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ROBYN CURNOW, CNN ANCHOR: Ahead at the "International Desk". The latest on the child bomber who targeted a wedding in Turkey. Is Donald Trump
changing his position on illegal immigration? And Rio wraps up the Olympic Games.
Hi there, everyone, welcome. I'm Robyn Curnow at the CNN center. Thanks so much for joining me. And we begin with the rising death toll in that
wedding attack in Turkey.
Now, at least 54 people were killed Saturday night in Gaziantep as a night of celebration turned to terror. The Turkish president says a child bomber
carried out the attack, this, as we learned that at least 22 of the victims were also children.
Well, our Ben Wedeman joins us now from Gaziantep, Turkey. Hi there, Ben. What more do we know about this child bomber?
BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We know little more than what we heard from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which is that the
bomber, he didn't specify whether it was a girl or a boy, was between the ages of 12 and 14. He also added that it's not clear whether the explosive
device was detonated by the bomber or remotely detonated. But certainly, the use by ISIS -- and ISIS is the guilty party according to the Turkish
ISIS does have something a unit called the "Cubs of the Caliphate", young children, some under the age of 10, who have been brain-washed,
indoctrinated, received military training, and also training to be suicide bombers.
And now, we have seen some video coming out today from the Turkish media. It shows the bride and groom who were only slightly wounded in the attack
returning today to the home where they were supposed to live as newlyweds. That's -- it was just outside there where the bomb went off. But when they
saw the damage, and no doubt, aware of the death toll from their wedding celebration, both of them were overcome with emotion, according, the way
the Turkish media described it as they had nervous breakdowns and had to return to the hospital. Robyn?
CURNOW: No doubt incredibly traumatic, a weekend that should have been about marriage and celebration turning into a weekend of funerals and
burials that you've been to many of them over the weekend, Ben.
WEDEMAN: Yes. The burials is very moving scene. The main cemetery of Gaziantep is on a hill just outside of the city, and we saw row after row
of freshly dug and filled graves. And in fact, normally when there's a funeral, there's a funeral plaque with the name of the dead, their date of
birth, their date of death, but this was such a rush affair, all there were were aluminum plaques with numbers in black.
Now, we spoke with some of the relatives who were going to see their loved ones put in the ground. One mother of a 14-year-old girl simply weeping,
saying she was only a student, she was too young to die.
We spoke to another young man whose cousin, also a 14-year-old, a boy in this case, had gone missing when the explosion took place. He told us he
went to all of Gaziantep's police station, morgues and hospitals looking for his young cousin. At 5:30, his phone rang. They told him, come to the
hospital to identify his body.
In another instance, there is a woman reported by the Turkish media who has lost four of her five children, and her husband is currently in hospital in
critical condition. Robyn?
CURNOW: Yeah, very hard to witness as well. Thank you so much. Appreciate it. Ben Wedeman there in Gaziantep, Turkey.
Well, as Ben was saying, the use of children for terror is not a new tactic. Mia Bloom is an expert on the subject. Her latest book is about
how children become involved in terror organizations.
We heard Ben there listing out these individual examples of horror, but what is particularly horrifying about this incident is it seems like it's a
child killing children.
MIA BLOOM, GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR: Absolutely. Something like 29 of the 54 people who were killed were under the age of 18 and 22, were
14 and younger.
[10:05:02] And so, depending on the different sources I've heard, it was at the end around 10:50 at night when there were mostly women and children
surrounding, doing sort of these henna tattoos which is a celebratory aspect. They did wait apparently for the men to come out to start the
dancing and that's when the explosion happened. It was to kill the maximum numbers of civilians possible.
CURNOW: And the Turkish president saying this is a child bomber. Also interestingly, they haven't specified whether it's a girl or a boy.
BLOOM: They haven't, but if it is ISIS, it would be unlikely that it was a girl. ISIS doesn't use females, not like Boko Haram, which is the ISIS'
affiliate. So, if it was ISIS, it would have to be a boy. And in fact, of the bombers that we've been tracking, and there's over 250 young children
that ISIS has eulogized on its own telegram channels in order to promote the fact that they have child bombers, they have child snipers, they have
child martyrs, all are boys.
