April 18th, 2011
11:22 PM ET

Victims break chains of slavery

By Brian Byrnes, CNN

Buenos Aires - Maria Velasquez was in need of work. She had no prospects in her hometown of La Paz, Bolivia, so when she was offered a bus ticket to Argentina and assured of steady work and a home there, she jumped at the chance.

It was a trip that would take her to the depths of the garment industry's slave labor trade only to emerge as a member of a cooperative credited with raising awareness about slave labor on two continents.

"I was promised a sewing job in Argentina that would pay a dignified salary of $200 a month. But just like so many other victims, I was lied to," says Velasquez, 31.

She quickly became a victim trapped inside a vast network of workers who are lured from Bolivia to Argentina on empty promises. FULL POST

Topics: Business • Life In Slavery • Solutions
April 18th, 2011
12:08 PM ET

Is your rug slave-free?

Goodweave USA is trying to put a stop to child slave labor practices in Asian rug factories, as CNN's Maggie Lake reports.

Topics: Business • Solutions
April 18th, 2011
09:26 AM ET

An iReporter's short film on slavery

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."

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Topics: iReport