Modern Slavery Emerges From the Shadows

Enforcement of immigration laws could be making human trafficking tougher to detect.


An estimated 21 million people are subjected to forced labor worldwide. Ima Matul, center, was one of them.

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Service providers are rooting for immigration reforms that might make the choice of seeking help more viable. Removing the trafficker's ability to hold a victim's immigration status over their head would arm them with the ability to complain about working conditions, to change employers, or come to a social service agency without fear of being arrested, Williams says.

Ima now works as a survivor organizer for CAST, the Los Angeles organization that rescued her. She has met President Obama and testified before Congress on human trafficking.

Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center to report a tip or request information or assistance: 1-888-373-7888.

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