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.
Send 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.
Already, the media is focused on the case and its possible outcomes. But one person is getting less coverage – the passenger on the bus that connected ‘Jane Doe’ to the help she needed.
Awareness of telltale signs and potential situations of modern slavery is something everyone should have – how amazing would it be if everyone could recognise a potential case of modern slavery, and know what to do to speak up?
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In the last week, Walk Free became a community of 3 million activists. If we all share this image, we have the power to reach hundreds of millions of people in all parts of the world. Imagine all those extra eyes on the job.
This is the generation we’re going to end modern slavery – once and for all.
Thank you in advance for your help,
Debra, Kate, Mich, Jess, Ryan, Amy, Nick and the Walk Free team
1 More information here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23282168, http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/11/justice/california-saudi-princess-charged
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- Cali: Saudi princess out on bail doesn’t show for arraignment in slavery case (creepingsharia.wordpress.com)
- Trafficking of Migrant Domestic Workers: A Tale of Two Cities (imeslebanon.wordpress.com)
- Saudi princess ‘enslaved’ Kenyan (bbc.co.uk)
- Saudi princess accused of slavery (guardian.co.uk)