November 17th, 2011
11:30 AM ET

Hopes for better lives lead to slavery in U.S.

Editor's note: This is part of a series on the CNN Freedom Project on domestic servitude. Read more about some in domestic servitude who are so desperate to escape, they take their own lives. And get an update on the nanny in domestic servitude who suffered extensive burns when, she said, a Gadhafi relative poured boiling water on her.

(CNN) – One was sold by her impoverished parents, the other willingly left her family to become a nanny. But both found years of their lives turned to domestic servitude before finally finding freedom.

CNN's Martin Savidge tells the story of Isabel. Her mother sold her into slavery at around age 7 to a Taiwanese family who later moved to the United States in an upscale southern California neighborhood.

So as other children went to school, Isabel cooked and cleaned. Her bedroom was the garage, her bed the floor. Her food - whatever the family didn't want, often spoiled or soured. And there were the beatings, she says, often with a spatula and once, when her owner accused her of drinking a cup of tea, a toilet bowl brush.

Isabel finally met someone who helped her escape and is now in her 20s and trying to learn what many her age have already mastered: driving a car, ordering at a restaurant, understanding money. No criminal charges were brought against the family who brought Isabel to the U.S. from Taiwan. But she has settled a civil lawsuit with that family and is no longer in touch with them. Watch more of Isabel's story above

CNN's Gena Somra reports on Laome, who was 17 in Nigeria when she thought she was getting an education in the U.S. in exchange for becoming a nanny for a wealthy Nigerian American woman, Bidemi Bello. Instead, she says, she had instead become a slave. Bello, Laome says, instilled that fear in her right from the beginning, abusing her almost every day.

She later escaped with the help of friends, and Bello was brought to trial. Found guilty of human trafficking, Bello faces 11 years behind bars. After that, she will be deported back to Nigeria.

For Laome, she says that with the trial behind her, she is finally free.

Watch more of Laome's story below


soundoff (441 Responses)
  1. C.C. Siulapwa

    Hi!
    My name is c.c. siulapwa and I attend a high-school in Healdsburg California.
    In 2010, our school held an event in which we raised up enough money to free two slaves!
    It was an exciting, and satisfying experience. So much that I wanted to do it again. And so we acted again. And thats when
    a friend of mine and myself, decided to write a song, to protest against modern day slavery. This is what I wanted to share with you. Here is the complete song along with video. Please check it out! It feels good to fight and stand for something you believe. Thats we made this song.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0DsgXIRqpA&w=640&h=390]

    Thanks bye

    November 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • r

      just two...your school sucks and so do you...i just freed 3 in about 4 hrs

      November 18, 2011 at 10:35 am | Reply
      • john

        Yeah ? What did you do ... open your front door and let them go ? IDIOT !

        November 18, 2011 at 10:53 am |
      • AnonymousIsEasy

        You would NEVER say that to someone's face. Why do you sit behind your computer making rude comments to people? Does it make you feel better? Why not trying to be positive and see how it feels. I bet it will make you feel even better.

        November 18, 2011 at 10:58 am |
      • BigJ

        Your a punk a$$ b!tch...LEave her alone how can you say she sucks when she is helping people out...Your one of those percent of people that don't belong on this earth...

        November 18, 2011 at 10:59 am |
      • ajurb

        Enough of stupid comments!

        November 18, 2011 at 10:59 am |
      • Hope

        Society is better without you,a retard!

        November 18, 2011 at 11:01 am |
      • Matt

        @R
        Obvious troll is obvious.

        Get some imagination kid. Better luck on your next fail.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:12 am |
      • Umm...

        Not funny at all ... good job on your freeing the 2 slaves to the person above =]...

        r ... why post something so useless ... and in posting it, be so mean spirited about it? Life has more to offer buddy, go find something worthwhile and be a little less spiteful.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:13 am |
      • bob

        it's FUC#ED-UP people like YOU who should be TARED & FEATHERED!

        November 18, 2011 at 11:15 am |
      • PMD

        Do you have to belittle another for doing a good deed and do you have to brag about yours?

        November 18, 2011 at 11:16 am |
      • Ben James

        Dear "R" How can you be such a jerk. Are you a tea bagger?

        November 18, 2011 at 11:19 am |
      • FredericksTee

        I'm with John!

        @r, do something useful with your time, instead of mocking someone trying to make a positive difference in our society.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:21 am |
      • M

        "r" – YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED BY YOUR COMMENT. CC – thank you for your efforts & your song, I only hope you are an inspiration to others, including myself – to do more to end this horror.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:48 am |
      • peggy

        you may be excused for being ignorant but not for being a bully. Grow up r.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:57 am |
      • Jerry

        Are you part of the OWS gang? Please take a long look in the mirror, if you can stand it..... then ask yourself, what have you done for society? What act of kindness have you done without asking for something in return? You have a long miserable life ahead of you and I wish I could say I feel bad for you...........

