Highlights: Ending Trafficking: A Discussion on Human Rights

slavery today is an aberration of how we
trade I used to believe that I was in this very privileged position that I was
living in a in a country that respected human rights and the day was free though
awful things going on around the world but I hadn’t actually caused them but
when I got to the truth and I met with children who are in child slavery and
fishing and make Salter and he meet with these kids who’ve watched their friends
drown who’ve been beaten and abused and they’re coming out of it this uneasy
question surfaced for me have I where does this fish get sold
what’s the market if it goes through have I ever eaten this fish have I ever
paid for this have I ever used it to feed my child and it made my skin crawl
because I couldn’t find out we have a system that has economically enabled
this to be hidden for slave in supply chains is something that happens on a
farm or in a factory or in a mine you may not just walk on to those places
find the person pull them out it’s an internal problem so from a policy
perspective you step right into a mass of self-protective silence each of whom
see this problem through their own lens and then they have to confront what
force exists which is actually dealing with an escaped victim or dealing with a
survivor or an advocate who’s coming forward and frankly a lot of countries
do it badly and even the United States does this sadly and unfortunately that’s
what it seems like it takes it takes something horrible so the law can be in
the books there can be a structure and yet it seems as though it takes a huge
tragedy and one of the things that I think all of us would work
to try to accomplish is how do we raise people’s hackles on this so that it
doesn’t take nineteen people drowning to get them to do something because one
person enslaved in a garment factory here or one person enslaved Constitution
fear is as much of a tragedy as those nineteen people my sewing teacher was
conducted by trafficker from Los Angeles and she came to my house and invited me
with this great opportunity to come to the United States what I was making it
wasn’t enough to feed my three children and here in Los Angeles
I met my trafficker again I worked 17 to 18 hours a day seven days a week I
wasn’t allowed to put one step out of the factory so I started asking her to
let me go to a church that Sunday when I finally got my freedom I didn’t go back
thanks to organizations like Chula Incas I was able to get back to my faith we
all can be a part of the solution and we can all our consumers can demand justice
in a supply chain transparency we can make the difference and we can eradicate
human trafficking you

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