Flooded Houston

Human trafficking is a hidden aftermath of natural disasters


After a natural disaster, people scramble to rebuild their houses, get food and water. But for sex traffickers, it can also be a scramble to cash in.

Dominic Ongwen

How do you judge a child soldier?

Fainess Lipenga was trafficked by her boss, a former diplomat in the US from Malawi. Now, Lipenga is an advocate for victims of human trafficking.

This woman says she was trafficked by a diplomat. And it happens all the time.

Mona (left) with Elvira Gordillo Rivera in Rivera's garden in Comalapa, Mexico.

A former trafficking victim gets her life back in southern Mexico

Francisca Carmona Garcia holds up a picture of herself, taken in the 1950s

It took a lifetime for this Queens grandma to open up about her experience being trafficked for sex

Ugandan teacher Prudence Nandaula sits in an office in Kampala, Uganda.

She thought she was going to be a teacher in Kuwait — instead she was trafficked


When this Ugandan teacher got a new job in Kuwait, she was thrilled. But when she arrived, her passport was taken from her — and she was given a mop.

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe sitting on a bench in front of St. Monica's Vocational School in Gulu, Uganda.

Sister Rosemary is a one-woman army in the fight against trafficking


For 15 years, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe has been picking up the broken pieces of girls’ lives and putting them back together. She’s helped thousands of girls in Uganda — now she’s helping girls fleeing civil war in South Sudan.

Nigerian women on a dinghy approaching Sicily

Witchcraft can be the toughest chain to break for Nigerian women looking to escape slavery


Despite hundreds of millions spent combatting sex trafficking, many Nigerian women say it is fear of a demonic spell that keeps them enslaved.

Paska Akwero and son

Uganda’s abducted kids try to get their lives back to normal


During Uganda’s armed conflict, tens of thousands of children were abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Now they are adults, and many of them have returned. But after spending formative years in the wilderness — can they fully come back?

It took Halimot years to gather the courage to escape her trafficker.

Her family’s business was trafficking. But she broke free.


“The sunglasses will hide your fear.” That’s the advice Halimot was given by her aunt — a boss in the booming sex-trafficking industry between Nigeria and Europe.