        November 18, 2011 at 11:57 am |
      • ghenghiskhan

        what a complete moron....you are 1 less of a person we need on this earth

        November 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
      • MarkCali

        You rock, she does suck....

        And I reiterate – At the hands of strangers, it's slavery and abuse of civil rights. At the hands of YOUR OWN PARENTS, it's called GROWING UP. LOL

        November 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
      • Billie

        r – you are a total jerk.

        November 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
      • Bill1

        Hey John, I wasn't aware they allowed access to the Internet from prison.
        Moron

        November 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
      • Elizabeth Marshall

        can't believe you said that. RUDE RUDE RUDE. At least she's doing something, and a girl her age – give the school credit. You keep doing what you can – don't let jerks like this ruin the pride you have helping people, even just one is better than none.

        November 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
      • omega

        sole

        November 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
      • Billy Chavez

        I agree with R, this is a fail for CC, I saved two this morning and that was before I had my coffee. The rest of you should stop coddling these young people and instead let them know that two is just not good enough, and the song sucks. Major fail, for the rest of you grow up losers.

        November 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
      • Anonymous

        to "r" – an uncalled for comment
        to "Hope" your comment with the "r" word was just as unkind and hurtful to those with intellectual disabilities.

        November 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
      • Angad Nagra

        This person must be ignored. Your response is what he wants, so you shall deprive him of it.

        November 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
      • poo

        lol obvious troll clearly hasnt failed given the huge amount of comment backlash against his comment

        November 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
      • GAW

        Remember folks "Don't feed the Trolls"

        November 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
      • kuba

        That's amaizing an un-intelligent person such as youself yu must so proud of your own stupidity Good Job!

        November 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
      • Jimi K

        @Billy Chavez- what r u, a moron too, like "r"? U should get with "r" and compose some kind of idiot song... cuz u make no DANG sense!!!! Hmmm, I wonder if u guys are part amoeba, because as dictionary.com puts it, u both "live as a parasite in man" (sucking up all positivity) and u both seem to be "an animal composed of only one cell that has no fixed shape", and because u have no fixed shape, u cling onto others sucking the life out of them.... My advice to both of u, GET A DANG LIFE, MORONS!!!!

        November 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
      • susan

        I agree with everyone on this comment chain. John you are indeed an idiot making light of something amazing that the HS kids did. However to everyone else. Don't dignify this guy with a reply. Sad pathetic people like him get off on trolling these forums and posting incendiary comments. It's probably the only source of attention in his life. What we really should be doing is practicing the art of shunning. Do not post an angry answer. Just ignore. He's probably a sad, angry, unfulfilled man in life, let him be one here too. Until he and others like him learn to interact in a humane and dignified manner that's the best way to get rid of these creeps.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
      • susan

        And sorry John, I meant R who can't even post a full name.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
      • Jim in Washington

        It is to be regretted that Grant and Sherman didn't wipe out R's ancesters.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
      • Really?

        Why are you all sitting here worrying about what some man, that obviously has no heart, has to say. Yea he's an ass! But this whole article was written to help people realize there's an issue that needs to be seen. Screw him and the other people who are acting like fools. Get out there and see what you can do to help the cause! All your doing is giving him the attention he craves, when all that attention could be used to help. Just saying...

        November 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
      • roz

        can u say... MORON!

        November 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
      • md

        we should find r and beat the crap out of her/him and free our society from this animal.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
      • Ed

        Does any body have a slave for sale? I am looking for one. Could be used but in good condition. Not all beat up please.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
      • cody

        I believe the troll achieved his goal. He sure did get alot of you to comment.

        November 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
      • r is not human

        r your comment is the most insensitive thing I could have heard. You need to learn to be a bit more loving and kind.

        November 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
      • dell1

        To r:
        You are an obvious LOSER. Try. Try to be less of a loser an contribute something to society. I'm sure you won't be able to – r.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • KYMBERLY

      Good for you and your school! It gives me hope to see young people who are passionate about a cause and actually do something about. I love your song! Don't pay any attention to "r"! Don't ever let anyone dampen you spirit to help others!!!

      November 18, 2011 at 11:05 am | Reply
      • bob

        Right on! Kymberly......Very well said!

        November 18, 2011 at 11:16 am |
      • Jonas bros

        China has about 1.4 billion slaves. That's a lot of fundraising to do.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:47 am |
      • CaliforniaGirl

        Now the freed slaves, work in the school cafeteria for minimum wage and everybody lived happily ever after.

        November 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Miss Trixie

      @r- Hasn't the short bus come for you yet?

      November 18, 2011 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • Jenna

      What a refreshing thing to read. I am happy to hear you and your school are doing positive things in the community. Keep it up!

      November 18, 2011 at 11:07 am | Reply
      • too bad

        when do these kids do school work?

