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August 16th, 2011
09:37 PM ET

California Gangs and Prostitution: A CNN Freedom Project Follow-up

In June, Thelma Gutierrez brought us the story of a police bust in Oceanside, California, where gang members were operating a sex trafficking ring out of a Travelodge hotel. Today, Thelma brings us an important update about a CNN viewer who saw the original story and went after Wyndham hotel chain, which owns Travelodge.

You can see Thelma's original reporting and read producer Traci Tamura's blog about getting the original story here.

Filed under: backstory • CNN Freedom Project • Gangs • U.S.
August 16th, 2011
03:55 PM ET

Reporting from inside Gadhafi’s “Surreal Luxury Prison”


For the past five months, Moammar Gadhafi’s government has been fighting a war against Libyan rebels operating out of three opposition-held enclaves and against an aerial bombing campaign led by NATO.

Even though the U.S., France and Britain are leading the drive to overthrow Gadhafi, his regime has allowed journalists from those countries to report inTripoli.

As CNN’s Ivan Watson reports, these journalists are under strict government control while operating out of Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel, the mandatory residence for most foreign journalists visiting Gadhafi-controlled Libya.


Filed under: backstory • journalists • Libya