CURNOW: OK. And it's not just about Syria or even this Turkey incident. We've got footage of a child bomber who, luckily, was stopped before he
managed to detonate. And the image came from -- here it is here -- Iraq in Kirkuk.
Kurdish authorities saying he was caught with a suicide vest. There you see it hanging beneath his waist. And then he was targeting -- he was
looking to target a Shia mosque there. The authorities they said he was 15. I mean, he seems, interestingly, terrified, scared, nervous there, but
authorities saying he was trained.
BLOOM: Well, he would have been trained. But from what I heard, he was recently arrived at an IDP camp. And so, he'd been there maybe about a
week. And so this 15 year old, in all likelihood, if he was trained, he would have been traumatized, he would been exposed to violence right away.
And one of the things that we noticed as a trend, when we were in Pakistan and we are at this school, which is a rehabilitation facility for children
who've been trained to be bombers, the bombers who are coerced will fail on purpose. So, it's very possible that he looks terrified. He sort of broke
the moment anyone interrogated him because, of course, they were on high alert. But also, this is standard procedure that AQI followed before and
now ISIS, where they use civilians to attack civilian targets, especially Shia targets.
CURNOW: And is this an indication of their weakness? Are they using young boys because of losses on the battlefield, or is this just a very potent
BLOOM: It's a very potent propaganda tool. And in fact, just a few months ago, they released a video called "Sang Pour Sang", which is a play on (ph)
words a 100 percent but also in French means "blood for blood."
And they talked about training lots of child units. We've seen children that are operating together with adults, these Ingamasis, so it's a
combined unit, adults and children. But we've also starting to see now more children operating on their own.
CURNOW: So, what about what gets into that point? And I was reading in one of your articles that you called it "ISIS is a bit like a macabre ice
cream truck," that they use various things to try and bring in these kids. And once they've got them, of course, desensitizing them to violence is the
BLOOM: They lure them in through a variety of tricks and treats, the way pedophiles lure in young kids. But then also they brain-wash them, they
desensitize them to violence. But very often, what we're seeing, especially if this boy is an IDP and he's Iraqi or Syrian, we saw a lot of
Iraqi kids deployed in Syria and Syrian kids sent to Iraq, is that it may be that they had no choice but to join. That perhaps, in exchange for food
or protection or not, you know, upsetting the authorities in Raqqa or in Mosul, that they have no choice. Because not all the parents are willingly
handing their parents over -- their children over, the foreign fighters are, but the locals are very often in a very tough place.
CURNOW: OK. Either way, this is excruciating trend. Thank you so much Mia Bloom, as always. Thanks so much for coming into the studio.
BLOOM: Thanks for having me, Robyn.
CURNOW: Well, here's a question. Could we be seeing a kinder, gentler Donald Trump? He seems to be backing off earlier promises to deport
millions of undocumented immigrants, if elected U.S. president. Well, Sunlen Serfaty have this report.
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SUNLEN SERFATY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Donald Trump's campaign signaling a possible softening of his controversial position on the forced deportation
of 11 million undocumented immigrants.
DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: They will go out. They will come back. Some will come back, the best, through a process. They have to
come back legally.
SERFATY: Trump's hardline stance, a signature issue of his campaign since the beginning. Now, his new campaign manager indicating that policy is not
set in stone.
DANA BASH, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Let me play something from what Mr. Trump has said previously. Listen to what he said back in
[10:10:03] TRUMP: We're going to have a deportation force, and you're going to do it humanly and inexpensively.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are you going to rip them out of their homes? How?
TRUMP: They're going to go back to where they came. If they came from a certain country, they're going to be brought back to that country. That's
the way it's supposed to be.
BASH: Will that plan include a deportation force, the kind that he -- you just heard him in that sound bite and that he talked about during the
KELLYANNE CONWAY, TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN MANAGER: To be determined.
SERFATY: Key Trump surrogate Senator Jeff Sessions confirming that Trump is wrestling with the issue after a meeting with Hispanic advisers on
Saturday ahead of a big policy speech later this week.
JEFF SESSIONS, (R) U.S. SENATE: He listened to a lot of people. I don't think he made any commitments. He's thinking that through. I think that's
the right thing.
