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Trafficking Report Released; Syria Dissidents Gather; France to Help Greece; Knox Appeal; International Criminal Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Moammar Gadhafi

Aired June 27, 2011 - 16:00:00   ET



HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, SECRETARY OF STATE: We have to really mix the commitments with actions in order to get results.


BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: With more slaves in the world today than ever before, Hillary Clinton says it's a critical moment in the fight against human trafficking.

From the streets of Washington to the shantytowns of Sudan, there are more than 27 million victims worldwide. Tonight, we shine a spotlight on the global trade in human life.

Plus, a top U.N. official says Libya's rebels have now got the upper hand.

So is the tide turning against Gadhafi?

And why it's been a bad day for the top women at Wimbledon.

These stories and more tonight, as we connect the world.

Well, the time for action is now. That's the message from the U.S. State Department today, as it publishes its annual assessment of how countries around the world are faring in the fight against human trafficking.

Well, the report shows some progress and indicates that some countries are succeeding in their efforts. But it's also laying out some hard truths. As many as 27 million people are living as slaves in the world today -- more than at any point in history.

Well, the annual Trafficking in Persons Report is a key resource for the CNN Freedom Project. It provides a comprehensive look at government action to fight human slavery, which is something we are all committed to covering all of this year. And we make no excuses about it.

Well, the report was released this afternoon at the State Department in Washington.

CNN's Jill Dougherty was there.


JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN FOREIGN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: The State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons Report says around the globe, 27 million people are held in bondage, including 100,000 in the United States, subject to sexual exploitation, forced labor and modern-day slavery.

It ranks 184 countries around the world, questioning whether their governments are doing enough to fight trafficking.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, introducing the report, said many countries have laws on the books but they are not enforced.


HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, SECRETARY OF STATE: The measure of success can no longer be whether a country has passed laws, because so many have in the last decade. Now, we have to make sure that laws are implemented and that countries are using the tools that have been created for that. And governments should work more closely with the private sector and use new supply chain monitoring techniques to let consumers know if their goods and services come from slavery-free, responsible sources.


DOUGHERTY: As soon as this report is released, U.S. diplomats in post around the world approach the countries and talk to them about the report, presenting the results according to their individual countries and also suggesting concrete recommendations for countries to improve their fight against trafficking and to help victims more.

Jill Dougherty, CNN, the State Department.


ANDERSON: Well, in a CNN Freedom Project exclusive, Jim Clancy spoke today with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Hear what Secretary Clinton had to say about the report's findings later this hour here on CONNECT THE WORLD.

I want to get a closer look at these findings for you.

This is a map, a color-coded map of the world and rankings here -- two, one, two, two-and-a-half and three.

Let me just take you through what you've got here.

Take a look at the blue countries here -- the U.S., Canada, Colombia, most of Europe, as you can see, Nigeria, South Korea and Australia -- these are countries that the report says fully comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

Let's bring up here two for you here. They're in yellow. Most of Latin America, Eastern Europe and much of the Middle East and Asia, including Japan, they're countries not yet in compliance with the U.S. standards, but are making serious efforts to get there.

These are not -- these are tier two watch. Have a look at these. These are countries in orange -- right about here, yes, in orange. About a third of Africa. The big ones are China and Russia. And these are tier three.

What are we doing here?

Tier three countries red. Cuba and Venezuela and about 10 countries in Africa, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Turkmenistan and various others, these are not in compliance and making no significant efforts to be in compliance.

Now, we've got correspondents all over the world who are looking into these findings.

We are in Africa, in South America and, indeed, in the Middle East tonight.

First, though, let's go to Nkepile Mabuse, who is in Johannesburg -- Nkepile.

NKEPILE MABUSE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Becky, overall, the situation on the African continent is not looking very good. Africa has the largest number of countries that have been downgraded between 2010 and today.

But let's start with a little bit of good news, Becky.

Nigeria and Mauritius are the two countries that are seen to have adequate laws. And they're using these laws to actually prosecute offenders.

South Africa, where I am, is seen as a bit of a disappointment, because despite the fact that the country drafted an anti-trafficking law in 2003, this law has still not been passed by parliament. There was a bit of argument around the fact that that law did not go far enough, Becky, to protect trafficked persons from going through the same experience over and over again.

And now, when we look at some of the seriously problematic areas on the continent, it's very clear that conflict and poverty play a very, very huge role. That's why you see countries like Libya, Ivory Coast and Somalia getting some of the lowest ratings -- Becky.

ANDERSON: All right, Nkepile.

Thank you very much, indeed, for that.

Of course, we've just been taking a look at this part of the world with Nkepile.

