Human Traffic Watch

Woman escapes modern-day slavery in a home near the nation’s capital

In Child Labor, Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude on April 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm

A few years ago, a kind lady at church suggested she make a run for it. “Run, run,” she told her. “Don’t shower, don’t change your clothes, don’t take anything.” Just run into the dark of early morning, through the nice, American neighborhood, when all are still asleep. And the kind lady from church picked her up at the rendezvous point.

Esther will celebrate her emancipation day Tuesday. But to be honest, she celebrates it every day.

“Now, I have peace. Peace in my heart. It is happy. I am happy,” Esther told me, asking that I not reveal her full name or native country because she still fears her captors.

Esther is one of thousands of survivors of human trafficking in the United States.

Source: Washington Post


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