It is easy to think of sex trafficking as something that only happens far off in Asia or in the movie Taken. But human trafficking happens in America as well. This week, in Lakewood, New Jersey, Jose Cruz “Chato” Romero-Flores, along with his girlfriend and four male associates, were arrested in a human trafficking bust, reports USA Today.
Romero-Flores allegedly ran three brothels in Lakewood and filled them with women lured from their homes in Latin America with promises of jobs as house cleaners or babysitters. In these brothels, women were forced to serve up to 40 clients in a single day.
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Slavery is alive and well and happening in upstate New York, if the story of Annie George (pictured) and Valsamma Mathai is to be believed. Mathai, who worked for George in her 30,000 square foot Rexford, New York, mansion for 6-1/2 years, says she was forced to work 12-hour days and was not allowed to leave. George, she claims, kept her passport and visa, and forced her to sleep in the walk-in closet of a room inhabited by some of George’s five children.
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We tend to think of human trafficking as something that happens over there, a crime committed by someone else. But, as discussed in a piece in the current issue of The New Yorker, it turns out that human trafficking is part of the bedrock that keeps the U.S. military afloat in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. And poor women from around the world are its victims. Keep reading »
OK, Lindsay Lohan‘s involvement in a BBC documentary about the trafficking of women and children is très random. But if “Lindsay Lohan In India” is how LiLo tries to rehabilitate her career — especially over, say, “I Know Who Killed Me … Again!” — so be it. Human trafficking is definitely a worthy cause that could use a little star power. [YouTube] Keep reading »
Hasn’t it been a while since we saw Lucy Liu do something fabulous? Turns out, it’s because she’s been busy producing and narrating a new documentary called “Red Light.” It’s about human trafficking, which the Department of Justice says is the third most profitable criminal activity in the world. Now that Lucy’s promoting the film, we hope to see a lot more of her. At the Cairo International Film Festival, she expressed her dedication to pursuing the end of human trafficking, though she knows it “is really going to take a really long time.” Look at the trailer above, and tell me it doesn’t tear your heart out. [AP] Keep reading »