I want to get into the Middle East now, where we've got Kevin Flower up for you this evening.

You can see a significant, a significant part of this region really not doing particularly well at all. It's called here a three at this point.

CNN's Kevin Flower looking at the story across the Middle East tonight for us from Jerusalem -- Kevin.

KEVIN FLOWER, CNN JERUSALEM BUREAU CHIEF: Well, Becky, what's immediately striking in looking at this State Department report is that not one single country from the Middle East is ranked in that top tier of countries that you spoke about, tier one. So, really, what this means is that not a single country in the region is meeting the minimum standards in fighting the elimination of human trafficking.

Now, compounding this middling grade is the fact that four countries - - Libya, Lebanon, Algeria and Yemen -- have been downgraded from tier two to tier three, which joins them with -- with the illustrious company of Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kuwait in not making -- making any significant efforts to eliminate human trafficking.

So you compound this with concerns from NGOs that continued political instability in the country could diminish the efforts to fight human trafficking and you're left with a -- an overall grade that's really quite disappointing -- Becky.

ANDERSON: That's right.

Kevin Flower for you out of Jerusalem, covering the region tonight.

And I'll just remind you of some of what he was talking about here. Well, then you can see it. It's the region there.

Let's get to the Americas for you now this evening, this part of the world. South American countries cover a broad spectrum, every tier represented on that continent, though most countries do fall into what's known as tier two, including Argentina, where you'll find CNN's Brian Byrnes standing by for you this evening -- the story from there, Brian?

BRIAN BYRNES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, as you said, Becky, the majority of South American nations do fall into the tier two category, with two notable exceptions -- Venezuela, previously, in the last four years, the country had been on the tier two watch list. This year, it dropped to tier three.

And its neighbor, Colombia, on the tier one category, the only nation in South America to be in the tier one category.

Well, it's notable to note here that Colombia is a staunch ally of the United States, whereas Venezuela and the U.S. have clashed repeatedly over the last decade. And, in fact, Venezuela has accused the U.S. of using the TIP Report as a political tool.

Elsewhere, here in Argentina, the country has been lauded for an increase -- a record number of prosecutions, including 15 conventions for sex traffickers. However, the report said that overall here in Argentina, prosecutions remain relatively low.

In other countries, like Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay, there are efforts underway and progress is being made. Still, a lot of people in those countries are victims of trafficking, both at home and abroad -- Becky.

ANDERSON: Brian Byrnes out of Argentina for you.

CNN's Nkepile Mabuse in Johannesburg.

And Kevin Flower in Jerusalem for you.

Well, let's move on.

We've gotten the view from those areas of the world, but what about right here in Europe?

Well, Aidan McQuade is the director of Anti-Slavery International.

And he joins me now in the studio.

It's an important day for CNN. We have this Freedom Project going on all year. It's an important day out of the State Department today, with Hillary Clinton's words.

I want you to just step back for us and just give us some sense of the -- the enormity of this problem.

AIDAN MCQUADE, DIRECTOR, ANTI-SLAVERY INTERNATIONAL: Well, I think the TIP Report does give a good snapshot of just what the size of the problem is. But I think it's -- one must see the limit here of the sample, as well. It is a snapshot. There's things that it doesn't look at. And it looks across 185 or so countries against a number of criteria, principally around law enforcement.

But, of course, as you and as many of the viewers of CNN will well understand, the causes of slavery in the world are much broader than simply the implementation of law enforcement, though that does give a good indication of how well or how poorly some countries are doing.

ANDERSON: OK. Well, talk to us about the causes.

Talk about what's going on.

MCQUADE: Well, I think the -- the TIP Report highlights government action and people -- you see the -- the countries moving up and down based on just how good government action is. Unfortunately, it doesn't judge linkages between countries. And as you -- you well understand, trafficking in human beings is very often a transnational problem. And so therefore, causality in one country can lead to -- lead to the problem in another.

But that's not covered quite well in the TIP Report in terms of how well these things are doing.

A second issue, as well, is in terms of the issue of discrimination and prejudice, because it doesn't just happen to anybody. People who tend to be enslaved in this part -- in the world today, are the same as those who have been enslaved in -- throughout history. They're people against whom the society in which they are enslaved has a significant prejudice.

So you see inside the Asias, significant prejudice against the Dallah (ph) people, for example, who then form about 90 percent of the communities who are enslaved.

You see in Europe, great prejudice against migrant laborers, and therefore, they're the majority of people who are enslaved.

In South America, you see significant prejudice against indigenous people and therefore those who are enslaved.

ANDERSON: I know it's -- that there's no sort of catchall description of any one modern day slave today, in 2011, but if you had to describe just what people are going through who are now deemed modern-day slaves, what would it be?