        November 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Kristi

      Sorry C.C. I know your heart was in the right place but buying someone out of slavery only perpetuates slavery. Likely, the person you paid went and got more slaves. Buying their freedom only reinforces this behavior to human trafficers.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:17 am | Reply
      • zeke

        @ KRISTI: It doesn't say she paid the slaves' owner. It says they PAID for: Maybe enough money to get them a place and some food temporarily. You ASSume too much.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:39 am |
      • Baboom

        @zeke: Maybe they raised enough money for Seal Team 6 to bust 2 slaves out. You're an idiot zeke. Of course the money went to the slave owners. That's how it works.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:47 am |
      • Mich

        how ignorant can you be!!!!

        November 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Baboom

      Your school got scammed stooge.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:19 am | Reply
      • macbaldy@yahoo.com

        You resemble your remark.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:23 am |
      • Baboom

        Set yourself free MacBaldy. It's all a game playa.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:30 am |
      • ghenghiskhan

        wow, another moron/idot like "r"; now there's 2 less people we need on this earth

        November 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
      • Bill1

        Darn those typos, without a shadow of a doubt your Id was supposed to be Baboon. duh

        November 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
      • Baboom

        Bill1: Last time I heard that joke I fell off my Dinosaur. How's retirement treating ya?

        November 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
      • Baboom

        Hey Ghengis, they need a fresh tray of pork fried rice on the buffet line. I'm hungry.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • phucc

      Awesome news CC! im sure everyone is very proud of you.

      its funny how there are more comments to R rather than CC. All you idiots fell for the trolls tricks and now you all look stoopid.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:34 am | Reply
      • Baboom

        You believe C.C.'s story? What kind of idiot sends money to 'slave owners' to free 'slaves'? Cnn readers are so easily led. Congratulations for being extorted.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:39 am |
      • phucc

        you missed the point clown, its about how she is trying to do a good thing for her fellow citizens. something you probably dont do. go eat some cheetos fatboy

        November 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
      • Molly

        Just like your names implies F*uck o*f you dog/rat/cat eating vietcong. Shut your mouth, you probably know more slaves than any on here. Why don't you try and release a few of your own, starting with your Mother, you sick perverted tool.

        M

        November 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
      • phucc

        lol molly just failed hard. how have you made it this far in life? So by congratulating someone for doing good in their community means i enslave people HAHAHA wheres the logic?! hahaha i cant believe the stupidity of some people.

        Anyways, keep it up CC!

        November 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
      • Baboom

        "...i enslave people HAHAHA..."
        You are a sick phucc!

        November 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • slaver

      I am sorry...but you raised enough to free to slaves??? WHat exactly is enough?? Because it does not take money to free slaves... it takes words. People choose not to speak about these things, but to sweep them under the carpet. I am 100% certain the $ you raised by slaves was used by your teachers to drink.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • ElvlS

      Apparently R wasn't a bad troll? As he got about 20 angry responses? It's 2011 and you people still don't know how the internet works.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:50 am | Reply
      • Greg

        You trolls ruin things for people who want to engage in a serious discussion. Find girlfriends and leave us the heck alone.

        November 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
      • phucc

        he owned everyone LOL all those clowns fell for his trolling tactics!

        November 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • JT13

      I am not trolling and this is a serious question. How does raising money free a slave in the US?

      November 18, 2011 at 11:52 am | Reply
      • Theodore R. Smith

        The high school bought 3 slaves, and then since they didn't want to keep them, they set them on their own way, probably to be recaptured and resold.

        November 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
      • JT13

        Couldn't you just call the police?

        November 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • slaves?

      I clicked on your link and it brought me to a site where i can buy slaves???

      November 18, 2011 at 11:52 am | Reply
      • smart shopper

        I got slaves in my cart, how to i check out?

        November 19, 2011 at 3:27 am |
    • Baboom

      So your school bought two slaves? I thought it was illegal to buy people.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Reply
    • KV

      Do we have the slaves in the U.S ? How was you FREE them ?
      Why didn't you call the police ?

      November 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Reply
    • Scot

      Way to go kid !!!!

      November 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • Slavedriver

      How dare you guys free these slaves!!!! SOMEBODY PAID GOOD MONEY FOR THIS PROPERTY

      November 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • heeler

      Hey guys, a little verification on CC's story..... and a little explanation on how one purchases freedom. They went through an international organization that frees and re-educates the enslaved.

      http://healdsburg.patch.com/articles/whiz-kid-david-kabanje

      November 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Reply
      • Theodore R. Smith

        1. Capture people and force them into servitude.
        2. Play on the guilt, stupidity, and generosity of well-off Western youth.
        3. PROFIT!!!
        4. Send pics of slaves to stupid high schoolers dancing.
        5. Repeat.

        November 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
      • Bill

        Theodore, your cynicism is appalling. These young people are doing something worthwhile. What should they be focused on? Figuring out how to climb the corporate ladder? Sit around in the back yard firing off their guns and shouting about how they are "proud to be an American" and whining about immigration? Yes the problem of human trafficking is never-ending. But that doesnt mean you dont continue to battle it on every front, every day.

