By Amy Taxin (AP) 07/11/2008
Slavery is often imagined as self-evident as in the settling of the U.S.
In a Mexican immigrant enclave here dotted with ads in Spanish, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed an English-language ad asking people to report traffickers who keep immigrants hostage or force them to work against their will. But the fearful eyes peering out from the ad at a bus shelter hasn't convinced Jessica Dominguez to help the same agency that carries out raids that have riled her neighborhood.
"Many of the people who take the bus are Hispanic people," Dominguez, the 20-year-old daughter of Mexican immigrants, said. "They might think Immigration is going to go here." ICE started the campaign to shed light on trafficking cases where people are forced to work to pay back their smugglers and to encourage immigrants, and their neighbors, to report abuses. About 500 ads are posted at bus shelters and subway stations in 10 cities, including San Diego, San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago, New York, Houston, and Miami.