Ways to help: Making a difference
February 23rd, 2012
06:55 PM ET

Ways to help: Making a difference

The most valuable weapon in the fight against human trafficking may be you.

CNN is celebrating the work of ordinary people inspired to do something, to take action; to stand up against slavery.

People from West Africa, South America, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia, have all joined the fight.

Watch the "Taking a Stand, Making a Difference" show here in three parts. In the first segment, viewers horrified by our expose of working conditions for people cocoa farming in West Africa campaign for more Fair Trade products.

Natalie, in Romania, was moved to stop eating chocolate until Fair Trade cocoa is on sale in local shops. Gerry, in New Zealand, tried to make a regionally-inspired dish using only Fair Trade products.

Meanwhile, young Christians at a U.S. convention built a statue symbolizing the extent of slavery, raised $3 million for related charities - and got the attention of President Barack Obama.

From the quirky to online campaigns to school projects, their stories also offer practical ideas and information to others who want to get involved in helping the victims of modern-day slavery.

In part two, the idea that people are not for sale is spreading across Ukraine, and one South Korean school is now campaigning to abolish the modern-day scourge.

In part three, one woman beat her fashion bug to help women rescued from human trafficking.

Amy Seiffert wore the same dress for six months and donated the money she would have spent on clothes to a local organization building a shelter for rescued women in Ohio.

She says it was a small thing that reinforced the message that her ability to choose is privilege denied to many.

Along the way she inspired others, and the Daughter Project’s shelter is now a reality.

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  1. 4commonsensenow

    Nice people. thumbs up

    February 23, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  2. sheron

    very heart warming job to do,how i wish i can be part of it...please keep it up and GOD BLESS

    February 24, 2012 at 3:59 am | Reply
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  3. Obafemi Philip

    Good work, i must commend CNN. i am an activist artist taking a stand against modern day slavery through my works of art. I am inviting the CNN-freedom project to be part of it in my studio and i will take CNN to my neighborhood where modern day slavery is existing. Lagos, Nigeria.

    February 24, 2012 at 6:11 am | Reply
  4. Shang

    Nice job。GOD BLESS

    February 24, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
  5. Idiocy

    Stop "informing" the world how to help our neighbors. Those that do are usually the ones causing genocide in the background unnoticed.

    I'm telling you now – my humble family that gave did so out of compassion from the heart. They gave wisely, never depleting their funds, and expected those that were able to return what they borrowed must do so.

    I believe that most people do this.

    So, we do not require instruction from the media to force young people who read this article to forego chocolate, cigarettes, or anything unless they are minors under the care of their parents who have that authority only.

    Stop dictating your ridiculous political agendas and swaying the minds of our young.

    Let parents rule.

    Let nations care for themselves.

    Keep your nose at home and fix that before you go about the world telling anyone else what to do. Because if I go back there and find out you haven't done such a good job with that...I will not listen to anything you have to say.

    I raised two fine sons that did well. I raised my family well.

    I have a right to tell you to back off.
    Speak for yourself.

    February 24, 2012 at 8:56 am | Reply
    • Cate

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      February 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
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  7. Mac

    Let me see here, “viewers horrified by our expose of working conditions for people cocoa farming in West Africa campaign for more Fair Trade products”. They should be horrified at the way the Africans are doing their own people. But all I get out of this is how bad the chocolate companies are. It’s not the African governments, the coco farmers are their own parents that are doing this to them, it’s the western companies like Hershey that are doing it to them. Thanks for the uneven reporting on this. I think that CNN can do better than that. Stop blaming the chocolate companies and start pointing the finger at the real problem, the Africans themselves. Africa exported slavery thousands of years ago and are still engaged with it to this day. Africa has been profiting from slavery for thousands of years and they are not going to give it up easily. So CNN takes the easy road and attacks the chocolate companies and leaves the real bad guys alone. Thanks CNN for a great job of screwing it up again.

    February 26, 2012 at 6:12 am | Reply
    • Charlene

      Mac, I hear you. I worked in Ghana and came across young girls who were sold by their parents to pimps who then flew with them to SA to be sold again, for a much higher fee than what their parents were paid. In Madagascar its the same story. Basically what that told me was that its okay if slavery is practised on black people by black people its when another race trades in slaves that its so horribly wrong. If you are not willing to kill the rat, expect it to eat you.

      March 2, 2012 at 7:58 am | Reply
      • Mac

        Spot on, Amen,,,,,,,,

        March 3, 2012 at 12:43 am |
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  9. Josh

    I did not know about this until I saw it on this website. Thank goodness we have a good media to live up to the 4th estate to keep our companies accountable. I posted this on my blog and told everyone I know about it; I am also boycotting slave chocolate. spotlightchange.com

    February 29, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Reply
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    March 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • Mac

      CNN will do that when pigs learn to fly! I am sorry, our Leader (Obama) can't fly, he has to have someone else do it for him. So lets say CNN will do that after the cow jumps over the moon then!

      March 3, 2012 at 8:40 am | Reply
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    Your show has prompted me to make a donation to the Daughter Project,,,Thank you for opening my eyes.

    March 2, 2012 at 8:52 am | Reply
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    shock indeed. I am gonna do my best to make my friends and i at University of Ghana help stop cocoa labour. God help us.

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    Slavery is the only salvation to todays economic troubles. Why would you want to fight it?

    The only way to compete with China that pays their people about $1 an hour is to pay $0 an hour.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
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    I have been hooked on reading articles and books on this subject and this article i must admit gave a little bit of light to the end of the tunnel. One can fall into a depression like state of "what can i do?"
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