If you think slavery ended in 1865, think again.
Human traffickers have picked up where Jim Crow left off. If that seems far-fetched, just listen to Luis CdeBaca at the U.S. State Department.
"In the wake of the Civil Rights Movement, there was a perception that the problem of slavery, of sharecropping, was a thing of the past," CdeBaca said. "And, quietly, the abusers were bringing in immigrants to replace the African American community.
About 18,000 people are trafficked to the U.S. each year, according to the State Department. What do they have in common? Most are indebted to smugglers and traffickers. According to the Polaris Project, a national anti-human trafficking group, victims have also been pressed to work in factories, farms, strip clubs, begging and peddling rings and as domestic workers -- for little or no money.
Globally, it is estimated that there are 20.9 million human trafficking victims. Of those, 68% are in forced labor, 55% are female, and 26% are children (Polaris, 2018).