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Identifying and Assisting Trafficking Victims

Luis CdeBaca
Ambassador-at-Large, Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Washington, DC
December 1, 2010


Hi, I'm Ambassador Lou deBaca, and I'm here to tell you that everyone has the potential to discover a human trafficking victim. Over the last 15 years I've met countless people who had a gut feeling that something was wrong and acted on it. There's the neighbor who noticed a frightened-looking domestic servant. The person at a nail salon who noticed the controlling boss and the silent technicians. The restaurant patron or the spa customer who saw sleeping bags in the back of the building. These average people could have looked the other way, but instead they reported what they saw and the result was freedom for a trafficked person. And so I urge everyone to learn a little bit more about human trafficking: What are the red flags? What are the cases we’ve seen here in the United States? and What are good follow up questions to ask? Then you’ll know it when you see it, and you'll be able to act. Thank you.


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