Human trafficking: 'Everyone can do something'
June 16th, 2011
07:48 AM ET

Abolishing sex slavery by helping one girl at a time

By Jim Kavanagh, CNN

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - When Christine Caine talks about human trafficking, she speaks without punctuation, the words and sentences and paragraphs pouring out in a rushing stream that reflects the Australian's passion for rescuing victims and eradicating the crime.

In 2007, Caine, a globe-trotting evangelist and motivational speaker, was walking through the airport in Thessaloniki, Greece, and saw numerous handmade posters with pictures of young women who had disappeared.

"I thought, 'How could you have so many kids missing? How could this be possible?'" she told CNN.

And then someone clued her in: These girls were victims of human trafficking.

"I thought, 'Human trafficking? That doesn't happen, that's ridiculous,'" she said. "Then I went online and did some research, and I was stunned."

Estimates of slave numbers today range from about 10 million to 30 million, according to policymakers, activists, journalists and scholars. (Related: The challenges of counting a hidden population)

And according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 79% of human trafficking is sexual exploitation.

Caine recounted witness reports of girls being placed on platforms and sold in auctions reminiscent of the slave trade in the U.S. in the 18th and 19th centuries.

"No human being has the right to buy and sell another human being," she said. "People are not commodities for sale."

In some Greek brothels, Caine said, trafficking victims who get pregnant are smuggled across the border to Bulgaria, where they give birth and the babies are sold into pedophile rings.

"You begin to wonder: How depraved can humanity get?" she said.

But rather than sink into despair, Caine, 44, decided to do something about it.

In 2008 she founded The A21 Campaign, which focuses on sex trafficking in southeastern Europe. The name derives from the goal of "abolishing injustice" in the 21st century. The task seems overwhelming, but the focus is on helping one victim at a time, Caine said.

"The kind of girls we work with are girls that are taken, stolen, brutally raped and then often sold into brothels and forced to service up to 35 or 40 men a day," she said. "They are sold for money, and it's slavery. It's modern-day slavery."

'Why didn't you come sooner?'

She related the ghastly story of a young woman from eastern Russia who was one of 60 girls and women duped by a fake employment agency into signing up for non-existent jobs in the Greek islands.

They were crammed into a shipping container, where half of them died en route to Turkey. The survivors were locked in apartments, where men in police uniforms raped them for days.

The victims were put on tiny boats to take them to Greece, but when the Greek coast guard approached, the traffickers tossed most of the women overboard “like excess baggage,” Caine said. They all drowned, she said.

The traffickers got away with five women, who were forced to work in an Athens brothel. Acting on a tip, Greek authorities raided the brothel and rescued the women.

The Russian woman was brought to The A21 Campaign's shelter the next day. She didn't trust Caine or the staff, thinking they, too, might be slick-talking traffickers. She asked why Caine had gotten involved, and Caine told her how the posters in the airport had prompted her to action.

"I'll never forget how she looked at me and, with tears streaming down her face, she said to me, 'If what you are telling me is true, if you really care about us, then why didn't you come sooner?'" Caine said. She could offer no good answer.

The A21 Campaign has shelters and transition houses in Greece and Ukraine, and plans to open a shelter in Bulgaria, Caine said. Each shelter can accommodate 12 victims, and each house can support a total of 12 victims and staff.

The facilities have a "post-trauma restoration process" in which victims receive medical and psychological care, legal assistance, and vocational and life-skills training aimed at keeping them from being re-trafficked or falling back into the sex trade for lack of options, Caine said.

"I really believe there is a life beyond everyone's past, and there is a hope and a future. And if you commit to the process of restoration, you can overcome the obstacles and hurdles and the pain and the suffering and be made whole," she said.

Although Caine is a prominent preacher with an Australian megachurch, The A21 Campaign is not just for Christians, and the shelter staff doesn't try to convert trafficking victims, she noted.

While few people would publicly endorse human trafficking, we assent to exploitation every day by our consumer choices, Caine said.

"It happens when the world closes their eyes and pretends something isn't happening," she said. “We want a whole lot of goods and services and we don't really want to pay, but it's got to come from somewhere.”

Many products are cheap because they’re made by 5-year-old children working 19-hour days for no pay, she said.

"When you no longer care about the process of how something gets to you but you just want the end result, then you close your eyes to what's going on."

Awareness at the local level

The A21 Campaign has almost 16,000 followers on Twitter, and its Facebook cause has more than 46,000 members. The campaign's website lists 21 things individuals can do to fight trafficking and aid victims. These include buying fair-trade products, volunteering, lobbying politicians, and organizing fundraisers and awareness groups.

One such group is Louisiana State University's Tigers Against Trafficking.

The group's first awareness and fund-raising event was a 5K run; the group's members would have been happy if 10 people had registered but were astonished when it ballooned to 360 participants, said LSU fourth-year law student Natalie LaBorde, who co-founded TAT in 2009.

That first effort raised $10,000 for The A21 Campaign, she said. Other events followed, with about 75 to 100 volunteers working every event, LaBorde said.

"I am so passionate about A21," she said. "I mean, that's like my other family."

LaBorde became involved in the movement while spending a year working with another of Caine's ministries in Australia. She was there when Caine returned after seeing the posters in the airport in Greece and conducted some of the early research that led to The A21 Campaign, she said.

LaBorde returned to Baton Rouge in 2008 with a new mission.

"I knew I had to find a way to connect university students with this incredible cause," she said.

"Our thing is to address trafficking on a global and local level," she said. In addition to A21, Tigers Against Trafficking works with a local group called Trafficking Hope, she said.

Tigers Against Trafficking has helped students establish similar groups at four other colleges, as well as Baton Rouge High School, LaBorde said.

"One of the most exciting things about Tigers Against Trafficking is seeing it live on" after she and the other founders graduate, said LaBorde, who hopes to become a human rights lawyer.

Caine: Don't try to do everything

Caine said she was in court recently for the trial of a trafficker. The judge asked the defendant why he engaged in human trafficking.

"People are so much easier (to traffic) than drugs," the man replied. "The sentencing is a lot less, and you can just kick them and they'll do what you say."

"I can't even believe somebody thinks like that," Caine said. "That's the dark side, that's the evil side. But I think, by and large, most people would think that's very evil and say we've got to stop that from happening.

"My job is to help put tools in people's hands and say, 'Yeah. Together we can stop that from happening.'"

"Often, I think, because we think, 'I can't do it all,' we end up being paralyzed. So we do nothing," said Caine. "But if we understand we can't do everything but we all must do something, and we all find the one thing that we can do, then we'll find that together we will all make such a huge difference and we'll be able to put a stop to this."

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  1. Snapper35

    For bad men to do evil, it only requires good men to do nothing.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:03 am | Reply
    • W

      Its actually "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." -Edmund Burke. But very valid point.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • Monsignor

      Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Reply
    • no victim here

      europe, outside of england, is one of the most filithy groups of men in the world, they take too many of their values from russia, they need more from america, i remember being offered candy in germany when i was young and grabbed by some evil man, i was lucky and got away immediatley but we americans have little perspective of how disgusting sex traffic is in that part of the world, it happens 100 times more often in europe, remember that poor women held captive for 20+ yrs by that man in switzerland, yuck, what makes a human do such evil

      June 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Reply
      • no victim here

        excuse me, excluding england, they seem like a very civilized society along with america, canada, australia – sais something for english culture in how they socialized their people, the most civilized countries in the world

        June 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
      • momo

        bad men only come from Europe? don't something like 80 percent of serial killers come from America? isn't violent crime about 2/3 less prevalent in Europe? isn't teenage pregnancy non-existent in Europe? Americans' ignorance of world culture is appalling. and... the guy that held his daughter in his basement was from Austria, not Switzerland.

        June 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
      • CalgarySandy

        No nation is without perverts who have enough money to participate in sex tourism. Sex slavery and the transporting of women and children of both sexes have been around for a long time but the people in power don't want to bother with it. The only thing that surprised me and sickened me and broke my heart was that they take new born babies and sell them to pedophiles. I have opposed the death penalty all my life while understanding why many are for it. I think they should kill the people who buy babies and those who sell them. Any man who is involved in any of this is no man. It is just a wild animal hiding in a human's clothes.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
      • Yannis

        "outside of England" ??????

        June 18, 2011 at 2:26 am |
      • IG

        Can you be so naive and ignorant to not understand that this happens everywhere? 'Filthy groups of men' exist all over the world.

        The UK and the US are no exception.

        Not to mention that sex trafficking of the 'girl next door' is just as rife.

        June 18, 2011 at 3:48 am |
      • Bianca

        Most people don't realize that throwing stones at who is worse of a society won't help or heal anyone. If you are disgusted with human trafficking, get involved with A21!

        June 18, 2011 at 10:20 am |
      • Jimbo Jam

        i lived in england and thailand sex vacations were very common

        June 18, 2011 at 11:09 am |
      • Tristis

        Every time somebody isolates their view to one cluster of people, they allow the evil done outside that group to go unchallenged. You limit your own growth, too. Consider that bad things are done in other places than YOU personally experienced and maybe you'll see this for the global problem it is.

        June 18, 2011 at 11:37 am |
      • kburgoyne

        There is PLENTY of sex traffic in the US. Not knowing about it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. There are plenty of reports about it that don't make it on the national news. It's big business every bit as much as anywhere else in the world. Where there is demand, there will be supply. The sex trade is a very common way for people to get into the US. With so many greedy psychopaths in other US business areas, people actually think greedy psychopaths don't get involved in sex traffic in the US?

        June 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
      • Hmmm

        Atlanta is one of the world's hottest sex tourist destinations for pedophiles in the world. I guess that blows the whole English society is superior thing right out the window.

        June 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
      • Amy

        You, sir, are an idiot.

        June 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
      • neuter the criminals!

        Why don't we just neuter all men convicted of felony crimes? (1) they would become less violent, (2) neutering as a punishment would scare the testes off all those dumb idiots who are so eager to commit crimes and (3) the sex trade would drastically diminish as would the number of rapes. Let's fix the problem at the source. Felony criminals shouldn't be breeding either for parenting and genetic reasons.

        June 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
      • Mimler Gabriel

        Talking about civilazation,making genaral remarks about a whole continet is a severe psychic abuse also,and overpuritanism won't do.I am also born in Europe and I cannot make a difference between different nationalities.They are everywhere some good and some bad qualities in human beings but this doesn'give you the write to extrapolate some isolated qualities present in a few individuals and to become judgemental about milions of people.And by the way,the simple fact that someone sees himself as a member of a particular kind of culture does't automatically make o civilised person out of this person.Only the qualities a person has entitles one to be a "good" or a "bad" person.A nice day from the clean Europe.

        June 19, 2011 at 5:23 am |
      • Riccardor

        Damn us Europeans and our sex trafficking, its everywhere man! Schools, offices, post office, H&M's and Mc Donalds! Even in our homes, bathrooms and laundry mats. Its crazy! I wish i was living in America, where nothing bad ever happens and people walk through the streets holding hands and singing gay songs together.
        Bah! Our third world economy cannot compete with you!
        Long live Americans and they'er tunnel vision on the rest of the world........

        June 20, 2011 at 6:12 am |
      • historylover23

        Human Trafficking doesn't only happen in Europe. It happens here in the U.S., and in Asia, South America, the middle east, and Africa. Human trafficking is an awful form of slavery which sadly happens to many young women, children, and some boys to, everyday.

        June 20, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • Pete2k

      in New York state we have identified violent child abusers. We are trying to pass a law, however some senators are holding back. if you can help with your voice

      June 18, 2011 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • Josh Dudley

      If anyone is interested in helping do what they can, please consider voting for on the vivint.givesback project via Facebook (Vote here: They are very close to getting this shelter opened for Domestic Minor Sex Traffick (DMST) victims right here in the US.

      June 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  2. HeavenCent Gifts

    I've heard Chris in person...she is a dynamic speaker and you certainly feel her passion regarding The A21 Campaign!Her mission has so impressed me that I donate a percentage of my profits from HeavenCent Gifts to the A21 Campaign!! Please help me support her and "like" my facebook page..Facebook/ HeavenCent Gifts

    June 16, 2011 at 11:30 am | Reply
    • alebiglio

      yeah, good try , given the topic i can only say that you are like the traffickers, heartless bstrd

      June 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • catLoversInc

      She can be helped directly through their website. You're just marketing your products here. Shame on you.

      June 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Reply
    • CalgarySandy

      Scum. I am telling everyone I know on line to avoid you. You are trying to sell your products on the backs of raped babies.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Reply
    • Bianca

      If you want to be involved, check out A21's homepage and you can "like" THEIR page! You can find it here:

      June 18, 2011 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • Michigan Mom

      While I understand that your nasty responses to HeavenCent Gifts come from your passion about this topic, I'd like to suggest that you are looking at this.... incompletely... because of your justified rage about the topic. Heaven Cent is not suggesting either here or on her FB page (I checked it out – did you?) that anyone should buy her products INSTEAD OF directly helping A21, or INSTEAD OF liking their FB page. Rather, that if you are buying or need the kinds of products she offers you an ADDITIONAL way to give money to A21 out her HER profits, not your checkbook. To me this seems like a good thing.

      Is it marketing? Of course it is. Businesses of all kinds, big and small, need to do marketing. HeavenCent has decided to give part of her marketing budget to A21 through connecting to it's supporters rather than give that $$ to newspapers, or web developers, or radio stations. Again, to me that seems like a GOOD thing.

      Even non-profits like A21 need marketing – which is in part, what HeavenCent is providing them in addition to the $$ by promoting the cause to its customers.

      Now, I might agree that promoting her FB page on this blog was overstepping and probably not good form, but honestly I think it's HER outrage about the problem and strong passion for A21 that led her to the post.

