#MyFreedomDay 2019: Students teach the world about modern slavery

Updated 6:21 a.m. ET, March 15, 2019
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12:58 a.m. ET, March 14, 2019

In India a school is transforming a rural community

By CNN's Sarah Lazarus

CNN's Nikhil Kumar has visited a small village in Rajasthan on My Freedom Day.

As in much of rural India, there are high rates of female illiteracy and child and forced labor in Kalinjar.

Nikhil visited a government-run school set up by Canadian charity WE, which is transforming the community through the power of education. Today, the children are celebrating what freedom means to them.

1:19 a.m. ET, March 14, 2019

'Some people are not as lucky as you and me'

By CNN's Sarah Lazarus

Students from Bali Island School visited a shopping center in the Balinese capital, Denpasar, to spread the word about fighting modern slavery. Their video has a rocking soundtrack!

12:24 a.m. ET, March 14, 2019

A small Nigerian town with a big job

By CNN's Sarah Lazarus

Dennis N Kester will be teaching secondary school students about modern slavery in his small town in Nigeria.

What are you doing for #myfreedomday?

12:07 a.m. ET, March 14, 2019

'Your Voice, Hong Kong' #myfreedomday special

By CNN's Sarah Lazarus

Young Post spoke to Hong Kong International School students David Kim, Karlijn Van der Loo and Samara Faruqi to learn how they were spreading the #myfreedomday message.

In the podcast, CNN's Alexandra Field gave students her take on reporting on Vietnamese women sold over the border to become brides in China, debt bondage in Cambodia and the exploitation of domestic workers in Hong Kong. 

“Asking the questions is not the difficult job,” she said. “What’s really tough is to be the person who tells the world their own personal story of abuse, of degradation, of subjugation.”

11:50 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Students in Hong Kong count their blessings

By CNN's Sarah Lazarus

Students at the German Swiss International School in Hong Kong have made a video to raise awareness of the 40 million people working in slavery around the world. They've learned that 1 in 4 slaves are children, and 3 in 4 are women.

In short clips, the students share what freedom means to them: the chance to eat good food, drink clean water, go to school, walk around at night without fear, speak their minds, do sport, travel, choose their careers and pursue their dreams. 

11:50 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Role playing to support those without a voice

by CNN's Sarah Lazarus

Girl power takes on modern slavery in Taipei.

Students at Sacred Hearts Girls School in Taipei say they believe in marriage equality, freedom from debt, equal pay and LGBT rights.

11:51 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

The Paris park where Nigerian women are forced into prostitution

By CNN's Mark Tutton

The Bois de Vincennes, a sprawling park on the outskirts of eastern Paris, has been part-commandeered by sex traffickers, who have channeled tens of thousands of Nigerian women and children throughout Europe and as far as Malaysia. 

Nadège was one of these women before she managed to escape.

"Even now I don't have hope for myself," she says. "My past already destroyed my future."

Read the full story: http://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/04/africa/paris-nigerian-women-trafficking/index.html

10:41 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Celebrating CNN's #myfreedomday in Hong Kong

Students in Hong Kong talk about what freedom means for them.

10:59 p.m. ET, March 13, 2019

Students at Seoul Foreign School campaign against modern slavery in the food industry

By CNN's Sarah Lazarus

Student Rachel Ahn in South Korea told CNN's Paula Hancocks that she was surprised to learn how widespread modern slavery is. Rachel said she wants to draw attention to people who have their "own dreams and hopes" but are forced to work long hours in fields to facilitate the sale of cheaper produce.

"We should focus on trying to buy fair-trade food," she said.