SERFATY: This potential shift coming as Trump attempts to broaden his appeal among African-American voters.
TRUMP: I've asked the African-American community to honor me with their vote.
You're living near poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?
SERFATY: Polls show his campaign way behind with this key voting bloc, following a string of controversial comments about minorities.
TRUMP: They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. Look at my African-American over here.
This judge is of Mexican heritage. I'm building a wall, OK? I'm building a wall.
SERFATY: Trump's now more muted scripted style reserved for policy, not for his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
TRUMP: She will never be able to fix the ISIS problem that her policies created. For one thing, she doesn't have the strength or the stamina.
SERFAYT: All this as Trump and his surrogates continue to raise unsubstantiated questions about Hillary Clinton's health.
RUDY GIULIANI, (R) FORMER NEW YORK CITY MAYOR: Go online and put down "Hillary Clinton illness," take a look at the videos for yourself.
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CURNOW: OK, that was Sunlen Serfaty reporting there.
Well, let's talk more about some of the issues that she brought up. M.J. Lee, our politics reporter, joins me now.
Hey there, M.J. So, this slightly softer, perhaps flip-flopping Trump, whatever you want to call him, will this hurt him with die-hard supporters,
or possibly will it change some people's minds?
M.J. LEE, CNN POLITICS REPORTER: Yeah, Robyn, it's very interesting that we are potentially seeing some signs that Donald Trump may be softening his
rhetoric, especially on an issue like immigration, as we saw in Sunlen's piece. Trump's new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was asked by my
colleague Dana Bash over the weekend how he feels about this so-called deportation force that he talked so much about during the primaries, and
you heard her say "To be determined."
Now, of course, this is so significant because immigration in particular has been an issue that Trump has been so forceful about during the
primaries. From day one of his campaign we heard him talk about wanting to build a wall between the U.S. Mexico border, wanting to get rid of folks in
the country who are undocumented. And the fact that he is walking back, perhaps, some of these policy ideas is, in fact, very significant. And
it's not really surprising, because at this point in the campaign, now that we are full in general election mode, what Trump wants to do is win over
independent voters and centrist voters and even voters who have really not been paying much attention to the election until this point.
CURNOW: So, we'll see if it makes some sort of impact. And of course, with Trump, if it is sustained, the big question.
Hillary Clinton, let's talk about her. She's been spending a lot of money on ads. Mr. Trump hasn't. And she has a new one out. Let's take a listen
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TRUMP: I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And calm judgment.
TRUMP: And you can tell them to go [expletive deleted] themselves.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Because all it takes is one wrong move.
TRUMP: I would bomb the [expletive deleted] out of them.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just one.
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CURNOW: OK. So, beside the fact that there are lot of beeps in there, so those were all his own words. And clearly, what the Clinton campaign is
again honing in on this theme that Mr. Trump is just temperamentally unfit, as they say, to hold the most powerful job in the world.
LEE: That's right. And the Clinton campaign has been very consistent in using this as their core strategy as they go after Donald Trump. And I
think it really hasn't helped his case that his campaign has been so mired by drama, whether it's internal staff shake-ups or whether it's things he
has said that have been so controversial, like going after a Gold Star family.
All of these have really been distractions for the Trump campaign. And while all of that has been going on for her opponent, Clinton and her
campaign has been very focused in labeling Donald Trump as someone who is temperamentally unfit, and especially unfit to be commander-in-chief of the
This is a strategy that the Clinton campaign. I know from having spoken to Clinton aides, they intend to be later focused on that strategy in the
[10:15:08] CURNOW: As always, thanks so much for joining us, giving us your perspective. Appreciate it.
Well, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games are now in the history books. What are we going to watch? Well, we'll look back now at the athletic and artistic
feats on display in the city known for its larger-than-life spectacles. Look at that.
Well, plus, also, an Olympic medalist says he's terrified for his life and the life of his family. We'll tell you why he took a stand in Rio and what
Ethiopia says about his safety. All of that after the break..
CURNOW: Certainly, we're not going to be hearing that jazzy theme tune for much longer. But Brazil has done it, haven't they? Pulled off an Olympic
Games without any major problems. Rio marked the feat Sunday with a burst of color, some dancers leapt like birds. Others wore the rainbow markings
of tropical macaws.
