The case of Saudi Princess Meshael Alayban, accused of human trafficking in the U.S., has caused a stir throughout the world. But do you know how the story was uncovered?
A few weeks ago, the victim, identified as
'Jane Doe,' escaped Alayban’s home where she alleges she was forced to work 16
hours a day, 7 days a week; her passport held by Alayban to prevent escape.
Jane Doe then flagged down a bus, explained her situation to another passenger
who helped her phone police. When the
police went to investigate, they found four other women at the home claiming to
be in the same situation1.
Modern slavery is a crime that survives
hidden from the view of the public, but occasionally, it’s there, right in
front of us. It could happen overtly – a woman escaping a home in which she was
trapped or a boy summoning the courage to trust a stranger – or a more subtle
scene in an airport where something just doesn’t look right. The bottom line is, at any moment, a
person trapped in the nightmare of modern slavery could be trying to get our
attention and we all need to be ready to help.
Hours ago, Princess Alayban was supposed to face charges of human trafficking in a California court but didn't show up. Annoyed, the judge moved her court date.
a message of solidarity that we all stand with the passenger on the bus
who took action to protect another by ensuring millions of people know
how to spot a problem AND what to do.