Why Human Trafficking Goes Unreported

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CHANNEL 5 NEWS brought you the story of two women who were victims of the slave trade. Their horrific journey brought them to the Valley where they were made to work as house and sex slaves.

Luckily these two women reached out to friends who helped them escape the slave trade, but as FBI Agent Maritza Conde-Vasquez tells us, not all slaves are as lucky.

She says, “Sex trade, sex trafficking is an area that we have a lot of trouble with. It’s because of the intimate nature of the act. Victims are not coming forward, they are not feeling comfortable coming forward. They feel embarrassed, they feel ashamed t,hey feel trapped and they’re threatened. They are not going to come to law enforcement and say, ‘I am a victim of human trafficking.’ They don’t know what human trafficking is. They don’t even know they have rights. They are thinking, ‘I am not a citizen. I don’t have a right to do anything. I don’t have a right to protection,’ which is wrong. Our constitution protects every human being. It does not discriminate if you are an illegal immigrant, if you are a U.S. citizen, if you are an immigrant with a permit or a visa, you’re still protected under the U.S. Constitution.

The FBI has set up a hotline for anyone who needs to call and report human trafficking. You can call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888.

source: http://www.krgv.com/news/local/story/Why-Human-Trafficking-Goes-Unreported/KTaUfDTdiEC4QSUUGDE8vA.cspx

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