The much talked about Alex Tizon article about his family’s slave has sparked the talk on modern day slavery.
But in Southern California alone, unfortunately, human trafficking is nothing new.
According to the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, 50,000 workers are trafficked in to the US annually, with Los Angeles as a main hub.
Data from the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council shows that LA County agencies alone assisted some 15,000 human trafficking victims from 2014 thru 2015 — and a quarter of the victims are Asian.
While circumstances and perpetrators may differ but origins are similar — Filipinos looking for a better life find work through recruitment agencies.
Filipinos continue to be exploited for cheap labor, sometimes in a systemic large scale plot.
But for those who breaking free from the chains of modern day slavery, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
When victims of modern slavery take a stand, they can eventually find legal aid and relief through trafficking visas that allow them temporary legal residency, work permits, and the chance to bring their families to the US.