      Give the gal a break – she's just trying to do something to help, exactly like the article asked. What are you doing?

      June 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Reply
      • Exc

        All business do marketing. Most businesses don't hijack articles about horrific human rights abuses to draw attention to their little shops. That's disgusting. Sleazy. She should buy ads on blogs or form partnerships in other ways to responsibly market.

        June 22, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • apollo


      June 18, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  3. julie

    What I want to know is how can I help? Want can we do in our own country that will make a difference? Awareness is a great goal of articles like this one – but it leaves me feeling a bit helpless. How can I translate my disgust into positive action? I hope the writer, Jim Kavanagh, will respond.

    June 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • tcraig

      I just finished the book "Half the Sky" which talks a lot about human trafficing and other women's issues. The book website has a "get involved" page that talks about various organizations aimed at combatting such evils. That may be a good starting place for you.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Reply
      • rand

        Thank you for the information. This is a fine mitzvah for today.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
      • laura

        Half the Sky is a wonderful book. Another interesting and informative read is From Outrage to courage by Anne Firth Murray.

        June 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
      • freeisaverb

        I'll second the recommendation of Craig and Laura about reading Half the Sky, a great mix of information about women's issues around the world, and inspiring stories of what people are doing to help. (Those latter sections should prompt plenty of ideas of potential places to donate or volunteer.) But yes Julie, awareness is only the first step, and as with many other large-scale societal ills, awareness without distinct calls to action can simply lead to depression and paralysis.

        But besides reading Half the Sky, the issue of trafficking is picking up enough steam now that you can Google "anti-trafficking NGO" along with most major US cities, and find a place to volunteer or donate! Also, the great thing about being an American is that given exchange rates and relative costs of living, a relatively small dollar donation can make a huge difference to an NGO in a developing country (for example, Samaritana, where I'm volunteering in Manila– You can make a difference!

        June 17, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • Mrs_spence

      Contact the a21 campaign. There is much you can do at a local level to support those in crisis on the other side of the world. You have every right to be provoked to anger about this issue, now raise awareness of it in your world.

      You can find contact details for a21 here:, and you'll find the staff helpful.

      All the best!

      June 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
      • Cindy D

        Human trafficking exists here in the U.S., too! There are victims right here that need us, too!

        June 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      The article tells you what to do to find out how to help. Go to the Facebook page. If nothing else talk about it to everyone and work to stop the view that women are only good for one thing. If a male friend makes a snotty joke about women let them know how wrong it is to keep the lies going. If someone whines about their great great great grandmother maybe being a slave tell them about slavery today and ask them if they are doing as much for these women as the Underground Railroad did for American Slaves.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Reply
      • relative hardship

        CalgarySandy, an excellent point. However, people tend to be extremely selective in their recollections. African Americans only think of slavery in the context of long ago. They don't care about modern slavery because it would diminish their own coveted victim status. Similarly, Isreali Jews only think of genocide in the context of the Nazi Holocaust. There have been several genocides on a grand scale since then involving non-Jews and where were the Isrealis during those? I would think they would be the first to speak out against the Rwandan, Vietnam and Darfur genocides: nope. Turned a blind eye to those, they did, just like the rest of the world. People are only concerned about themselves and that is the disgusting truth of human nature.

        June 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • Jessica

      We also have to remember, this is happening right here in the US as well. Grand Rapids, MI (and lots of other locations) recently had a major bust of people holding "sex slaves"...many of them were smuggled illegal immigrants. Perhaps another way that things could massively change, is if the churches in the US and around the world stopped preaching about the evils of homosexuals, and started preaching about the evils of sex slavery and human trafficking and how each and everyone of is aiding and abetting by doing nothing. though, i suspect most churches arent that interested in abandoning their beloved punching bag, the gays...and instead, turning a microscope, perhaps, on their own attendee's who may very well have visited a prostitute themselves.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Reply
      • Aces

        Thanks for changing the subject to your anti-church pro-gay agenda, we'll get right on that for ya.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
      • acs12184

        Perhaps it's just a hot topic in the media and currently the topic of discussion for a few churches who have managed to outrage several people enough to make it to the media. Generally speaking, a church is not there to bash on life orientation. It's hardly the point of this article. If you're moved by the article, then do something about it. Don't turn it into something the church is messing up. What the article discusses is something that churches do address; there just happen to be a variety of worldly issues that the church touches on. You'll need to attend church to make that distiction. While church is in my life, I know not everyone wants it in their life – if you don't, why does it have to be the enemy? Take the article and do something with it. It's well written and brings to light real issues that we should all want to correct.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
      • pree2007

        wow how did u go there from human trafficking. couldn't resist that rant for pro gays could you even though this had nothing to do with it or churches helping. even though this is a preacher getting other churches and organizations involved.

        June 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
      • CalgarySandy

        A suggestion to Christians to rally for the victims of massive abuse is hardly an anti-church tirade. This IS more important than spending time raving about how other's live when the science on the matter has been proven long ago.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
      • DefendingTheDefenseless

        There are plenty of churches involved in helping to eradicate human trafficing. My church for one as well as many others in the Phoenix area support Vision Abolition and actively help these girls to get out of the trade by giving them a place to live while training them in jobs outside of the sex industry. They also get them the medical and psycological help they need to re-enter society. These girls have been abused physically, mentally and emotionally and have to be "reprogrammed" so they don't return to the industry. So before you go bashing the churches and christians please do your homework.

        For more information on Vision Abolition please visit there website at:

        June 17, 2011 at 5:19 am |
      • Georgia Hull

        Thank you Jessica for pointing out the problems here in America. I live in a small town, 1,700 people, in Kentucky and a sex trafficking house was found just outside of our town. Run by Mexican and South American people these minor women were forced to have sex with 40 to 50 men a day on filthy sickening beds. All of the customers were Hispanic men brought in by the Cagles meat packing company. Please people if you see sleazy men coming in and out of a rural house call the local authorities.

        June 18, 2011 at 10:28 am |
      • Tristis

        A swing and a miss, Georgia. Your concern is coloured by your racism. Just like the fellow who thinks only European men are into this, you limit your awareness to that single experience and believe that "sleazy" and "Mexican" are the same thing. There are also white people in your area committing such acts. They haven't turned up in the news yet, and you fail to notice them at all. Get over your xenophobia and you might become useful to the cause.

        June 18, 2011 at 11:50 am |
      • Mountain Home

        Tristis, you need to read with more of an open mind and heart. Georgia did not state that her reference for sleazy men was only a reference to Mexican men. She simply told of the situation on her area and said, "if you see sleazy men coming in and out of a rural house call the local authorities." That could apply to ANY group of people.

        June 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
      • Tristis

        I will grant that you could be right, Mountain Home, but I see a lot of very specific description in her post, then the reference to be on the lookout. The first question that came to my mind was how she could ever know (or, if merely repeating the media singling these men out, how they could) that the clientele were exclusively of any one group. More importantly, why this is pertinent?
        People do this exact same thing with crime and people of colour, child rape specifying boys and men. It causes a bias of belief. We hear one type of person engaged in an activity and we eventually associate that ethnicity, religion, whatever with that activity. Back when it was only journalists and authors who "reported" information we used to call this biased and produced numerous texts and guidelines to try and curb it. That time is past. Now everybody with a computer gets to tell the world that "'Those people' did this here. Watch for them."
        Maybe I didn't have to be hard on her about it, but it did have to be said. It's the same as the fellow above with the "all Europeans but the British" attitude. He believes that, bad enough. If he can make somebody else out there hear that once too often and believe it with him, we all lose.

        June 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
      • Shraeve

        Defendingdefenseless says that prostitutes must be "reprogrammed" to keep them from re-entering the sex industry. Re-programming is brainwashing. Anyone who thinks it is OK to reprogram someone is just as much of a monster as any trafficker.

        When we had legal slavery in the USA, escaped slaves did not have to be reprogrammed to prevent them from returning to slavery. And these were people who had been born into slavery, who had never known anything else, and had been told by their masters that slavery was the natural order of things. Frederick Douglas and Harriet Tubman did not have to be reprogrammed.

        This is more evidence that all this talk of sex trafficking is 99% lies.

        June 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Joe

      Just want to input its not just women. Children of all nationalities and both sexes are exploited and sold into sex slavery. Its disgusting that it happens as at all let alone on the scale it does in this day and age. Please support people and groups that are trying to make a difference.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • Tori

      Love that you are ready to make a difference! Check out the A21 website and they have tons of information on how to get involved! God Bless!!

      June 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • E N OH

      Want to help? How about make life hell for the people who run these GD places. Criminals can only operate when the rest of the community looks the other way or is too cowardly to act.

      Shut off their gas on a cold night. Put sugar cubes in their gas tank. Egg their house repeatedly to where it stinks so bad no one will come around. Throw a burlap bag over the pimp's head and beat his @ss unconscious. Let these POSs know the rest of the neighborhood isn't going to put up with their $%^&.

      Forget "awareness" and "speaking out", you only get results when you bring the pain to these MFers. If you're afraid of getting arrested for vandalism, ask for a jury trial...the cops and prosecutor will drop it, they don't need the bad publicity.

      June 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Reply
      • Adrienne Cutburth

        Right on!!!

        June 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
      • CalgarySandy

        As soon as I know who they are! The ancient Celts used to pay someone (A Druid) to stand on corners to berate criminals or sit on their doorstep and fast while hurling abuse as they come and go. Eventually the humiliation makes them behave.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
      • Tristis

        Everything you mentioned would be nearly useless. It is merely a way to vent violent frustration. The biggest effect you could have is that they move down the block, or shoot you. Awareness brings populous pressure that changes laws that make their business UNPROFITABLE. That's the thing that's going to change these people from slavers to…I don't know, switch-blade smugglers, whatever the next easy money vice is.

        June 18, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • JV

      You can also to to They are mentioned in the article and have great information on their site and focus their efforts in the United States. There is a book coming out very soon called "Caged" that is a fictional book about this issue. In the back of the book is a listing of ways you can get involved. Also, 100% of the proceeds of the book go to Trafficking Hope. It will be available on

      June 17, 2011 at 12:15 am | Reply
    • Bianca

      It just starts with ONE. One person to care, one person to inform others, one person to ask the question you just did. Get involved here:

      June 18, 2011 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • Bianca

      Julie, you're asking a great question! Just know it takes ONE person to stand up. ONE person to care. ONE person for help free ONE person. Check out A21 here:

      June 18, 2011 at 10:26 am | Reply
    • Stephanie

      I felt the same way, Being aware, but not knowing what to do or even where to begin. I talked to a local police officer. He gave me information about existing local organizations. I got in touch with them. The one I volunteer with is called World Relief. Here's their website. Check it out! See if it's something you'd like to get involved with.

      June 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  4. Cecilia

    I've been blessed to see Chris speak in person as well, and have read some of her books. She is truly amazing! @Julie- the article says you can go on the A21 website for a list of ways to get involved 🙂

    June 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  5. zoundsman

    Evil. Reminds me there's all kinds in the world that run the spectrum. In this case-the far end of depravity.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  6. lovely

    How do you help in your own way? How can I help make a difference? Are there any local chapters? Can I help start a local chapter? Is there an online forum i can join? Do you have a facebook page? I REALLY WANT TO HELP, but dont know what I can do!

    June 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Reply
    • CalgarySandy

      The article very clearly tells you what you can do to find out the answers to your questions. Go to their Facebook page. And never shut up about this.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • Jessica

      We can also elect officials who will change the laws in the US so that those caught in human trafficking and sex slavery receive a far worse punishment than someone dealing drugs.
      Really, which is a worse crime? The punishment should reflect that.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • Bianca

      Lovely, you can totally help! Check out the A21 website for ways to get involved:

      June 18, 2011 at 10:27 am | Reply
  7. ShrNfr

    I will put a pump in for "Children Of The Night" which is a charity in California that deals with child prostitution of both boys and girls. Burma is the worst. They grab the girls out of Burma and truck them into Thailand as sex slaves. Stuck in a country with no passport, little knowledge of the local language, and all the rest, they are usually in a hopeless situation. The film by Ellen Bruno "Sacrifice" is an excellent documentary on the topic.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • smassey

      I will put in a plub for the Zonta organization. This is an international org. that also has local chapters. Their charter is to work to improve the lives of women who have had major challenges in their lives. Internationally, Zonta helps to support human trafficing initiatives.

      Another excellent book is "The Salve Across the Street; The True Story of How an American Teen Survived the World of Human Trafficking". This true story took place in a very affluent suburb of Detroit to a 15 year old from a very wealthy and prominent family. Amazing that it can happen in your back yard and you don't see the signs.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  8. james

    where are all the "christians" and "athiests" that are always looking for a good fight to waste their energies on? this would be a good place to show your true righteousness and get something worthwhile done.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Reply
    • CalgarySandy

      And you are doing what beyond slamming paper tigers?

      June 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Reply
      • Billy Williamson

        And you are slamming an internet poster. Pot meet kettle.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
      • Curby McStomperson

        I slamming back a beer.

        June 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
      • james

        you think i didn't read the article? where were all the commentors when i was getting things started? and everybody loves paper tigers. i just wish i didn't have to go away so suddenly, i would have loved the discussion that i'm still looking for.

        June 17, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • Ryan in Michigan

      @James – Did you even read the article? A21 is run by a church in Australia. We have the "christians" part covered. The atheists are still MIA on this particular project because they can't bear the thought of helping a Christian organization do good.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Reply
      • jessa1229

        @ Ryan... sorry Ryan, but athiest and agnostics are there helping too and I am one of them.... Except I don't do because I fear retribution from some higher power... I do it because I believe we have a responsibility to eachother...