MCQUADE: The -- one of the central things that you see in all of the case studies is you see people who have hoped for a better life for themselves and their families. And those hopes have not just been betrayed, but they were the causes of the vulnerability, which made them become a slave in the first place. It's people who take a loan in India in order to pay for medicine for their children. It's people who come from Eastern Europe to Western Europe in order to look for enough money in order to send home so that their younger brothers and sisters can get educated.

That tends to be a common pattern across the board.

ANDERSON: Stay with me.

I want to talk to my correspondent, Jim Clancy, standing by in Washington, where the report was released this afternoon -- and, Jim, I know you've just been talking to Hillary Clinton, an exclusive sit-down with her.

What did she say?

JIM CLANCY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: She had a lot to talk about. You know, what to do about the diplomacy of all of this. It's a difficult time for the State Department. They're confronting some friends, some rather good friends, and putting them at the bottom of the list yet again. And it's going to be a message of tough love.

But this was a day here at the State Department that I haven't seen before, where not only is -- is a grand room filled, but there are overflow crowds.

And Hillary Clinton herself, someone who's been working on human trafficking and standing up for the victims of human trafficking for the past -- well, more than a decade, when she was just the first lady, she was somebody that -- who shared with me not just a prosecutor -- the in particular of prosecutions and partnerships, the importance of protecting the victims, but the passion that she brings to all of this.

Take a listen.


CLINTON: I have been caring about and working on this now for, you know, longer than a decade. And the passion is there because it's such a violation of human rights and human dignity to see men, women and children forced into bondage, slavery, in the 21st century, is just absolutely unforgettable and unforgivable.

So we do take seriously the -- the mission that the United States, along with many international partners, has undertaken, which is to prevent and to prosecute and to do everything we can in our efforts to stop modern- day slavery.

And that means we have to have partnerships, which is very important. And we have to protect those who are at risk and those who are put into it.

So we went from three Ps to four Ps, but passion underlies all of them.


CLANCY: Hillary Clinton there laying out, really, some of her sentiments in all of this and hoping that others will, you know, seize upon the passion.

In the meantime, she's got a lot of diplomacy to do. You know, they added another, what, dozen members -- 10 or a dozen members to that tier three list. So in some ways, one could say that the U.S. was passing out a lot of tough love when it published this report here today.

ANDERSON: Yes, all right, Jim.

Thanks for that.

And more of Jim's interview with Hillary Clinton later this hour.

I'm still with Aiman in the studio with me.

He will be back with me later this hour here on CONNECT THE WORLD.

Moving on for the beginning, we'll have the stories that we will be bringing you tonight.

Pleading her innocence, but new accusations are leveled against American murder suspect, Amanda Knox. In six minutes, we'll bring you the latest from the courtroom there in Italy.

Also, a man wanted or a wanted man -- why some believe an arrest warrant for Moammar Gadhafi will prolong the bloodshed in Libya. That story in the next quarter of an hour here on CNN.

And down they fall -- the big names tumble at Wimbledon. We'll have all the day's highlights in just over 20 minutes.

You're watching CONNECT THE WORLD.

I'm Becky Anderson in London.

Back after this.


ANDERSON: And 19 minutes past 9:00.

I'm Becky Anderson in London.

You're watching CONNECT THE WORLD here on CNN.

A look at the other stories we are following for you this hour.

And there are mixed messages about a planned media appearance by Yemen's president. Ali Abdullah Saleh has not been seen since a militant attack on his palace grounds in early June. Well, he's recovering in a hospital in Saudi Arabia, we're told. An aide said Sunday that the president would make an appearance within 48 hours.

But another official says that it not the case.

The United Nations Security Council has agreed to send more than 4,000 peacekeepers to Abyei in Sudan. The Ethiopian force will monitor the withdrawal of government troops whose occupation of the disputed region in May caused thousands to flee. Abyei sits on the border of Sudan and Southern Sudan, but both sides claim the territory.

Tensions are high ahead of Southern Sudan's independence in early July.

Well, we've entered a critical week for the Greece -- for Greece as the debt-ridden country battles to stave off a financial collapse. France is leading the rescue bid. President Nicholas Sarkozy announcing a radical plan, where French banks would extend the life of a Greek loan by 30 years.

The proposal comes as Greek lawmakers prepare to debate further spending cuts that are sparking another wave of protests in the capital. And on Wednesday on CONNECT THE WORLD, we'll be live in Athens for reaction to the crucial Greek parliament vote.

What will it mean for the future of the euro and, indeed, the entire European project?

Be part of that debate. A special edition of CONNECT THE WORLD Wednesday in Athens.

