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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.
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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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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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.
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