When I was twelve years old, playing outside at my school, a woman approached me who was in the school teaching religious ed. I remember to this day it was a sunny day, with a fresh breeze. It may have been April. The lady greeted me and said “Hey! I am one of the religion teachers here. She asked me if I was interested in participating in a summer camp. 6 days, lots of kids, lots of fun. I said, yes, I am! That sounds amazing. I also said, “well, my mom probably won’t let me. We don’t have money for that kind of thing.” She smiled, saying “Just think about it. Finances will not be in the way. They can contact me. My phone number is right on this brochure here. And, if you ever want to join our kids group during the week, let me know!”
Flor Molina just lost her baby because she did not have the money to hospitalize her sick child. Desperate to support her other three children, she now began to study how to sew. Hopefully, she would be able to start her own business. Flor’s sewing teacher approached her with a great opportunity: She would help her to go to the US to make better money. Flor took the opportunity, left her kids for a while. But the opportunity turned out to be a lie: her trafficker held her hostage: “My trafficker told me that now I owe her almost $3,000 for bringing me to the U.S. and that I had to work for her in order to pay her back,” she told CNN. For forty days, then Flor was forced to work for 18 hours a day making dresses that were sold for $200 in department stores. She had to sleep in the factory in a storage room, she had to share a single mattress with another victim and received one meal per day. She was threatened. Her passports taken away from her. “I know your children; I know where they are. If you leave this property, they will pay for the consequences!”
Hymn: Come, Labor On Come, labor on. Who dares stand idle on the harvest plain while all around us waves the golden grain? And to each servant does the Master say, "Go work today.