Story of a sex slave

Read this story from NY Daily News.

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A young girl was promised a better life if in America with her boyfriend’s family in Queens, where they would get restaurant jobs. Instead of the better life she was promised, she was trafficked across the border only to become an enslaved prostitute who had to repay the smuggling fees to her captures. The relative who was supposed to take care of her ended up being a veteran pimp, and her boyfriend did not follow her to America. He was involved in this sex trafficking ring, too.

Sadly, this is not rare. This is the story of thousands of young girls who were promised a better life, only to be forced into selling their bodies for sex and being stuck in a life of debt- with no way out.

Human trafficking is a serious problem facing our globalized world. Young men, women and children are trafficked across the world to serve as sex slaves, indentured servants, house maids etc. They work hard, but make no money because they have to pay their captures back for smuggling them here. The rate of paying them back is worsened by the high interest rate their captures attach. Essentially, those who are trafficked rarely become free; they are forced to just work for their captures until they die, have enough courage to flee or, in some instances, when police or government intervene.

The girl in the story is one of the rare cases: she ran away and, luckily, she is able to tell her story.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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