        June 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
      • Runninwild

        @jessa1229: Thank you

        June 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • Skeptical Analysis

      On the contrary, we (atheists) are more than grateful when an organization such as this one exists. The point was made in the article that they don't proselytize to the victims. That is why you don't have any atheists bashing the group. Do good for goodness sake, but don't preach under the guise of charity.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Reply
      • JESUS is LORD

        So, if these ladies do more than just show those girls and young women the love of Christ; it's ok to bash them?

        June 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
      • Exc

        @Jesus what? There are Christian charities that only give aid to people who convert to their ways. A21 is run in part by a church, but their focus is on helping people, not spreading dogma. I'm agnostic and I don't care what people believe. I have an immense amount of respect for A21, I don't care if it's run by a church because they do good work.

        If any charity chooses to only help the needy of a certain religion, then yes they would be deserving of being bashed because they care more about spreading their religion than helping fellow human beings.

        June 22, 2011 at 8:58 am |
    • devildog196949

      Someone wanted to know where all the Christians are on issues like this! Well I know of 200 guys who go on mission trips to to places you've only had nightmares about to build orphanages and feed the poor. They do this instead of taking their families on vacations to expensive resorts! When they get to these hell holes you know what they find... Other Christians from other groups helping the poor and defenseless and on top of all that these places they go are full of danger. I can testify to this because I have seen it up close and have thousands of pictures to back it up!
      This human trafficking is just plain sick and depraved. In many of the orphanages I've seen they are full of girls because their not worth anything, boys are because they can be put to work and make money for the family. Girls are disposable, it sad but true, when the girls get in their late teens you can see the fear in their eye's because soon they will be too old to stay in the orphanage. Where are all those Christians? I think now you know... They're on the frontline... Not in the headlines!

      June 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Reply
      • Runninwild

        As are the atheists, agnostics and people of all different religions.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      Billy Williamson:
      Your stupid post assumes I have a problem with dissing someone on the internet or that I am unaware that I am doing so. Mine was a joke and Paper Tigers is a metaphor for those who think they have power but don't.

      I think I will have one of those beers.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Reply
    • Tristis

      Why are you baiting trolls?

      June 18, 2011 at 11:59 am | Reply
  9. Midge Edmond

    Amazing women on an amazing mission!

    June 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  10. Greg Hoyos

    Why not two girls at a time? or a dozen? This trite old headline really annoys me.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Reply
    • CalgarySandy

      Human beings are being abused and all you can do is whine about the way the article is done. Shame on you.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
      • Vernon

        I think they meant why not save more than JUST ONE girl at a time, human beings are being abused and all you can do is spend your time being snotty on the internet? Shame on YOU.

        June 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      Ah, of course. I apologize. A dozen at a time would be nice but if you have followed these stories with the documentaries, books, magazines, news casts and such you will know it has to be done with great secrecy. Some organizations do try to get several out and some find that the girls they were going to get out have been murdered. It is hard to move a dozen girls when even the police are on the side of the traffickers.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  11. Sonya

    The absolute inhumanity of males towards females is staggering! Then they go on to tell the females that they are here to "protect" them and wonder why women are terrified of men!!!! Like it's somehow the woman's fault she's terrified of the unknown monster! No thanks guys, you keep your "protection" and I'll keep my gun!

    June 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • CalgarySandy

      At 62, I am thinking that most men are simple unable to be fully human. They have had years and a couple of generations since the modern feminist movement to view women as equal partners in life. Some pay lip service to it but most are just jackasses who will rape and pillage if given the chance. They go out of their way to subvert women even in big business in the West. The piggishness is only partly under the table as they will slur and lust out loud when near an older, fat or plain woman. They clean it up when they are hitting on someone but only until they think they have you. I have a son who has almost no use for men and not because I programmed him. At his birth I told all my friends: No anti-male jokes or abuse when he was there. He found out for himself what the norm is. None of his male friends is a jerk as he would not have them around. Too many men who know how badly men behave go along with it because they are cowards who are afraid of being told they are not real men rather than actually thinking women are lesser beings who deserve to be raped and beaten. Bullies and Cowards are each other's shadow.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Reply
      • TJ

        You and others like you will live a lonely life. I and most of the men I know are caring loving husbands and fathers. Sounds to me like you need a prozac and a girlfriend.

        June 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
      • Adam

        Sandy, I am sorry you feel that way. But I disagree, most men are not like that, at least for the most part. I'm not and neither are the people I hang out with. I suppose some regions of the world are worse than others. Culture plays a big role no doubt.

        June 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
      • Ryan

        All honorable men will frown upon the behaviors you mention in your post. But we live in a world without honor these days.........

        June 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
      • AmericanVol

        Sandy, rethink what you just said because MOST MEN ARE HUMAN AND PROVE IT BY BEING GOOD HUSBANDS AND FATHERS! You're reaching by making a broad statement like this. I'm all for busting up these organizations that capture people and force them into this activity. Its not always women either- look at the number of missing children that end up being sold as well (and probably some men too). Men deserve the criticism and disdain for engaging in these activities. However, where is the criticism of women in the U.S. and in other First World countries that deliberately engage in prostitution, escort services, etc. all for money? Look at the women who put ads on Craigslist for "adult services" and then got mixed up with that maniac that was abusing and even killing them. SO DON'T TRY AND STEREOTYPE THE WHOLE MALE HALF OF THE HUMAN POPULATION BECAUSE THERE ARE PLENTY OF GOOD MEN IN THE WORLD!

        June 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
      • Aces

        Obviously sandy is suffering from abuse – get some help or treatment instead of making wild generalizations that are ridiculous. While you're at it, get some help for your son who you most certainly did brainwash.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
      • Billy Williamson

        Unfortunately, Sandy, you do far more harm than good to feminist ideals.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
      • Billy Williamson

        You complain about women being treated as inferior, then go on to say that I am inhumane because I have a penis. You are the sexist one.

        June 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
      • Joe

        Just wanted to point something out to you.

        Read these two statements from your own post.

        "I am thinking that most men are simple unable to be fully human."

        "They have had years and a couple of generations since the modern feminist movement to view women as equal partners in life. "

        To highlight "...unable to be fully human" and then "...view women as equal partners in life"

        It seems you are risking becoming that which you rally against. if you can't see men as fully human then you seem to be saying you see them not only as not equal but not even of the same species. That is pretty dark. Please think about that. I understand the anger and frustration most of us feel when reading things like this and thinking about the depths of inhumanity that people sink to. Don't let it drag down to the abyss. Also, although I'm sure you would like to totally believe that only men could do this its not true. Although you find the vast majority are indeed males they are not the only one's doing it and certainly not the ones complacent in the crimes nor are they the only one helping and trying to stop such things. Please remember that for your own sake, or you'll start seeing devils in all men...including your own sons. Take care and although your post was harsh its great to see the passion. Remember the opposite of love isn't hate its indifference.

        June 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
      • Rebecca

        Sandy, you should be ashamed of yourself.

        While there are certainly a small minority of men who have all of the issues you describe, there are far more out there who are thoughtful people who care about all those around them without regard for gender. The attitude you display toward men is pathetic, especially since you claim to have a son you have raised yourself.

        For every one man that is a depraved subhuman like the "people" described in this article there are hundreds of men who are simply doing their best to live according to their principles. Just like for all the hundreds of women out there who are capable of recognizing and appreciating fellow people for who they are without concern for their gender there is one depraved subhuman like you. Get help. Get help for your son. Now.

        June 16, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
      • CalgarySandy

        Yes. I was abused and my best friend was raped and left for dead twice. Another friend was raped repeatedly by her father. And on and on. I am on meds as I was badly abused as a child. I can over react to the thoughts of women and children, of either sex, being abused. I find it interesting that so many of you are more hostile towards me than the monsters in this article.

        Emoting while in pain is probably not very polite. I spent the second half of my life working in large corporations in IT. Those were good men. I cannot say the same for the suits and salesmen.

        Please, keep in mind that many of these men are happily married to a woman who thinks he is great. You know that ministers and politicians have been caught in our own countries and no one could believe they were child abusers. They have their own children. They are the pillars of society not slathering hunchbacks wearing sack cloth. If they can afford to get to Thailand they are not poor.

        June 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
      • CalgarySandy

        It is a bit late for me to have a lonely life when I am already 62! Having read through the rest of the posts since you kicked me to the curb I can see I am not alone in my views and even some men think men should do more to develop character. Some of my attitudes come from the attitudes of the men in my life.

        June 16, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
      • Georgia Hull

        Sandy your assessment is mine also. I have been disheartened by the men for several years now. After many years of great information being easy to get about equality even younger men are not listening in any significant numbers. I fear that change may take a much harsher turn in the younger generation of women. Many are advocating violence along gender lines if true change does not become the norm.

        June 18, 2011 at 10:38 am |
      • Tristis

        The human animal has issues. Certainly, men have issues. Also, due to global cultural biases over eons, preventing them from having to deal with them, they have perpetuated. That doesn't make men on the whole less than human. I understand where you're coming from as a survivor, but I'm afraid your work is not done. If you see only the negative, then you doom yourself to being surrounded by monsters.
        There are men working hard to change things. There are good men taking care of themselves and others around them. Support that. Applaud that. One man at a time, just like one girl at a time, can be rescued. I'm not going to tell you that men's issues are also women's work, only that you will help men work when you don't add to their culturally drilled-in ideology that what and all a man wants is brutality.

        June 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
      • A Man

        CalgarySandy wrote: "Some of my attitudes come from the attitudes of the men in my life." Ya think? Coreful there Sandy, just because you have been cursed with bad men in YOUR life doesn't mean the conclusions you draw are useful. Sorry you've had such a bad time of it, but the vast majority of men in this world do not fit into your narrow minded view.

        June 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • Mudkipz

        Sandy, you just have problems with nature. Men like sex and spreading their genetics around. Sorry we can't all be eunuchs like you would prefer. Can't wait to go to the Philippines next month! LULZ.

        June 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • Mudkipz

        Sandy, you just have problems with nature. Men like sex and spreading their genetics around. Sorry we can't all be eunuchs like you would prefer. Can't wait to go to the Philippines next month! LULZ....

        June 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • BD

        I can understand where you are coming from. Many men are very complex and conflicted in their sexuality, and they are the first ones to say it. They often feel at war with themselves. One old friend used to rue the fact that he had not gotten where he wanted to go in life because he was so crazy for women. His romantic life was upside down; he could not stay monogamous; now he is single and addicted to porn. This is not a bad person. I love this guy dearly, and he sees a shrink etc.

        But I think he is only voicing what many men keep secret. They "love" (in the sense of sexual love) too many women too much and in the wrong ways - outside of marriage, or too young etc. They fear themselves. The men I know who have daughters are the most scared- because they know what lust is in other men.

        Where does all this come from? One need look no further than our closest relatives, the chimps, who treat their females poorly indeed. But it does no good to condemn all men because men have made nearly all the progress of the human race, for what that's worth - as well as waging its wars and committing its atrocities. Testosterone is a very volatile substance. Our laws must restrain what is bad in men - and in women of course - and do it consistently and firmly. But lawmakers are themselves vulnerable to corruption and sexual misbehaviour - and around and around we go.

        June 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
      • Tristis

        You had me right up to this:
        "But it does no good to condemn all men because men have made nearly all the progress of the human race…" This is not the place to go into this, but suffice to say that A) repressing one side of a group does not de facto grant the other side the credit for advancement made in their absence. and B) how you define progress is subjective, and how you measure the achieving of what you do categorize as progress is also pretty darn subjective if you think that females spent any amount of time from the caves to here just lying around NOT contributing.
        The species is not dependant on one gender, never has been. It takes two wings for a bird to fly.

        June 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
      • Shraeve

        Your anti-male rant is typical of the delusions on the rest of this site.

        June 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Exc

      There are women involved in the selling of girls and women, also. Example: Olga in this report

      And in recent new there was Jin Hua Cui running a sex trafficking ring in NYC:

      It just goes to show we must always be vigilant and resist the urge to stereotype, or we might miss monsters like them. Evil comes in all genders and races.

      June 22, 2011 at 9:08 am | Reply
  12. Vernon

    I'm with Julie on this... Awareness seeds the desire to help put a total and complete stop to this horrendous underworld of filth but how do you stop this evil that is happening on such a large scale right under everyones faces? How can I help to stop this? I wish that I could but I just simply don't have money to donate to the fantastic groups like A21.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      Money is great and help is needed but its like a disease, if you only constantly treat the symptoms you are going to always fall behind. We need to change the things at the cause. The problem is that even here in America we have only come up with a system that treats people slightly better than many other cultures. Capitalism has many benefits and we have been able to export it all over the world but it still treats people as a commodity. Life is cheap and in some places cheaper than others. While individuals and organizations seem to be able to move beyond such notions...countries and cultures haven't. As bad as it seems, things do seem to get better but far too slowly and with many back steps its seems. The best we can do as individuals and organization is to keep pressing the issue until it become impossible for the rest to ignore us.

      June 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • Jmc3

      I understand not having money to donate, but this doesn't mean you can't help. Raising awareness of this cause is more beneficial than you know. Help get the word out, you'd be surprised how many people have no idea that this cause even exists. I didnt until I heard Christine speak at a womens' conference I attended, my mother and sister had no idea and now that I've shared this with them they also want to know how to'll be surprised when you start sharing how many people are touched by this issue. Please take a moment and share this article with someone you know (maybe FB)...check out for info on stateside trafficking, it's happening in our back yards not just on the other side of the world!!

      June 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  13. Viper

    The women in the story are adults. The whole thing is c0ckblocking on steroids.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • CalgarySandy

      The babies they are selling to pedophiles are not adults and it is absolutely irrelevant that the women are adults. Abuse is abuse.

      June 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Reply
      • Shraeve

        Has that statement about babies being smuggled across the border into Bulgaria ever been confirmed? I had not heard about it before now. I want to see it in a real news story, not some sermon made up by a preacher.

