A young Hispanic woman, locked up in a giant birdcage, is forced to sing for two white men who keep her prisoned. They smear lipstick on her face. They laugh. "I didn't leave my country for this," she cries.
This disturbing scene is featured in a U.S. government video ad that aims to inform citizens of the dangers connected to human trafficking. The video is part of a larger campaign called "Don't be Fooled," that was set up by the Department of Homeland Security to warn prospective immigrants for illegal border crossings and to encourage victims of human trafficking to speak up. CNN writes that while earlier videos were aired in Mexico and Central America, the new ads will be broadcasted in Florida, Washington and Georgia.
“Death, disappearance, and enslavement -- these too often are the futures that await illegal immigrants who mortgage their lives to human smugglers” commented CBP Deputy Commissioner, David V. Aguilar in the department's official news release.
According to the Daily News, the campaign will also include posters and radio spots.
Watch the video here: