Cazzie Reyes is a Researcher for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's Anti-Trafficking Programs. She graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies and a minor in Women's Studies.
Two men walk towards our interview set. One wears a white, long sleeve button-down shirt with dress pants and shoes. The other sports a solid colored tee with jeans and walks barefoot. Later, a third man donning a grey Washington, DC shirt and camo shorts joins us. At first glance, these three men are such contrasts. In reality, they share much in common; specifically, they are all determined to prevent the abuses happening in Southeast Asia's fishing boats.
On Monday we visited Sompong Srakaew, founder of the Labor Rights Promotion Network and a 2008 TIP Hero. He and two survivors share the following insights about slavery in the high seas.
“Freedom means goodness. It means take it easy and that there’s no problem and no concerns. It means I can relax.”
The June 2019 arrest of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein has brought the issue of human trafficking into the news again. It is a good time to talk about how to refer to the victims and survivors of this evil.