KNOW THE PEOPLE
The Facts on Modern Day Slavery
- 14,500 to 17,500 persons are trafficked into the United States each year for labor
or sexual exploitation.
- 25% of all human trafficking victims certified in the United States were in Texas.
- Texas is now ranked the second largest hub for human trafficking in the United States
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Are you or anyone you know.....
- Unable to leave or come and go as they wish
- Working excessively long and/or unusual hours
- Show signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint
- Not in control of own money, no financial records, bank account or own identification documents
....if yes, contact 1.888.373.7888 (national) 817.534.0814 (local) for information.
In Arlington, Texas, a couple was sentenced on June 4, 2010 by U.S.
District Court Judge
John H. McBryde for forcing a Nigerian widow to
perform domestic labor for them for more
than eight years. The Nigerian
couple recruited the widow in Nigeria with promises that
children would be cared for in exchange for her work in the United
arrival in the United States, the couple confiscated the
victim’s passport and never
For more than eight years, the
victim cared for the defendants’ children day and night,
cleaned, with no days off. The couple did not allow the victim out
unsupervised, was prohibited from speaking with her children
on the phone
unsupervised, and was forbidden to make friends. The male
perpetrator also sexually
Although the widow was promised
that her family would be cared for, her family received
a total of
about $300 over the eight years. The victim was eventually rescued by a
community member and the couple was sentenced to serve prison time and
pay $305,957.60 in restitution to the victim.
- Debt bondage
- Overwhelming financial obligations
- Isolation from the public, family, and/or members of their ethnic
and/or religious community
- Confiscation of passports, visas
and/or identification documents
- Use or threat of violence toward
victims and/or families of victims
- The threat of shaming victims by exposing circumstances to family
- Telling victims they will be imprisoned
or deported if they contact authorities
- Control of the victims' money
(i.e. holding their money for "safe-keeping")
- Kept under lock and key, or otherwise physically restrained