        November 21, 2011 at 6:16 am |
    • sammy zoso

      That's great, I have tremedous admiration for you. The world needs more people who get involved instead of sitting on their phat rear ends and typing useless and mean stuff on their computers.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Reply
      • Trainwreck

        Like you?

        November 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
      • phucc

        this comment must hurt alot of peoples eyes to read

        November 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
    • Theodore R. Smith

      Wouldn't paying money to slave dealers to free slaves encourage them to capture even more? It sounds like you made the problem worse.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • Teresa

      Awesome! Good for you for stepping up and becoming involved! Keep up the good work!

      November 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Reply
    • LISA

      CC, do not let any negative comments take away from the good you and your fellow students are doing. Keep up the great work and know that you ARE making a huge and wonderful difference in people's lives.

      November 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • Marcos

      Someone should help this girl sue this couple for enslaving her. Does she have any recourse? She knows were they live and how they are. Can anyone help?

      November 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous

      wow. the fact that your school did this is really amazing, and your song- moving. keep up the good work. we need more people like this in the world.

      November 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • salman

      good job to both you and your school. freeing slavery isn't easy, especially when it can be so discrete these days. remember, that's 2 slaves less that someone else will need to free!

      November 18, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • Mashed Potatoes

      That is an awesome story. I love it when human beings can be human beings to each other. We are Christ for one another.

      November 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • cnn

      i work in a farm in massachussettes we dont get paid 2.63 an hr the law suggest it but doesnt say we have to get that pay rate. HILL BILLIE!

      November 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Reply
      • George Robinson

        Lucky lucky you......another satisfied farm worker

        November 20, 2011 at 2:59 am |
    • RGM

      This slavery is more common than people think. but to mock any part of the story shows a total lack of of any decent qualities. It also reveals that there are many responders who would commit such a barbaric act given the chance. sad commentary on the young people of today. You can not know how precious freedom is until you have lost your own.

      November 20, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Reply
    • paul

      THANK YOU !!!!!!!

      November 23, 2011 at 2:13 am | Reply
    • kuo

      Taiwan's judicature Does not speak the evidence and the human rights,But the government looks but not see。

      November 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  2. salih

    It's so tragic situation for our century. I wanna responsibilities to give maximum charge.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:43 am | Reply
    • Josh Davis

      What are you babbling about?

      November 18, 2011 at 10:04 am | Reply
      • nancy

        She's saying that it's tragic that slavery still exists in this day and age and that those who enslave others should be prosecuted to the max. ...you don't have much experience with people who have accents, do you?

        November 18, 2011 at 10:56 am |
      • bob

        Why don't annoying PESTS like you get caught on a STICKY RAT TRAP!

        November 18, 2011 at 11:19 am |
      • Kane

        In his defense, that's not an accent, that's just really broken English. But thank you for clarifying what she meant.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:20 am |
      • bob

        TO.... JOSH DAVIS: Why don't annoying PESTS like you get caught on a STICKY RAT TRAP!

        November 18, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • Congress

      Hey the US needs workers and no middle class. You need to become a republican and give up worrying about these socialistic wannabe people.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:16 am | Reply
      • Sarah

        You mean you want someone who will support the rich and greedy in America and take from the poor people who already cannot spare anything.

        November 18, 2011 at 10:58 am |
      • D

        Is that you Mitch, or maybe Rand or Bonehead?

        November 18, 2011 at 11:08 am |
      • moiraesfate

        Yep, so the US needs slaves and nothing else. If republicans had their way, we'd all be slaves to them and it would be the dark ages all over again.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:23 am |
      • bob

        Hey Congress: Are you one of those SNEEKY republicans hiding a slave in your home? I hope they POISON you!

        November 18, 2011 at 11:24 am |
      • Anthony

        Don't you people understand sarcasm? I'm pretty sure Congress is not serious.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • Trainwreck

      learn English

      November 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  3. George Robinson

    I saw this report about the young girl from Taiwan who had been sold by her parents to a family that came to live in the USA, and still the slavery continued, which still exists in the USA. How could this family get into the USA with a young child that was not theirs, and what happened to this family now living in the USA...NO MENTION in the report about this either, they should be prosecuted and removed from the USA, but perhaps they had money so as to bribe corrupt officials, which is common in the USA....George

    November 18, 2011 at 2:54 am | Reply
    • Juli

      It is common for those kind of domestic slaves to be "adopted" by the family who has them, so when they moved to the states, she probably moved legally with them as an adopted daughter. Once in the states, and freed, there was little or no proof of her internment, so she couldn't bring criminal charges against her (essentially the court only saw her as a child who didn't want to do "chores") and without concrete proof of the beatings, there's not much they could do here either.