Now, it's easy to remember Brazil know for hosting the world's best party and hard to recall those fears of unfinished reign of Zika or spiking crime
rates, was it? Well, Brazil partied Sunday night despite drenching rain and even a power outage in parts of Rio. The night ended with the Olympic
torch extinguished and the introduction of the next summer games host, Tokyo.
And Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a surprise appearance in Rio, shedding his typically sober demeanor for a more playful presence. Will
Ripley reports on how Tokyo is preparing for the 2020 games.
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WILL RIPLEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed as Super Mario may have set the tone for Tokyo 2020, but
few Japanese actually saw it live.
Half a world away and 12 hours ahead of Rio, the Olympic closing ceremony was right in the middle of Tokyo's Monday morning commute and an
approaching typhoon. Outdoor, Olympic viewing parties were canceled, but a few gathered inside.
"We hope to see all of Japan's technology showcased in the next Olympics," says Koichi Suzuki (ph), watching the closing ceremony on a huge H.K. T.V.
You can see every tiny detail in H.K. H.K. just a sample of the high-tech cool Tokyo 2020 organizers are promising. Super high-speed Maglev trains,
far faster than today's bullet trains, robots doing everything from giving directions to driving taxis, ambitious tech projects Japan hopes will
impress crowds and boost the economy.
HIDETOSHI FUJISAWA, TOKYO 2020 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: We are going to make these games, as I said, most innovative.
RIPLEY: Hidetoshi Fujisawa is one of Tokyo 2020's executive directors. He says new technology and five new Olympic sports will draw new fans.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Tokyo.
[10:20:04] RIPLEY: Winning the Olympic bid three years ago was supposed to be Japan's badly needed comeback after years in the economic doldrums and
the disasters in March of 2011 that killed thousands and shook Japan to the core. But problems have plagued Tokyo 2020 ever since. A scrapped Olympic
stadium design, logo plagiarism allegations, construction delays, even a bribery investigation.
RIPLEY: Has Tokyo bounced back from that?
FUJISAWA: I think so, yes. Peoples are excited about it and peoples are very much looking forward to Tokyo 2020.
RIPLEY: Problems do persist. Many are worried about the growing multibillion dollar price tag when Japan already has a huge national debt.
The responsibility of cutting costs falls largely on Tokyo's new governor, Yuriko Koike, the first woman to hold the job.
"We don't know if our new governor can do the job yet," says Tomohiro Shiyuyama (ph). "But we need more transparency when it comes to the
YURIKO KOIKE, TOKYO GOVERNOR: We know the problem, and we are looking for the solution.
RIPLEY: Now, she carries an Olympic-size burden. And with Tokyo Tower decked out in full Olympic colors, the countdown is officially on.
Will Ripley, CNN, Tokyo.
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CURNOW: Now, politics also entered the fray in the final day of Brazil's games. An Ethiopian runner scored silver in the marathon on Sunday.
As he crossed the finish line, he made a sign of political protest, crossing his arms over his head. Now, he says it puts his family in danger
in Ethiopia, but a government official says that's far from the case.
Well, let's get more on this. We're joined now by David McKenzie in Johannesburg.
Hi there, Dave. Our cnn.com article starts with the question, "Did this medalist turn himself into a political exile after that marathon?"
DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Look, Feyisa Lilesa is saying that that's exactly what he did, because he's already saying in interviews,
Robyn, that he cannot go back to Ethiopia because he can be, "killed," because of this dramatic moment as he finished that marathon in the silver
medal position, raising his hands above his head, and making a cross-like signal that has been used by protesters both in Ethiopia and in the
diaspora of the Oromo group.
Now, he said that this is a group that he wants to show his solidarity with. He is part of the Oromo ethnic majority that say that for years,
they've been let out of the political sphere in Ethiopia and recently there have been violent crackdowns on protests, both in the capital and outside
of it, Robyn. He says this was his moment to show that he supported the cause, and he says he's afraid to go back.
But we spoke to the -- a communications minister in Ethiopia. He said, in fact, that he is allowed to have his statement. They said that he has
nothing to fear going back, nor does his wife and two children. Robyn?