        June 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Nona

      I'm not sure I understand this. Women are tricked and abducted and beaten and raped. It is not their decision to be enslaved.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • CWV

      so by that line of twisted reasoning... if your 20 year old sister were to be abducted, beaten, drugged, transported across borders into a foreign country and sold to a brothel – she's an adult and it's her fault. Cretin.

      June 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • Tristis

      Viper is a troll, or a nutcase. If access to slaves is your point, viper, you misread the "Freedom Project" point. Try Craigslist. (oh, wait).

      June 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  14. Ed Ward II

    What they don't tell you is that most Russian and Ukrainian women are fraudsters who will be glad to take you to the cleaners if you fall for them.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • Johnathan

      What about the ones who aren't fraudsters and are in genuine need of help. Do we just ignore them because of the habits of a few?

      June 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      I rather let thousands of fraudsters get away with their fraud then do nothing when a person is treated as such. This is a crime against humanity itself and we all suffer if we allow people to be treated and viewed the way the traffickers treat and view their victims.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      You sound like you just might be one of the traffickers with that attitude. I guess the babies from Burma must deserve it also?

      June 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  15. Johnathan

    Traffickers are sick people that reduced a person to an item instead of an individual. And let's not forget that the traffickers are funded by sicker people who enjoy raping young women. Like Mrs. Caine said, we can't do everything but we are all required to do something to stop this madness.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • Adam

      I still can't get over the existence of these "pedophile" rings. Seriously? They take babies and put them in those? This monsters need to be hunted down and shot. Every last one of them. Slavers are trash, the worst of the worst. There is nothing redeeming about them and the world needs to focus on eradicating them.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  16. Yvonne

    Love you Christine Cain and I can't wait until you come to visit my church again (Faith Community Church in West Covina, CA) I pray that the Lord would continue to use you to help rescue these children and/or adults. For those of you who can help A21 financially please do! For those of you can't help financially, your prayers would be greatly appreciated.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  17. TJ

    This is a unstable time in world history with modern civilation meeting third world countries. The ease of transportation and communication is reaching into rural and uneducated areas. The poor and down troden being exploited as the rich and powerful get richer and more powerful. Where do I send my check and how can I help?

    June 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • Bianca

      Hi TJ! Thanks for your willingness to help! I'm just a volunteer for A21 but ANY way you can help would be great. You can check out the website here:

      June 18, 2011 at 10:31 am | Reply
  18. John

    They need Liam Neeson to join the fight

    June 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • Bianca

      No, we need normal people like you to get involved 🙂 It's us coming together to help abolish this horrible holocaust:

      June 18, 2011 at 10:32 am | Reply
  19. Anthony

    Who would think in this day and age that this sort of nonsense goes on. Sad that humanity always shows that despite all the advances in this world it is still so corrupt and evil in its treatment of its most vulnerable.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  20. Would this be considered Pornography?

    Genesis 19:30
    Genesis 21:1-2
    Genesis 35:22
    Genesis 38:18
    Judges 16:1

    June 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • JESUS is LORD

      Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave. One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth. Let’s get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father.” Gen 19:30-32

      Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Gen 21:1-2

      While Israel was living in that region, Reuben went in and slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah, and Israel heard of it. Gen 35:22

      He said, "What pledge should I give you?" "Your seal and its cord, and the staff in your hand," she answered. So he gave them to her and slept with her, and she became pregnant by him. Genesis 38:18

      One day Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute. He went in to spend the night with her. Judges 16:1

      So what's your point?

      Bottom Line: Even God's people can and do SIN. We are not immune to sin or rebellion against God.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Reply
      • Shraeve

        What are you talking about? Most of things were not sins. God did not punish the people who did these things.

        June 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
      • historylover23

        But its the exact same thing that many people consider sin. So why isn't it sin?

        June 20, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • Exc

      who cares?

      June 22, 2011 at 9:16 am | Reply
  21. Tony

    Poverty in these countries seems to be the real cause. You'd have to be desperate to trust a person promising to take you to another country for a job. If someone proposed that to an American, they'd be like "um, no thanks". Next time you think working at Walmart or McDonald's is bad, at least we have that opportunity here.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Reply
    • zone213

      no more poverty excuses
      i was homeless
      i never once wanted to harm a child or a woman
      id rather go to my grave starving and alone than to sell my soul and moral character for anything

      June 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      Sometimes it even worse and more complicated. In some countries, families are so poor they even sell one of their children so the rest of the family can afford to eat. Its no excuse and like many I my reaction is "then don't have any children". Just pointing out how bad it is and how it is true that poverty has a lot to do with it. I also agree with Zone, its no excuse.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • Curby McStomperson

      Can I get a few of these girls factory direct? It'd be great to have some hot SlovicAss at my bekon call but I don't want sloppy 45ths.

      June 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Reply
    • Leah

      I live in Australia. We are so blessed int his country that we will never know the true meaning of poverty, and yet this is an issue in all our major cities.

      June 18, 2011 at 9:33 am | Reply
    • Tristis

      It happens in America, and in Australia. Certainly the rates are higher when poverty is an issue, but do not fool yourselves into believing this is somebody else's problem.

      June 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  22. 1163rieh

    Stop the Atheist/Christian bickering people. All people are affected here and anyone can help if they so desire.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  23. Lauren

    I've been blessed to hear Chris Caine speak in person at my church (St. Louis Family Church) and she's always spoken with passion, purpose and a love for God and for the people her organization is trying to help. The A21 Campaign is the 'real deal' as the saying goes and it's a worthy cause to support (time, prayer, finances), if you're interested in furthering the fight against human and sex trafficking. Something to remember, I think, is that anyone can join the fight against injustice if we just raise our voices.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  24. Rboy

    I wonder if we have been duped for far too long I am amazed penalties for drug smuggling are are so much more harsh, this seems far worse then drug smuggling. The penalties for this ought to be far more harsh then drug smuggling charges. I think some priorities are messed up here. In this one case if 55 out of 60 girls died that is equivalent to mass murder. The only appropriate penalty for this type of action is the death penalty. I think we need to shift a little focus away from drugs and put more time and money into stopping this type of crime.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Reply
    • Realist

      Unfortunately, this is not how it works in much of the world. Even here in the US the judical system appears to be quite unfair in so many of these cases. Look at the Jace Dugard case, the wife involved just got 36 years! HELLO! 36 years for participating in the kidnapping, rape, impregnation, and keeping hostage of an 11 year old for 18 years? This is here in the US! Why didn't they throw away the key on this b$tch? This is not the only time this has happened. There have been many cases where child molesters and rapists are given very lenient sentences. Makes you wonder! Now you ask how this can happen in other countries? Not so surprising. The fact that we have sex slavery in our own backyards should make all of us situp and take action, asking how can this happen here and now? For those of you neaderthals who think that these woman want this to happen or are in some way doing this intentionally, you are completely clueless and have clearly never gone past our own borders. What you understand of poverty is not the same as poverty in some of these countries, trust me, they are just not the same thing. If you look up the word "hopeless" in the dictionary, then you can understand what poverty means in some of these countries.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Reply
      • gotacomment

        Nancy Garrido got a lesser sentence because she offered to testify against her husband. They both agreed to plea to avoid a trial–possibly the only decent thing they ever did in their lives. (The real villain in the Garrido case is the federal parole board that let Philip Garrido out 10 years in to a 50-year sentence for rape. The first thing he did when he got out was marry Nancy and the second thing he did with her help was kidnap Jaycee Dugard. Equally culpable are the sheriff's officers and federal parole officers that didn't even bother to look around Garrido's back yard.) That was sex trafficking, albeit on a smaller scale.

        June 17, 2011 at 1:47 am |
  25. Corvus1

    I don't see why prostitution being legal should make the prosecution of sex trafficking difficult. Prostitutes are in the business by their own choice, sex slaves are not. It's apples and oranges.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Reply
    • sarachka

      Just because someone is called a prostitute doesn't mean he/she is in the work by choice. Much of what is called prostitution is just sex slavery by another name.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Reply
      • Exc

        But there is the theory that if prostitution is legal, the prostitutes will be able to go to the police (to report abuse pimps, johns, women in captivity, etc) without fear of arrest. Many prostitutes stay loyal to their pimps partly out of fear of the authorities. Especially when they are illegal immigrants and/or don't speak the local language. Sweden and Australia are both doing some legal experiments to try and take the burden away from the prostitutes, prostituted women, and victims, and put more pressure on the customers and pimps. Nobody can foresee how it will turn out but at least the governments are concerned with the well being of these women and trying to use policy to help.

        June 22, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  26. Artie2

    Find the traffickers, cut off their balls, sodomize them for weeks with old broomsticks, kick them, verbally degrade them..... then..... dump them overboard to swim with bin Laden.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Reply
    • If only


      June 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  27. jjue

    The very same thing happens here in the U.S., but everyone is afraid to say anything against it, since it might be deemed racist. There have been several stories of eleven year old girls being raped by as many a 26 men. One case happened in CA where a run-a-way was raped by an entire football team. The other case happened recently in I think Mississippi. Both cases were covered by CNN, but no one seemed to care and most likely, every man involved was released.

    Just do a search on "rape" in the CNN website and you will see articles like:

    "At least 18 charged in alleged gang rape of Texas girl" – Football players gang-raped girl, 11, police say – Jul 10, 2006*

    June 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  28. Artie2

    It happens because money talks. Like the idiot said, "It is so much easier to traffick humans than drugs......."
    Kill them all. The World needs a 'clean-sweep' in some of these countries.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  29. Judith

    The judge asked the defendant why he engaged in human trafficking.
    "People are so much easier (to traffic) than drugs," the man replied. "The sentencing is a lot less..."
    THIS is one part of this that should have been changed long ago, at least by the US Congress, (if the idiots could focus long enough and not be fighting). The laws also need to include the sick scumbags who 'purchase' the services from the traffickers. They are just as bad, if not worse. If there was no demand for these poor victims, the traffickers would be out of business.

    June 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  30. ak2k

    Seriously, what am I doing with my life. I spend my days toiling about how to imrpve the quality of door panels when people like these women are out there changing people's lives.!!!

    June 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • Bianca

      You can change it by simply getting involved. Check out their site:

      June 18, 2011 at 10:35 am | Reply
  31. zone213

    women of the world unite
    stop with your bigger houses and shopping trips
    gas guzzling suvs and bad tv nonsense
    wheres the 10 million woman march on washington to stop these issues
    wheres the woman army of the world ...militarized for justice for all young girls
    yes its at that point
    stop with the shallow lives and inane garbage and start a huge "american" movement to protect all women internationally
    babies and women being brutalized all over
    tell me right now how i can fight
    not how i can give money or talk about it in my church
    i want to know right now where are the men who are doing this
    i dont want to donate time and money
    i want to give my life right now to save these people so lets do this

    June 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • ak2k

      Right on sister!!

      June 16, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Reply
    • Sarah

      its bc most women would rather spend time on the shopping trip and vacations and i really cant blame them. All of you that think i am incensitive may write a comment, may donate 10-20 dollars to a cause, but will likely do nothing more and forget about this story in a few days. And that doesnt mean you are heartless, it just means you have your own life to live and prolems to deal with.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Reply
    • razzi

      I completely feel the same way, but fortitude is useless without money. I know that many people don't like religion but without arguing about Christ... a big church can have a big impact on the world. I am always shocked by mean, evil people for some reason.
      Let's march!

      June 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Reply
    • Bianca

      All we need to do is take our next best step! Be encouraged! It just takes ONE person to make a difference in the life of ONE. Check out A21:

      June 18, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply
  32. PuReWebDev

    One at a time, cause we wouldn't want to leave an entire industry without workers right, lol. Sorry, I found humor in the title. Why not rescue all at the same time? Just sayin

    June 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • Exc

      Because it's impossible. The supply of young defenseless girls in poor countries and even from bad homes in rich countries isn't going to run out any time soon. Even if magically, some eccentric billionaire somehow knew every trafficker and pimp in the world and purchased every trafficked woman and girl to save them and built a huge mansion on a lovely farm (or gave them all job trainign and sent them out to every corner of the developed world to live their own lives, whatever) for them all to live in peace... new victims would still be coming in to the business and continue to be forced into making profits for those evil people.

      If you're talking about a legal approach, well that's what a lot of these organizations are trying to do. Politics are complicated especially in poorer countries as they have higher levels of corruption. If there was a quick and easy solution like "just rescue them all at once hurrhurr" the problem would be gone by now but this is the real world, stop being a smartass.

      June 22, 2011 at 9:31 am | Reply
  33. Nicole

    Let's just imagine if it was you that had be caught,raped,beaten and forced to service 40 men a day,day in and day out,scars, bleeding,tears, all in silence,wouldn't you want someone to rescue you,even if you were a fraudster?You still don't deserve to be treated this way, no one does!

    June 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  34. Billy Williamson

    It's not often that I am totally proud of my Alma Mater. Right now, I'm proud to be a Tiger.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  35. Nicole

    There are so many good Dads and husbands out there...really good men,who do protect and love their wives and children,maybe you just haven't met themyet!x

    June 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Reply

    I had some of these women in the Greek islands. They did not look abused at all, in fact they looked happy. They probably made up the story about being kidnapped once they got caught by the police.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Reply
    • Charlotte

      How much intimidation do you think the girls go through in order to make them pretend to be happy? What's the threat – no food? Beatings? Prostitution is legal in Greece, so the girls wouldn't be caught by the police and wouldn't need to make up a story.

      June 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • What a loser

      You are either completely full of it or you are an insensitive moron! Please go back to your cave!

      June 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Reply
    • Leea

      Figures that you had to pay for sex if this is your attitude towards women. I agree go back to your cave!

