It’s the stuff of movies. A young woman is lured by the promise of a dream job, glamorous travel or a generous new boyfriend. Before long she is trapped in a foreign place while her “boyfriend” holds onto her visa and passport.
This happens in Asia and Eastern Europe where women and children have been enslaved in brothels. It happens in textile factories and coffee farms in South America and Africa.
The above scenario, however, is based on events reported in Greenville, N.C. last October. The victim in that case came from western North Carolina, but she was a victim of human trafficking.
Human trafficking has been defined as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or commercial sex services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.” (The U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000)