We are the Periclean Scholars Class of 2015 with a mission to address the issue of human trafficking both home and abroad. Haiti’s restavek system is technically illegal but is a culturally accepted practice of child slavery. Rural families who do not have the means to support their children send their youth to families in urban areas and promise household help in exchange for shelter, food, and hopefully education. What many families are not aware of is the sexual, physical, and emotional abuse children endure when being placed in modern-day slavery.
North Carolina was listed as a top-ten state for human trafficking by the Polaris Project. U.S. federal law defines human trafficking as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act is under 18 years old, or for labor or services through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.