CNN has started a new project they are calling the “Freedom Project,” dedicated to “modern day slavery” around the world. Here’s Tony Maddox, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of CNN International, discussing the problem and his network’s new endeavor:
Obviously there is no precise figure, but the International Labor Organization and respected abolitionists like Kevin Bales and Siddharth Kara put the global number of slaves at between 10-30 million worldwide. At a minimum, 10 million.
[…] CNN will use the full range of our international resources to track and champion this story. We will be in the countries where people are abducted, traded and passed into the hands of the smugglers. We will follow the routes as people are ruthlessly moved to areas where they can generate the highest return on investment. And we will be at the end of the line where men, women and boys and girls are over-worked, raped and abused, and when no longer of value, discarded.
At the very least, it’s an interesting project worthy of some attention in World Humanities. I’ve added it under the sidebar links for “Good Works.” Take a look.