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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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Emmanuel Benjamin


    Could this be highlighted by your India operations / Portal please? It makes me sick to hear that this is still happening in Modern India. I am very disturbed by this report. Thanks for all your efforts in bringing this to the light of day.

    April 18, 2011 at 11:43 am | Reply
  2. johnjoburg

    There is a wonderful organization called Justice [A.c.t.s] http://www.justiceacts.org which works very hard at fighting this modern day scourge. Please support them

    April 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  3. midnightrambler444

    A stand against slavery. Bold. Make one that is pro freedom as a companion piece for the obvious.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  4. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    The GOP wants to bring back slavery. Whip the Old, Sick, and Poor until they are Young, Healthy, and Rich. Or until they're dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military. A self sustaining system.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • No No NO

      This is about India you tool – not America. Read the piece first dummy.

      April 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • Jill Galt

      are you dense? only an idiot would think that you have spent why to much time with socialist there dude pull back the reighs, pick up a few books and learn what is really going on in this country.

      April 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
    • y.t

      dis shyt.....blownin mine

      April 19, 2011 at 1:23 am | Reply
  5. Nathan H.

    Great job Renee! That's crazy that this got on CNN!

    April 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  6. missy

    modern day slavery happens right here in the US too and is tied directly to illegal immigrant smuggling rings. the more we turn a blind eye to illegal immigration, the more power we give human traffickers. Those who think these things only happen on other sides of the globe are kidding themselves. At some point, we have to answer for the crimes tha occur when criminal human smugglers have power over people's lives.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  7. Chad S.

    Whatever is said this is a video that was made to show others the Injustice that is happening in this world from Thailand to Europe to the backyard of America. Thanks for waking us up and showing us the reality of our World
    Good job.

    April 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  8. TW, DC

    1) there is a difference between smuggling and human trafficking. 2) not all human trafficking is related to smuggling or illegal immigration- the majority of foreign-born people I have worked with came to the US on legal visas and were promised legal work 3) furthermore, not all victims of trafficking are immigrants, some are US citizens. 4) it's not just organized crime rings who traffick people- suburban families, diplomats, restaurant owners, factory owners, and farm owners traffic people too. Modern day slavery does happen here in our own backyard, if we want to end it we need to be able to identify it in all its forms, and look at root causes so we can prevent it.

    April 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  9. Judy Orred

    Thank you, Renee.....and well done. May this be a tipping point for the abolishment of slavery.

    April 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  10. me

    slavery has always been around back then they were called slaves and got no money...today were called employees and make min wage or better....

    April 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  11. me, too

    Take look at here http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-355146

    April 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Reply
    • me, too


      April 18, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Reply
      • me, too


        April 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  12. Mykell W

    Renee, you are such a contributor to this fight. May your art be inspired and take this fight even further than it has already gone.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:26 am | Reply
  13. chinedu

    African they call it the mother land, I call it a bridge across to no wear. No society in history has attained the height of greatness through the fission of its various components. Those that are great did so through a well articulated fusion and promotion of eguality and oneness of their units. It is on this basis that true development can thrive. Conversly, a society which clings on a negative hegemonistic class class differentiation will perpetually remain stagnant. This can never be the portion of our great african. On this note, we should while professing that we were all created equal, practicably demonstrate this ideal in our thought and contribution to the excellence of our african. I am confident that we are all wise and these words are enough for us. We need to rise up to all these present challenges. The ultimate end to all revolutionary social chang and development is to establish the sanctity of human life,the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well being. .

    April 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  14. ecouraged teen

    Hey Renee, i am soo glad that today i flipped the chanel to CNN news today bcz when i flipped the chanel they were showing your film for th freedom project thing and I was just overwhelmed with a feeling that i should start taking part and when i heard that you were part of YWAM that made me even more excited because like not to be cheesy or anything like that but my eyes were opened to this slavery thing going on because this time i knew that God was finally opening my eyes to the bigger picture and i think that it is also my calling to be part of this movement to abolish human trafficking with YWAM, for i have been wanting a mission to do with YWAM, i go to a catholic school and we were learning about child labour & human trafficking but it had little impact by me choosing to not buy brands that support and do child labour etc. but it had not inspired me ike your film. So thankyou for entering your film in because it hs changed my view of life and given me more passion&determination.
    God bless you! ❤

    April 22, 2011 at 3:11 am | Reply
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