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to an atm that is not your bank. alison, thank you. hey, thank you very much for being with us. i ask you on to do one thing for me. stay tuned. "newsroom international" starts right now. and thanks, ashleigh. welcome to "news room international. world leaders galter at the united nations, unrest in the middle east tops the agenda. here is what is going on in one of the main crisis zones. [ gun fire ] rebels are battling goncht forces in aleppo in sere ra. syria. in damascus, two explosions in a syrian intelligence compound. the building is a school. the military is using it as
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base. the new school year hasn't started. there were probably not any children inside. in is the scene near a group of tiny islands. japan, taiwan, and china all claim ownership of the uninhabited islands. the japanese coast guard shot water cannons as dozens of taiwanese boats. tempers are flaring in spain. police blocked roads leading to the country's parliament in madrid. the crisis has, as they put it, hi ja hijacked the country's democracy. spain is preparing to cut billions in spending. and president obama tells world leaders the u.s. will do what we must to keep iran from
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obtaining a nuclear weapon. the president spoke a short time ago at the u.n. general assembly. he has another big speech at the clinton global initiative later this hour. we'll bring it to you live. the president tried to turn up the pressure on iran. >> america wants to resolve the issue through diplomacy. we believe that in is time and space to do so. the time is not unlimited. we respect the right of nations to access peaceful nuclear power. we have to harness that power for peace. make no mistake. a nuclear-armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. it could threaten the security of gulf nations and the stability of the global economy. >> the president's next major speech of the day is set to begin shortly. he addresses the clinton global initiative in new york. it's the annual gathering con
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veend by former president bill clinton. we'll take you there live as soon as president obama begins speaking. the president's speeches put him on a world stage six weeks before election day. the words have major implications for the race and foreign policy. i want to bring in elyse labott. he said in finding a resolution to the nuclear crisis with iran, time is not unlimited. the president is facing troubles with his positions on that area. what were the points he hit on? >> if you look at his main critics being prime minister nettnet nett
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nettenyahu and mitt romney, they're look for the red line on iran. how far does iran have to go before the u.s. would get involved militarily. the president says it's a difference of opinion between the israelis and the united states. the united states has sard, i'm not going to let iran get the bomb. the president said, if they go assemble a nuclear weapon, that is a red line for me. president netanyahu says iran cannot have the no-how and technology. that's a red line for him. it's a difference of opinion. the prime minister is looking for the president to inch up on that line. i think the president made it clear he's not going to tolerate iran with a nuclear weapon. he dubt want to give iran wiggle room. doesn't want to show iran how
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far it has to go. >> you talk about setting a red line. you're talking about a potential strike or something militarily. that clearly raises a whole different set of discussions. the president also talked about the violent protests in arab countries over what he described at the crude and disgusting antimuslim video. what was the message he was trying to send to countries trying to move forward after the arab spring revolutions? >> he was trying to do a couple of things. on one hand, trying to say this violence is not the answer. clearly, the united states does not believe in this video. doesn't espouse the values and doesn't decry the prophet muhammad. he's saying, listen, if you want to live in a democrac free speech is part of that. that is one of the values he
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says the u.s. troops have gone to battle to defend. and so he's saying that he can't ban the video. at the same time, saying that he has a problem, and saying that violence is never the answer. i think he was also trying to say to these leaders, you can't let islamic extremism hijack your resolution. he's seen the violent protests at the u.s. embassies in the last couple of weeks. >> i think what he said was extremists, violence is their only way to stay relevant. which was interesting. the president met with the secretary ban ki-moon. he did not meet with world leaders. he made an appearance on "the view." does that look like he's focusing on politics more so than negotiating foreign policy?
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>> a little bit. i think there are a cup of things going on. first of all, he's clearly reaching out to the american public. he feels that maybe the world stage, meeting with lead thors is not what he needs to be doing. he needs to connect to american voters on "the view" on the other talk shows. he was on some other once in the last few weeks. it did resonate in the halls here. there's a lot going on right now. you have what happened in the horrible attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. you have the protests. the u.s. trying to mop up in afghanistan and get out. he left the heavy lifting to secretary of state hillary clinton. one person he didn't meet is prime minister netanyahu. he thinks that is one of the reasons he didn't meet with anybody. because he didn't want to meet with mr. netanyahu.