      So, instead of bringing a case they couldn't win against the family, the woman's lawyers probably recommended to her to file a civil suit instead (which she did) and that way she at least received some compensation for her time and is now free to pursue her life. It's unfortunate, but that's the way the court system works– innocent until PROVEN guilty, and without concrete evidence, there was no proof. At least she is free to live her life now.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:18 am | Reply
      • Elizabeth

        There is also the fact that many states have cut back on their court systems because of budget cuts, to the point that some states would take years for any trial. She probably brought the civil suit because at least it might help her get some schooling. At her age, she needs lots of schooling or she won't make it. I do hope that these people are deported; just the fact that there is no record of this young woman in the school system should be a clue that she was abused and not allowed to be educated; PROVEN by the fact that she struggles to count money.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:16 am |
      • Greg

        In her case, though, she could at least prove that she never attended school.

        November 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Jackie

      I agree. This story is sick and disgusting. These sick freaks need to be DEPORTED. We do not want them in the US

      November 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • KJ

      Geroge Robinson, I entirely agree. I want to know why this family has not been prosecuted, and why are they still living in the US. They have evidently broken laws – no punishment for that??

      November 20, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • John D.

      George: We tried to get Isabel's case prosecuted but there were many factors that prevented us from moving forward. I'm glad she is doing well.

      November 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Reply
      • George Robinson

        I know what you mean, money talks louder than justice. Its all about who you know all the way up to the judges in court

        November 22, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  4. Robin potter

    Martin, as you know, children were left alone when war took ttheir parents. Some boys were sponsored by families in America. One young man saw America as Heaven. Reality hit them hard. I can't imagine a parent selling or kicking out their child. The situation is horrible and must be stopped at any.cost! The Quote "All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing" I challenge all those good men to DO SOMETHING. One day it might be your child.

    November 18, 2011 at 5:40 am | Reply
  5. George Robinson

    Sweat shops may or may not exist in the USA, but USA companies certainly use sweat shops in other countries to produce their products.....how two faced can they get..........

    *Haitian workers earn only 6 cents for every pair of Disney “101 Dalmatians” outfit that Disney sells for $20. Disney pays its workers in Haiti about 28 cents an hour. A woman in Salvador working in a sweatshop makes 12 cents sewing a GAP T-shirt that sells in the US for $20

    November 18, 2011 at 5:49 am | Reply
    • Susan

      You're right, George, we are part of the problem. By demanding lower and lower prices for goods, we turn a blind eye to how they are produced.

      November 18, 2011 at 9:57 am | Reply
    • Saith

      Nice story. I especially like how you make it look like the only ones paying those wages are Americans. Except - oops! The minimum wage in Salvador is $5.56/day for apparel assembly which is $2.56 more per day than the average agricultural worker there. The minimum wage in Haiti is $1.73/day. Your information is outdated and incorrect. Companies may pay the bare minimum but they're not dipping under the legally required minimum wage. Of course labor laws aren't great there yet so I'm sure there are abuses, let's focus on those instead of outdated information.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:12 am | Reply
      • George Robinson

        So, the info was outdated, so what.....wow now they earn $1.73 a day...and I said they were being paid 28 cents an hour......I think the old outdated wage was better.....like in the USA now, so many having to work for min wage instead of $20 an hour, now that progress

        November 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • aa

      yea, and those are the only jobs availabile to them because those lands are pretty much impoverished

      November 18, 2011 at 10:17 am | Reply
    • jay

      Not that I am defending Disney but I remember in College writing a paper in regards to this subject. It is easy to say that Disney pays workers in foreign countries little to no money but in comparison to other jobs in those countries the pay is usually higher. I will reitterate I am not defending them but the day that person quits there would be 100 more people lined up for that job. The people in India that most think are morons stealing are jobs are on the same situation. The majority if not all are college educated and had to go through a vigorous interview process to get the job. Check out Tom Friedman, he has written many things on the subject.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:06 am | Reply
      • George Robinson

        Just like when a vacancy occurs at MacDonalds there are hundreds applying for it

        November 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      Susan, it isn't the lower-priced goods, but the tremendous mark-up. Every time you walk into a store with shelves packed with goods, think a minute. Those goods sit on the shelves a bit before they are sold, and it is the TIME that costs so much. To pay workers, employers take out loans, which are paid back with INTEREST for all the TIME that the goods sit on the shelves. I worked in such a loan company 30 years ago; all items have this problem: "net 30 days," "net 60 days," "net 90 days." It COSTS. Cut out the lovely store (I include everything from boutique to giant discount store or upscale department store) and these workers might actually be able to earn a little more. Remember the catalog stores, and how much money they made for awhile? When people stopped shopping that way, it was kind of a shame, because those stores sold union (?!?) made items, made in the USA. Now nobody can afford to, because stuff sits on retail shelves all over America, which shoppers insist must look just so on the shelves or they won't buy. And look at most towns in America: filled with duplicate stores; where do you think all that stuff comes from?

