This is a huge problem here in the USA. I live on a major trafficking corridor. I recently attended a workshop at my church on this problem and it’s scary to know that someone in my own neighborhood may be a slave and I may not even be able to tell. Workers in my favorite Chinese restaurant could also be there involuntarily for all I know. I’m not sure how one finds out about these things. Just because a worker looks unhappy doesn’t mean he is a slave. Even the owner doesn’t smile a lot. I don’t want to support businesses that are part of this problem, nor do I want to mistrust every business that employs people who can barely speak English and don’t always look happy.

I’ve been thinking about writing on this subject myself, so I’m glad you beat me to it. I’m still not sure what my role is in solving this problem. I think our illegal immigration problem contributes to this since I’m sure slaves are smuggled across our southern border every day.

Most of our Congress resists doing anything about it. Too many big corporations who want open borders have bought their representatives. I think we need to open people’s eyes to the problem. Open borders do not always mean freedom and opportunity for those crossing illegally. Many adults are bringing children across who aren’t theirs just to get into the country. I have no doubt many of these will be sold once across the border. The press loses interest in these children the minute they are across the border.

Christian, bereaved adoptive mom, blogger, amateur nature photographer, voracious reader. Married 54 years. Central Coast of California.

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