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>> an interesting time to be at the united nations. mitt romney is on the national stage today. he's talking foreign policy at the clinton global initiative. he says foreign aid must be tied to american values. >> to foster work and enter prize price in the middle east and other places, i'll put in place prosperity pacts. it will identify barriers to sbre entrepreneurship in developing nations. they'll receive u.s. assistance packages focusing on developing the institutions of liberty. >> we saw a lighter side of mr. romney. he opened with a joke after former president bill clinton, who backs barack obama,
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introduced him. >> it's an honor to be here this morning. i appreciate your kind words and that introduction is very touching. if there's one thing we have learned in this election season, by the way, it's that a few words from bill clinton can do a man a lot of good. [ applause ] >> and mr. romney used part of his speech to push a theme of his campaign, reiterating he would never apologize for america. from politicians to philanthropists, the clinton global initiative wants to find ways to change the world. and you know the drill. you get on a plane. turn off the electronic device. guess what? that rule could be changing. for your family and your business that's 100% guaranteed.
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well, the fight for control of this key city has been going on since july. videos posted online are said to show innocent civilians gunned down in the streets. cnn as no way to verify the awe then tis tty of the images. is there way to end the killi s killings? >> who would participate in the plan b, as you put it, the safe haich, the safe areas? >> i believe a lot of countries will participate. and european countries will participate. what we need, we need united states of america, i know, to be more -- that there is an election now. we are in election period. i hope that after the election, the american government looks at this matter in different way.
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i always meant no military intervention. but we need to take some measures and we need this measures with the united states, the european countries, the arab countries, the muslim countries. >> it is the syrian people suffering the most in the civil especially the children. the group save the children, is letting the kids tell the stories in their own words. there we have seen the reporting. the horrors that the children are suffering. what are the things that the report now says? >> this is the report. a copy of it. untold atrocities. some of the things i have been reading, testimonials from children in refugee camps sound so unspeakable. you can't match an adult coming close to committing those types of crimes that are described to children.
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and these are testimonials. you look at the images of the children looking back at you. one says, i knew a boy called aleh. he was 6 years old. he didn't understand what was happening. a boy who was 6, tortured so badly, he only survived three days before passing away. and then another thing, as you look at some of these children, amani, a 13-year-old, describes what she doesn't know yet is essentially a depression. i cry every day pip can't stop thinking about what happened to me. what save the children is saying, not only should the people who committed the crimes be held accountable. and the children need psychological counselling to get through what they witnessed and experienced. the worst kind of torture that is -- that these children have endured or witnessed. >> reading part of the u.n., one of the things they mentioned, the situation for children was so bad, they suggested closing down the schools. some of the children, obviously,
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they're so right in the middle of it. is there a plan to get the children the kind of help they need? or are we not there yet? >> we're not even there yet. i mean, priority number one is getting some of them to refuge rks camps. you have hundreds of syrian families, some with injured children, waiting on the syrian side of the border trying to get to the camps. we're so far from providing the psychological help that the children need. getting to treat the injuries is an issue. getting them to a place where there is clean food and water is an issue. this is a generational problem. you have a generation of lost kids. >> it's so frustrating for the people like save the children, who want to help, cho can't becau -- who can't because they can't get anywhere near it. are they waiting on the other
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side of the border, too? >> they indicated they're not able to get inside of syria. soom of the ngos are not getting the permission from the syrian government to help the people. this is heartbreaking. i urge viewers to read the whole report. i didn't want to read the disturbing details. when you read about a 6-year-old being, you know, tortured with ele electro shock. 13ear-olds in stress positions. girls subjected to sexual violence at a young age. you cannot imagine an adult being able to overcome, let alone a 12, 13-year-old. this is the worst on children because theshelling, as we have seen in all the videos, it's relentless and it's hitting residential neighborhoods. who gets hit there?
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children. >> families, parents, grandparents. >> if you're a parent watching your child go through these -- watching the child as you lay helpless or sit helpless watching the child go through that, it's heartbreaking. >> thank you, hala gorani. president obama is set to speak at the clinton global initiative shortly. we'll bring it to you live. [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine living your life with less chronic low back pain. imagine you, with less pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is fda-approved to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain. one non-narcotic pill a day, every day, can help reduce this pain.
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and our piers morgan just finished interviewing former president bill clinton. take a listen. >> what they're really saying is, in spite of the fact that we threaten israel, deem niz the united states, we want you to trust us. in spite of the fact that we won't cooperate with the international regime set up to avoid an arms race in the middle east and set up to avoid nuclear proliferation, we want you to
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trust us. they don't have a tenable position. >> do you trust them? >> the reason nobody believes them is they don't have a tenable position. >> do you trust ahmadinejad? >> not on this i don't. >> his argument is why should america or israel have nuclear weapons? why other countries but not iran? >> then why isn't e going for a bigger nonproliferation initiative instead of actinging like what he really want=a nuclear bomb. no serious person believes that. >> you can watch piers' full interview tonight at 9:00 eastern right here on cnn. president obama scheduled to speak at the clinton global initiative in a few minutes. we'll bring it to you live. there are some live pictures right there. now, that's what i call a test drive.
