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Ohio woman charged with prostituting daughterupdated: Wed Jun 20 2012 07:26:00

A 37-year-old Ohio woman is being held in an Akron jail on charges of allegedly prostituting her underage daughter, police said Tuesday.

State ban on sex listings is a dangerous moveupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 09:53:00

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.

Lawyer defends adult service ads on siteupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 09:53:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to the lawyer for Village Voice Media about adult ads on backpage.com.

Protect immigrant women from violenceupdated: Wed May 16 2012 08:08:00

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.

Pimps in Spain bar code prostitutesupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 18:11:00

A Spanish pimp ring is busted. CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva reports women forced into prostitution were marked with a bar code.

China: Thousands of abducted women, children released in past yearupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 00:43:00

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.

Is website to blame for killings?updated: Thu Mar 01 2012 10:24:00

Should websites be responsible for crimes connected to escort ads? AC360 spoke to Backpage.com's law enforcement adviser.

Fighting sex trafficking in hotels, one room at a timeupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 10:24:00

Kimberly Ritter could not believe what she was seeing.

Cambodian court sentences Michigan man on sex chargesupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 08:35:00

A Cambodian court Wednesday sentenced a 68-year-old Michigan man to 10 years in prison for having sex with children.

Lawrence Taylor's accuser sues, alleges assaultupdated: Mon Nov 28 2011 19:14:00

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.

Clooney, Ronaldo may be called in Berlusconi trialupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 07:37:00

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.

Stop the scourge of child traffickingupdated: Thu Nov 03 2011 16:02:00

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.

Cambodian village has disturbing reputation for child sex slaveryupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 10:58:00

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.

Women rescue Cambodian sex slavesupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 10:58:00

"Not My Life" looks at women who helped rescue Cambodian sex slaves.

Spanish police arrest suspected Chinese mafia membersupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 13:11:00

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.

Pimps feed on twisting Californian dreamupdated: Wed Aug 10 2011 12:54:00

"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.

Sex slavery arrest follows New Delhi crackdownupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 15:37:00

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.

Rescuing girls from sex traffickingupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 15:37:00

CNN's Mallika Kapur reports on Indian police efforts to crack down on the trafficking of underage prostitutes.

Thai police release 70 women and girls after trafficking raidupdated: Sun Jul 31 2011 22:45:00

Thai authorities have released 70 women and girls originally from Laos and Myanmar following a trafficking raid in southern Thailand.

Hotel chain boosting staff training to fight child prostitutionupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 18:18:00

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 changes constitution to combat human traffickingupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 07:57:00

Mexico's president approved several changes to the country's constitution Wednesday aimed at cracking down on human trafficking.

Prosecutor describes sexual exploitation in Mexico Cityupdated: Sat Jul 02 2011 01:38:00

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 in NY charged with forcing child into prostitutionupdated: Wed Jun 29 2011 18:25:00

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.

Mexican judge sentences 4 in human trafficking caseupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 22:49:00

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.

EU fight against traffickingupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 15:33:00

The OSCE coordinator for combatting human trafficking outlines challenges and successes in the modern slavery fight.

State Department report ranks countries on human traffickingupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 15:33:00

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.

Study finds 'alarming' human trafficking figures in Mexico's capitalupdated: Fri May 27 2011 11:15:00

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.

'Real Men Don't Buy Girls'updated: Fri Apr 15 2011 07:20:00

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher launch anti-sex trafficking ad.

Moore, Kutcher: Join our crusade to end child sex traffickingupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 07:20:00

"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."

The CNN Freedom Project - Educator and Parent Guideupdated: Mon Apr 04 2011 14:02:00

CNN Student News -- Description: This year, CNN will join the fight to end modern-day slavery and shine a spotlight on the horrors of modern-day slavery. The CNN Freedom Project will amplify the voices of the victims, highlight success stories and help unravel the complicated tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life. You can find more information and stories at The CNN Freedom Project.

Different ways to hit sex trafficking?updated: Fri Apr 01 2011 06:17:00

Sweden and Denmark combat sex trafficking in contrasting ways, as CNN's Atika Shubert reports.

Sweden: Why we criminalized purchase of sexual servicesupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 09:42:00

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 combats sex traffickingupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 09:42:00

Sweden prohibits the purchase of sex, penalizing the men who buy it, not the women who sell it. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.

Romania a global center for human traffickingupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 15:11:00

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.

Grocery CEO resigns after arrest in child prostitution stingupdated: Sun Feb 13 2011 13:30:00

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.

Feds nab suspected human trafficker in Connecticut casinoupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 12:35:00

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.

Federal crackdown on child prostitution results in 884 arrestsupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 20:48:00

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.

Child trafficking rings bustedupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 20:48:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports on a large-scale takedown of child prostitution rings across the U.S.

'Women to Go' aims to thwart sex tradeupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 03:09:00

CNN's Nadia Bilchik speaks to T.J. Holmes about a window display in an Israeli mall, aimed at battling sex trafficking.

U.S. gave STDs to Guatemalansupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 22:18:00

The United States is apologizing to Guatemala for research that purposely gave people sexually transmitted diseases.

US apologizes for infecting Guatemalans with STDs in the 1940supdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 22:18:00

The United States apologized Friday for a 1946-1948 research study in which people in Guatemala were intentionally infected with sexually transmitted diseases.

Canadian judge strikes down prostitution lawupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 19:50:00

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.