      June 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Reply
    • Exc

      You're just trying to justify yourself so you don't have to face the fact that it's likely you raped a slave, not had sex with a hooker. If you cared at all you would investigate, not make excuses and lie to yourself.

      June 22, 2011 at 9:33 am | Reply
  37. fangrabbit2017

    The story is pretty hard to follow all the way through. I hope the facts were checked out on it. It reads like the worst parts of Shindler's List, La Amistad, Scarface, and Taken (2008) all put together. When you read it in this context, it begins to feel a little unrealistic, like how Saving Private Ryan or Memphis Belle was put together as a composite of a bunch of stuff that really happened.

    This takes away from the theme, which is the re-emergence of white slavery in Europe. I'm not sure if it ever really went away- perhaps it only got smoother over for a couple of generations. But now that conditions are so bad, it looks like it will spread through Europe going through the Balkans, who have several conflics and economic meltdowns going on. And I think that a proliferation of foreigners with little regard for women's rights also gives it nests in which it may find shelter and grow.

    Sure, we would all like to stop this stuff. It's hard to put a finger on guys doing gray human rights crimes in disputed countries. For us half a world away, there are much bigger fish to catch, like people trying to blow up commercial airplanes. These goverments, they see it as maybe not that big a deal, but that's how it always starts, and then 30 years down the line there is nothing there but a concrete pit full of pirates like in Mogadishu. It's a new type of dark age. A dark age of the soul.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • Wow! The "fish" are not BIG ENOUGH?

      I guess this is easy for you to say if you do not have to service 35 to 40 men day after day, week after week, month after month! Do the math! Did you even read the article, the number of victims suffering as slaves is in the MILLIONS (not thousands), this is not a number that can be discounted because there are "bigger fish to fry". Holy cow! Talk about a cold attitude. How about your daughter, sister, or granddaughter gets abducted while on holiday or because she takes a job overseas, never to be seen again and you only have to imagine her being forced into sex with hundreds of men a month, getting pregnant, and having her newborn taken away and given to pedophiles (yes, again dozens and dozens of men forcing themselves on your grandchild or nephew/niece). Think about it and rethink your "bigger fish to fry" comment. This is a bigger fish! Just because you are not aware of the problem or it is not frontpage news or dramatic (like a plane hitting a building – which I say respectfully), does not mean it is not an important, moral issue that must be addressed. I ask myself why it is not important to you or to a number of you commenting? Is it because these people are not Americans? Are they disposable? If American girls and woman were being taken would you consider this a big enough "fish" to consider doing something about? I am just incensed by your comment. What is the value of a human life to you and how do you measure it? When do these people (and YES they are people) become valuable enough to get on your radar as big enough "fish"? I would certainly love to hear your response.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Reply
      • fangrabbit2017

        I'm more than a bit concerned that if I had daughters, they might eventually be forced into prostitution and sex slavery, and I live in the United States. This is how bad I think it might get here in about 15 to 20 years.

        You are angry perhaps because I think there is little we can do about a problem half way around the world from our end. I think we could do a lot, but it is hard to do it with so many other things going on, and with trying to push ourselves over on other governments and say, "This is a carrier fleet and the 3 Marine Div. I know we have complained about you guys a lot in the past, but now we are taking away your right to soverignty." There is a lot of badness going on right around your corner in the US, if the corner is bad eoungh.

        I think they may be getting at it from the only real access they have right now to the trafficking cycle. The women and girls have to be housed and managed on site in these countries of destination. They should have someone go in and do intervention and try to catch them at that end. If it is interfered with, bring in international pressure and embarass the colluding governments.

        They could inform people also from the other end, so that women don't fall for this type of a con job. If this is indeed how it is happening. If this is what is working, that is probably why they are doing it this way. The 'good foreign job' con seems to be the way of forcing people into harsh labor condition all the way between Eastern Europe and India.

        June 17, 2011 at 2:02 am |
    • Bianca

      @fangrabbit I've been there. I've seen this. It's real. I promise you it's a modern day holocaust and we don't even know it. Check out the A21 site

      June 18, 2011 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • Lenny

      It exists. It certainly is in the SW border states.

      June 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  38. Virtue, where did you go?

    What ever happened to morality? Where have integrity and honor gone? What happened to the golden rule of treat others as you would want to be treated? Why does it matter what kind of person someone is if they're being victimized? The only thing that should be taken into consideration with a victim is whether or not they put themselves in harms way. Don't pity the foolish who knowingly walk into a situation that has a negative outcome. Pity and help only those that deserve it. People are so cause-driven in today's society that they waste most of their efforts on those that aren't truly deserving of a helping hand. Common sense used to rule the day for people, but it seems now as if it's simple self-preservation and exploitation.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      It went away with a sense of community. people got so wrapped up in their wants, needs and beliefs that they no longer viewed their neighbor as equally human because they don't believe in this or they are doing that. Couple that with rampant consumerism where material things are equal to virtues and goals and people start treating people less than things. Why is stealing, in many cases, more serious a crime than assault? Eventually, we end up where we are today. where people's worth (even to society) is based on how well and what things can be exploited from them. First with their consent (as in labor and career) than forced, if possible on the weaker. How many people judge their own and others worth based on their job, how much wealth they have and what the rest of us get out them?

      June 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Reply
    • Jason Glugla

      What if it were someone who is not so mentally sharp or worldly in this, do you then give us your permission to have pity? You sound like one of those right wingers who calls themselves Christian and believe their wealth is because they have been so good and the suffering of others is just their own fault.

      June 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Reply
      • Joe

        Very correct Jason, but it goes far beyond some "right wingers". If only it were a small fringe group that believed or allowed such things to stand.

        I believe however you misunderstood my post. I was responding the the question " What ever happened to morality? Where have integrity and honor gone? What happened to the golden rule of treat others as you would want to be treated? Why does it matter what kind of person someone is if they're being victimized?"

        I was posting my observation of the change in society at large. I have with a sad heart watched as what I posted unfold before my eyes. Yes, I have constantly pointed this out and tried to change such views when I could (and I like to think I have been successful a few times) but one person who believes in trying to "be the change I wish to see in others" is little match for a mass media fueled by profit and society turned introverted to taking care of "me and my own". I glad you recognize the banter that my observation reflects as it shows it not just my imagination. Not to say, there is no or little good in what I observe in my fellow humans, just that it has been outpace, out flanked and out spent by the things I stated. So much to the point that I fear the larger part of society has had it ingrained in its everyday thoughts and judgements.

        June 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
      • Anon

        Jason, all this guy is trying to say is that some people knowingly put themselves in horrible situations for drugs, money, etc and want your pity so they can take advantage of you. Those people do not need the help of organizations like this one, they need to learn self control and integrity. Have you ever known a drug addict? They will lie about anything to get you to give them money or to make you feel sorry for them but they are knowingly abusing you. It is the same situation as someone who chooses to return to an abusive partner, they put themselves in harm's way.

        June 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  39. Jason Glugla

    Would've been nice if they had included in the article a site to donate to this organization. Until we really start to think about the suffering involved in much of what we purchase nothing will change.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  40. Buyer

    Nowhere in here did it say where you could go to buy the slaves. Poor coverage CNN.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  41. thankALiberal

    Liberal societies like making prostitution legal, and it leads to this. You think prostitution is not so bad? Great, how about now that you know what it leads to? Slavery.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Reply
    • ProstitutionIsNotSexSlavery

      thankastupidconservative for believing every stupid thing he reads. Prostitution is legal in New Zealand and sex trafficking is practically non-existant. Compare that to the US where prostitution is illegal and where sex trafficking occurs in far greater numbers. Sex trafficking is hard to prosecute in these places because the arseholes in positions of power don't want to prosecute it. They are corrupt, bought and paid for by the gangs, and typically they are the same men who make use of the slave trade.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Reply
    • Exc

      You seem to think slavery is new. It isn't. There have always been terrible people out there willing to exploit others for profit. It has nothing to do with political parties and everything to do with human nature and economics.

      June 22, 2011 at 9:39 am | Reply
  42. Buyer

    LOL, like any law or society will be able to stop prostitution. Legal or illegal, its going to happen. Might as well make some tax revenue from it.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Reply
    • Buyer

      of course, conservatives are against raising taxes of any kind, so i'm sure you'll have a problem w/ me taxing hookers.

      June 16, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Reply
    • Denizen Kate

      Girls and young women are being kidnapped and forcibly rape.d, and this is your comment? Why did you even bother to click on this article? I've never read anything so crass or calous. You should be ashamed of yourself.

      June 16, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Reply
      • Buyer

        its funny how you think you're in any position to be judgemental. What have you personally done to stop anything like this? Very narrow minded too, like men and boys aren't nabbed too. Sexist. Oh, no slavery... boo hoo....

        June 17, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • Emma

      wow! Thanks God not everyone think like you

      Try to imagine, if everyONE do something?
      Try to imagine if It was your sister, your cousine...Won't you like that EVERYONE knows and try to help you?

      Just think about it
      Mentally have to change
      we can do something ALL together

      June 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • Wow

      I feel sorry for anyone who calls you family or a friend.

      June 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  43. Ramrod

    This is happening in Greece? Those wonderful guys who are rioting because they are told to get a job? Didn't I see a movie: Zorba the Greek?

    June 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  44. chipshot

    Slavery is evil at every level. A major problem that is not being seriously addressed. Our priorities in the world are all wrong.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  45. Aubrie

    We need an army of men who are willing to work under cover and pose as "customers" to locate these girls and places and then have police SWAT teams storm the place.....

    June 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Reply
    • Exc

      Actually that does exist. Most are retired military, law enforcement, and intelligence.

      June 22, 2011 at 9:45 am | Reply
  46. Anon

    Although I greatly admire what this woman is trying to do, the article is greatly misleading regarding what one can do to aid the effort. There are no products that are built by the slave trade, at least not the 80% of the slave trade referred to in this article. There also will always be this type of slave trade because there will always be evil people. We can try to help those affected but there will be no stopping the trade.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  47. NealR2000

    I'm afraid that this work solves nothing. It's about as effective as arresting drug dealers in the hope of stopping drug use. For every girl that is saved, the supply and demand equation is immediately rectified and another girl takes her place. It's the oldest profession and no amount of legislation, education, intimidation, or whatever, will make it stop.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • zone213

      being trafficked and murdered is not a profession
      having your childhood stolen by monsters is not a profession
      the women are not the criminals
      no woman in the world who is forced to sell her body is a criminal
      unless they are knowingly spreading a disease and have a choice
      trading of commodity for sexual gratification by a willing party is something people can debate after the innocent lives are saved and no more women and children are shattered

      June 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Reply
    • Not Prostitution....Sex SLAVERY

      Reread the article Neal. These women do not work voluntarily as prostitutes, they are trafficked. They are stolen, tricked, lured by offers of ligitimate work then raped over and over until they are completely terrified for their lives, and then forced into sex SLAVARY! There is a difference. So whilst, prosititution might be the oldest profession, these are not prostitutes.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  48. Ashley

    Just read the artcle and went searching online...their website is super helpful!
    We can join the fight against human trafficking!! The website is a great place to start getting plugged in and get involved!!

    June 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  49. Mark9988

    Aruna (Bright morning sun) Project is also working the same issue in India.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  50. zone213

    project reach in boston mass is a great organization

    June 16, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  51. Andrew

    I am part of a local abolitionist society and am aware of the issues. My question to CNN is: How can they promote something like the freedom project, yet employ Eliot Spitzer? Eliot Spitzer is a "John" and provided a source of demand and support for the sex slave industry.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • Denizen Kate

      Eliot Spitzer was a "John" to a willing professional prostitute, not a sex slave. Where do you live, that you don't know the difference?

      June 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Reply
      • Andrew

        It sounds like you need to do your homework.

        June 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
      • Andrew

        Check out these links: Specifically:

        From CNN:

        Eliot's hooker was victimized, and he supported the existence of this industry, which exploits women.

        June 16, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
      • Denizen Kate

        Really? I need to do MY homework? Did Spitzer get caught with a prostitute who had been sold into slavery? I must have missed that news flash. Seriously, Andrew, do you really believe Spitzer is the problem here?

        June 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
    • ProstitutionIsNotSexSlavery

      Andrew, how very dishonest of you. None of the links you provide show that Spitzer's hooker was "victimized". You have merely posted links to propaganda targeting prostitution. In fact Spitzer's hooker was part of a trade where women can make substantial sums of cash for their service. She wasn't a girl walking the street rather she had complete control over what she did. Moreover, the harm associated with the sex industry in places like the US is a direct consequence of its prohibition which pushes the activity underground where it is controlled by thugs and where no regulatory oversight exists.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  52. True Beliver (not)

    They make it sound like illegal prostitution in the US means the US has less sex trafficking. I bet the two are not correlated.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • ProstitutionIsNotSexSlavery

      The captian of the first picture states that sex trafficking is hard to prosecute because prostitution is legal. That is complete utter nonsense. Prostitution is legal in New Zealand and sex trafficking in NZ is mostly non-existant, especially when compared with the United States where prostitution is illegal. The problem with Greece, and other places in the region, is that the authorities are corrupt and it is often people in positions of power, such as law enforcement, who make use of sex slaves.

      Prostitution is not a career I would recommend but there are plenty of women who engage in it because the pay can be substantial. These women are not slaves and while their choice of lifestyle may not fit in well with Christian values, it is their business and no one else's.

