Ask the Experts: Human Trafficking and What You Can Do

BY Larisa Epatko  October 17, 2012 at 2:30 PM EST

On Wednesday’s NewsHour, special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reported on human trafficking in the Philippines, where people desperate to find work sometimes find themselves in vulnerable situations.

But human trafficking — illegal sexual or other forced labor — is not relegated to overseas. Here in the United States in the 1970s, Colorado lawyer Beth Klein saw her grandfather buy a mail-order bride. Even as a girl, she knew it was a “harmful, shameful and inhumane” practice.

As an adult, she decided to focus on helping the victims of human trafficking and founded The Summit to End It. Her organization represents mail-order brides who have been expelled from their homes, child brides and children involved in prostitution.

You can submit your questions to her and Lazaro about human trafficking in the United States and abroad. (Updated Oct. 31: Here are the answers.)

Lazaro is director of the Under-Told Stories Project, a program that combines international journalism and teaching, and a fellow at the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

He has served as a NewsHour correspondent since 1985 and is a regular contributor and substitute anchor for PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. He also has directed films from India and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the documentary series, Wide Angle.



Lazaro has reported from 55 countries from Haiti to sub-Saharan Africa to south Asia. He has focused on stories and issues that relate to poverty, including HIV/AIDS and global health, development and social entrepreneurship. Fred was born in Bangalore, India, and lives in St. Paul, Minn.

Be a part of the conversation in our Agents for Change series. Tweet your questions about human trafficking to Beth Klein and Fred de Sam Lazaro @newshourworld and use the hashtag #traffickingAC. You can also post questions below in the comments section. We’ll share answers to selected questions here on the Rundown.