A 37-year-old Ohio woman is being held in an Akron jail on charges of allegedly prostituting her underage daughter, police said Tuesday.
Underage sex trafficking is an awful thing, on that we can all agree. But the growing clamor by individual U.S. states for the shutdown of Village Voice Media's web-based advertising site, Backpage.com, is panicky, scattershot, legally suspect and potentially just as dangerous.
CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to the lawyer for Village Voice Media about adult ads on backpage.com.
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.
A Spanish pimp ring is busted. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports women forced into prostitution were marked with a bar code.
China's Ministry of Public Security busted a cross-province human trafficking network last week, adding 77 children to the more than 24,000 abducted women and children authorities say were set free last year.
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.
A Cambodian court Wednesday sentenced a 68-year-old Michigan man to 10 years in prison for having sex with children.
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.
Actor George Clooney and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo could be called as witnesses in the trial of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on charges of sex with an underage prostitute, the court announced Wednesday.
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.
Svay Pak has a disturbing reputation. The village outside Cambodia's capital of Phnom Penh is known as a place where little girls are openly sold to foreign predators looking for sex.
"Not My Life" looks at women who helped rescue Cambodian sex slaves.
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.
"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.
The suspected manager of a New Delhi brothel where police recently rescued several underage girls has been charged with kidnapping, rape and forcing girls into prostitution, a police officer said Tuesday.
CNN's Mallika Kapur reports on Indian police efforts to crack down on the trafficking of underage prostitutes.
Thai authorities have released 70 women and girls originally from Laos and Myanmar following a trafficking raid in southern Thailand.
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.
Mexico's president approved several changes to the country's constitution Wednesday aimed at cracking down on human trafficking.
On an historic street just four blocks from the National Palace in Mexico City, scantily clad women marched in a circle for 12 hours a day, advertising and selling themselves for money they would never see.
Four men were indicted in Brooklyn Wednesday for forcing a teenager into prostitution beginning at age 13. The Kings County District Attorney charged three of the men with raping the woman on several occasions and a fourth defendant with forcing the victim to have sex for money.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sweden prohibits the purchase of sex, penalizing the men who buy it, not the women who sell it. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.
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 chief executive officer of a Western grocery store chain resigned after he was arrested in a child prostitution sting, according to police and CNN affiliate KNXV.
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.
A three-day federal crackdown on child prostitution rings across the country has resulted in the recovery of 69 children and the arrest of 884 people, including 99 pimps, federal authorities said Monday.
CNN's Brian Todd reports on a large-scale takedown of child prostitution rings across the U.S.
CNN's Nadia Bilchik speaks to T.J. Holmes about a window display in an Israeli mall, aimed at battling sex trafficking.
The United States is apologizing to Guatemala for research that purposely gave people sexually transmitted diseases.
The United States apologized Friday for a 1946-1948 research study in which people in Guatemala were intentionally infected with sexually transmitted diseases.
Key provisions of Canada's prostitution law were struck down Tuesday by an Ontario judge who said they endangered the people they were meant to protect.
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.
Craigslist has "no plans" to resume running adult services ads that contribute to child sex trafficking in the United States, an official with the online advertising site told a House panel Wednesday.
CNN's Amber Lyon investigates underage girls being sex trafficked online in America.
Behind every adult service ad on the internet is a story.
One of France's most wanted has been captured in Spain.
CNN's Becky Anderson speaks to human trafficking expert, Siddharth Kara, on caste-based forced labor in Nepal.
During the last week I explored two forms of caste-based forced labor in Nepal -- the Badi and the Kamaliri.
Spanish police say they have disrupted a criminal network trafficking male prostitutes. CNN's Phil Black reports.
Online classified service Craigslist's decision to censor its adult services section could be a model for other websites, a leader in the fight against prostitution ads said Saturday.
CNN's Amber Lyon probes allegations that Craigslist is not doing what it can to combat child sex trafficking.
Last month, two girls trafficked for sex through the website Craigslist wrote an open letter to its founder, Craig Newmark, pleading with him to get rid of the adult services section, where sex ads are placed.
On a late afternoon in early June, undercover police officers circled a one-story highway motel north of Washington. Inside was a 12-year-old girl who told her mother she was being forced to work as a prostitute.
With child sex crimes in the United States sharply increasing, federal officials Monday issued a "national strategy" to combat child exploitation in homes, on streets and over the internet.
Attorney General Eric Holder says its time for a new "national strategy" to combat child exploitation.
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.
The influx of thousands of soccer fans would increase demand on South African sex workers; at least that was the belief of a leading expert prior to the start of the 2010 World Cup.
CNN iReporters sent in videos of World Cup superfans standing behind their teams around the world.
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.
A residential facility in a dangerous Mexico neighborhood caters to elderly sex workers. For more, go to VBS.TV.
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.
Channel 4's Nick Martin has the extraordinary story of a Mexican girl who managed to escape captivity by human traffickers.
Even before her 18th birthday, Maria had already been enslaved by a gang of human traffickers and held in captivity for four months in her homeland of Mexico.
Advocates for sex workers in South Africa have warned that this summer's World Cup could be a public health disaster.
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.
An erotic blogger whose double life as a prostitute became a hit TV series has ended years of fevered speculation by revealing her most intimate secret -- her true identity.
The global financial crisis has increased the worldwide trade in trafficked persons, says a State Department report released in June.
Law enforcement authorities have recovered 52 children and arrested 60 pimps allegedly involved in child prostitution, the FBI announced Monday.
The beginning of the World Cup in South Africa next June kicks-off a festival of football on the pitch, but there are a wealth of issues for the host country to tackle off the field too.
Fears grow that World Cup could create bigger market for prostitution in South Africa. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports.
A 19-year-old prostitute working in an apartment that doubles as a brothel said she has up to eight clients a day.
CNN's Emily Chang reports prostitutes in China know little about how to prevent the spread of HIV.
The global financial crisis has increased the worldwide trade in trafficked persons, says a State Department report released Tuesday.
She was a call girl working the streets of Sin City. He's a guitarist in a heavy metal band. They found commonality in their Christian faith and Friday evening, the two were married in a Las Vegas, Nevada, ceremony broadcast live via the Web.
New York authorities indicted seven people accused of running a prostitution ring on the Web site Craigslist, the state's attorney general announced Wednesday.
Craigslist's managers have complied with the wishes of most of the state attorneys general who demanded they rid the site of prostitution ads.
Around 1.2 million children are believed to be involved in prostitution in India, the country's federal police said Monday.
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