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well, at the center of the sere kran conflict is the city of homes. death there can come silently and can be unseen. bill neely follows a sniper. >> reporter: he's ready to kill. a syrian sniper aims through a crack in the wall. from their firing point, they target rebel positions just 50 yards away. every day, men die here. this is homs, the heart of the war. here, it is stalemate. the streets are so deadly, we move through holes in walls and houses up to near darkness and another sniper. he waits in total silence. [ gunfire ] it's never quiet for long. the syrian troops are trying to
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take back whole districts the rebels have held for months. they are edgy. the rebels killed five of their men just hours earlier. so in homs, they run for their lives and we do, too. they've been doing it for longer than they ever expected. why is the war lasting so long? >> it will be continuing months. today, one year. we don't know. we don't know. i am ready to die. and all these persons are ready to die for syria. >> reporter: one and half years after it began and the battle for this city and for syria grinds on relentlessly. the bombardment of homs is as intense as ever. these soldiers they they have the rebels trapped in this area and the battle will be over
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soon. whole neighborhoods are a wasteland. few civilians remain. it's almost a shock to see them. in your heart, when you see your area like this -- >> well, i have no heart at all. can you imagine this? i feel very sorry for what has happened. greatly. >> reporter: how long will this go on for here? >> i don't know. god alone knows. god alone knows. >> reporter: the war here is almost macabre. bizarrely, a mannequin marks the deadliest junction. few places are safe for anyone. so as world leaders at the united nations begin to talk again of syria, deadlocked in disagreement, the snipers on both sides take their positions.
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well, a hospital that mainly treats women and children who are victims of sexual assault and violence is about to get much immediated help itself. philippe cousteau has announced a new project to aid the hospital in the democratic republic of congo. he made the announcement at the clinton global initiative in new york yesterday. he's joining us live. you're creating a way to make the hospital self-sustaining. tell us what you're doing. >> thank you so much. we're thrilled and honored to participate in the program.
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we launched it two days ago. it's an initiative to support the pansi hospital in the congo. they are subject to unreliable grid energy. we've committed to work with suntech. we want to build solar panels for the hospital to create clean, reliable energy for the hospital and help the thousands of people that the hospital is impacting positively. >> you mentioned suntech. that's a private company. why is there not a private partnership done more often? thnch >> this is a perfect example of
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what the clinton global initiative does. we tried to think differently about how the leverage wall street to do good. a percentage of the standard management fee is what funds the foundation. it's a -- it's a wonderful example of how you can have an organization like the hospital being supported by an investment fund. the investors have a hand in helping make in a success. an organization out of china suntech, it's bringing organizations together to change the world. >> philippe cousteau, thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. president obama is about to make his second major speak today. he's addressing the clinton global initiative. let's take a listen. >> president clinton, thank you for your very kind introduction. though i have to admit, i really did like the speech a few weeks ago a little bit better. [ laughter ]
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afterwards, somebody tweeted that somebody needs to make him secretary of explaining things. [ laughter ] though they didn't use the word things. [ laughter ] president clinton, you are a tireless, passionate advocate on behalf of what is best in our country. you have helped to improve and save the lives of millions of people around the world. i am grateful for your friendship and leadership. i think i speak for the entire country when we say that you continue to be a great treasure for all of us. [ applause ]
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as always, i have to thank president clinton for being so understanding with the record-breaking number of countries visited by our secretary of state. um -- [ applause ] as we have seen again in recent days, hillary clinton is a leader of grace and grit and i believe she will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state in american history, so we are grateful to her. [ applause ] to the dedicated cgi staff. and every organization that's made commitments and touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people, thank you. for being an example of wt we need more of in the world. especially in washington. working together to actually solve problems.
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and that's why i'm here. as bill mentioned, i have come to cgi ever yey year that i hav been president. i've talked about sustaining the recovery, creating more jobs, the importance of development from global health to our fight against hiv-aids to the growth that lifts nations to prosperity. we've talked about development and how it has to include women and girls because, by every benchmark, nations that educate their women and girls end up being more successful. [ applause ] and today i want to discuss an issue that relates to each of these challenges. it ought to concern every person. because it is a debasement of our common humanity. it ought to concern every community. because it tears at our social
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fabr fabric. it ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. it ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. i'm talking about the injustice, the outrage of human trafficking, what must be called by it's true name, modern slavery. [ applause ] now i do not use that word slavery lightly. it evokes one of the most painful chapain ful chant ter -- chapters in our american history.
