J. Malcolm Garcia
Global Sisters Report: Along Midwestern highways and interstates, hubs for sex trafficking thrive. Sisters throughout the region are educating people to recognize the signs of victimization and helping survivors recover.
On a recent Tuesday morning, Sr. Magdalena Pascual stood in front of an open black metal door and looked toward the woman inside. The woman wore red platform shoes, black leather hot pants, a red T-shirt and black vest. She was 30 years old but had the weary look of someone much older.
A bed behind her with one white sheet caught the pale glow of a bare lightbulb that hung from the warped ceiling. Cracks in the walls rivered toward a mirror hanging beside a calendar. A broom and a bucket stood in one corner.
Preview: Two sisters in the neighboring Central American countries of Guatemala and Honduras care for the same kinds of children.
Preview: Honduras' San Martin mine has been closed since 2009. But its impact on local communities, people living in the area say, continues to this day.