      June 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  53. MommytoS

    When will any of you realize that until mens' sin-filled hearts and tattered souls find their home in Christ, that the world isn't going to change??? Christine knows this. If you want to change the outside, you first must change the inside. She also realizes that only Jesus Christ can bring true healing and restoration to these young women and their broken hearts and lives. What athiests and agnostics cannot understand is that all humanitarian efforts make no difference when you have only humans in charge. Every one of us who is human has some sort of hate in our hearts and the only cure for it is the love of Christ. That is why athiesm is so bankrupt as a view of life. It fails to deal with human nature as it truly is. I praise God with all of my heart and being that Mrs. Caine is not only helping these women escape the physical bondage they are in, but the spiritual as well. Thank you Jesus for you amazing LOVE.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • Denizen Kate

      "That is why athiesm is so bankrupt as a view of life." That statement itself is hateful towards those who do not share your beliefs. I'm sure you mean well, but your entire comment is prideful and arrogant. You assume that belief in god as your see him and belief in your Jesus Christ are requirements for good behavior. Well, many atheists and agnostics manage to be kind, caring, giving, and much more tolerant than you seem to be. Please keep your religious beliefs to yourself; it is neither helpful nor kind.

      June 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Reply
      • MommytoS

        My "religion," as you'd like to call it, has no arrogance in it. I have no religion. I have an incredible relationship with a God who loves me, and that relationship is available to anyone. Perhaps what you call arrogance, I call assurance, which I do have, of God's love for me, and for you. The peace, joy, fulfillment, and utter contentment in life I have now, which at one time I did not have when I considered myself to be an athiest, cannot come from anywhere but HIM. I have absolutely no hate towards athiests, or any other human – but I cannot pretend to agree with what they adhere to, i.e. athiesm.

        June 16, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
      • MommytoS

        Also, one added thing: you are reading an article which contains information from a well-known Christian evangelist who is VERY adamant about faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. If Christianity bothers you so, why read it?

        June 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • ProstitutionIsNotSexSlavery

      Your superstitutious nonsense called religion is not necessary for people to live full and happy lives.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Reply
      • MommytoS

        I have to, respectfully, disagree with you. Blessings to you in all sincerity.

        June 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
      • ProstitutionIsNotSexSlavery

        Thanks for the respect and sincerity, but no matter how much you disagree *I* know that I am an atheist and I am happy in my life.

        June 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • jez

      Well "Mommy", with your arrogant rant, my guess is you have lived a pain-free life. Never trafficked yourself. Great for you. Let me ask you, if Jesus can heal so well, why did he let these poor girls be raped with no end in sight for so long? As long as you can pontificate your way to heaven, you just don't care. Atheists are at least realistic and not waiting on some god to save them – some god that so gracelessly allows these women, and children, to walk alone through hell. You are arrogant.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Reply
  54. shinjnny

    Human trafficking is a terrible crime. I'm glad that modern day women are being rescued, but I wonder how many people are aware of the Comfort Women that were forced to "serve" Japanese soldiers during WWII? It's been called the "worst human trafficking crime" in the 21st century. Where is their due and their news story? Just food for thought and hoping to raise awareness.

    June 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Reply
    • Exc

      The Japanese government (which is not the same Japanese government under which those atrocities occurred) is basically refusing to admit that it happened because they know the few surviving women will die off soon. Couple that with a culture known for its shame-aversion and the problem becomes easier to understand (no, I am not making excuses).

      There is a fund:
      And a very reluctant apology of sorts:

      June 22, 2011 at 10:04 am | Reply
  55. Peb510

    Remember what happened to Lot's wife when she looked back, she turned into a pillar of salt. To do the will of God is my desire. God hates fornication and sexual abuse! Woe to those who think it is okay to have sex slaves or any kind of slaves! God will judge and his judgement will be coming soon when Jesus and his angels come in the clouds with the sound of the trumpet in fire with great glory! All the earth will mourn! Repent of this sin or be damned!

    June 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Reply
    • NYMOM

      Actually the bible is chock full of support for slavery, however, that's neither here nor there in regards to this topic. The bible also instructs Christians to treat others as they would be treated and I doubt anyone wants to be a sex slave. I'm an atheist and I am doing what I can to help stop human trafficking, I have friends who belong to various religions who are also doing what they can. This is not a religious issue, kindness and compassion are not limited to any particular belief system. Until we stop the demand for slavery, we won't stop the slavery.

      June 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • Exc

      Fornication is rad when every person involved freely consents. It's fun and healthy. Keep your shame to yourself.
      Oh and you should maybe try actually reading the bible.

      June 22, 2011 at 10:06 am | Reply
  56. Darcy

    Cleaving unto Christ is nice, but until men lose the fixations with their dicks, sex trafficking will go on. How many men have ruined their lives and destroyed their families because of sex? If sex trafficking wasn't profitable, it wouldn't exist. The bottom line is that a man who is horny generally doesn't care about the circumstances of the woman he's having sex with. From schoolboys harranging their girlfriends into sex with promises of eternal love and then dumping them the very next day, calling them whores, to truckdrivers and executives. Sex controls men; always has, always will. There are far too many examples of "upstanding" men who've been exposed to pretend this isn't true. How many men have gorgeous, intelligent, accomplished wives/girlfriends and get caught with a $50 hooker? I don't care what their pathetic reasons are. I guess it's nature and biology and you'll never win against it. As far as the traffickers go who get caught? Personally, I'd like to see them executed on the spot. And men who patronise hookers? I'd like to see them arrested, and have their photos and names published in the newspaper.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Reply
    • ProstitutionIsNotSexSlavery

      Nonsense. Being horny doesn't take away a man's self-control. A man's actions reflect his values and people who exploit slaves simply lack decent values. On the other hand, a man who patronises a legal hooker may be cheating on his girlfriend or wife, but that is all he is guilty of.

      June 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Reply
    • CalgarySandy

      How come I got kicked to the curb and no one cares about these attitudes about men?

      I am for legal prostitution for all gender types. I have believed for years that legal and safe fantasies would be one way to distract people enough to keep them away from children and women who don't want them.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Reply
    • Exc

      Oh you are so full of sexist nonsense. You don't know every man, sorry if you were betrayed but there are plenty of good men out there. Also there are female pimps and middlemen involved in sex trafficking.

      June 22, 2011 at 10:09 am | Reply
  57. jez

    What is wrong with men? Too many are abusive of women.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  58. Ben

    This example flies in the face of the argument that legalizing an act such as prostitution will help to control it and bring it out of the dark corners. These liberal laws will cause us to pay a price. You can learn a lot about a country by what they allow.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Reply
    • ProstitutionIsNotSexSlavery

      Legal prostitution is not the cause of sex slavery in Greece. Look to New Zealand where sex trafficking is practically non-existent and in which prostitution is legal. The US has a far greater problem and prostitution is illegal there. Greece has trouble because the authorities are corrupt and full of arsehole men who do not want to institute laws that would deal to it.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Reply
      • Ben

        Regardless of what you say prostitution is wrong, legal or not.

        June 17, 2011 at 7:15 am |
    • CalgarySandy

      You sure can. Abu Ghraib. Gitmo. Taxing the poor and giving to the rich. And you are worried about prostitution with no real reason given. Your opinion is not a fact.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Reply
      • Ben

        If my opinion is not a fact then neither is yours

        June 17, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  59. Darcy

    What no one has brought up is the thing which horrifies so many of us-the extreme youth of some of these girls is the very thing that makes them so attractive. If you've ever seen any of the sex websites, the most popular are the ones where the girls look like they're about 12. What about that show where men get caught in a sting going to have sex with young girls, bringing drugs and alcohol-doctors, lawyers, students. Unbelievable. There is a thriving sex trade with Western men going to Asian countries to have sex with what are essentially children. As a woman, I don't get it. But as I said, if there wasn't a market, it wouldn't exist. I mean, really, a 14 year old child forced to service 40 men a night and none of them notices how young she is? Folks, they don't care. That's the turn-on. And it will never ever change. EVER...

    June 16, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Reply
    • ProstitutionIsNotSexSlavery

      The attraction to youth is a consequence of its evolutionary advantage in providing offspring. But these instincts do not dictate a man's character. There is nothing attractive about forcing a woman to do something she doesn't want to do.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Reply
      • Exc

        I don't think it's that simple. It doesn't explain pedophilia where men are attracted to a pre-pubescent girl who is obviously physically incapable of producing offspring. A deformed sexuality coupled with sociopathy, the complete inability to sympathize with another human being. Unfeeling monsters with ugly appetites. There are all kinds of theories about why a person is or becomes a pedophile, but even if we did know the answer there would be no one-size fits all explanation. People are complicated. Plus there are factors outside of the individual offendor's mind, such as social issues (here obviously the lower status of women contributes to their exploitability) but for example in some parts of India there is a myth that having sex with a virgin will cure HIV. This idea leads many men to seek out children at brothels, thinking that someone that young "surely must be" a virgin. Listen to Sunitha Krishnan: , an amazing woman working on many side of the problem and who has been beaten within an inch of her life by thugs trying to prevent her from saving children and women from sexual slavery.

        June 22, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  60. Darcy

    Having been raped at gunpoint by a cop whose excuse was "I know it's wrong but you're so gorgeous", my opinion of what men will do when they think they can get away with it comes from personal knowledge. I never ever would have believed it of a cop. I had been attacked and I was vulnerable. Instead of helping me, he raped me too. I was not a willing participant: I was a 19 yr. old college student. I was so traumatised I never told anyone. When I was nine-NINE!!– the man who owned a local hardware store my family patronised said to me "You're getting old enough to make love to." I looked at him and said "I'm a little girl." I never went in his store by myself again.
    If I had told my Dad, he would have killed him. So while I absolutely agree there are good men in this world, I think there is also a phenomenon called "Who's gonna know?"

    June 16, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Reply
    • ProstitutionIsNotSexSlavery

      That sucks. I can only hope the future will be better than the past.

      June 17, 2011 at 1:20 am | Reply
  61. Jiru

    Congratulations, Caine. Go on...

    June 16, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Reply

    I hate to sound skeptical, but a lot of these groups are extremely motivated to inflate their statistics. I heard that there were "thousands" of Russian prostitutes being brought into Germany to service all the men at the 2006 World Cup, however all the prostitutes I met were German girls. And prostitution is legal there! Also, some of my business friends have been to Asia many times and never seen any sign of child prostitution. So don't believe everything you read.

    June 17, 2011 at 1:08 am | Reply
    • ProstitutionIsNotSexSlavery

      BRCLMTY – Child brothels generally don't have street-front signage. People seek it out so if you don't seek it out it may appear like it doesn't exist. I agree with you though that you shouldn't believe everything you read, but you shouldn't doubt the fact that trafficking in sex slaves is widespread in some areas and this is well documented. The only problem here is that some people are trying to suggest legal consensual prostitution of adults is the same thing as, or leads to, trafficking in slaves. This is false and not supported by the evidence. A well regulated industry providing consensual adult sexual services is in fact beneficial to society and reduces the risk of harm to those working in the industry.

      June 17, 2011 at 1:19 am | Reply
      • BRCLMTY

        These groups are taking advantage of our ignorance of life in Asia and Eastern Europe. None of the photos accompanying the article prove anything. And the quoted numbers of "10 to 30 million sex slaves" are pulled out of the air.

        June 17, 2011 at 1:42 am |
    • Exc

      You need to understand there is more going on in the world than your personal experiences and the anecdotes of your friends. Refusing to believe in horrible truths might make you feel better, but you are only lying to yourself. If you really want to be a skeptic, do some research. The facts are out there.

      June 22, 2011 at 10:22 am | Reply
  63. Moko

    Hmmm. Interesting. CNN is always eagerly reporting news from the arab/muslim world without any signs of objectivity and constantly portraying muslims as decent, peaceful people who mean us no harm. Yet it is very well known that sex slavery can be found all over the muslim world. Last week, an influential kuwaiti said female prisoners of war, like female Christians from central asia, should be sold and used as sex slaves. Nobody in the muslim world seemed to have a problem with it. Not even CNN. Yet CNN is always among the first ones to condemn bigotry. Just bizarre. CNN is the biggest bigot and hypocrite out there.

    June 17, 2011 at 2:57 am | Reply
  64. Albo

    there is only one thing i have to say, that's Albanians, they are number 1 group in Europe that deal with human trafficking, want to smuggle some Pakistani family go to a Albanian, want to sneak into UK ask a Albanian.

    to stop trafficking you just need to stop Albania

    June 17, 2011 at 9:20 am | Reply
  65. Defender

    This is very much a U.S. problem as well. Russian Organized Crime owns a good majority of the south Florida sex industry. Girls come in by fake summer student programs, through cargo containers, etc. Duped by fake education programs or employment agencies. This isn't even talking about the numerous domestic victims. Once you start looking into it, the victims are like sand out there. Check out as well as some of these other fine organizations. They are a little controversial as they actually field trained teams of ex military and law enforcement to physically get the victims but their volunteers do a lot and a whole lot more than bake sales.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • musings

      Interesting comments. I'll check it out.

      June 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Reply
    • Exc

      June 22, 2011 at 10:25 am | Reply
  66. Roelof

    All the Greek woman can work as prostitute in Amsterdam, just aslong they've payed everyone back their money.

    June 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  67. TuskegeeU

    I think this is a great idea & would like to start a TAT program and my own university. How could i find out more information on the process?

    June 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  68. H Burns

    Thanks for keeping up your passion and hard work Christine and making us and the world aware of this grave injustice on the earth. Thanks for the tools you are putting in our hands to help, and the vital information that equips us as to what we can do. Continuing to pray for you...

    June 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  69. Name*Jenny groves

    How do I get involved, I need to volunteer

    June 17, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Reply
    • Bianca

      Hey Jenni! You can get involved here:

      June 18, 2011 at 10:39 am | Reply
  70. George

    PHILIPPINES makes it easy for International Kidnapping.....DSWD, Dept of Social Welfare and Development, no longer Requires Consent Letter from other parent.
    MY filipina wife secretly fled the Philippines to the United States with my 13 month son.........and quickly fabricated a story to get Green Card and Government assistance.......
    BUT the Philippines wants international help(money) to fight Human Trafficking.....WHATS WRONG WITH THIS???

