New York – On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, the Awesome WICCAFE Podcast debuts on the digital platform with the conversation on “Surviving Human Trafficking” with human trafficking survivor and rights advocate Fritzie Maliwanag Corral.
Ms. Corral is a native of Manila and came to the US in 2013. She had an H2B visa and worked as hotel room attendant in Montana and California. She was in the dark for several years until finally she found out that there is a way out of being trafficked. Her T visa was approved in 2017 and recently, her four children have been reunited with her.
Today, Fritzie is an accredited anti-human trafficking advocate.
The US is among the top countries with human trafficking cases estimated at 199,000 cases yearly. Sex trafficking victims are more likely to be black (40%) and white (26%) while labor trafficking victims are more likely to be Hispanic (63%) and Asians (17%), according to the Bureau of Justice from Jan. 2008-June 2010 data.
The National Human Trafficking Hotline said that California, Texas, Florida, Nevada, and New York are hot spots of human trafficking. (Polaris Project, Al Jazeera, businessinsider.com)
The Awesome Podcast is a sister project of OSM! Online Magazine which was created in 2012 by executive editor Marivir Montebon and digital editor Leani Alnica Auxilio.
Auxilio passed away on Nov. 17, 2019 due to colon cancer. Montebon, her mother, said that the podcast is in her honor. “Nikki always thought of us creating a mother-daughter conversation. So here it is,” she said.
The debut episode is in cooperation with the Women’s Immigration and Communications Cafe (WICCAFE), a non profit organization which Montebon founded in 2019 in compliance with the requirements for advanced studies at the Unification Theological Seminary.
Ms. Susan Pineda, DOJ-accredited legal representative, and immigration lawyer Atty. Licelle Cobrador will shed light into the issue on human trafficking. #