      November 18, 2011 at 11:25 am | Reply
      • Theodore R. Smith

        The catalog has been replaced by Amazon.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  6. Hubert Chen

    Hi my name is Hubert. I live in central Taiwan and I just read the article from a forum in Taiwan. just can't believe in nowaday
    there still exist the kinda problem in Taiwan. Isabel, if you need my help just contact me by email. I'm a student but maybe I can do whatever I can to help you. God bless you~

    November 18, 2011 at 6:20 am | Reply
  7. Jasmine

    I’m a Taiwanese and I’m so shock about the video.

    But sadly I have to say, slavery might be part of Taiwanese human nature.

    I felt like crying when Heidi Thi says “she knows she’s value and has potential, and can do things on her own.” In Taiwan, most parents won’t tell their children they’re value, no, mostly just pushing the children study really really hard or “You are a bad child, you’ll be a loser”.

    “Don’t play, or you’ll be a loser, go study and get good grades, after entering a big company, then you can play.” That’s how parents would say.

    But after entering the company, we have no time to play – actually, we don’t have life.

    Employees are force to work 12~18 hours per day, sometimes even in weekend, but without overtime pay. Companies force their employees to sign the agreement - “I’m willing to work for my company without overtime pay.”

    Two people died because of working too hard in my company, but there’re much more than two in the company called “HTC”. So many HTC workers died that people say there’s not only sweat but blood in those cell phones.

    And how about iPhone? The component in iPhone is made in Taiwan. And the CEO of that component company tells his employees “If you are in good health, that means you are not working hard enough.”

    That’s the life in Taiwan. No one say we’re value, and we are so afraid to be a loser.

    I hope Isabel can stay in USA, for her own good.

    November 18, 2011 at 8:13 am | Reply
    • A loser from Taiwan

      Well, according to your definition-(what a shame!) I am definitely a loser. However, what or who make us losers? Other than anything, it is the loser mentality that makes us losers.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:03 am | Reply
      • SpawnOfCheese

        You idiot, she's not saying that she's a loser or that she agrees with those ideals, but that she regrets being treated that way and she sympathizes with the young woman who as enslaved. Learn how to read.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • conrad

      That's the same browbeating approach that the conservative right takes here in the USA. They insist that if you are not rich you are a loser and need to work harder. Work hard for the sake of working hard – work hard to make someone else rich.

      By no means is it as bad as it is elsewhere, but given enough time those will use the self-hating mentality of others to exploit them. Make them feel worthless for not working hard enough and then offer them more work. It's pure evil!

      November 18, 2011 at 10:27 am | Reply
      • Gregson1

        Oh Please! Though admittedly the Republican Party can at times be "tone deaf" when it comes to the concerns of the poor, many, many charities are run by churches in this country and no conservative that I know (including myself) would advocate the enslavement of people or even the "browbeating" of individuals who do not work hard enough. There is another side to the coin, however: Many people simply do not want to work and abuse social welfare programs, which is infuriating to those of us who are working, paying taxes and struggling to make ends meet. As someone who lived in a very poor neighborhood when attending graduate school, I have experienced such abuse of welfare, Social Security, SSI, etc. firsthand.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:29 am |
      • Elizabeth

        I asked around in the company where I worked. Everybody had health problems, almost all brought on by the conditions they were working (in the USA). Some people were told that they shouldn't have hobbies because it would take away some energy; the hobbies were not that difficult or long lasting, just an hour of exercise a couple days a week, which people should do for health. The higher-paid jobs had health problems too. Whether paid for overtime or not, everybody worked overtime and was worn out. But when people are fired or laid off, they are worse, because then they don't even get health insurance, so when they get sick, they just die.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:38 am |
      • Martin

        "By no means is it as bad as it is elsewhere"

        Yet. But it will be. WIthout armed insurrection in the country the corporate overlords and corrupt politicians will continue to steal the wealth of the country and everyone else will continue the steady decline into poverty. Or if you are already impoverished you'll be able to move on to homelessness and extreme poverty. The people running the US have zero incentive to make the situation better and every reason to keep the situation as it is.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:40 am |
      • Elizabeth

        Gregson1: If you actually got sick with, for example, cancer, your conservative friends would call you lazy and take away everything you worked hard to earn. My family is in the process of losing everything.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:41 am |
      • chalmus81

        gregson. not sure how we got from slavery to people abusing welfare programs but.. what is sad is that republicans have done such a great job of referring to welfare and similar programs as riding the gravy train and taking advantage of the system that people are too ashamed to use the programs when needed. I know people right now that need the assistance and refuse to apply because of people like you. What is shameful is that children have to go untreated for health issues because you people spread so much hate. I bet everyone on here knows someone that truly needs the assistance but will not apply for it because all the propaganda that people taking assistance are losers. on the note about republicans and charity....tax write offs.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Alice from Taiwan

      Jasmine 's comment about "Taiwanese human nature" is so one-sided that it removes the validity of the issue. You either has a distorted view or extremely bad parents.

