Human Traffic Watch

Suburbs aren’t immune from human trafficking, experts say

In Awareness, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on May 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm

For six years, the young woman worked faithfully as a nanny for a well-off Elgin couple who took away her identification and passport after luring her to the United States with promises too good to be true.

Unpaid and isolated, she never thought of leaving or telling authorities for fear of deportation or retaliation.

“Many people don’t believe this happens nearby,” attorney Kim Spagui said in telling of the nanny’s experiences at a human trafficking forum held at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin Saturday.

But “it’s a suburban issue,” she noted. “An issue here in town … in Kane, Lake, McHenry, DuPage counties … we’re seeing it everywhere.”

Source: Daily Herald

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