CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to the lawyer for Village Voice Media about adult ads on backpage.com.
Dozens of Roman Catholic bishops in South America say human trafficking has seen "alarming growth" in the region.
Nicole came to the United States from Indonesia on a temporary fiancée visa, fully expecting that she would enjoy life in a new country with the U.S. citizen she intended to marry. Instead, she found herself trapped as a victim of sex trafficking.
Should websites be responsible for crimes connected to escort ads? AC360 spoke to Backpage.com's law enforcement adviser.
Kimberly Ritter could not believe what she was seeing.
Google Inc. announced Wednesday that it's providing $11.5 million in grants to 10 organizations working to end modern-day slavery and human trafficking.
CNN's Hala Gorani reports on what Google is doing in the battle to end modern- day slavery.
Chinese police bust two child-trafficking rings, rescuing 179 children after a six-month nationwide investigation.
Chinese police have busted two child-trafficking rings after a six-month nationwide investigation, rescuing 178 children and arresting 608 suspects, the country's Ministry of Public Security announced this week.
Former NFL star Lawrence Taylor, who pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a teenager last year, was sued by the victim in federal court in New York on Monday.
My commitment to the cause of stopping the exploitation of children was born from a humbling experience. In 2002, I witnessed the horrors of human trafficking as we rescued three trembling girls living on the impoverished streets of India. Preventing these girls from falling prey to this horrendous crime was a personal awakening.
Police in Barcelona have arrested 39 members of a suspected Chinese mafia and freed 30 young Chinese women whom they allegedly forced into prostitution, a senior officer of the Catalan regional police told CNN Wednesday.
A high court in Australia ruled the country can't send asylum seekers to Malaysia. Australia's Network 7 reports.
Abdul Farid Sufizada knew he was in trouble when a Russian-built jeep pulled up to his grocery shop one afternoon in northern Afghanistan. An unknown man jumped out and blindfolded him. He was shoved into the backseat and taken to an underground location where the Taliban had gathered a group of local young men.
"Hello? Hey, what are you doing, girl? You just woke up? You going to be free to hang out in a little bit?" Shane, a vice unit undercover investigator, is on the phone with a woman who placed an online ad offering adult services.
CNN's Mallika Kapur reports on Indian police efforts to crack down on the trafficking of underage prostitutes.
Hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide will improve its staff training and procedures after authorities cracked down on gang-led child prostitution rings in California hotels, a probe that drew media and activist attention to the chain, a hotel spokesman said Friday.
Authorities in Ciudad Juarez arrested more than 1,000 people over the weekend in an operation aimed at cracking down on human trafficking, police said.
The TV ads are dramatic, foreboding, and heavily suggestive of violence and sexual exploitation.
Mexico's president approved several changes to the country's constitution Wednesday aimed at cracking down on human trafficking.
A federal judge in Mexico has sentenced four people to a minimum of 16 1/2 years each behind bars for human trafficking, the Mexican attorney general's office said Tuesday, marking a rare conviction in a country struggling to get a grip on the illegal trade.
The OSCE coordinator for combatting human trafficking outlines challenges and successes in the modern slavery fight.
Human trafficking is flourishing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Iran, with little effort by the countries' governments to combat it, the U.S. State Department said Monday.
Anuradha Koirala was honored as the 2010 CNN Hero of the Year at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.
More than 17,000 women and girls from Nepal become sex slaves every year. Many end up in India, China or other Southeast Asian countries, and roughly half of them are children.
A Georgia woman has been convicted of human trafficking and other charges for bringing two Nigerian women to the United States and forcing them to work in her lavish home like slaves, the U.S. Justice Department said Monday.
While an estimated 10,000 women are victims of human trafficking in Mexico's capital, there were only 40 investigations of the crime and three convictions in the city last year, according to a report issued this week.
CNN reports how young activists are ready to lead the fight against global slavery.
Authorities in Arizona have arrested three employees of a sheriff's office known for its tough stand on illegal immigration, accusing them of aiding human traffickers and drug smugglers.
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher launch anti-sex trafficking ad.
"There's between 100,000 and 300,000 child sex slaves in the United States today," Ashton Kutcher tells CNN's Piers Morgan. "If you don't do something to stop that -- that's when there's something wrong with you."
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Sweden and Denmark combat sex trafficking in contrasting ways, as CNN's Atika Shubert reports.