    June 17, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  71. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    If we get rid of sex slavery, how will all the rich people have sex with underage girls?

    June 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  72. JR

    The only way slavery of any kind is to be eliminated: TAKE IT OUT OF THE MALE CONTROL! Change laws; out of the, 'MALE DOMINATED CONTROL LAWS HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE!' And, let the FEMALE voice, of what has to be done to eliminate them; once and for all. Control is the secret!

    June 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • nobangtheory

      Believe it or not, even though the control factor may not be present, there are many who would remain in "slavery" by choice and simply because they do not know any better. What needs to take place is that laws need to change to make fornication illegal first and foremost. It should also be considered illegal to approach someone with sexual intentions of any kind, even if it is mutual. Those people should be labelled as sexual deviants the same as child predators. If people cant walk around on this earth as if it was created by God for HIS enjoyment and not for their perversions, then we the more decent need to "treat" them as we would the pests and roaches that their mindset and actions mimic.

      June 18, 2011 at 10:12 am | Reply
  73. MESTEL


    June 18, 2011 at 5:10 am | Reply
  74. Concerned Father of 2 Girls

    This is a global problem, not simply the USA vs The rest of the world. When we start thinking that this doesn't happen here in the US (or not as much), then we miss the opportunity to help women & young girls in front of us.

    June 18, 2011 at 10:13 am | Reply
    • sunny lovetts


      June 18, 2011 at 11:19 am | Reply
  75. Ava Lanche

    Believe it or not, even though the control factor may not be present, there are many who would remain in "slavery" by choice and simply because they do not know anything else. What needs to take place is that laws need to change to make fornication illegal first and foremost. It should also be considered illegal to approach someone with sexual intentions of any kind, even if it is mutual. Those people should be labelled as sexual deviants the same as child predators. If people cant walk around on this earth as if it was created by God for HIS enjoyment and not for their perversions, then we the more decent need to "treat" them as we would the pests and roaches that their mindset and actions mimic.

    June 18, 2011 at 10:15 am | Reply
  76. Industrial Size Raid Spray

    The way to eliminate all of this is to make it illegal to have sex. No one wants to entertain that thought beccause man has been conditioned by man to believe that sex is what makes you a man. If this theory were true, then women would be men because they are just as guilty of just as much promiscuity as men. However, to even suggest the ingenious idea of outlawing fornication, is like suggesting that people stop breathing. So, with that said, until you yourself are willing to fight this battle on the homefront by condemning your own behaviors, dont expect much to be done elsewhere. What YOU do, no matter where you do it, contributes to the problems and issues dealing with the "ills and immorality" of this world. The YOUs out there everyone elses bed, truly do believe that it is all about you and just YOUR business. And if you chose to think that way, why cant a prostitute!.

    June 18, 2011 at 10:22 am | Reply
  77. NeuralNet

    Ahh, the myth of sex trafficking. I could agree that there is a problem, but let's portray it for what it is. There are tons of women who want to work in the sex industry because it pays good money. In the fervent rush to absolve the 'sisters' of any responsibility, activists such as the woman in the article go to arduous lengths to invent an elaborate and almost entirely false story of male abuse.

    In any Western country, Greece included, there's literally no way that a woman can be forced into prostitution without it turning into a clear cut kidnapping case. What we do have are stories of belated regret. Girls and women who went after an easy buck need to somehow escape with their reputation untarnished (and money in hand) so they shove responsibility on the shoulders of some generic, evil henchmen.

    June 18, 2011 at 10:24 am | Reply
    • Exc

      willful ignorance harms society

      June 22, 2011 at 10:30 am | Reply
  78. Abudum

    Wow, sex with 40 to 50 men a day but, the women in Saudi Arabia can't drive. Those terrible Arab men should be flogged.

    June 18, 2011 at 10:55 am | Reply
  79. xmen80

    It not just men who traffic woman, but also woman traffic woman. There was a bust in Arizona where woman was the ring leaders. Recently there was a bust in Hawaii where plantation owners who work for Dole, was caught holding immigrants by force. Companies like Dole should be boycotted. Countries like Thailand is a hub for child prostitution. Men go on vacation solely to have sex with children. There is a law that if an american is caught having sex with a child in other countries they will be prosecuted in American courts.

    There is a really good movie called ICE. The movie really brings light on this important issue. It shows how people are duped into trafficking. How difficult it is to prosecute. Those who traffic others do so by threatening the victim that they will hurt their loved one's back in their own country. So the victims do not come forward and when they are found refuse to co-operated with law enforcement.

    June 18, 2011 at 11:02 am | Reply
  80. OldGoat

    Reprehensible as involuntary prostitution may be, I don't see it as anywhere near the world-wide problem this professional crusader (Christine Caine) portrays it to be. It sounds to me as though she has made a career out of being shrill about a problem that is largely the making of the so-called victims who, as pointed out by someone else, got into the sexx business because it is profitable.

    This is Linda Lovelace all over again. She willing got into porn films, made some money (quite a bit, actuallY) and then when she realized she had stigmatized herself, started complaining that she had been "forced: into it. Caine sounds like she's promoting more of the same remorseful thinking.

    June 18, 2011 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • Exc

      are you a troll or just an idiot? do some actual research if you think you know better. facts are everywhere. get out of your own little thought process and learn something about reality.

      June 22, 2011 at 10:32 am | Reply
  81. sunny lovetts

    why does it have to be about girls?why not children all together, that's a little sexist. Little boys get thrown into the sex trade too. There are a lot of rich men with lots of power and get sick of money and women, so they look for exotic nasty stuff like having sex with small boys. Don't spit on the memory of the boys weeping inside as you read this because they are trapped in the sick society of sex trafficking.

    June 18, 2011 at 11:17 am | Reply
  82. sarita

    Human trafficing is alive and well in the USA. In many cases it's not men who solicit innocent women into slavery with employment offers, more often than not it's women, aunties or cousins or friends of cousins making the family feel safe about permitting their daughters to travel abroad for employment. We can legislate against prostitution, but that hasn't really worked. Solution may be better sex education for boys and girls to realize the inhumanity of paying for sex, the evil inherent in the activity, and, of course punishment for the client.

    June 18, 2011 at 11:49 am | Reply
  83. William

    So what's the position of the Greek govt on this? Are they pledged to try and end trafficking or is A21 having to go it alone?

    June 18, 2011 at 11:59 am | Reply
  84. keith

    Yet another person motivated by the love of Christ to love the marginalized of society...

    June 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  85. wishing

    Make a difference.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  86. wishing

    Want to know what you can do to make a difference? Do something.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  87. WALTER

    Ya know, if you wear the same dress for 6 months, it will have a dramatic impact.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  88. Bob

    So the more "slaves" she finds, the more money her organization makes?

    June 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  89. WALTER

    Strap a mattress to her back and send her downtown.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  90. David

    Another I-want-to-make-a-difference type. Sounds like religious reverie. Also, there are many boys who are traded in this nightmare world, not a peep about saving all children at a time. If they do great, but I suspect discussing that aspect is too provocative...

    June 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  91. Annexian

    In desperate situations people will do what they wouldn't otherwise to survive.

    I am so SICK of this sh-t, CNN.

    Let's work on defending our own house or it'll be foreign "S-x Tourists" who come here to abuse OUR women.

    June 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  92. Humanbeing

    It's a bit disingenuous to say that women are the only victims of human trafficking. They aren't. Yes, they probably outnumber males, but there are plenty of males who are kidnapped and sold into sex slavery, hard labor, or life as an unwilling soldier in someone else's battles.

    I would also point out that in nations where prostitution by *willing participants* is legalized and regulated by government agencies, sex slaves are far more rare than in countries where prostitution is outlawed. I'm sure the more prudish types will say that prostitution is always wrong and bad, but some people live very happy lives doing it of their own free will, and they don't have to be treated as criminals or shunned because of their choices. How is a person– male or female– being allowed to sell their body for sex any different than a person being allowed to risk their body for violent sports, dangerous jobs, or life as a soldier? It's sick that our society allows a person to accept pay to kill and be killed in the name of their government's agenda (or a private merc company like Blackwater), but we don't allow people to be paid to do something that is a joyous expression of passion, love, and pleasure.

    We can pay a man millions of dollars to beat the hell out of another man on a football field or in a boxing ring, but we can't legally pay that man to make love to a woman who is seeking companionship. What the hell is wrong with this picture?

    De-criminalize prostitution, regulate it, and even tax it, and you'll see a dramatic drop in the taking of sex slaves purely because the demand for them will drop significantly. Oh, I know. That's horrible. That's shocking! We can't let people willingly sell their sexuality! That's a sin!

    Ask Mexico how criminalizing drugs in the USA and their own country has worked out for them. Ask Elliot Ness how alcohol prohibition worked for America. People want something, and if they can't do it/acquire it legally, then a lot of them will do it/acquire illegally... And the illegal way is ALWAYS the worse choice.

    Which would you rather have? A government-regulated, safe, clean, medically-monitored brothel with free-willed workers, or Russian thugs selling abused, kidnapped girls? It seems like an easy choice, to me.

    Think about it. Be pragmatic for once in your narrow-minded life. You can't have it both ways.

    June 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • Humanbeing

      And just a note: WILLING PARTICIPANTS is surrounded by asterisks, to emphasize that they are indeed willing, and not by quotes to indicate irony or doubt. Yes, people do willingly choose to be prostitutes. People of both genders. Shock and horror, I know... But your morals aren't the only way to live.

      June 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
      • Abolitionist

        Have you heard about the Nordic Method of combating sex trafficking? I agree that we should not criminalize those engaged in prostitution – because 80% of them are forced to do it against their will. Where soliciting a prostitute is legal, demand increases. Where there is no one willing to be the supply to meet that demand, traffickers thrive. Where patronizing a prostitute is illegal, and johns do jail time, demand drops dramatically, and fewer people are victimized by traffickers. Here are some resources, so you (and others) can learn more:

        June 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • Henry

      While I agree that legalized regulated prostitution is not a bad idea it wouldn't actually solve this issue. If you notice in the story Greece has legalized regulated prostitution.

      This is going to sound a bit callous but...What is causing this problem is profit maximization. Legal prostitution, regulated or not, will never be able to compete with sex slavery prostitution. It comes down to simple economics. If the prostitute is getting paid it is less profitable than if the prostitute is not getting paid. History shows us that there will always be people who treat humans as commodities rather than humans. To stop them you need to make an economic argument. In this case the argument needs to be a demonstrated willingness to devote resources to catching them and punishing them. This requires a high enough rate of success in catching them to make them believe it is likely to happen and a punishment they are unwilling to experience if it happens. Until this is the reality sex slavery will continue.

      Of course legalization would reduce the customer base of these people. There are people who would pay the extra cost associated with legalization, and perhaps even pay the extra cost associated with regulation, to have this effect. One reason they will do this is to know that they are not contributing to the problem. On the other hand there will be many people who won't pay the extra. It may be as simple as they don't care that they are contributing to the problem. These people will keep sex slavery alive unless they are also treated as part of the criminal organization running it. If you were to legalize it and regulate it then to stop sex slavery you would have to demonstrate the ability to catch these individuals at a rate that they also believe they are likely to be caught. You also have to extort a punishment on them that they are unwilling to experience. At this time we are also unwilling to put the resources into that. If we were we would have done it.

      The last argument as to why this won't stop it is also economic in nature. While much of sex slavery consists of enslaving an adult for sexual acts with an adult not all of it is. Many sex slaves are under age. Even if legalized I seriously doubt that there will be a provision allowing child prostitutes. As a result people will enslave children as sex slaves. Again this could be resolved in the ways mentioned above if they proper resources were devoted to it. They aren't.

      Don't get me wrong. Legalized and regulated prostitution would reduce sex slavery to some degree (how far is unknown) but don't think it will end it.

      June 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Reply
      • Abolitionist

        Yet, studies have shown that where prostitution has been legalized and attempts have been made to regulate it, rates of illegal sex trafficking have risen dramatically. Conversely, studies have also shown that where soliciting prostitution has been made illegal, and the johns face jail time, the rates of forced prostitution have dropped – in Sweden by more than 50%. The legislation was so successful that the Swedish govt. recently increased the penalty for soliciting a prostitute from 6 months to 1 year in jail.

        June 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
      • Henry


        There is probably no single answer. Taiwan went from legal to illegal and it increased sex slavery. Either way it didn't change the open nature of it. Legality doesn't seem to be the determining factor as much as willingness to actively enforce and punishments that actually defer.

        Obviously the U.S. model of fining the John and jailing the prostitute doesn't work. Legalizing and regulating has worked for some nations. It usually works if it focuses on health issues and ensuring the prostitute is independent. It only works if the resources are put into place ensuring these things in an active manner. The U.S. prefers passive regulation so I don't think it would in practice work here. Again it would not solve sex slavery but it may reduce other crimes associated with illegal prostitution.

        June 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  93. Johnson I.Eso

    The story is heartbreaking.let us join hand 2 fight this evil

    June 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  94. Kevin

    This woman is wasting her time trying to stop trafficking. Why does she care when it doesn't directly affect her life?

    June 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • Peter

      I would guess that you are a Libertarian.

      June 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • Exc

      because she's not a self absorbed asshole like you

      June 22, 2011 at 10:38 am | Reply
  95. Summarex

    So is this the beginning of a new media propaganda camapaign, like the ones we saw against the Serbs and the Iraqis and the Libyans and others? Are US forces of the futuire going to be blowing up pimps with predator drones? Will US soldiers be shooting it out with national armies and local militias who rightly object to any foreign element entering their country under arms? Is America going to absorb the material and human cost of the war on the oldest profession. I have a better idea. Let's bump off these Christine Caines and bury them quietly with their sick internationalist causes before they bury this country.

