Slavery is rampant in the United States, and many of us don’t know anything about it! Whether it’s sex trafficking or forced labor, too many people are forced into unwilling service. I came across this article from CNN today written by one such slave, and I felt the need to share. I am glad to hear that the law is finally going to require companies to take responsibility for slavery in their manufacturing plants, and just hope that their efforts work!

Here is an excerpt from the article:

CNN - Sewing Labor Slave

I was forced to work 18 hours a day making dresses that were being sold for $200 department stores. When all the workers in the factory got to go home, I had to clean the factory. I was forced to sleep at the factory in a storage room and I had to share a single mattress with another victim. The other workers in the factory were able to come and go at the end of their shift. I was forbidden to talk to anyone or from putting one step outside of the factory. I worked hard and I was always hungry. I was given only one meal a day and I had 10 minutes to eat. If I took longer, I was punished….My trafficker told me that if I ever go to the police, they wouldn’t believe me. She said that she knew where my children and my mother lived and that I wouldn’t want them to pay the consequences.

Here is the article: I was enslaved for 40 days