CURNOW: And what does the IOC has to say about political protests?
MCKENZIE: Well, the IOC has a longstanding tradition, or it's in the charter, in fact, that there shouldn't be these political statements or
symbolism made at the Olympics, that this is an apolitical event. We both know that that historically it hasn't been the case, of course. You had
the famous Black Power salute after the 200-meter finals where two American athletes raised their clenched fists. That saw them thrown out of the
Olympics by the IOC. There have been other incidents following that.
It will be interesting to see whether IOC takes any decision against this Ethiopian athlete. At this point, they've been very quiet. But certainly,
he is now potentially in this category too in Brazil, saying he's too afraid to go back but doesn't have visas to go anywhere else. So maybe
yes, he is putting himself into exile with this dramatic stand right on the final day of the Olympics. Robyn?
CURNOW: OK, thanks so much. David McKenzie there coming to us from Johannesburg. Appreciate it.
Well, the International Criminality Court has ruled destroying cultural artifacts is a war crime. Now the decision follows the trial over a
Jihadist who pleaded guilty to destroying monuments in Mali's ancient city of Timbuktu. He could face up to 30 years in prison.
Timbuktu was ransacked in 2012 by an al-Qaeda affiliated group. The city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
U.S. President Barack Obama travels to the southern U.S. state of Louisiana, Tuesday, to tour the catastrophic flooding there. More than
60,000 homes have been damaged.
Well, our Polo Sandoval joins us now from the hard-hit town of Gonzalez.
Polo, what's it like? What do you see? What are people telling you?
POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Robyn, this is the scene that awaits President Obama when he gets on the ground in just over 24 hours. We are
seeing widespread devastation. You look behind me, you see home after home where the front yards, you basically see people's belongings piled high.
And also, what made up the interior of people's homes.
[10:25:08] They have spent the last several days basically gutting out their homes here to try to see if there's anything that could be saved.
And that includes one family, the LeBlanc family, lives on this block. And they are simply grateful to be alive, simple to be with one another. But
at the same time, they are also going through a tremendously emotional time, as you're about to hear from their 20 year old daughter, Amber.
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AMBER LEBLANC, FAMILY'S HOME DAMAGED BY FLOOD: It happened fast, and it's sad. You do what you've got to do. We saved a life. We -- thanks to him
and my brother, they put everything as high as they could.
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SANDOVAL: And believe it or not too, Robyn, the LeBlanc family still considers themselves among the lucky few. That's because they actually had
flood insurance to cover their home. But as far as the contents of their home, their appliances, their furniture and clothes, that will be out of
pocket, unless the federal government and those FEMA assistance can actually step in. And then they also have a place to stay, Robyn.
Important to remember that there are still about 3,000 people who woke up in shelters this morning. They have no place to go.
CURNOW: Yeah, and I understand a lot of people didn't have flood insurance because for many of these people, their homes are located in places that
has never been flooded before. Polo Sandoval, thank you.
Still ahead here at CNN, the Philippines' top diplomat weighs in on his president's threat to pull out of the United Nations. We'll tell you what
he said about the likelihood of that happening.
Plus, an Indian man swallows 40 knives. And yes, knives, in two months and lives to talk about it. His wild urge to consume metal, ahead.
CURNOW: Welcome to the "International Desk." Thanks for joining me. I'm Robyn Curnow. Here's a check of the headlines.
Grieving families are saying their final goodbyes to loved ones killed in the attack on a wedding in Turkey. This is the scene from the burial of a
17-year-old victim. At least 54 people lost their lives in the attack, many were children.
Brazil has sent off the Olympic Games doing what it does best, hosting a big party. Dancers in rainbow colors flooded the closing ceremony, putting
on a show despite the pouring rain. But Japan's prime minister stole the spotlight, appearing in costume as Super Mario to preview Tokyo hosting the
next summer games.
[10:30:04] Well the Philippines' top diplomat is countering his president and saying his nation will not exit the United Nations. President Rodrigo
Duterte threatened to pull out of the organization after it slammed his approach to fighting drug crimes. The Foreign Secretary says the President
was just expressing frustration.