Girl tricked into sexual slaveryupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 17:36:00

A Mexican 15-year-old was smuggled into the U.S. and forced into prostitution. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Promise of a better life leads to the nightmare of sexual slaveryupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 17:36:00

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 says no plans to resume sex ads in the United Statesupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 17:47:00

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.

Underage sex for sale on internetupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 17:47:00

CNN's Amber Lyon investigates underage girls being sex trafficked online in America.

Online sex ads complicate crackdowns on teen traffickingupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 09:52:00

Behind every adult service ad on the internet is a story.

Fugitive 'godfather' captured in Spainupdated: Sat Sep 11 2010 07:06:00

One of France's most wanted has been captured in Spain.

Investigating forced labor in Nepalupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 21:28:00

CNN's Becky Anderson speaks to human trafficking expert, Siddharth Kara, on caste-based forced labor in Nepal.

On the trail of human trafficking: forced labor in Nepalupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 21:28:00

During the last week I explored two forms of caste-based forced labor in Nepal -- the Badi and the Kamaliri.

Male prostitution ring broken in Spainupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 09:29:00

Spanish police say they have disrupted a criminal network trafficking male prostitutes. CNN's Phil Black reports.

Adult services censored on Craigslistupdated: Sun Sep 05 2010 02:31:00

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.

Craigslist and the sex tradeupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 05:43:00

CNN's Amber Lyon probes allegations that Craigslist is not doing what it can to combat child sex trafficking.

Craigslist's shame: Child sex adsupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 05:43:00

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.

Sold on Craigslist: Critics say sex ad crackdown inadequateupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 05:25:00

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.

Officials issue national strategy to fight child sex crimesupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 06:59:00

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.

Holder unveils child protection strategyupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 06:59:00

Attorney General Eric Holder says its time for a new "national strategy" to combat child exploitation.

On the trail of human traffickingupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 16:35:00

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.

Soccer fans shun hookers for art's sakeupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 08:02:00

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.

World Cup: In the fan zoneupdated: Sat Jul 10 2010 08:02:00

CNN iReporters sent in videos of World Cup superfans standing behind their teams around the world.

U.S. human trafficking report includes U.S. cases for first timeupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 17:14:00

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.

Human trafficking victims jailed in Iraqupdated: Thu May 06 2010 06:53:00

CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports on how human trafficking in Iraq can make double victims of young girls.

Elderly sex workers cohabitateupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 11:35:00

A residential facility in a dangerous Mexico neighborhood caters to elderly sex workers. For more, go to VBS.TV.

Untold Stories: Innocence for saleupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 12:11:00

In this expose of South-East Asia's child sex industry, Aaron Cohen goes undercover in Cambodia's karaoke brothels.

Man goes undercover to combat child sex slaveryupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 12:11:00

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 try to dissuade young sex workers on Super Bowl weekendupdated: Sun Feb 07 2010 06:44:00

Volunteers are taking to the streets of Miami, Florida, this Super Bowl weekend to inform teenage girls of alternatives to working as prostitutes.

Human trafficking in Mexicoupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 10:57:00

Channel 4's Nick Martin has the extraordinary story of a Mexican girl who managed to escape captivity by human traffickers.

Human trafficking in Mexico targets women and childrenupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 10:57:00

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.

Fears that World Cup could increase spread of HIVupdated: Thu Jan 07 2010 09:17:00

Advocates for sex workers in South Africa have warned that this summer's World Cup could be a public health disaster.

Report lifts veil on trafficking, prostitution of Palestinian womenupdated: Fri Dec 11 2009 11:49:00

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.

Sex trafficking: An American problem tooupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 06:58:00

"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

Expert: Child traffickers target runaways, 'throwaways'updated: Wed Nov 18 2009 17:27:00

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.

Cancer scientist reveals secret life as prostituteupdated: Tue Nov 17 2009 11:34:00

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.

Recession boosts global human trafficking, report saysupdated: Fri Nov 06 2009 17:37:00

The global financial crisis has increased the worldwide trade in trafficked persons, says a State Department report released in June.

52 children recovered, 60 alleged child pimps arrested in crackdownupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 14:43:00

Law enforcement authorities have recovered 52 children and arrested 60 pimps allegedly involved in child prostitution, the FBI announced Monday.

Sex and Soccer: The World Cup vice tradeupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 13:01:00

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.

Sex and soccerupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 13:01:00

Fears grow that World Cup could create bigger market for prostitution in South Africa. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports.

China tries to stop spread of HIV/AIDS among prostitutesupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 06:03:00

A 19-year-old prostitute working in an apartment that doubles as a brothel said she has up to eight clients a day.

Sex work and HIV in Chinaupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 06:03:00

CNN's Emily Chang reports prostitutes in China know little about how to prevent the spread of HIV.

Recession boosts global human trafficking, report saysupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 15:11:00

The global financial crisis has increased the worldwide trade in trafficked persons, says a State Department report released Tuesday.

Hookers for Jesus founder, Christian rocker wed in Vegasupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 23:53:00

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.

7 charged in alleged prostitution ring on Craigslistupdated: Wed May 20 2009 18:16:00

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 struggles with sex ad crackdownupdated: Wed May 20 2009 09:15:00

Craigslist's managers have complied with the wishes of most of the state attorneys general who demanded they rid the site of prostitution ads.

Official: More than 1M child prostitutes in Indiaupdated: Mon May 18 2009 08:43:00

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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