International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Quoted: Child trafficking, "hidden in plain sight"

“Children are lured here from places like Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico with the promise of education. They know they’ll have to work a little bit, but they often never get to go to school and are forced into jobs with long hours and no pay. 
 
What many people don’t realize is that this is happening in places we see on a regular basis, like small coffee shops and construction sites we drive by. It’s hidden in plain sight.” 
 
- Kathleen Morris, who leads the International Rescue Committee’s anti-trafficking programs in Seattle, Washington. She was quoted in an article in the March 2012 issue of Redbook magazine that suggested ways readers can help the estimated 5.7 million children who are forced to work in factories, fields, and brothels all over the world.

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