October 4, 2013
Human trafficking is a new catch-all term for very old crimes - sexual exploitation and slave labor. Quantifying the problem is difficult but when it comes to slave labor, the experts say unscrupulous labor contractors coerce victims into illegal work in agriculture, fast food and construction. The other side of the equation is the sex trade where young runaways and vulnerable immigrants are often the targets for predators who use threats, physical violence, economic power and psychological control to turn their victims into prostitutes, call girls and entertainers. Northwest Now host Tom Layson takes a closer look and is joined for a discussion of the problem by 36th-District state Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Lindquist and Emma Catague with API Chaya - a non-profit supporting human trafficking victims in the Asian community.
The conversation continues...