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Pimps, underage prostitutes and a twisted California dream
August 12th, 2011
07:44 PM ET

Pimps, underage prostitutes and a twisted California dream

There are many faces of human trafficking.

There are the victims...

The traffickers...

And those who try to break up the connection between them - the investigators.

In the U.S. state of California, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force's main mission is to fight forced prostitution. It's a problem that has spread all over the world.

Read more about their mission here.

As part of CNN's ongoing look at the problem of modern-day slavery, the CNN Freedom Project went undercover with the Task Force, to see how the team is fighting the flow of human trafficking in their area.  The team was there as the squad made "sting-style" arrests on pimps and prostitutes, and learned why police consider the prostitutes to be the victims of these crimes.

"Police in Orange County, California, discover alleged sex traffickers can be found pretty much anywhere"

"Officers in California scour online dating ads looking for possible human trafficking victims, and then arrange a date"

"Officers in California continue their sting and as CNN's Martin Savidge reports they're not looking for prostitutes"

"Police officers in Anaheim, California, conduct an undercover sting aimed directly at underage prostitution"

"California undercover cops try to catch the men who they say are forcing women to sell themselves"

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