CNN's Freedom Project shines a spotlight on the horrors of modern-day slavery, highlighting success stories and helping unravel the complicated tangle of human trafficking.
In a CNN Freedom Project special report, actress and long-time advocate Jada Pinkett Smith travels to Atlanta – a trafficking hotspot - to try and unravel the complicated web of human trafficking that’s happening in the United States.
Following a two-year CNN investigation, the two-hour documentary The Fighters chronicles Philippine human rights pioneer Cecilia Flores-Oebanda in her journey to protect children from the sex trade and convince the Philippines' biggest star, Manny Pacquiao, to join her as a fighter in the battle against modern-day slavery.
In May 2011, the CNN Freedom Project highlighted the story of a 7-year-old boy kidnapped off the streets of Bangladesh by a criminal gang that, according to authorities, for years snatched children, crippled them, and then forced them to beg. When this young boy refused – he was beaten, stabbed and mutilated. His injuries shocked everyone who saw the story. But one CNN viewer was so outraged, he took a stand. He offered to help the boy, and triggered a chain reaction of goodwill that spanned the globe – and changed the boy’s life.