Passover is a jarring reminder: Slavery still thrives today
The Washington Post
By Marvin I. Schotland
Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
March 29, 2018
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…Nationally, according to the State Department, about 15,000 people are brought into the U.S. annually for exploitation. Victims of labor trafficking are predominantly immigrants, brought to this country illegally or on visas with promises of legitimate work.
But they are only part of this ongoing tragedy. The overwhelming majority of victims of sex trafficking — 83 percent, according to the Department of Justice — are American citizens, often children.
It is a grim picture, but there are green shoots of promise. Law enforcement has made real progress in rooting out and prosecuting traffickers. Social-service agencies, collaborating with community nonprofits such as the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking and Saving Innocence, are helping survivors who have escaped from trafficking build new and productive lives. …