Press Play to start audio

March 31, 2010

Enslaved in L.A.


Human trafficking is on the rise. The CIA estimates over 50,000 people, most of them young women, are brought into the U.S. every year from Asia and Europe and Central America. They are forced to work as prostitutes, domestics, and laborers. Mimin left Indonesia when she was 17 years old. She was promised a job as a housekeeper with a wealthy family in Los Angeles. When she arrived, the family confiscated her passport and told her if she left the house she'd be arrested, or raped. For seven years, Mimin cleaned, cooked, and cared for the children and dogs - without pay. One day while fetching the newspaper at the curb, a passerby slipped her the phone number of an anti-trafficking group. Mimin talks with Dick Gordon about how she found the courage to seek her freedom. This story originally aired on 9/24/09.

  • Find out more about the group that helped Mimin



Lesley Bevan left her home in Chicago to live as an exchange student in the Netherlands. Lesley was very excited about this journey. But she became bored and lonely. Then one day she met an elderly man who showed her some sights in a nearby town. Pierre Pyttee became a surrogate grandpa. Years later, Lesley had a chance to repay Pierre's kindness. This story originally aired on 7/1/09.

Tagged with

You might also like…

Daily Story Update

Get daily updates and special announcements about The Story.

Produced by

WUNC North Carolina Public Radio 91.5 logo