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An escaped 16-year-old child, raped numerous times by ISIS fighters, gave an account of life as a sex slave to jihadist extremists. When I was sold from one man to another, the box of pills came with me,” she said to the NY Times.
Each morning, I wake up my 10-year-old son, Nicholas, cook him breakfast, and put him on the bus to school. I might get a text or phone call from my daughter, Tania, who is 20, or chat with my mother, Theresia, who sometimes stays with Nick and me.These days, I'm surrounded by people who love and care for me.A far cry from what I experienced when I first moved to the United States 15 years ago.Louisiana had 244 cases of human trafficking in 2015, DCFS data shows.One hundred and four of those cases involved children.“If you look at the data, there’s more slaves in the world today than at any time in history,” said George Mills, Trafficking Hope in Baton Rouge's executive director.“But we don’t want to call it that.”Over the past four years, Louisiana has received close to million in federal funds to aid efforts to combat human trafficking.