And the U.N. has condemned Mr. Duterte's shoot-to-kill orders against drug crime suspects. Police say hundreds have been killed since he took office,
but many more are crammed into jails awaiting trials that may be far off. Our Ivan Watson toured one jail where crumbling walls are only part of the
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IVAN WATSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This is a performance being staged for us at the Quezon City jail in the Philippines' capital,
Manila. We've been invited here to take a look at some of the exercises that this very overcrowded detention center performs everyday with its
inmates. It's built to house around 800 people. There are more than 4,000 incarcerated here awaiting trial. Take a look.
Now we're going to take a look at the conditions that the inmates here are living in.
So, sir, this is one of the cells?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah.
WATSON: Come on in here. Excuse me. Sorry. There's barely room to walk here.
Take a look at these incredibly crowded conditions, 85 adult males living in -- sleeping in this small room. Tuberculosis is in this jail facility.
There's a separate tuberculosis ward where there are more than 70 patients currently living in isolation. This jail is so crowded that the guards
tell me every single step is used as a place to sleep.
Hard to believe this jail is now accepting as many as 30 new prisoners a day. That's because the Philippines new president, Rodrigo Duterte,
launched a deadly war on drugs. Since its start a month and a half ago, police have arrested more than 9200 suspects. Almost all of the hundreds
of additional detainees brought here in the last seven weeks are facing drug charges.
As we're leaving, I want to finish with one astounding statistic. At any one time, there are only 20 guards between the outside gates and the
interior that are on duty for a population of more than 4,000 detainees.
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CURNOW: This week, "CNN Freedom Project" explores the problem of sex trafficking in Canada's indigenous communities. Canadian native women
frequently become victims and one city is using a new strategy to help them. Paula Newton has this report.
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KIRK CHAPPO, WINNEPEG POLICE DETECTIVE: So, here's this guy talking to her.
DEBBIE CUMBY, NDINAWE OUTREACH TEAM: 3:00, 4:00 in the morning, I'll see them out here.
CHAPPO: A lot of the people here, they struggle with many different things.
CUMBY: You'll see older men just sitting in cars idling.
CHAPPO: Nobody wants to be out here doing what they have to do.
CUMBY: How are you doing?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Good.
PAULA NEWTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Words of comfort and support. They echo most nights through the streets of Winnipeg.
CUMBY: Did you sleep yesterday?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yeah.
NEWTON: Debbie Cumby is a community outreach worker.
CUMBY: Be safe. I'll see you later.
CHAPPO: Do you want a ride home or anything? No? You OK? You need anything else?
NEWTON: Kirk Chappo is a police detective, part of an elite unit trying to counter sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
CHAPPO: This is our regular route. We drive in this area and the other areas that have high levels of exploitation.
NEWTON: They are both leading a transformation, a new way to fight human trafficking. The approach firmly focused on victims, and most of the ones
they meet here come from Canada's minority indigenous community.
CHAPPO: OK. Two females on the south side of Notre Dame. They're walking westbound. They're going to be at the crosswalk shortly.
NEWTON: We ride along with detective Chappo and observe as undercover officers meet with two women they believe could be trafficking victims.
[10:35:06] CHAPPO: Passenger door has closed, and they are going to be heading westbound.
NEWTON: What's different here than in past years, the intent. They are not out to prosecute but to protect, trying to understand how and why these
women are being sexually exploited.
CHAPPO: It's the misconception that a lot of people have is that, you know, they want to be out there. But they truly don't want to be out
there. It's .
NEWTON: They don't have a choice.
CHAPPO: They don't have a choice.
NEWTON: Law enforcement officials acknowledge a history of bias and racism that prevented police on the streets from truly understanding how and why
indigenous women are vulnerable and at risk.
DANNY SMYTH, WINNIPEG POLICE SERVICE DEPUTY CHIEF: There is bias in the police service. We recognize that there is implicit bias. We certainly
have taken steps to try to address that in a myriad of ways. We have a team that's dedicated just to outreach, just to being out there and trying
to get to know who's out on the street, trying to establish a relationship with them.
CUMBY: A lot to get through tonight. Hopefully, it will be a busy night.
