Project here Nigeria am fully ready to join the team to flight modem day slavery. Pls send ur all the requirement to help join team boldly thank You

    July 8, 2011 at 4:51 am | Reply
  26. Prince Dickson

    Am Prince Dickson from Nigeria. I want to be Part of this CNN Project here Nigeria am fully ready to join the team to
    fight modem day slavery. Pls send me all ur requirement to help me join the team boldly thank You

    July 8, 2011 at 5:02 am | Reply
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