Rosa’s Story – Part 1

Rosa’s Story – Part 1

Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. For that reason, we decided to bring more light to this modern-day slavery with a story. Rosa’s story represents one of the 40.3 million people trafficked around the world fighting for human freedom.

Rosa’s Trafficking Story (Part 1):
My name is Rosa and this is my human trafficking story. I saw an ad for a live-in housekeeping position at a small motel. My legal status leaves me very few options for employment so I took it, even though the pay was very low. At first, things went well. I would work 8-10 hours cleaning 10 to 15 rooms a day and got paid weekly. But eventually, the owner became more and more demanding and kept increasing my tasks. I was asked to work long hours until one day I could not take it anymore and spoke out. The owner did not take this well and instead of fixing the situation, he threatened to have me deported. One day, he forced himself into my room when I was away and took my passport and other important documents. When asked about it, he denied going to my room. With time, he stopped letting me leave the motel and refused to pay me. He would argue that I owed him money for room and board for all the months I lived there. He threatened to have me deported and I had nowhere to go back to or no one to call. I was there for seven months until an angel came to the rescue. Miguel, a backpacker, set me free. Thanks to him, I got my human freedom back.

#HumanFreedom – Rosa, a Human Trafficking Story (Part 1)

This month is #HumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth. For that reason, we decided to bring more light to this modern-day slavery with different stories. Rosa’s story represents one of the 40.3 million people trafficked around the world fighting for #HumanFreedom. Rosa’s Trafficking Story (Part 1): "My name is Rosa and this is my human trafficking story.I saw an ad for a live-in housekeeping position at a small motel. My legal status leaves me very few options for employment so I took it, even though the pay was very low. At first, things went well. I would work 8-10 hours cleaning 10 to 15 rooms a day and got paid weekly. But eventually, the owner became more and more demanding and kept increasing my tasks. I was asked to work for very long hours until one day I could not take it anymore and spoke out. The owner did not take this well and instead of fixing the situation, he threatened to have me deported. One day, he forced himself into my room when I was away and took my passport and other important documents. When asked about it, he denied going to my room. With time, he stopped letting me leave the motel and refused to pay me. He would argue that I owed him money for room and board for all the months I lived there. I couldn’t go anywhere or call anyone. He threatened to have me deported if I did and I had nowhere to go back to or no one to call. I was there for seven months until an angel came to the rescue. Miguel, a backpacker, set me free. Thanks to him, I got my #HumanFreedom back."

Posted by PBSO – Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, January 16, 2020

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