Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery; it is the illegal trade or sale of men, women, and children for the commercial uses of sexual exploitation or enforced labor.
Often found working in sweat shops, factories, homes, and the sex industry, victims receive no pay for their work and their freedom of movement is restricted.
Human trafficking is not limited to foreign countries. Between 2008 and 2012, the United States reported nearly 10,000 potential cases of this appalling practice. Brought to the U.S. either against their will or under false pretense, non-citizen victims of human trafficking are often kept apart from mainstream U.S. society.
In 2000, Congress passed the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, which created two protective visas for victims of human trafficking. Applicants for these visas cannot have a criminal record.
Shockingly, more people live in slavery today than in the entire 350-year history of the slave trade. Surprisingly, many of these people live amongst us.
The U.S. Department of Justice reports human trafficking is the fasting growing criminal enterprise; the second-largest crime sector, roughly half of all victims are children.
Vulnerable and susceptible to prey, young victims are often forced into prostitution, performing in the porn business, dancing in strip clubs, and other involuntary services.
Eisenberg and Baum recognizes the remarkable amount of courage it takes to come forward. We respect your decision, and while we can’t change the past, we believe speaking out about what happened can allow justice to be served and perhaps help others from going down a similar path of pain and sorrow. We look forward to you contacting us.