The Christian Science Monitor of March 22 runs a story aout a 15 year old legal immigrant to the United States spent 5 years in plain view as a slave to a 60 year old man. A companion piece reports that anywhere from 50,000 to 200,00 people are now enslaved and trafficked in the US.

… For those not familiar with such situations, it may be difficult to grasp why someone would not just run away. “It speaks to the psychological coercion, the way people are controlled by fear,” says Kay Buck, executive director of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), in Los Angeles. “People are told over and over that if they tell anyone, they will be killed, or worse, family members will be killed. Coupled with violence on a regular basis, it wears down self-esteem.”

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