Well, a fight to prove her innocence continues for Amanda Knox, the American student convicted of killing her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Italy.

Now, at an appeal hearing on Monday, Knox faced a surprise accusation from another man serving time for the murder.

Dan Rivers is following the case for you.

This from him.



DAN RIVERS, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It was a day of dramatic testimony here in Perugia, Italy in the continuing appeal of Amanda Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. Rudy Guede, their co-accused, was called to give evidence. The defense team were hoping that he would be sort tripped up in cross-examination and would admit that it was he and he alone who murdered the British student, Meredith Kercher, in November 2007.

In the end, though, the exact opposite happened. For the first time, he said that he explicitly thought that Knox and Sollecito were guilty of the murder, something he had only implied in testimony previously.

There was also a dramatic moment when Amanda Knox herself made a statement to the court. During the statement, she said she was shocked by Guede's evidence. She said: "He knew that we weren't in the house on the night of the murder."

She said she didn't know what really happened and she said she was sorry that she couldn't talk to Guede direct, to question him about the events.

As well as her statement, Raffaele Sollecito also spoke to the court and said that before, Guede had only mentioned a shadow that he thought may have been Amanda Knox in the house that evening. Now he seemed to be changing his story. He said that they had been in jail for four years and that their lives have been ruined, all on the evidence, really, of this one man, Rudy Guede.

In the end, though, this defense attempt to try and get Rudy Guede to trip up in cross-examination backfired. He didn't. So now they will be relying on forensic evidence and DNA evidence that will be re-examined over the next few weeks.

Dan Rivers, CNN, Perugia.


ANDERSON: Well, from Libyan leader to war crimes suspect wanted around the world, coming up, I'm going to tell you about a new arrest warrant for Moammar Gadhafi and two of his relatives.

Then, in about 15 minutes, a dramatic day at Wimbledon. Stay tuned for some shocking upsets.


ANDERSON: Judges at the Hague want the world's help in capturing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant, accusing him of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Gadhafi's son, Saif, and the Libyan intelligence chief were also charged.

Now, the ICC says it has evidence linking them to widespread and systematic attacks on civilians in the early days of Libya's uprising.


I'm Becky Anderson.

Gadhafi's arrest warrant isn't the only development for Libyan rebels. They're also making gains on the battlefield, rebels moving in closer to Tripoli, Gadhafi's stronghold, of course. They say they are now 80 kilometers away, after a fierce battle in Bir al-Ghanam, a town southwest of the capital. A top United Nations official says the NATO air campaign is a big factor in the rebels' advance.

Lynn Pascoe says it appears the opposition now has the upper hand.


LYNN PASCOE, U.N. UNDERSECRETARY-GENERAL FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS: While we do not have a detailed understanding of the military situation on the ground, it is clear that the initiative, although halting, is now with the opposition forces, supported, at times, by NATO air power.


ANDERSON: Well, interestingly enough, some critics say the arrest warrant for Gadhafi could actually damage efforts to find a political solution to the crisis. They say it's highly unlikely he'll go into exile if he thinks he might end up at the Hague.

Well, David McKenzie is in Libya for you this evening.

He's in Tripoli following some of -- or -- if not all of these developments for you -- David, I'm assuming you're still with us?

I think we've lost him.

If we get back to him, we will bring him back up here on CONNECT THE WORLD.

Let's get you a very short break, shall we?

Lots more still to come on CONNECT THE WORLD.

The latest world news headlines straight after this short break.

Then, Wimbledon serves up a dramatic day of upsets. Who's out and who's still in, just ahead.

Also in the show, flexing their muscles -- why the country of Georgia goes mad for wrestling -- all part of our Eye On series. That about 14 minutes away.

And the battle to end modern-day slavery -- details of an unlikely front line. Our special coverage of the Trafficking in Persons Report, a part of the CNN Freedom Project in around 20 minutes time -- a full packed schedule.

Don't go anywhere.


BECKY ANDERSON, CNN ANCHOR: At just about half past nine in London. You're back with CONNECT THE WORLD. I'm Becky Anderson.

Let's get you a check of the headlines out here on CNN.

The U.S. State Department has released an annual report on the efforts of governments around the world to stop human trafficking. It says North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Iran are among the worst offenders, meaning trafficking is flourishing there and the governments are doing little to stop it.

While hundreds of Syrian government opponents gathered in Damascus to call for democracy earlier. The government approved their conference so some activists stayed away saying it gave a false impression that the regime allows dissent on its continuing and deadly crackdown.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy says his country's banks are ready to play a role in Greece's rescue. He says the lenders have agreed to a rollover deal to extend Greece's loans by 30 years.

