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    NJ - Slaves at Hair Salons

    In 2007, ICE was given a tip that there were teens being held against their will at braiding salons all over New Jersey. They set up surveillance and raided the homes where the girls were kept-the girls had been trafficked from Africa by people who knew their families, and promised them a better education in the US.

    The girls slept on the floor, were beaten, raped and starved. They were monitored while making regular phone calls to their families to continue the deception that they were in school. They had hundreds of clients. Hundreds. No one reported anything-these children were instructed to say they were 18 if asked about their age...

    They are speaking out now-their traffickers received 24 years, and 4.5 years respectively. What kind of justice is that I wonder?

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/12/02/...ex.html?hpt=C1

    Look around you-these children are hiding in plain sight.

    ETA: The victims in this case were children, but human trafficking crosses many different ages.
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    That's so sad - and an eye-opener for me.

    I tend to think of those who are trafficked as farm or sex worker slaves...just shows my ignorance on the subject.

    It sure makes me more aware so that I don't pass up an opportunity to speak up to authorities if I ever suspect something's not quite right.
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    This is so sad. I can't comprehend what kind of person you must be to take part in hurting other human beings like this. May these girls be very blessed for the rest of their lives.
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    I always wonder about all the nail ladies in the Korean/Philipine (sp?) shops. We have several in our County that have sprung up over the last 10-15 years. They always smile and are friendly and I have NEVER seen anything that made me uncomfortable, but still I wonder.

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    What a terribly sad story. Boy, the next time I go to a nail salon or hair salon, I'm going to pay attention to the actions and words of the workers.

    JMHO
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    An excellent resource for education:

    http://www.polarisproject.org/

    Lots of in depth articles about international, transnational and domestic trafficking. Set aside 30 minutes and you will come away with your eyes opened.

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    I think the key in some of these possibilities is the age thing. A 12 year old does not look 18. Someone who is beaten and starved is not vivacious and engaging. They are silent waiting to be rescued without drawing attention to themselves. JMO.
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