Human Trafficking Oratory

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Human Trafficking

Brianna is a waitress in a small town in Washington state. As she takes orders and serves food, repeats, “Hello, my name is Brianna and I will be your waitress today. Can I start you off with a drink?” over and over, she thinks of many things. Perhaps she thinks about cheering at the next football game or the fact that she’ll have to clean her room when she gets home. Maybe she wonders if the steak is really as good as everyone says or how she’ll celebrate her birthday in a few weeks. She doesn’t worry about the middle aged man staring her down from across the floor, she doesn’t worry about the way he and his “wife” seem a little too interested in the life of a 17 year old girl. She gets a little suspicious when the
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What does this mean? It means that anyone in this room can fall into the vicious pulpit of Modern Day Slavery.

As you can imagine there are hundreds of thousands of stories like Brianna’s: the 31 year old African housekeeper who was held prisoner for 22 months, sleeping on a bathroom floor and eating rarely, the Moldovan mother who left her six year old for a business venture that did not turn out well. The Indonesian man that wanted nothing more than to come to the U.S. to be a registered nurse, but was deceived into a slavery. The 16 year old Chinese boy that needed to make money to provide for his mother and two younger brothers. The 15 year old Mexican girl who was sold into slavery by her boss for $200. After five years of imprisonment her “boss” was murdered and she was finally liberated, only to be thrown in jail for over 20 years for that murder.

Why do these stories exist? What compels a person to enslave another? The answer to these questions is simple a lot simpler than one might think. Most people in the community are unaware of human trafficking, there aren’t many laws that specifically address human trafficking, help isn’t typically offered to victims of human trafficking. All of these factors make it that much easier for the traffickers to get away with their crimes. To put it in perspective, one trafficker is convicted for every 405 slaves. Since these traffickers don’t run a legal business, don’t pay taxes and don’t
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