Every day, countless people become victims of human trafficking…even in the United States. The problem is right in our backyards; yet sadly, so many of us are unaware of its existence. Now that the largest U.S. human trafficking case in history has come to a close, the perpetrator faces 40 years in prison and we can breathe a sigh of relief knowing one less despicable offender is roaming our streets.
But what about the victims of this heinous crime? In this case, the several Vietnamese women who were enslaved and in a forced labor situation have been granted visas by the U.S. government. Thankfully, many of them are able to move on to live healthy, happy lives. As these women attempt to rebuild their lives and restore their dignity, there is now a fight to have the Vietnamese government pay out $3.5 million to the victims in back pay and damages…but will they acquiesce?
It’s important for governments around the world to take responsibility for the issue of human trafficking, as it happens on their soil and affects the lives of their citizens. Thanks to the U.S. justice system, another victory has been won in the fight against human trafficking, offering hope to the many suffering victims still out there.
Fortunately, as citizens of a free country, we have the opportunity to join the ranks and help put an end to this horrific crime against humanity. There are several organizations out there that are actively working with the government to ensure victims’ rights are secured. For more information on how you can join the fight against human trafficking, email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the Fight Against Human Trafficking. Also, if you suspect a human trafficking crime is taking place, please call 1-888-3737-888.
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