Human Traffic Watch

This American Life: This Call May Be Recorded… To Save Your Life

In Human Trafficking on August 14, 2013 at 10:17 pm

A journalist named Meron Estefanos gets a disturbing tip. She’s given a phone number that supposedly belongs to a group of refugees being held hostage in the Sinai desert. She dials the number, and soon dozens of strangers are begging her to rescue them. How can she ignore them?

Meron came to learn that the hostages were allowed access to cell phones so they could beg their families to send money. We have an interpreters translating what Biniam and Meron said to each other.

Binyam

[SPEAKING TIGRINYA]

Translator

The place we are held at is an underground facility. They have us chained. And they have taken three people to the outside. We hear cries from the outside. We don’t know whether they are being tortured or whether they are dead.

Meron Estefanos

[SPEAKING TIGRINYA]

Translator

Tell me more. What are they saying to you?

Biniam

[SPEAKING TIGRINYA]

Translator

The people who are holding us are saying that unless we make good on our investment, there will not be a solution. They tell us they will drink our blood.

This American Life

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