Domestic Servitude


DEBRA'S STORY

 

 

WASHINGTON, DC, USA

As a young girl, Debra left her home in Tanzania to work in the United States. With the promise of a good-paying job and a better life, she was hired to work as a caregiver for a family in Washington, DC. When she arrived, Debra found herself forced to cook, clean, and care for her employer’s children day in and day out, all without pay.

Working with Polaris's National Human Trafficking Hotline, FBI Agent Greg Bristol, was able to gain Debra’s trust and help her out of her trafficking situation.

Many cases of domestic servitude like Debra’s remain hidden behind closed doors. In fact, it is estimated that some 14.2 million people worldwide are victims of forced labor in industries including agriculture, construction, domestic work, and manufacturing.

Organizations such as Polaris work with survivors and victims of human trafficking, providing with them with the support, resources, and services they need. In 2014, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received 21,413 calls, 818 of which pertained to cases involving labor trafficking.

For more information on the National Human Trafficking Hotline, please visit traffickingresourcecenter.org.


I was doing everything. I was taking care of her kids, two of them, sleeping with them, twenty-four hours, all day. There was no break, and I was cleaning too and cooking. Doing everything.
— Debra in Not My Life