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man is working for little or no pay, beaten if he tries to escape, that is slavery. when a woman is locked in a sweat shop or trapped in a home as a domestic servant alone and abused, and incapable of leaving, that is slavery. when a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed, that is slavery. when a little girl is sold by her impoverished family, girls my daughters' age, runs away from home or is lured by the false promise of a better life and then imprisoned in a brothel and tortured if she resists, it's slavery. it's barbaric, it is evil. it has no place in a civilized world. [ applause ] as a nation -- as a nation, we
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have long rejected such cruelty. just a few days ago, we marked the 150th anniversary of a document i have hanging in the oval office, the emancipation proclamation. it brought a new day that all persons held as slaves would thenceforth be forever free. we wrote that promise into our consistent t constitution. we spent decades trying to make it real. we joined with other nations in the declaration of human rights so that slavery and is slave trade would be prohibited in all forms. a global movement was sparked with the trafficking victims proe tex act. signed by president clinton and carried on by president bush. here at cgi, you have hemade
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impressive advances in this fight. we're joined by people who have helped victims to recover. men and women of faith who like the great abolitionists before them, are truly doing the lord's work. evangelicals, the catholic church, international justice mission, and world relief, even individual congregations like passion city church in atlanta, and so many young people of faith who have decided their conscience compels them to act in the face of injustice. groups like these are answering the bible's call to seek justice and rescue the oppressed. some of them join us today. we're grateful for your leadership. as president, i've made it clear the united states will continue the be a leader in this global movement. we have a strategy, we're
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shining a spot light on the dark corners where it persists. under hillary's leadership, we're doing more than ever with our annual trafficking report opinion with new outreach and partnerships. to give countries incentive to meet responsibilities. i renude sanctions on some of the worst abusers, recently, including north korea. we're partnering the other groups to step up efforts and we're seeing results. more nations have passed an more are enforcing modern anti-trafficking laws. last week, i was proud to welcome to the oval office, not only great examplon of democracy, but a fierce advocate against young lay bob.
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a -- labor. as part of the engagement, we'll encourage burma to keep trying to encourage reform. nations must speak with one voice. our people and our children are not for sale. for all the progress we have made, the bitter truth is that trafficking goes on right here in the united states. it's the migrant worker unable to pay off the debt to his trafficker. the man lured here with the promise of a job, his documents taken, then forced to work in a kitchen fn endless hours. the teenage girl beaten, forced to walk the streets. this should not be happening in the united states of america. i directed our administration to step up our efforts. we have. our annual trafficking report now includes the united states. we can't ask other nations to do what we are not doing ourselves. [ applause ]
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we have expanded our interagency task force to include more federal partners. the intelligence community is giving more resources. we strengthen pd protections so foreign-born workers know their rights. most of all, we're going after the traffickers. new anti-trafficking teams are dismantling their networks. last year, we charged a record number of these predators with human trafficking. we're putting them where they belong, behind bars. but -- [ applause ] but with more than 20 million victims of human trafficking around the world. think about that. more than 20 million. we have a lot more to do. that's why earlier this year, i directed my administration to increase our efforts. today, i announce a series of
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additional steps we're going take. first, we're going do more to stop it and stop it. we'll prepare a new assessment of human trafficking in the united states so we better understand the scope and scale of the problem. we'll strengthen training to investigators and law enforcement are better equipped to take action. treat victims as victims, not as criminals. [ applause ] we're going work with amtrak and bus and truck inspectors so they're on the lookout. we'll help teachers and educators. and better serve those who are vulnerable. especially our young people. we're turning the tables on the traffickers. just as they're using technology and the internet to exploit victims, we're goingarness technology to stop it. we're encouraging tech companies and advocates and law
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enforcement and challenging college students to develop tools that young people can use to stay safe online and on their smart phones. third, we'll do more to help victim res cover and rebuild their lives. we'll develop a new action plan to improve coordination across the federal government. we're increasing access to help survivors become self-sufficient. we're working to simply fie visa proce proceedures. this coming year, my office of faith-based partnerships will make human trafficking a focus of its work. they're doing great work. i'm also proud the announce a new partnership with humanity united. a multimillion dollar challenge to local communities to find new ways to care for trafficking victims.
