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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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Filed under: backstory • CNN Freedom Project • U.S.
August 10th, 2011
09:41 PM ET

Behind the scenes: NYSE trading floor

CNN's Alison Kosik shows you the back hallways of the New York Stock Exchange in this Back|Story look at our coverage of the market action this week.

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Sheep farming in Argentina
August 5th, 2011
07:14 PM ET

Sheep farming in Argentina

Sheep grazing has become an important part of the effort to protect the environment in the Patagonia area of southern Argentina. CNN's Brian Byrnes recently traveled to the wind-swept landscape of Monte Dinero to visit an Irish-Argentinian sheep farmer and his family.

You can see Brian's report on how the sheep keep these area of Argentina from turning into a desert HERE.

Read Brian's blog about the trip HERE.

Also, be sure to check out his Back|Story where he gives you a little slice of life on the farm around the bottom of South America HERE.

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Filed under: backstory • environment • journalists • Latin America
Journey into Libya
August 3rd, 2011
05:45 PM ET

Journey into Western Libya

CNN's Michael Holmes took these photos as he and the team traveled from Tunisia into the mountains of Western Libya. The area is a major base for rebels fighting Gadhafi forces in the war for control of Libya.

Filed under: backstory • journalists • Libya • photography
August 3rd, 2011
03:38 PM ET

Journey from Tunisia into Libya

Editor's noteCNN Back|Story's Michael Holmes is on assignment in Libya covering the conflict there. Along with his Back|Story piece above, he sent in this note for you all:

Greetings everyone from western Libya.  I'm sitting in our house here in the rebel held city of Zintan as cameraman/editor Charlie Miller puts together our next story.

It's been a little difficult to get things done here, with little local phone access, scorching heat, tough terrain and of course there's a war on.

But the team has been able to file a few stories (and a couple of BackStories are coming soon!) which I hope you've been able to catch.

This video is our first BackStory from this assignment: a look at how we got here, coming into Libya from Tunis and shooting our first story on town retaken by rebel forces late last week.

Thanks for watching BackStory – not sure when I'm back but I'm following the show via the blog here at and  – I'll file a note when I can about our experiences so far as soon as possible.

(And I hear Doug is working on a slideshow of my photos - how lovely!)


On twitter @HolmesCNN

Filed under: Arab World • backstory • journalists • Libya
August 2nd, 2011
12:31 AM ET

Breaking down the U.S. debt deal and behind the scenes in Washington

Here's a look at the U.S. debt deal and how reporters are covering this major moment in history on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Filed under: backstory • journalists • politics • U.S.
August 1st, 2011
10:48 PM ET

Explain it to me: Ramadan

No food? No drinking? No sex? It's the Muslim month of Ramadan. CNN Religion Editor Dan Gilgoff explains more about this practice from CNN's Belief Blog.

Filed under: backstory • Religion
August 1st, 2011
03:30 AM ET

The language of Christianity

Christianity is a like a language with different dialects and over time some common terms and phrases have lost their essential meaning. Kirby Ferguson takes a closer look at the language of Christianity in the video, while John Blake provides further context in CNN's Belief Blog.

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