We did not know it was human trafficking. We only knew that my friend’s daughter, Sandy, had attended a job fair at a well-known hotel. An employer told her that she could have the job, if she would go immediately with the other new hires and the staff to a training session. The company would provide transportation. She barely had time to go home, pack and leave her mother a note. She had just turned 18.
What followed was a parent’s nightmare. With the help of the Houston Better Business Bureau, the Texas Attorney General’s staff, the FBI and the County Sheriff, Sandy was rescued. She had been subjected to sleep deprivation, but no drugs. Later, we learned that some of the kids had been beaten and maybe sexually abused.
Now we have laws against human trafficking. In 1987, we had none. Nonetheless, the FBI reports that today human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the country behind drug trafficking.
Learn more about this hideous new form of slavery. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be presenting Nola Theiss, the Executive Director of Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships at its annual celebration of International Women’s Day, Thursday March 8. She will speak on “Women Helping Women and Girls End Human Trafficking”. We will enjoy a gourmet lunch and valet parking at Marco Island Country Club ($45). Reservations are required. Contact Saundra Martell at 239-642-7569 or firstname.lastname@example.org.