      The Taiwan family should be exposed and bring to justice for the horrible treatment they brought onto a human being.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:28 am | Reply
    • Jasmine sucks!

      I don't think you are really a Taiwanese, if you are, shame on you!! I making such a stupid comment witch is not true, ! IDIOT!

      November 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  8. GT66

    Isn't multiculturalism in the US great? We fought a war to get rid of slavery only to turn a blind eye to it in deference to being "open."

    November 18, 2011 at 9:43 am | Reply
    • Glenn

      Agreed. Sometimes we SHOULD be judgmental about other people's cultures. I remember that idiot on tv who wanted to go see what it was like among cannibals and maybe eat a person. Wacko.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:12 am | Reply
      • Gerry

        Are you Glenn Beck?

        November 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
      • Baboom

        Agreed. They'll be telling us its okay to eat dogs next. Then try to make us feel bad because we find it revolting.

        November 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Drowlord

      That's something that always bothers me. Tolerance can't be a guiding principle, because you will always end up tolerating intolerant behavior. Tolerance has to be secondary to law and punishment.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • max power

      Please show me where one person has said this is okay.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      There must be a balance, but that is why the old Ten Commandments is balanced. Don't bother people unless they are killing, stealing, lying, etc. I am tolerant, but not towards those who have cultures of slavery, and that includes within the USA.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:45 am | Reply
  9. Manaye

    This is a very sad story that this young lady has lost most of her childhood even after she has moved to the US ,these people have to be brought to justice by the government if not by her because they have commited greatest crime on this planet,.I can asure you thre are many similar cases in the US it self because when you are poor it easy to be a victim of such a crime speciali if you ca not understand how to get help or you are dealing with hungry and greedy lions.

    November 18, 2011 at 9:44 am | Reply
  10. james desimone

    where can i get some slaves?

    November 18, 2011 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • sonnycam1

      can't you read? iarticle says Taiwan. So, hop on a plane and go get some!

      November 18, 2011 at 10:48 am | Reply
      • fairyinthesky

        HAHAHAHA HA Ha!! This person's reply is LOL. I was crying over Isabel's tragedy before this.

        To Isabel- I can see why you love your mother so much still. My dad wanted to sell me but my mother fought tooth and nail. My family was so incredibly poor, and that if I had been sold,-I would have been a help for my family. I wound up working like a slave so the littler ones can get by.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
      • fairyinthesky

        HAHAHAHA HA Ha!! This person's reply is LOL. I was crying over Isabel's tragedy before this.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • solamentekay

      You're an idiot. You are already a slave of your ignorance. So find more ignorant people like you if you want a slave.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:42 am | Reply
  11. Phil in Oregon

    The people who 'bought' these slaves are even more guilty than the guys who sold them. without the money, the business doesn't continue. Slave-holders are the problem, not the sellers, and need to be slapped. Hard.

    November 18, 2011 at 9:58 am | Reply
    • Phil in Oregon

      Within this concept is the answer to the US's Mexican immigrant problem – no money, no problem. Remember the movie 'Field of Dreams'? If you don't build it, they WON'T come.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:17 am | Reply
  12. PGR

    You seriously just asked how they got into the US with a child that wasn't theirs? Really? Wow.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      "Adoption." False papers. etc.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:47 am | Reply
  13. Bill

    The US does not have slavery. These children were sold by their parents and brought over to the US. The US did not buy them, or use them as slaves and probably did not even know they were here. ANYONE can get into the US unsuspected (that is the problem with having open borders). If you control the borders, maybe this kind of thing would not happen. All of you who think we should let anyone in who "wants a better life" should look at this and see that open borders create nothing but problems. We need control of who goes in and out of our country.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:11 am | Reply
    • Armand Brun

      To think that there is no slavery in the US is just being naïve. As sure as I am writing this reply , there are people in the US right now, that are slaves. Period. Obviously the report is not saying that the US as a country is putting people into slavery. The report shows that despite all our laws in this country, it still does happen. And to suggest that this is a “border problem” is again very naïve. I think you are missing the point and trying to make this a border issue proves it!!!

      November 18, 2011 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • Bill

      Disregard what I just said. I just woke up and realized I wasn't in fantasyland, where no slavery exists, ever.

      Sorry for the misunderstanding!

      Also, I love men.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:10 am | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      If a family comes to the U.S. with (false) papers for a child, how do they avoid enrolling that child in a school system? Wouldn't the truant officers be after the family? Wouldn't the family have to prove that the child had learned an equivalent education through testing if "home schooled?" HOW does a child remain hidden from local authorities, unless immigration never talks to schools and communities? THAT is the real mystery.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • George Robinson

      The USA does not have slavery, pull the other leg........tell that to the farm workers in the state of Massachussettes whose wage...when they can get a job is $2.63 an hour....yes Two Dollars and 63 cents an hour

      November 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • Eric L

      I totally agree with you bro!!! We fail in this country because we never really cleaned our own house, too busy cleaning everyone else's... And border control is one of the big messes!!!

