No wages. Impossibly long work days. Denied rest, or food, or both.
Slavery still exists in America—in the form of human trafficking. The illegal trade of human beings for forced labor is a growing issue that has attracted little public attention.
Bet Tzedek’s Employment Rights Project has taken on the immense task of helping to eradicate human trafficking in Los Angeles County.
Suminarti Sayuti Yusuf was brought from Jakarta, Indonesia, to California by a La Cañada-Flintridge couple who confiscated her passport, forced her to work 16-hour days without rest or pay and said she would be raped or arrested if she left the house.
But Yusuf was brave. And now the La Cañada-Flintridge couple is paying the price. The price of $768,000 to Yusuf after Bet Tzedek, partnering with the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers, successfully sued on her behalf in a landmark slave-labor-trafficking case.
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