July 6th, 2012
11:19 AM ET

U.N.: Journalism can 'spark action' to help end human trafficking

Investigative journalism can "spark action" when it comes to helping end human trafficking, according to a recent United Nations report that examined CNN Freedom Project's "Factory Slaves" investigation

The U.N. Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) details how CNN senior international correspondent Dan Rivers and his colleagues uncovered bonded labor in Southeast Asia, where workers had been sent abroad, burdened with large debts and forced to work long hours for years at a time. The practice was part of the complex trail of exploitation in a business supply chain.

In one bonded labor scheme, recruiters got jobs for Cambodian workers at a Malaysian factory. As part the Factory Slaves investigation, which debuted in late 2011, CNN alerted a client company to the factory and the recruiters that employed the migrant workers, who were stranded abroad after surrendering their passports to their employer. 

That client company "was moved to action by the (CNN) report," the UNIAP report states, and "quickly took action through an on-site audit at the factory in Penang (Malaysia), and ultimately ensured that their supplier improved the pay and conditions at their factory."

Read the full UNIAP report here.

Topics: Business • In The News • The Traffickers

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  1. leonard nambwaya

    ZAMBIA IS ONE OF THE CAUNTRIES IN AFRICA WITH HIGH LEVELS OF OF HUMAN TRAFIKING!!

    July 7, 2012 at 5:42 am | Reply
    • Nader

      Shame on you CNN not showing the world what is happening in Burma of killing innocent muslims......

      July 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply
      • Jeeper

        Have never seen an innocent muslim.

        July 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Flatsguide

      And illiteracy!

      July 19, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
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  3. Cici Fakhrunnisa

    human trafficking is the urgently and seriously case untill now..
    Hence, security enhancements totally be needed by the all society...
    more over the action by all government to solve this case...

    July 12, 2012 at 3:25 am | Reply
  4. bob

    without a hope of work; even if it was low pay they would probably suffer more pain staying in their own country owing high
    debts. i.think you need to evaluate each case to see if they had a road out before thinkin they were forced

    July 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
    • Jeeper

      I think we should mind your own buisness.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
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  7. Nader

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    July 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
    • ryan

      Just like Kenya, Europe, Philippines, Thailand, all everyone elses fault right? Either accept that you can't create a sovereign province in other countries, but must live under their laws. Stop killing black people in Sudan. Intolerance incites intolerance.

      September 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  8. Houdini was a Weenie

    Some of these foks telling us how bad it is should come visit us here sometime. we don't exactly live in Shang ri la ourselves anymore. Ever sometimes feel after 3+ years of Obama that if it wasen't for bad luck some of us would have no luck at all!!

    July 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  9. olivia

    Go to any random gulf country and witness SLAVERY IN PLAIN SITE!!! No investigation is required there!
    There are about a million people from south (east) asia tricked into practically slavery there building shiny sky scrapers, cleaning dirt or being personal slaves to oil rich arabs or rich westerners.
    But the west doesn't do anything because its companies are profiting from it!! Zero labour costs building shiny sky scrapers or oil drilling or cleaning etc etc...
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    July 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
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    the difference between a child who is raped and given sweets and a child who is raped and given money to buy sweets is like that between a woman who is raped and given food and a woman who is raped and given money to buy food. such difference is that same as the difference between a person who is employed and given food and a person who is employed and paid money to buy food. the problem of slavery is a problem of a man making USE of another for his own benefit...whether we call it employment or slavery it doesn't matter. ABOLISH employment system if you are serious about ending slavery. enterpreneurs should SHARE equaly on risk and benefit with all workers

    July 27, 2012 at 6:35 am | Reply
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    Please rescue that young lady of the forced labor.

    July 28, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
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    journalism, havent seen that in years

    August 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  13. ryan

    I just wish CNN's freedom project would go the extra step to ensure these criminals have no privacy in what they do. Have the courage to use undercover recording, especially in the charity investigation. The facts are what matter and all that matter.

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