By Diana Falzone
August 15, 2017
British model Chloe Ayling says she was drugged and kidnapped in Milan, Italy, last month by the human trafficking organization Black Death, but the outlaws abandoned their plans to sell her as a sex slave…when they discovered the 20-year-old was the mother of a son — a violation of the group’s “rules.”
Ayling was much luckier than most victims.
An estimated 20.9 million people are currently “trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and which they cannot leave,” according to the International Labor Organization’s Global Estimate of Forced Labor.
And, sadly, predators of young women are finding it easier than ever to capture their prey, thanks to social media apps like Instagram that models use to promote their careers.
“So often,” said Brian Pacheco, a spokesman for Safe Horizon, which runs the largest anti-trafficking program on the East Coast, “it is months or years of exploitation, abuse and being forced into acts they do not want and certainly do not deserve. And for those that can escape or find safety, they are forever changed due to the trauma they experienced.”