April 4th, 2011
02:29 PM ET

Human trafficking in Hong Kong

CNN's Sara Sidner reports on how Hong Kong serves as a destination and transit area for human trafficking.

Topics: The Traffickers

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  1. ken Spud

    I am now and always will be appalled at the degree to which human suffering abounds and goes either unreported or unnoticed in this world. Though it sounds like beating the same old tune, I firmly believe that as long as we turn a blind eye to the impossibly great disparities between those who have privilege of any sort and those who have no privilege to speak of, that there will always be some quarter where these thiings will thrive. Though there are many culprits at which we can accurately a point afinger, it is the arrogance of wealth and 'its' (should read 'they', for I decry any effort to depersonalize it by any means) attendant distain for the oppressed that does and will forever be the indestructable field in which these inhuman flowers bloom. Each of us have had experiences of our own where our wealth (though frequently short lived) has given to us a sense of power which we do not have, and which even anesthetizes us into believing that our victim is in fact a willing beneficiary of our beneficience. Power and money breed every vice known to us.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:35 am | Reply
  2. Claire

    A write-up will be much appreciated, not just a video. A lot of us can view videos in china, via CNN. No kidding. Please. Don't be lazy?!

    April 5, 2011 at 11:45 am | Reply
  3. mike smith

    haha...gooks...traffic them as sex slaves so i can bone the little girls and thier mothers

    April 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • Spindle

      You should be put in prison and matched up with a few good guys. Or beter yet, just shot so we wouldn't have to waste the tax payers money on trash like you!

      April 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      I'd use 'Mike Smith' too if I were an internet bigot. Plus, they never make it here, dumbass. You're going to have to keep going to the street walking girls in America.

      Ken: Couldn't have you at least read the wiki page on HK? It's not like the rest of China at all. They vote, protest, go to church and all of that shit... just like you. Mainland is China is much worse.

      Truth is, all of SE Asia has this problem. It's horrible.

      April 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Reply
    • Nancy


      April 5, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  4. KenX

    Every city is calling themselves a "destination" or "hub" of human trafficking. Kansas City calls themselves a "hub", but that is BS. They have two cases in the last 5 years to prove it.

    Hong Kong? Yea, I can see that. The Chinese dont value human life like we do and money is thier religion.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Reply
    • yaayuen

      though that is Money conquer all rules around the globe?!
      If not because of money, though that human trafficking will not happen!!
      Because "No Money, No Talk"!!

      April 25, 2011 at 12:57 am | Reply
  5. Jamie Waddell

    Slavery is alive and thriving in Saudi Arabia. It is part of their culture. The manner of how manual workers and Maids are treated is beyond slavery, it's torture. It is not surprising why so many commit suicide.

    If CNN wants to really prove its-self then take on Saudi!

    April 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  6. HRF

    Human Trafficking or modern day slavery is a global issue Thousand of young boys and girls are trafficked every year. I would like to share few documentaries about human trafficking
    "The Dark Side of Chocolate"

    It explores the trafficking in the chocolate industry

    Other documentary is "SOLD" by MTV Exit

    It provides a compelling look into this dark, inhuman, and exploitative world and shows how each one of us can help to prevent modern-day slavery.

    You can watch these documentaries online on Culture Unplugged

    April 7, 2011 at 6:13 am | Reply
  7. MannyHM

    This problem can only be solved on a government to government basis. Government exporting people should unite in order to gain leverage with the labor importing countries. Indeed no human trafficker would identify himself or herself as one, the job is never labeled as prostitution. The recruiter or employer should deposit 'good faith' money deposit that would be forfeited in the event that worker or 'slave' is mistreated. Slavery is alive. The appearance is different. Chains and whips are replaced with unbelievably long hours and threats.

    April 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  8. wenden

    wow i just watch the other but i couldn find it in website of cnnfreedomproject...this is the close...they didnt mention china as one of the slave producer, check the red light district of singapore...cnn please check you data....what about north korea they slave of their president....

    April 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Reply
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  10. Cheung

    Went to HK several years back and saw a child with no arms and legs being put in the middle of the streets with hundreds of passerbys every second. The face was down cast. My opinion about human traffickers and how the law should deal with them ? Shoot them! Death should be the sentence!

    If the Chinese Gov can give death sentence to corruptors, they should do the same and even more to human traffickers.

    I bet this child were abducted ! I bet this boys limbs were cut on purpose!

    June 25, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
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