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My life as a sex-trafficking victim

Shandra Woworuntu arrived in the US hoping to start a new career in the hotel industry. Instead, she found she had been trafficked into a world of prostitution and sexual slavery, forced drug-taking and violence. It was months before she was able to turn the tables on her persecutors.

Swarens: Trafficking victim says she was enslaved on Indiana University campus

CLOSE BLOOMINGTON -- As she trudged across the Indiana University campus, a backpack on her shoulder, Tebby Kaisara looked like just another student. But Kaisara wasn't a student. She was a slave. Kaisara says a former IU graduate student coerced her into working as a domestic servant for 18 months.

'I was enslaved for 40 days'

"I was enslaved for 40 days but it felt like 40 years." Read one person's account of slavery, rescue and the challenges that remain. "We need to find a way to get to the root of the problem -- the demand for all products tainted with slave labor."

Unavoidable Destiny | Legally a Criminal, Legally a Victim: The Plight of the Bottom - Shared Hope International

Looking back at the 18 months of my victimization by a "guerilla pimp" (most abusive type of pimp), I have to make an honest decision in regard to my actions. While under the direction of the pimp, I did commit punishable offenses under the law and was charged with conspiracy to commit the Mann Act-driving ...

Human trafficking survivor: I was raped 43,200 times

Human trafficking survivor says she was was raped 43,200 times in four years.

I Am a Survivor of Human Trafficking: Nena's Story

"I had to brush the dogs' teeth, clean their ears, and give them vitamins each day. But I had to sleep on a dog bed in the living room." This is one of three first-person accounts written by survivors of human trafficking. The others, as well as background about the project, can be found here.

Maria Suarez Read the survival story of Maria Suarez.

Interviewing a Romanian Sex Trafficker | Ross Kemp Extreme World

Before he leaves Romania, Ross visits Bucharest's largest prison to meet a trafficker who's serving a four and a half year sentence.

Shocking Sex Trafficker Interview | Ross Kemp Extreme World

In one of his most shocking interview ever, Ross Kemp meets a trafficker in India who is being investigated for over 25 different offences.


Modern Day Slavery - Full Episode

Human trafficking represents a multibillion in international trade per annum and continues to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries. While undeniably a global phenomenon, the U.S., as one of the world's leading human trafficking importers, bears a special responsibility to combat this practice. The U.S.

Human Trafficking: Modern-day Slavery in America

Newark, New Jersey (CNN) -- They arrived in the United States from West Africa, young girls held against their will and forced to work for hours on end. But this time, it didn't happen hundreds of years ago. Nicole's journey started in 2002, when she was barely 12, in her small village in western Ghana.

One in 200 people is a slave. Why?

It affects more than 40 million people worldwide - more than at any other time in history

Sins before our eyes: Modern slavery

"There are more people in slavery today than at any time in human history." Thus reads a declaration signed in Istanbul on February 7 by two of the world's foremost religious leaders: Bartholomew, Archbishop of New-Rome and Patriarch of Constantinople, and Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury.

New Networks to Fight Modern Slavery

The exploitation of people - whether their efforts are provided by debt bondage, under threat of violence, psychologically, by imprisonment or deceiving the poor and desperate - is well-documented in most industries where unskilled labor is used. As the Nestle catfood case recently highlighted, these activities are not relegated to rural villages far away from modernity.

MODERN-DAY SLAVERY: 'This crime does not discriminate'

When people talk about who's likely to be lured into human trafficking-and then regularly sold for sex against their will- the discussion focuses on the vulnerable. Runaways, foster children aging out of the system, the homeless, victims of abuse or violence, the poor and the oppressed often top the list.

MODERN-DAY SLAVERY: Locally, a person 'can order a pizza and a prostitute in 5 minutes'

During a recent forum on human trafficking, DeDe Wallace got the attention of the 110 people in the room when she asked about those who trade sex for money. "If I said I work with prostitutes, how many of you would be here?" wondered Wallace, a Stafford County resident and victim assistance specialist with Homeland Security Investigations.

Modern-Day Slavery

Editorial on difficulty of curbing modern variations of slavery; says developed world needs to realize that slavery exists and that its victims may help produce goods we buy; says it is important that people in nations where it is widespread see slavery as human rights abuse, not acceptable traditional practice

Modern Day Slavery: Shyima's Story

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Truckers enlisted to fight human trafficking, 'modern day slavery'

When you hear about human trafficking in the U.S., you probably think it's just a law enforcement problem. But there is one group critical in the effort to combat human trafficking - truckers. Truckers are the eyes and ears on the roads, seeing first-hand that it's an atrocity sweeping the nation.

Modern-Day Slavery-You are a dog(Fredericksburg article)

Ending Modern Slavery: How America is Working to Stop Human Trafficking - USGLC

It's a problem hidden in plain sight, found throughout the U.S. and across the world. Human trafficking, or modern day slavery, is more pervasive than ever. On Sunday, the U.N.'s World Day Against Trafficking, Pope Francis made an appeal to the world, urging countries to take action against "this abhorrent plague, a form of modern slavery."

How to help: Anti-trafficking organizations around the world

If you are looking for a way to help fight against human trafficking, here's a list of global anti-trafficking organizations, as well as organizations active in specific countries.

End Slavery Now | Resources to End Human Trafficking - End Slavery Now

Join the movement to end slavery. Discover resources on how to fight modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Let us help you find your role in ending slavery.

The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act (TVPA)

Tariff Act of 1930

PROTECT Act of 2003

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 (CAFRA)

The Mann Act of 1910

Human Trafficking State Laws

Virginia's laws against trafficking among toughest

In 2003, Washington became the first state to make human trafficking a crime, and since then, every state in the nation has put in place laws and penalties against those who want to profit from forced labor or what the National Conference of State Legislatures calls "sexual servitude."

Federal Law

Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons (TIP), is a modern-day form of slavery. It is a crime under federal and international law; it is also a crime in every state in the United States. Federal Anti-Trafficking Laws The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000 is the first comprehensive federal law to address trafficking in persons.

U.S. Government Entities Combating Human Trafficking

Combating human trafficking requires a comprehensive, multidisciplinary effort. Within government, this means the participation and coordination among agencies with a range of responsibilities that include criminal enforcement, labor enforcement, victim outreach and services, public awareness, education, trade policy, international development and programs, immigration, intelligence, and diplomacy.

The variety of selected materials have been collected from sites that share the narratives of the modern-day slave survivors. These sites consist of several news companies such as CNN, The New York Times, The Free Lance Star, The Huffington Post, BBC, Fox News, ABC News, The Guardian, and The Washington Post. Additional materials are from government sites as well as YouTube videos that share victims’ documentaries. There are articles of slave narratives from anti-slave organizations, along with the site of the organizations working to eradicate trafficking by increasing public awareness and supporting the victims.

The materials above include the survivors’ stories, traffickers’ points of view, documentaries, news articles that report on modern-day slavery and the victims’ stories, anti-slavery organizations along with government laws that have been enacted in efforts to eliminate trafficking. 

Excluded materials are not directly related to modern-day slavery. Fictional movies such as “Taken” and fictional novels are also excluded. Articles that define modern-day slavery but do not involve survival stories are also not included.

While collecting the materials, I only used narratives of the survival stories to avoid bias. Most of the narratives include victims from different ages, gender, race, and ethnicity to show the diversity of modern-day slavery. I was very careful to look at the sources to ensure legitimacy, thus I used articles from credible and different types of news companies. Likewise, in order to avoid bias, I gathered materials from various sources to include news articles, magazines, organizations, government laws, documentaries that address this topic.