CNN's Leif Coorlim, who has traveled to many areas around the globe to report on human trafficking, a modern form of slavery that is not exempt from the U.S.

Using Mainstream Media to Open Eyes to Human Trafficking

Reporter Leif Coorlim traveled to Cambodia, Haiti and the Philippines to document the stories of victims of human trafficking – including girls as young as 12 who had been coerced into sex work – who remain trapped by debt and the threat of violence.

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Chicago: A National Hub for Human Trafficking

When Marelyn Garcia met the man who would become her boyfriend, little did she know he would become the trigger to her heroin addiction, and eventually her pimp, after he coerced her into working the streets to fund their addiction. Human trafficking incidents in the U.S. have been increasingly steadily, with a cumulative total of 2,515 known incidents by mid-2010.