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February 2, 2015

The many faces of modern slavery

An op-ed by Melysa Sperber, Director of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), was recently published in the Washington Examiner.  In her piece, Melysa describes the various forms of modern-day slavery that exist and the hidden nature of the crime.

“We can’t imagine turning our backs on a vulnerable person in obvious distress — no one expects to turn away from a bully targeting a child in a schoolyard, from a thief scoping out an unaware victim, or an employer endangering workers in unsafe conditions. But when exploitation is less recognizable, less in our faces, it is harder to do the right thing.  Such is the case with human trafficking, because this horrific human rights crime is often not blatant or out in the open. The fact is, it is too easy to overlook modern slavery’s victims, because they are often hidden, even in plain sight.”

Melysa goes on to suggest three actions Congress can take to help prevent trafficking and support its victims and survivors.

Click here to read the full op-ed.

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