This past Sunday, June 26, CNN aired the documentary Nepal’s Stolen Children, a segment from the on-going Freedom Project and the fight against modern-day slavery. Unfortunately, I forgot to post last week the date and time so all interested could watch (please forgive!). The documentary follows actress Demi Moore as she joins CNN Hero of the Year Anuradha Koirala in her endless efforts to save young girls from a horrible fate. You can see excerpts from the heart-wrenching and rage-inducing documentary here: Nepal’s Stolen Children.
Also this past week, the 2011 Trafficking in Persons report was released. The purpose of the report is to rank countries based on their efforts to combat trafficking, assist victims, and prosecute traffickers. Each country is placed on one of the following lists: Tier 1, Tier 2, the Watch List or Tier 3, with Tier 1 being the highest possible ranking and Tier 3 being the lowest ranking. Sanctions can be imposed to countries placed into the bottom category. Even though critics dismiss the report as one more tool in the box of powerful countries to control less fortunate ones (for example, last year was the first year the US was included in the report – Tier 1), it is still the most comprehensive analysis on existing global efforts to fight the nefarious practice of human trafficking.
Lastly, check out Demi and Ashton’s DNA Foundation.