Raquel, a 14-year-old Guatemalan, was recruited by Clara to work as a nanny in the Naples area. When Raquel arrived in the U.S, Clara imprisoned her in her house and ordered Raquel to prostitute herself. When Raquel refused, Clara sold her for $5000 to a couple who wanted Raquel to carry a child for them. The husband repeatedly raped Raquel, leading to the birth of a son.
When Raquel was rescued by the police, AI Justice represented her in connection with her cooperation with law enforcement on the prosecution of the couple for trafficking, in securing a “T-visa” for her, and finally in becoming a legal permanent resident. Raquel was able to go back to school and dreams of becoming a nurse.