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and i want to thank ojohns hopkins university for focusing on how best to care for child abuse victims. finally, as one of the largest purchasers of goods and services in the world, the united states government will lead by example. we have already taken stoeps to make sure our contracts do not engage in forced labor. today we're going further. i signed a new executive order that raises the bar. it is specific about the prohibitions. it does more to protect workers. it ensures stronger compliance. in short, we're making clear that american tax dollars must never, ever be used to support the trafficking of human beings. we'll have zero tolerance. we mean what we say. we will enforce it. [ applause ]
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of course no government, no nation can meet this challenge alone. everybody has a responsibility. every nation. can take action. modern anti-trafficking laws must be passed and enforced. justice systems must be strengthened. victims must be cared for. so here in the united states, congress should renew the trafficking victims protection act, whether you're a conservative, liberal, democrat, or reasopublican, this is a no-brainer. we need to get that done. ly as recommit to the underlying forces that push so many into bondage to begin with. with growth that creates legitimate jobs there is less likelihood of indentured servitude around the globe. a sense of justice that says no
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child should be exploited. that has to be burned into the cultures of every opportunity. a commitment to equality. as in the equal futures partnership we launched yesterday. so societies empower you are a sisters and daughters as much as our brothers and sons. [ applause ] and every business can take action. all the business leaders here, in our global economy, companies have to make sure that the sup ply chains, stretching to the far koerns of the globe, are free of forced labor. [ applause ] the good news is more and more responsible companies are holding themselves to higher standards. i want to salute the new commitments being made. including the new global business coalition against trafficking. companies sending a message that human trafficking is not a
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business model. it's a crime, we're going stop it. we're proud of them. [ applause ] every faith community can take action as well. by educating their congregations. joining in coalitions that are bound by a love of god and a concern for the the oppressed. like a good samaritan on the road to jericho. we can't just pass by indifferent. we have to be moved by compassion. we have to bind up the wounds. it comes around a simple truth. that we have our brothers and sister's keepers. every citizen can take action. by doing more, going to the website we created by insisting that the food we eat and the clothes we wear are
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made free of forced labor. that's how change happens, from the bottom up. if you doubt them, ask a woman from the congo. think about marie's story. kidnapped by rebels, was a slave, abused physically and sexually. they got her pregnant five times. in one awful battle, all five of her children were killed. miraculously, she survived and escaped. and with karen's support she learned to learn and heal. now she is back home working toward a new future. or ask a woman in indonesia.
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at 17 she was given an opportunity to work at a nanny in the united states, but when she arrived, it was a nightmare. cooking, cleaning, 18 hours a day, 7 days a week. one beating was so bad she went to the hospital. today, she has a stable job, she is an advocate, and has testified before congress. or, ask sheila white, who grew up in the bronx. fleaing an abusive home, she stays with a man who said he would protect her, and instead she was sold. finally after years, with the help of a nonprofit, she found the courage to break free and get the services she needs.
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she earned her g.e.d., and she helped pass an anti-trafficking law right here in new york. [ applause ] >> these women endured unspeakable horror, but in their unbreakable will, in their courage and resilience, they remind us that this cycle can be broken. victims can be survivors, and leaders and advocates, and bring about change. i just met several of the fellow advocates, and i have to tell you they are an incredible inspiration. they're here, i want them to stand and be recognized because they're inspiring all of us.
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[ applause ] to each of you, in the darkest hours of your lives, you may have felt utterly alone. it seemed like nobody cared. and the important thing for us to understand is there are millions of us around the world feeling that way at this very same moment. right now, there is a man on a
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boat casting the net with his bleeding up and dohands knowing deserves a better life but doesn't know if anyone is paying attention. there is a woman punch eed over sewing machine, looking through the barred windows, knowing one day she may sell her own wares. there is a boy in a factor, hauling a heavy load under a blazing sun, knowing if he could go to school, he might have a different future, but he doesn't think anyone is paying attention. right now, there is a girl, trapped in a brothel, crying herself to sleep, again. and daring to imagine that some day she may be treated not as a
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piece of property, but as a human being. so our message to them today is we see you, we hear you, we insist on your dignity, and we share in your belief that given the chance, you will forge a life worthy of your dreams, and our fight -- [ applause ] our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time, and the united states will continue to lead it in partnership with you. the chance we seek will not come easy. but we can draw strength from the movements of the path. we know that every life saved, in the words of that great proclamation, is an act of justice worthy of the considerate judgment of man kind and the gracious favor of the al
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mighty god. thank you very much, everybody, god bless you, god bless america. [ applause ] there youave president obama finishing up his talk at the clinton global initiative, talking about global trafficking, or modern day slavery. talking about targeting traffickers, stronger prosecutions by u.s. attorneys, and also making people aware that some of the things they're buying are in fact made by slaves. we'll be back after this. so, explain this. how can something get bigger.. and smaller? there's more of it.. and less of it? well, i guess the laws of physics are more like.. general guidelines.
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