The U.N. Security Council has approved a resolution to send more than 4,000 peacekeepers to the town of Abyei that's been the source of conflict between Sudan and southern Sudan ahead of the south July independence.

The American student found guilty in Italy of killing her British roommate is fighting her conviction. Amanda Knox (INAUDIBLE) an appeal hearing. She does not know what happened the night that Meredith Kercher was killed.

And judges at the Hague want world help in capturing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant accusing him of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Gadhafi's son Saif and the Libyan intelligence chief were also charged.

Let's get back to David McKenzie. We lost him just a little bit early. He's been following all of these developments from Tripoli.

Joining you now on the line, a reaction there to these arrest warrants, David.

DAVID MCKENZIE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, basically, the reaction is is that the Libyan government is rubbishing the arrest warrants from the ICC. The justice minister and the deputy prime minister just had a press conference here in Tripoli. Basically, they're saying that for a number of reasons that they aren't even going to consider this, (INAUDIBLE) ignore it. They say (INAUDIBLE) the Rome statute - the statute their country signed to be beholden to the Hague courts that they have no reason to worry about the Hague arrest warrants for three of their top leaders, obviously including Moammar Gadhafi. They're also saying - playing a kind of a political card in that they're saying that all of the ICC's cases are in Africa and the justice minister stressing that in his words, "the ICC is picking on (INAUDIBLE) third world countries." So they're certainly trying to push an alignment with the African Union or any others who might (INAUDIBLE) that the ICC has been unfairly treating African states which is certainly the feeling of certain countries on the continent. So basically, they're saying this is nothing to do with them, that they aren't going to - that they're going to do a local process to a judiciary inquiry here in Kenya - I'm sorry - here in (INAUDIBLE) Libya and that the ICC is really has nothing to do with the Libyan situation.

ANDERSON: And many experts or critics certainly suggesting that it may be a reason why Moammar Gadhafi would stay and (INAUDIBLE) for the long term of this when he seems to have nowhere else to go at this point.

Meantime, David, we're certainly hearing from rebels that they are some now 80 kilometres away from Tripoli and gaining ground. What are you hearing there in the capital?

MCKENZIE: We're basically hearing that southwest of here between 80 and 100 kilometres in a strategic town, the rebels are pushing out of the margins, Becky, and they're pushing towards Zawiya or they could push towards Tripoli itself. Now, certainly, for them to actually start making inward into the capital itself would be very difficult from a military standpoint. But it's what is more likely from their perspective is if they push towards towns like Zawiya which are - if you think of it geographically - west of the capital between here and Tripoli and the Tunisian border. They could meet up with the resistance movement that periodically has fled up in Zawiya, this major town west of here, and that could tap alternate supply lines between here and Tunisia, which is really the only major supply line for fuel and food and other goods right now for the Gadhafi regime. We're not at this point yet and certainly they haven't taken that strategic area. They are ongoing fighting but it does prove that if this campaign should move in one direction or another significantly, it's more likely to happen in this region than it is to the east of here in Misrata where basically they've been at a stand-off for some weeks. Becky?

ANDERSON: All right. That's David McKenzie out of Tripoli for you this evening. Thank you, David.

That is your wrap of the news headlines at this point in this hour.

All right. Let's take a look at what's been happening in the world of sports.

Right here in London, it's the Wimbledon championships which have (INAUDIBLE) served up the biggest stories since big names have been scratched out.

Patrick Snell joining us now with more of what has been a day of upsets.

And what a day! It was a beautiful day and they expect rain tomorrow, I think, probably, so as good a day as any as far as the weather was concerned. But Patrick, oh dear, some real upsets.


Let's - first of all - recap what's been happening on the women's side of things. That's where some stellar names are already out on Monday at the start of week two. I'm talking in particular about the Williams sisters - both Serena and Venus are out of the tournament, would you believe? A pair of shock to both of them going out. This is the first time they've gone out on the same day in 15 years as well.

Serena Williams - the number nine seed from France, Marion Bartoli, beating her. She was just too strong for the American player and that was a big, big win for her. Serena's been plagued by injuries, of course, over the last 12 months. It's the earliest (INAUDIBLE ) for her since 2005 and how so Venus, her older sibling - she went down six-two, six-three to Tsvetana Pironkova, the Bulgarian who by the way beat her, Becky, by the same scoreline in the quarterfinals last year. It was a huge shock when you consider the siblings had won nine out of the last eleven singles crowns of the all-England club and, as they say, it's a huge shock all around.