Sweden prohibits the purchase of sex, penalizing the men who buy it, not the women who sell it. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.
In 1999 Sweden became the first country in the world to criminalize the purchase, but not the sale, of sexual services. Over the years the interest from abroad about our legislation has grown, mainly because we can see a clear link between prostitution and human trafficking.
Europol director Robert Wainwright tells CNN's Atika Shubert about the challenges of combating human trafficking.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that a Lebanese businessman, Hassan Awdi, was charged with multiple offenses, including human trafficking, in connection with the importation of workers into Romania. He has not been charged with such crimes. CNN regrets the error.
The following is a letter from the Romania Ministry Of Administration And Interior, General Inspectorate Of Romanian Police.
Americans are right to get angry at the violence against women and girls in developing nations: the Congo rape camps, the widespread practices of female genital mutilation in West Africa and the infanticide of females in China.
Her ankles and wrists are shackled. She's wearing used sweats in the bright colors of the jailhouse, orange, blue and yellow. She shuffles to the courtroom to face the judge, her mother, and an uncertain future.
A secretly taped video by a male and a female posing as sex traffickers purportedly shows a Planned Parenthood employee in New Jersey telling them how to secure abortions and contraception for underage girls, anti-abortion activist Lila Rose told CNN Wednesday.
Every week, Judge William Voy of the Clark County Juvenile Court in Las Vegas holds a special session for underage sex trafficking victims picked up by police in Las Vegas.
A suspected human trafficker who recently was profiled on "America's Most Wanted" was arrested at a Connecticut casino last week, federal authorities said Tuesday.
CNN's Brian Todd reports on a large-scale takedown of child prostitution rings across the U.S.
A Mexican 15-year-old was smuggled into the U.S. and forced into prostitution. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.
Across Mexico, young girls dream of escaping their small towns for the big cities. They dream of a good job and a better life in the United States.
Natalie Grant apologizes for crying, but she can't help it.
Mexican authorities have rescued six undocumented Cuban migrants who had been held for ransom for a month in Cancun, a vacation hotspot on the nation's Yucatan Peninsula, the state-run Notimex news agency reported Wednesday.
CNN's Max Foster speaks to human trafficking expert Siddharth Kara on the sex trafficking situation in Nepal.
Before venturing to this little-traveled quadrant of Nepal, I was interested to update my research on Katmandu's massage parlors and dance bars.
Mario Santos likely never made it to the United States.
Almost 500 Sri Lankan migrants who spent three months on a cramped ship before being taken into Canadian custody appear to be in good health, officials in British Columbia said Saturday.
Almost 500 Sri Lankan migrants are in Canadian custody after officials Thursday boarded a small ship suspected of human smuggling off the coast of British Columbia, according to Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.
CNN's Amber Lyon probes allegations that Craigslist is not doing what it can to combat child sex trafficking.
My research trip to Bangladesh ended near the town of Srimongol, where I investigated the country's tea industry. Much like their shrimp processing kinsmen to the south, the tea factories were locked down like prisons.
After a long journey from Los Angeles, I have been in New Delhi for several days now easing into a full ten weeks that I will spend researching child labor, bonded labor, and human trafficking throughout South Asia.
CNN's Richard Lui visits a school in Ghana dedicated to ending child slavery through education.
A former child slave is rescuing victims of child trafficking in Ghana and has built a school to help give them a better future.
The U.S. government's annual worldwide human trafficking report, released Monday, for the first time includes an assessment of trafficking in the United States.
CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports on how human trafficking in Iraq can make double victims of young girls.
Geeta was 9 when she began wearing makeup, staying up until 2 a.m. and having sex with as many as 60 men a day.
Anuradha Koirala is fighting to prevent the trafficking and sexual exploitation of Nepal's women and girls.
Hundreds of law-enforcement officers were making arrests and executing search warrants Thursday in Arizona as part of an investigation into human smuggling, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said.
The lawyer for American missionaries held in Haiti faces charges in El Salvador. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports.
A man who acted as a legal adviser to the American missionaries arrested on child kidnapping charges in Haiti is himself facing allegations of human trafficking in El Salvador and human smuggling charges in the United States.
In this expose of South-East Asia's child sex industry, Aaron Cohen goes undercover in Cambodia's karaoke brothels.