    June 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • musings

      "blowing up pimps with predator drones" - now that's a thought

      June 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  96. LT USN

    The story says out that prostitution is legal in Greece and that makes human trafficking difficult to prosecute. Seems to me it should make it easier to prosecute unless the government is just plain incompetent or corrupt. Think of the involvement of organized crime during the days of prohibition, making the purchase of alcohol legal removed that influence. I don't see the logic here.

    June 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • Tristis

      This theory of yours has been brought up again and again on sites like this one (prohibition drove drinking underground, but when it was legal… etc.). The problem of slavery (sex slavery, child-labour, indentured labour, etc.) is that where laws are weak enough to make the business of slavery profitable, the slavers will do business. Where it is not profitable, there is much less (can't say none, there's no proof of none). Prohibition was about the consumption of a drug, not a person. I don't take a moral stand on prostitution, but I have noticed this: Where it is legal, there are slavers (and pimps—nearly the same animal), where it is not legal, there is less, but it is prevalent and the victims are trapped, where it is illegal to BUY sex (rather than sell) and the prostitutes do not experience the dark side of law enforcement, but are aided by police who encounter them, there is much less slavery. The market becomes very much less lucrative and only benefits the small operator, not pimp/slaver.

      June 18, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Reply
      • ProstitutionIsNotSexSlavery

        Problem with your argument is that you seem to equate the weakness of laws dealing with slavery with the legalization of prostitution yet the legal status of prostitution in no way makes the law unable to deal with slavery. Prostitution and slavery are distinct acts, one is not the other. New Zealand has legalized prostitution and contrary to your prediction sexual slavery is practically non-existent. The USA, where prostitution is illegal, has a far greater problem.

        June 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  97. txgirl

    What about the slavery here in the united states? We also need not to forget that there are boys and girls being sold here in the U.S!

    June 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  98. Kevin

    Caine is wasting her time. It doesn't directly affect her, so why does she care?

    June 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • Amy

      She cares because it's cruel and inhuman.
      By your logic, criminals should only be punished by victims/the family of the victims.
      Oh, and, by the way, you're an a–hole.

      June 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • A. Paul D.

      Helping someone in need is never a waste of time, and helping someone you don't know is called being kindhearted. Is this a foreign concept? Until you become worm food, YOU are just wasting your time (and the air that others breathe).

      June 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  99. Norman Costa

    " girl at a time."

    And the boys?

    June 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  100. Julie

    Sex trafficking is horrible beyond imagining. I've spoken to kids who barely survived that... yes, right here in the United States!... and what they were put through would give anyone nightmares. The problem is so many people ignore the problem or worse, blame the victim. Frankly, I think we should be prosecuting Human Trafficking a whole lot more here... and with extremely serious punishments. We also need to support the victims, something we so frequently don't do. Currently there is only ONE organization in this country that specializes in providing care to child and teenage victims of sex trafficking: Children of the Night, which is based in Hollywood but with services in several other major cities as well. We need many more!!

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    I thank you, CNN, very much that you didn't put this under the religion section just because Miss Caine is an evangilical chritian.

    Instead of pointing out, 'how about this?', 'how about that?', as she said, let's look at one at a time. If you worry about boys, you'd check it on the internet I'm sure you'll find someone're doing it already or you'd start it yourself.
    If you worry about it in the US, the same, check it, there are more than one going on here.

    She may be 'another I-want-to-make-a-difference type' or 'Yet another person motivated by the love of Christ to love the marginalized of society...' or '. It doesn't directly affect her'. It does affect those girls directly and making difference to them and the marginalized of society are helped.

    June 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Reply
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    I'm a father of two beautiful girls . I recently watched the movie "Taken" . I did not realize how real that movie is until I read this report . I would like to be notified if there are any other runs for charity here in Oregon . Thank you .

    June 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Reply
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    This is not just sex slavery, it is guaranteeing the transmission of AIDS. I believe there is a lot of money spent on "fighting AIDS" and clearly this result of conflict in the Balkans and the fall of the Soviet Union is pushing these women into the system. One day, I saw a lone young girl in Chinatown, who looked like she'd been set down to wait for someone (she was Chinese) in a kind of second-hand cast off outfit that looked like it might have been chosen to appear Western, but came from some not-as-yet modernized part of China. She seemed to be from 13-15 years old. I've never forgotten the look of being utterly lost in her eyes. It's not hard to convince a girl she is all alone in the world. She is until she is pregnant, though, with a potential HIV positive child.

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  104. Shraeve

    There ARE sex trafficking victims, but they are very few in number. Most of these trafficking horror stories are invented by anti-prostitution crusaders who want to outlaw all consenting adult prostitution.

    The blurb at the beginning of this article provides a revealing clue. It says, "Since prostitution is legal in Greece, sex trafficking is very difficult to prosecute". Really? How so? Domestic labor is legal in the USA, but that does not stop law enforcement from discovering domestics held as slaves and prosecuting the enslavers. Farm labor is legal in Hawaii, but that did not stop the authorities from liberating hundreds of slaves recently.

    June 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      Conservative estimates are about 13-14k per year in the U.S. alone. I guess that would be very few relative to the U.S. population but I still think that is a large number.

      June 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Reply
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        I suspect that figure is totally bogus.

        June 19, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
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        June 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
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        The U.S. State Department puts it at a slightly higher number;

        June 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
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        I guess they are only organizations that deal with the issue on a daily basis and not experts on it like an anonymous person posting on a CNN blog using anecdotal evidence.

        June 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
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      yep right on the money. every sex worker must be the result of human trafficking. It must!

      June 19, 2011 at 8:58 am | Reply
  105. Robin

    Only girls? What about the boys? You do know that boys as young as 11 are being prostituted in large numbers in China and Pakistan right?

    June 19, 2011 at 2:16 am | Reply
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      June 22, 2011 at 10:44 am | Reply
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    CNN it's not of our business to go into other countries and impose our values on other cultures

    This is no different from going into Iraq trying to "liberate" the Iraqui people

    June 19, 2011 at 8:55 am | Reply
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    ...A few months back, I read a story where the Vatican's Choir-Master was overheard, on a tax-police wire tap, (the tap was concerned with I.O.R.-Vatican Banking, primarily alleging 'drug-money' laundering), when the police realised the Choirmaster's real vocation was, (apparenly), pimping seminarians to a shadow-group, 'The Pope's Gentleman'.
    I couldn't help but wonder: If we eliminated child prostitution, of all flavors, (which, BTW, is a F#@%ing fantastick idea!), whatever will the 'Bad Sheppards' do to while away the hours before they stand before their heavenly father?

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    It is suspicious that Caine is a Christian minister. What has Christianity's position always been on the question of prostitution? Virtually all churches have been passionately opposed to it. They were campaigning against prostitution long before they discovered this slavery pretext.

    Read Sin in the Second City, by Karen Abbott. The Chicago preachers tried to reform the prostitutes by telling them they were living in sin. The prostitutes laughed in their faces. So the preachers, along with a bunch of save-people-from-themselves types, invented the myth of an undergropund "white slavery" empire in order to get voters horrified enough to pressure their representatives in Congress to enact the Mann Act. And it was a myth. Law enforcement investigators found only one person who was forced into prostitution. Most of the prostitutes wanted to do it.

    I suspect that most (not all) of these anti-trafficking activists are really anti-prostitution activists.

    June 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  110. Promissa

    It truly is overwhelming! Through Caine, we were exposed to Human Trafficking and since then we have not been able to look away! It's impossible to not want to do something! We now work with local organizations that support victims of Sexual Exploitation. If we all do something, it can end! We also have a burden of getting the word out to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean from where a lot of victims come. Little by little it cAn end!

    June 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Reply
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    We have been hearing about widespread sex trafficking for well over a decade now, and still we have found only a tiny fraction of the alleged numbers of trafficked victims. How can tens of thousands of slaves be so invisible? Remember this is the age of the picture phone, the Amber alert, and security cameras everywhere. Nothing is private any more. Yet we are supposed to believe that tens of thousands of slaves are trafficked into the USA every year?

    The real reason we are not finding great numbers of trafficked victims is that they do not exist.

    June 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply

      You suppose a young girl trapped and beaten into being a sex slave will take a picture of herself
      and what, post it on my facebook? Or you think that a man on top of her likes to show he paid for sex?
      I see now that your comment is so moronic that it doesn't dignify a reply...

      June 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Reply
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    June 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Reply
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    If slave trade or any form of slavery still exit in our world today, it is not right. Nobody have the right to enslave an man. Please, let support and totally kick against it. Thanks. Bello

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    isnt it obvious god is doing away with these countries for their rape of children....

    June 19, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  115. Zelda

    Every girl is born to be loved by one honorable man for the rest of life, never to be exploited by multiple men. Men, stop buying s-e-x. Die rather than abusing a girl or woman.

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  116. Daryl

    These problems are expected. They are a consequence of Globalisation/Poerty, and in fact; Demoncracy. People desire to obtain material items and position that improve their own self esteem and position within their society. In order to do this they exploit someone below them. If you think Sex Trafficing is any different that "cheap labour" used in Manufacturing, then you are completely naive. Labour is exploited for gain. Sex is but another industry that provides an income for other people. Legalising prostitution does not curb this, it only creates a greater market. Sex is one of the few "markets" that exists in both a Black-market form and a legitimate form. The majority of clientele cannot differeniate between the types of girls. Perhaps if the Legal Apparatus took the iniative, and offered/forced a registration and registration card for all prostitutes who decide of their own accord to work and a reward for those who have not willingly decided; exceeding the market rate, then the supply would dry up. It is a sad part of life, but distorted aspiration causes this, as does poverty and fear of being insignificant. Secondly, the ILO also has some responsibility for these events. Minimum wages are expected as a global standard, as are certain working conditions; everyone wants something without Merit (I do not recall my family being paid exceptionally when they migrated, they hard to persist and work hard to move forward). Australia is very close to South Asia, yet we are not allowed domestic workers here? Unless of course we pay a higher rate that we cannot afford to maintain. So given the lack of employment in the region, these girls are also forced through need to enter the sex industry. There are numerous factors that cause this situation.

    June 19, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  117. deandake

    This is a monumental problem that needs to be tackled culturally. I know in some Asian countries girls are sold off to the brothels because they don't bring in money to the family. Heck. I know girls under contract with places who have to work off their families debt or loan to what are called KTV's. While the counties they live in say that it is illegal there certainly is no enforcement of these laws.

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    I finished reading a book about human slave(sex) trafficking in Canada. It explained that trafficking happens all over the world and the reason a blind eye is turned in Canada is we think it only happens in 3rd world countries where people have no money to eat etc. The problem is how the laws make it very hard to convict a trafficker if the victims are either to afraid to provide what information is needed to convict or believe the trafficker loves them (brain washed). These victims are not only brought from all over the world, but from our own back yards from young runaways that these creeps prey on while hanging out at bus stations, malls etc. I think all lawyers and judges should watch the movie "thoughtcrimes" and start punishing properly.

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  120. max

    looks like many of you missed this "In 2007, Caine, a globe-trotting evangelist and motivational speaker"... this should set of alarm bells big time.. never trust an 'evangelist'..

    June 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  121. T F Bakker

    Is this supposed to be journalism? Where is the point of view of Greek authorities? How do THEY view Caine and her efforts?

    I must be the oldest person commenting here, because I smell a rat a mile away. Is anybody else (besides Max) viewing Caine´s claims with any degree of skepticism? Her every last assertion seems designed to be inflammatory, and many of them seem to be exaggerations at best. For example, she says: " Many products are cheap because they’re made by 5-year-old children working 19-hour days for no pay."

    Think about that. Just think about it. Does that REALLY sound like the truth?

    So Caine is an evangelist and motivational speaker who in 2007, at the ripe old age of 40 by my calculations, discovered the existence of white slavery. And she found it, quite conveniently, in a foreign country. She now has a Cause, and she will save innocent girls from the clutches of the evil Greeks, who eat babies for breakfast.

    Greece is NOT exactly a third-world country, so working there carries few risks; but it´s just far away enough so that nobody will be able to closely investigate what Caine is doing with the money people will donate to her.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  122. Silence Does NO Good

    ARRRRGGG The issue is that the #*###*# child slavery exists AT ALL and that some one is doing something. The numbers, 30 Million, are almost TEN TIMES greater than any I found last year researching while I was helping a family look for their 12 year old girl taken and found MURDERED almost three months later here in the USA. 60,000 to 80,000 children are brought into the USA every year ( according to INTERPOL's web site last year). And over 30,000 of the 870,000 missing every year again in the USA are taken "INVOLUNTARILY" We need an educational and rescue organization of this type right here.. I would be HAPPY to help make it real if I could find the funding and the girls family would too. Just for a chance to stop this BS once and FOR ALL...

    July 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Reply
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    C.C., you are amazing! You heart’s cry is heard loud and clear when you speak on human trafficking. You not only help the broken, lost, victims and survivors…you are bringing awareness to the world that chooses to close their eyes to the evil world that preys on these girls . GOD speed and blessings your way! ;0)

    July 8, 2011 at 11:49 am | Reply
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    Thanks for spreading the word about this organization. I just made my donation.

    It's frightening how greed turns the hearts of these men and women who engage in trafficking. I recently watched a short documentary on human trafficking in Moldova. The reporter interviewed a trafficker behind bars about the way it works. Afterwards, she asked him, "Do you have a wife? Sister? Daughter? How would you feel if they were kidnapped and trafficked?" and he replied, "I'd rather kill myself than see that happen." Then, she asked him, "If you were released, would you still engage in trafficking women?" and he smiled a bit. He said, "Probably. It's nice to have the money."

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