Taking on the Traffickers

THREE warriors battling the slave trade

Valderez defied years of death threats. Van risks his life to mount undercover rescues. Maria escaped sexual slavery and now pursues the traffickers who profit from human misery.

Three ordinary people with extraordinary stories – all on a mission to end modern-day slavery.

Be it the Vietnamese lawyer who rescues women from China’s sex trade or the Mexican survivor turned sleuth, these profiles explore the challenges of combating slavery.

The pressure is high and the stakes are even higher for those dedicated to tackling the global trade in sex and labour that claims an estimated 25 million victims around the world.

These efforts come at a cost – solitude, sorrow and stress – but their lives are seldom showcased.

Now the Thomson Reuters Foundation presents a rare glimpse into the lives of those who dare to take on the traffickers.

The Mexican Sex Trafficking Survivor Fighting for Justice


Having escaped modern slavery in Mexico, Maria is now on a mission to become a prosecutor and help other survivors rebuild their lives.

Please note that subtitles are available for this animation in Spanish and English.

The Vietnamese Lawyer Saving Women Trafficked to China


When Van Ngoc Ta trained as a lawyer, the family man never imagined that he would spend his nights rescuing women from sexual slavery in China.

Please note that subtitles are available for this animation in Vietnamese and English.

The Investigator Hunting Down Brazil’s Human Traffickers


Known as ‘the terror of the farmers’, Valderez Monte rescued hundreds of workers from slave labor in a government-led crackdown across Brazil.

Please note that subtitles are available for this animation in Portuguese and English.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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