Read this story from NY Daily News.
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.