NEWTON: To do that they've teamed with community workers like Debbie, once a trafficking victim herself. She explains outreach is neither quick nor
CUMBY: We're controlled by, you know, our traffickers. A lot of people call them their boyfriends or drug dealers. And, you know, you owe money
and you have a choice. You get beaten or killed or you go out and work.
JENNIFER RICHARDSON, TRACIA'S TRUST MANAGER: We'll get started. I think we have about 68 kids that are missing this morning.
NEWTON: The new approach on the streets of Winnipeg is supported by the government. Jennifer Richardson runs Tracia's Trust, Manitoba's strategy
to combat sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of children.
RICHARDSON: Copy, stand by.
NEWTON: Crucially, the provincial government has committed more than $10 million Canadian each year to fund it, a huge sum for a population of only
about a million people.
This groundbreaking endeavor focuses on prevention, intervention, and legislation, while trying to tackle the issue of why indigenous people, a
small minority of the population, represent more than three-quarters of all human trafficking victims in Manitoba. Both independent and government
studies have detailed poverty, addiction, family violence, and sexual abuse as key factors.
RICHARDSON: When you look at the context of their environment and what is going on in the sex trade, the level of violence, the level of drugs, it's
almost like mental terrorism. The kids are just acting out what they're engaged in.
NEWTON: And they've been terrorized.
NEWTON: Back with Detective Chappo, we learn the two young women they've approached are indigenous. Police will now follow up with social agencies.
CHAPPO: OK, copy that.
NEWTON: And that's what's different and revolutionary about the approach here in Manitoba. A first in Canada, it uses targeted funds but also
words, deeds and training to help fight human trafficking in a whole new way that prioritizes the needs of victims.
CUMBY: See you. Be safe.
NEWTON: Paula Newton, CNN, Winnipeg.
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CURNOW: Thanks to Paula for that story. And tomorrow you'll hear the story of Tenay Little (ph), a survivor who was pulled into the sex trade at
just 11 years old.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I always get anxiety coming back.
CURNOW: An older girl, someone who pretended to be her friend, was actually preying on Tenay, luring her with drugs and trafficking her for
What would happen if you refused to have sex with anybody?
UNIDENTIFFIED FEMALE: If you're not beat up then you would get raped by a few of them at once.
CURNOW: Well, hear her survival, her story of survival and healing at this time tomorrow on our series "Canada's Stolen Daughters."
Well, still ahead here at CNN, a man shows up to a hospital after consuming not one, not two, but 40 knives. The extraordinary procedure doctors
undertook to save his life. That story, next.
[10:41:39] CURNOW: Chocolates, cookies, pizza, all foods many of us crave, but for one man in India, it's metal knives. Dozens of blades had to be
surgically removed from his stomach. Our Joel Labi has this report.
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JOEL LABI, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Talk about biting off more than you can chew, this man in India quite literally did. For two months, the father of two,
swallowed knives. This insatiable craving for metal saw him consume dozens, and his family had no idea. It's a case that has baffled the most
experienced of surgeons who had to figure out how to carefully remove them. The operation taking five hours. And by the time it was over, 40 knives
were taken out, some as long as seven inches. Many were folded, others open. Some had even started rusting or were broken altogether.
The 42-year-old patient doesn't quite know where he developed this taste for blades. For now, though, doctors are putting his addiction down to a
rare mental disorder and won't discharge him until he's cleared by a psychiatrist.
The patient is expected to make a full recovery and swears he'll never sneak another blade again. But if he does get a craving for a metallic
midnight snack, doctors are suggesting something a little more digestible, joking with him to try spinach if he wants more iron in his diet.
Joel Labi, CNN, Hong Kong.
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CURNOW: Talk about giving you indigestion.
But this might be worse for some of you. Before we go, we want to leave you with this cliff-hanger. The world's highest and longest glass-bottom
bridge has finally opened to visitors in China's Hunan province. It stretches between two clips in a national park. It's 430 meters long and 6
meters wide, hanging over a heart-stopping 300-meter vertical drop. It's already popular. You need to make an appointment. It can only handle
8,000 visitors a day.
Thanks for watching. I'm Robyn Curnow here at the "International Desk." Don't go anywhere. "World Sport" is next.