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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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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Ibrahim

    August 13, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Randy bobmanuel

    Tanks GOD 4 CNN BACK STORIES. No human is above any law. Good job 4rm d police, in state.

    August 13, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Marthys

      Good thing you can villanize banks so you can sell more books. Good work. FYI, banks/bankers BY LAW canont give you information regarding your credit report/score because they are not a credit reporting agency. You have to have special training. Just like not anyone can get you a mortgage loan, they have to be a LICENSED mortgage broker.Way to do your research.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |

    I thank u so much 4 dis topic i wil say de people re poor life is not easy with our people our laders are too bad they re de problem to our people

    August 13, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip Philips

    The ignorance of a leader, Is the highlight of crime. They try to solve a problem when they are told of it . these are leaders appointed by the those who benefit from them and their ignorance is the ignorance of their leader. And they bring forth an education that makes leaders of them . Yours is a sickness of a leader and it is the garland that you wear. Remember there is the silent majority who knows you from the inside out, and that is why they choose to be silent. And would you dare as a man leader to ask them why.

    August 13, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dim Ahiakwo

    Good job, keep it up

    August 13, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. lanre john

    thanks for d ops on trafikin, african leaders suport d good leaders of UN in ds ops,stop ur greed.

    August 13, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. lanre john

    thanks for d ops on h/trafickin more grease to ur elbow.african leaders suport ds ops to reduce/stopped d dirty buiss,n stopped d greed, fear God.

    August 13, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
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    August 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. brown .o.a

    Prostitution is a matter of choice. Some time it could be as a result of upbringing and not given proper orientation. May God have mercy on them.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
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