Beckoned by the land of the free, immigrants wind up being held against their will for labor, sex and money. »
America's intricate, fraud-plagued work visa program is a welcome mat for modern-day slavers. »
For six months Kansas City Star reporters traveled the world, from Guatemalan migrant shelters to the deadly streets of Tijuana, investigating America's war against human trafficking.
They found that America is losing the battle - even in its own backyard. In fact, Kansas City is an emerging hub of human trafficking activity.
International sex trafficking is more complex and problematic than the U.S. law designed to combat it. Meanwhile, domestic victims are getting scant attention. »