Now, if you thought that was bad, there's another one to come. I can tell you it's not just the Williams sisters who are feeling the pressure right now because the world number one from Denmark, Caroline Wozniacki, is out after losing to Dominika Cibulkova in three sets. Again, real problems, I think, for Ms. Wozniacki. She's still looking for that elusive first slam title. She's 20 years of age and a not so great day - on this day at least - still seeking that first slam victory she loses to the number 24 seed from Slovakia who's certainly doing her nation proud right now.


ANDERSON: Fun and games, certainly in the women's game. Patrick, what about the men?

SNELL: Yeah, on the men's side of things, well, the Centre Court was getting pretty busy. In the crowd, we some royalty there for the Andy Murray show - the Scott was in action - and they certainly liked what they saw. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on hand to see Murray beat the French player Richard Gasquet in a straight set - seven-six, six-three, six-two.

Other notables: a win for the Australian open champion - there we go, we do have the royalty there while they're arriving for the big clash with Andy Murray. And he is the perennial British hope now in the place of (INAUDIBLE). Of course, no British male has won Wimbledon since 1936 and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge certainly, I'm sure, happy to see Murray get through that.

Wins also this day for Roger Federer - the six-time champion - and Rafael Nadal of Spain. He's the defending champion. He's also through.

Okay, let's move it on. On Monday, we've day two of the FIFA Women's World Cup, Becky, in Germany where it's reported a TV audience of some 80 million tuned in to see the host win their opener against CONCACAF champs Canada. By the way, that's twice as many people who watched the European Grand Prix in Spain over the weekend.

On the field of play, Mexico meeting England - this was in Group B - in a match that ended in a 1-all draw. (INAUDIBLE) Fara Williams putting the English team ahead but (INAUDIBLE) levelling through Monica Ocampo. Mexico was certainly happy with the results. Over the last time they met England back in 2005, they were stumped five-nil.

And Monday's first match featuring Japan versus New Zealand in Group B. This one in (INAUDIBLE), Germany. Each side conceded a goal in the first 12 minutes of that one but it was Japan who would take all three points, thanks to a (INAUDIBLE) minute strike from Aya Miyama.

In our show, at the bottom of the next hour, we're talking about world sport, of course. Make sure you join us as I indulge in a spot of drifting through the streets of midtown Atlanta with Team Red Bull. Not to be missed. I survived, obviously, because I'm here right now, but it was a little bit hair-raising at times. It was certainly a new experience. We'll have a full report plus so much more from Wimbledon. Join us at the bottom of the next hour.

Becky, back to you.

ANDERSON: If that was you driving, you don't think you would be able to drive straight down the road. Was that you driving?

SNELL: I was not driving. I was a passenger on that occasion and I can tell you I was happy to be a passenger, as well.

ANDERSON: Good stuff. We'll look forward to that. Bottom of the hour, World Sport with Patrick Snell this evening.

Up next, how an age-old form of wrestling could shape one country's future Olympic hopes. Our "Eye On" series takes you to Georgia for a ringside seat. That after this short break. Do stay with us.


ANDERSON: A spectacular pan - a rugged landscape with an ancient knocking tumultuous history. This is Georgia, part of the gateway between Europe and central Asia. Well, CNN's "Eye On" series travels to a different country each month exploring business, culture, and the way of life. And we take you on a small forward-looking adventure, we hope, and explore things you may not know about the country in areas of business and culture.

So far, we've visited Ukraine, Germany, and India. Now, this month, we've got our eye on Georgia.

Located in the (INAUDIBLE) region east of the Black Sea and south of Russia, Georgia gained independence in 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed, you'll remember. About 4 and a half million people live in the country, the majority Orthodox Christians. About 10 percent though are Muslims.

Georgia's main industry is agriculture. Products such as grapes, citrus fruits and hazelnuts. Outside of work, many Georgians have a lot of sports as many of us do. But there's one in particular which combines popularity, tradition, and a whole lot of muscle. Paula Newton went along to some ringside action.


PAULA NEWTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The grand stage has been set in the middle of a farmer's field. Folk music blares. The band plays on. The performers get into character.

This looks and sounds like a duelling dash of thespians other than a clash of titans.

Passes for a sort of Georgian tango until the competitors set in the moods are raw, visceral even.

So the idea here is that they get their opponents flat on their backs just like that. And that's the way they win the match.

The rounds are short, sharp and intense - five minutes each. And yet the competitors grace belies a brawny, even primitive, form of fighting.

NEWTON (on camera): So they claim that (INAUDIBLE) or Georgian wrestling is actually a great training for judo. And to prove it, they have a 2004 Olympic judo champion in the house.

(voice-over): Zurab Zviadauri says he got his Olympic start right here in this ring.

