During the course of multiple hospital visits, we meet a doctor who asks my client how long she has been feeling this pain. Three to four years, she answers. But why did she wait so long to seek help, the doctor asks me incredulously as he does not speak Spanish. Because, I answer, she is a trafficking victim who only recently escaped from the control of her traffickers.
In my placement as an AVODAH corps member at Sanctuary for Families, I work primarily with immigrant women victims of sex trafficking. While many people think that human trafficking is an issue that only occurs in developing countries, the unfortunate reality is that human trafficking is happening all over the United States. Although the name suggests that this is a crime related to transportation and movement, trafficking is primarily about the exploitation of people and is a form of modern-day slavery (watch President Obama’s speech on human trafficking). Human trafficking victims in the United States are both foreign-born and U.S. citizens. While labor-trafficking victims are forced to work for little or no pay in almost every industry, including agriculture, nail salons or as domestic servants who cook and clean seven days a week, the vast majority of trafficking victims are women and children who are being trafficked for sexual exploitation.
Source: Huffington Post