6: Maria’s Human Trafficking Story

Learn about a real human trafficking story from our special guest, Maria Suarez. Sandra Morgan, the Director of the Global Center for Women and Justice and Dave Stachowiak, one of the Center’s board members, interview Maria about her story and learn how her experience is (unfortunately) all too common.

Key Points

  • Many victims come to America by their own will, but are trafficked afterwards.
  • Victims often try to find work to support their families, making them vulnerable for traffickers to offer false opportunities and promises to lure victims into exploitation.
  • Often, immigrants who have been trafficked feel helpless because they might not know where they are, how to speak the language, or they fear being deported.
  • Traffickers humiliate victims and force them to believe that they are the traffickers’ slave, and that the they are the property of the traffickers.
  • Many traffickers keep victims captive by threatening to harm the victim’s family.
  • Traffickers use force, fraud, and coercion to traffic victims.
  • Young girls who want to come to America often don’t have access to media and proper education in order to inform them of what human trafficking is and that by coming to America they are at risk of exploitation.
  • Immigrants dream of a better life in America, but find themselves paying a very high price through slavery.

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