ZURAB ZVIADAURI, OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST (through translator): Ninety percent of my victory was from Georgian wrestling and I used a lot of moves that I learned here.

NEWTON: The ring is carpeted in saw dust, the atmosphere's thick with tradition and tension. This ancient form of Georgian wrestling could have a hold on the prize fight of the future. The global phenomenon of mixed martial arts is taking notice. By borrowing unique moves in training from their Georgian fighting heritage, these competitors could move on to professional fighting careers.

For now, they battle on here.

While we're keeping an eye on the prize, it's having a battle of its own. It battles on. It battles on. And - victory. It's a few seconds before anyone notices. And he's cornered.

(on camera): So there's a little bit of a commotion there. The grand prize tried to run away but they're ready, they're back on track and they're going to reward the grand prize.

(voice-over): A winner is declared. 26-year-old (INAUDIBLE) awaits his prize as the Olympic champion drags it over. And this is the best move of the match.

He tells us not everyone can wrestle like this. He has to be in rare form.

And so he clutches his prize. One guess as to what he's going to do with it.

Paula Newton, CNN, (INAUDIBLE) Georgia.


ANDERSON: Keeping our eye on Georgia for you this evening.

Well, still to come on CONNECT THE WORLD - getting tough on human trafficking. Up next, an exclusive interview with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a new report names and shames the countries that need to do more to end modern day slavery. Up after this.


ANDERSON: Right. Returning to our main story tonight. An issue we are taking on board this year, CNN fights to end modern-day slavery. I've got Sir Aidan McQuade from Anti-Slavery International in the studio with me.

A day of truth of what is a global scourge. The Annual Trafficking in Persons report has been released in the United States and while it's revealed that some countries are making an effort to crack down on this exploitation, a startling fact remains. There are more slaves living in the world today, 2011, and at any point in history.

Well, Hillary Clinton was in Washington for the release of the report and says it is time for governments to do more and to be made accountable. Jim Clancy sat down with the U.S. Secretary of State a little earlier and asked her what action needs to be taken and taken now.


HILLARY CLINTON, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: You know, it's both tough and it's encouraging because on the one hand, when we started, we couldn't even get this issue on agendas with other countries. I remember back in the late `90s as first lady, raising this issue in a number of countries and I was really just politely dismissed. It was not something they wanted to talk about. They weren't going to do anything about it. They viewed it as cultural not criminal.

And it only has been in the last several years that we have seen in - and I would argue in some measure because of the U.S. report - that countries take it seriously and that we have made a common cause with activists at the grassroots level in so many countries who use this report to push their own government for greater commitment.

JIM CLANCY, CNN ANCHOR: Some governments like Saudi Arabia remained right on the bottom. Kuwait, this year, went down to tier 3. When you look at the - how do you engage diplomatically to tell people that won't even recognize that they have a problem, how do you engage them to make a change - a real change - not just passing along?

CLINTON: Well, I think we have to look at the progress that we've made. Yes, there are countries that have not done by any means enough to even be taken seriously in addressing this. But there are many others who not only just passed laws but have begun to put resources behind the implementation of those laws. So what we have is an international snapshot. There are some countries that are going up because what they have done is worthy of that and there are some countries that are going down because they have backslid and maybe they've had a change in administration or they've just decided it's not a priority for them, and then there are countries that are not making progress one way or the other. We try to use this report to encourage change. I mean, the report in and of itself is a tool. It's not an end in itself. It's not some kind of giant report card and then we put it away and then dust it off and upgrade it the next year. All through the year, what we're trying to do is to work with these countries that are willing to take some action. We're trying to work with advocates so that they know they're not alone. And we're trying to shine a very bright light on people everywhere who are still unwilling to admit that 27 million enslaved people is a rebuke to everyone everywhere. It's not just a western phenomenon. I think human rights are universal rights and therefore we have to keep working with these countries and encouraging them and, frankly, naming and shaming to some extent to get them to change.

CLANCY: Does naming and shaming - do you think it works?

CLINTON: Yes, it does work. I mean--.

CLANCY: But some countries are down on the bottom - tier 3 every year.

CLINTON: You know, we can look at the glass as half-empty or half full and that's true that some countries are on the bottom but--.

CLANCY: Are we pushing them hard enough or is this something where we - you know, they're our friends. We don't want to push too hard.

CLINTON: Well, we push pretty hard. I mean, it's pretty hard to turn your eyes away from a report that is on the internet and that everybody can access. But I also like to look at the countries that have made a lot of progress. Look at what the Philippines have done, you know, in a change of administration. The Philippines - they probably export more people of their citizenry than nearly any other country in the world. They go all over the world to work in many different settings. And until the new administration of President Aquino, we didn't really have the level of commitment we were seeking. We do now. And we see a - see change of difference. So what we are looking at is yes, those countries that are not moving, we're going to keep pushing. We're going to offer technical assistance. We're going to keep raising it. It's not going away. They can't ignore it and thereby be left alone. And then we're going to keep working with countries that are showing that they want to make a difference and do better.