Aaron Cohen first met Jonty Thern and her older sister, Channy, in 2005 while singing in a karaoke bar in Battambang, Cambodia. He has come back to see them every year since.
Volunteers are taking to the streets of Miami, Florida, this Super Bowl weekend to inform teenage girls of alternatives to working as prostitutes.
The United States has committed an additional million dollars to fight child trafficking in Haiti in the wake of last month's earthquake, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
The United States will work with the Haitian government and with international and private aid groups to protect Haitian children who might be at risk because they were orphaned or separated from their parents by the earthquake, the State Department said Thursday.
Channel 4's Nick Martin has the extraordinary story of a Mexican girl who managed to escape captivity by human traffickers.
It's a subject seldom addressed publicly in the Palestinian territories, but for the first time, a report is lifting the veil on the taboo topic of female trafficking and forced prostitution -- and calling for action to stop it.
"We did not have a right to choose where we lived ... freedom of speech, or freedom of actions. The traffickers had keys to our apartment. They controlled all of our movement and travel. They watched us and listened when we called our parents. They didn't let us make friends or tell anyone anything about ourselves. We couldn't keep any of the money we earned. We couldn't ask anyone for help." -- Lena
It sounds like the plot of a crime drama or the scourge of a developing country, but human trafficking is a serious problem in the U.S. and America's children are frequent pawns, experts say.
The global financial crisis has increased the worldwide trade in trafficked persons, says a State Department report released in June.
The global financial crisis has increased the worldwide trade in trafficked persons, says a State Department report released Tuesday.
Around 1.2 million children are believed to be involved in prostitution in India, the country's federal police said Monday.
Several Americans are accused of illegal adoption in Egypt. CNN's Tim Lister reports
Suzanne Hagelof and Iris Botros dreamed of adopting babies. Separately, they visited orphanages in Egypt. Hagelof adopted a child, and Botros was in the process of adopting twins, when they ran foul of authorities. Now they are in jail, accused of being part of a conspiracy to traffic children.
Sexual exploitation and forced labor are the most common forms of human trafficking in the world, a new report from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said.
Dozens of juveniles have been freed from forced prostitution by a nationwide operation that resulted in the arrests of hundreds of other people, the FBI announced Monday.
Dozens of bodies washed ashore Friday in Yemen after smugglers threw nearly 150 Somali migrants overboard in shark-infested waters, the latest such tragedy in one of the most lawless stretches of ocean in the world
An Argentina soap opera is raising awareness about human trafficking. CNN's Brian Byrnes reports.
When Susana Trimarco's daughter Marita Veron was 23, she vanished from their hometown in Argentina, a suspected victim of a human trafficking and prostitution ring with links throughout Latin America and Europe.
Sex slavery and prostitution thrive amid Russia's prosperity, as CNN's Matthew Chance reports.
Young women in bright miniskirts and high heels line up to sell themselves in the dingy back streets throughout the Russian capital. Moscow's illegal flesh markets are flourishing, with up to 30 women at each pickup point, or tochka, standing in order of price for the night.
Homeland has organized Child Trafficking Awareness Day to address the issue on the Thailand-Cambodia border.
The trafficking of women to work as prostitutes is likely a key factor in the spread of HIV/AIDS across South Asia, according to a study
The Bush administration on Tuesday added seven nations, including several key U.S. allies in the Middle East, to its human trafficking blacklist
India, which advocacy groups say may have as many as 65 million forced laborers, was spared the worst ranking on the State Department's new list of nations where humans are bought and sold.
Two hundred years may have passed since Britain banned participation in the slave trade, but some argue slavery still exists in the United Kingdom.
The United States has launched hundreds of new investigations to combat human trafficking for prostitution and labor exploitation inside its borders, U.S. authorities have announced.
Four American allies in the Persian Gulf are among the countries criticized for not doing enough to combat human trafficking in a U.S. State Department report released Friday.
Two men pleaded guilty in Virginia state Tuesday to plotting to recruit young Indonesian women and teenage girls to come to the United States to work as prostitutes and nude dancers, in what Justice Department officials termed "reprehensible" and "evil."
Japan has thousands of victims of sexual slavery and is on a new U.S. "watch list" for failing to do more against the trafficking of humans by the underworld, a report released by the U.S. State Department says.
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