NEW YORK CITY, USA – A Filipina babysitter who was allegedly turned into a modern-day slave by her Filipino employers in the United States has found an ally in the New York state’s attorney general.
After 10 years of suffering in the hands of alleged human traffickers, Leticia Moratal is now smiling after meeting with the New York attorney general’s labor office.
Civil rights lawyer Felix Vinluan said the attorney general’s office has vowed to assess if the government can file a criminal case against Moratal’s former employers, the Nolasco family, who allegedly enslaved and abused her for 10 years.
Moratal claimed that employers Elsa and Augusto Nolasco and their daughters confiscated her passport, isolated her, and subjected her to years of “backbreaking labor and psychological abuse,” without being paid since 2001.Moratal also claimed that she was threatened with deportation if she did not follow their demands.
As a victim of human trafficking, Moratal can secure a visa to stay and work in the US.
Filipino-American nonprofit groups National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and the New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines are standing behind the pursuit of justice for labor trafficking victims like Moratal. ABS-CBN