ANDERSON: Hillary Clinton speaking exclusively to Jim Clancy just earlier on in the back of the human trafficking report. I've got Aidan McQuade from Anti-Slavery International with me here in the studio tonight.

Jim raises the very important point there of the challenge of politics certainly with Clinton. I'm referring to the fact that India gets lifted from what was known as tier two sort of plus pluses it were to tier two effectively suggesting in this report that India is improving its lot when it comes to human trafficking. And it's an issue that you want to raise as well, the challenge of politics - who's friends with who - at this point and whether that matters to where they stand in this report.

AIDAN MCQUADE, DIRECTOR, ANTI-SLAVERY INTERNATIONAL: I mean, I think it would be naive to presume that politics didn't factor in terms of who's on what tier within this. I do find it a bit peculiar that India, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates are on tier-two along with Brazil because if you look at the level of action which is going on in Brazil, compare it by the Brazilian government, compared to the level of action to those other countries, it just doesn't really compare. Brazil is a much more committed and forthright country in its struggle against slavery. So - however, I mean, I think it would be (INAUDIBLE) not to acknowledge that the report itself does provide a good snapshot of what the state (INAUDIBLE) in various countries. So it needs to become something which is also more broadly looking at the problem than rather than just a narrow focus that it currently has.

ANDERSON: To say - argue as to say they didn't see the beginning of this year the headlines here the worst offenders as far as this global report on trafficking is concerned are in North Korea, Iran, and Saudi Arabia - three countries that we have in the past heard some pretty bad stories from. We talked about those who are being trafficked and you explained there's no one sex to a certain extent, over 27 million faces around the world who are involved. Who's running the industry, Aidan?

MCQUADE: One of the problems with the industry is there is a relatively small number of people who are making a significantly large amount of money out of this. But generally speaking, in most parts of the world, this is poorer people doing it to other poorer people. In some parts of the world, rich people are doing this as well in Europe, in Latin America, rich people are heavily involved in this also. But generally speaking, its poorer people doing this to other poorer people. They're doing this because in many respects, they don't like these other poorer people - they regard them as foreigners. They regard them as lower class or they regard them as indigenous and some sort of prejudice against them. And this means that the response to slavery across the world needs to be (INAUDIBLE) as well. We need to be looking not just at prosecution and protection of individuals who've been trafficked but actually dismantling the systems of prejudice, of lack of education, and of discrimination which are facilitating these people to be enslaved in the first place.

ANDERSON: We'll have you - as we move through the year here on the show - again. This is CONNECT THE WORLD. CNN's Freedom Project of course continues for the entire year, make no excuses about that. Thank you very much indeed for joining us, sir.

Tonight, I just want to close out - just before we close out the show - with some of our viewer comments on this. You'll see that this is a map of the world. You'll see the small airplanes. They negate over. They certainly show where we see the problem across the world. Many of you have tuned in to watch our Freedom Project documentary on Nepal's stolen children on Sunday. It's hosted by Demi Moore. The documentary traces the path of Nepalese girls and women trafficked across the border into India's sex trade industry. The actress seeing firsthand the devastation caused by human slavery - women and children forced into labor. Just have a listen to this.


DEMI MOORE, DNA FOUNDATION CO-FOUNDER (Voice-over): This is the day they line up for medicine without which many of these women and children would die. They all carry the HIV virus and many have other related illnesses, in most cases, a legacy of time served under slavery in the brothel.


ANDERSON: All right. We've had a huge reaction online to the documentary. (INAUDIBLE) give you some of those.

Luz says "Thank you for making us aware of the terrible situation faced by so many human beings around the world."

Another comment from Jenny: "That was very eye opening; thank you for showing it! Also, why is it rarely ever mentioned?" We're talking there obviously about human trafficking which is something we talk about a lot here on the show.

Carey: "This CNN special on Nepal human trafficking is oddly beautiful for such a brutish subject" she says.

And finally, you can have your say. Visit Facebook page - our Facebook page,, and join us for an encore presentation on Nepal's stolen children, a CNN Freedom Project documentary, Saturday night, 9:00 in London, 10:00 in Johannesburg , and midnight in Abu Dhabi.

I'm Becky Anderson. Thank you for watching. Your world is being connected this evening. The world news headlines and back story will follow this short break. Thank you.