CNN’s Gena Somra tells the story of two young Nigerian women brought to America on the promise of an education only to find themselves serving as domestic slaves and beaten on a regular basis. This story isn’t from some far away place or in some poverty stricken area, it took place just up the road from me in Suwanee.
Kudos to US Attorney Sally Yates for putting this monster away. Also take note of the people who helped the victims. These vicious crimes are happening right under our noses and we need to keep our eyes open and help when we can.
Creative Loafing recently published an article about human trafficking in Atlanta, and earlier this year the Georgia Legislature passed HB200 aimed and fighting human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
On a related note, last Sunday night I went to a screening of a documentary called “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls” at Church of the Apostles in Atlanta. The documentary focuses on the global sex trade and the young girls tricked, kidnapped, and even sold by their parents into the sex trade. In the film your learn that human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world today and that the average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12-14, a fact that challenges the notions that prostitution is a victimless crime or that young prostitutes get into the trade willingly.
Sex trafficking and human trafficking are serious problems right on our doorstep.