      November 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  14. Armand Brun

    This has to be the greatest example of injustice in the world today. Children being bought and sold into slavery should not be happening in this day and age. The only way that this will ever stop is if the guilty parties are sent to prison for many years. I think 25 years in prison should be the minimum and in most cases, life in prison. The victims have been given a life sentence, so their abusers should suffer the same.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:14 am | Reply
    • Mike Goswami

      Armand my friend, you have not been out the US of A. Need to go to other parts of the world and see their situation and poverty. Once you have an idea you will understand how all this works for people with no money, here in the states its done differently people steel and kill for money.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:03 am | Reply
      • Armand Brun

        I lived and worked in 17 countries from 1984 to 1992 including many third world country. I have seen with my own eyes the poverty. I don't know how anyone could sell their child, however I am not judging the parents as much as the abusers. I am sure that when these parents sell their children they are led to believe that they will be given a better life, The real crimes are commited by the people that buy these children and then use and abuse them and treat them as property. I can almost forgive the parents, but the people that buy them have no sympathy from me. They should be locked up for ever!

        November 18, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Reality

      or..people could stop having kids they can't afford

      November 18, 2011 at 11:17 am | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      Give rights to women and girls, and populations go down to manageable levels. It's been proven. In some of the places mentioned, girls are married at very young ages, expected to have ten kids, and then there isn't enough food, so maybe some kids are sold. Give the girls rights and education, and family sizes are much smaller.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:55 am | Reply
    • Armand Brun

      I just want to be clear that I think that the parents are victims too. They are obviously not knowingly selling their children into slavery and abuse. They are doing it because they believe their children will have a better life.
      When i said the guilty parties should go to prison, i meant the buyers of these children. However, if the parents knowingly sell their children and know they will be abused, they should be punished too. But like i said, I doubt they were doing anything but trying to get their children a better life.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  15. woodrow

    This woman was not a slave in the U.S. This woman was the victim of a crime. There has been no slavery in the U.S. for 150 years or more and virtually all of them worked in agriculture. Now the poor illegal Mexican's work in agriculture which is very, very weird. In my humble opinion, they should not be doing that in the U.S. It will only cause more trouble.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:14 am | Reply
    • Numero10

      You should look up the difinition for slavery in the dictionary.
      Because it is illegal doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:28 am | Reply
    • Armand Brun

      Not a slave? are you kidding me?
      Definition of SLAVE
      1: a person held in servitude as the chattel of another
      2: one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence

      It is appalling to me to see some people comment on this story and try to deny it and worst try to make it into a border issue with Mexico. Are you serious? What does a Mexican agricultural worker have to do with this story? Go to Fox news to post your anti-immigration views, this is not the story to comment on that.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:53 am | Reply
      • woodrow

        By your definition a victim of a crime is a slave. I think you are confused. If somebody grabs you and holds you against your will, that is not slavery. That is kidnapping. It doesn't matter what they ask you to do while you are kidnapped. There is no slavery in the U.S. Look that up for yourself. I'm just trying to help you understand that.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • George Robinson

      Read my comment from 01.18pm

      November 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Reply
      • 4:39

        No.

        November 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  16. bmews88

    Who the heck are their "owners"? Nobody knows them? I want their names.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:15 am | Reply
  17. JOE

    Something the Tea Party would be proud of. They stress LESS government but they'd sure like to have MORE slaves. Sort of like stressing LESS government but asking for MORE jobs. Sort of like stressing LESS government but asking for MORE intrusion into a woman's right to choose. Well, more or less, less or more, the Tea Party has to go such as in "gone with the wind."

    November 18, 2011 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • Bob Hitler

      Democrats make the most slaves with their tax system.

      November 18, 2011 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • MidRanger

      You win Man!!!!
      That was the single most stupid comment in this entire thread!
      I also like how it focused directly on the problem mentioned in the article!

      November 18, 2011 at 11:12 am | Reply
  18. Bob Hitler

    Were all slaves for Obama.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:27 am | Reply
    • Clifton

      More like the banks, the 1%, the lobbyists, and the capitalist system.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:03 am | Reply
      • Gerry

        Solution: Move out the big city, stop thinking you are the only ones hit by a world decling economy, and move out to the small cities out and away from your comfort zone just for once, and also stuck on a broken record. Think outside the box, and go to the smaller cities, there's plenty of work there! As long as you like manual intensive work that pays $30 or more an hour, and your house rent costing you about $500 a month for a whole house.

        November 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Armand Brun

      you have some nerve to make this a Obama issue. next time try breaking the prozac in half!

      November 18, 2011 at 11:08 am | Reply
    • Glenn

      He is a troll. That's what they do. I wish there were a troll flag.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:17 am | Reply
      • Elizabeth

        It's funny what counts as "troll" on CNN and what doesn't. You can say things against the President of the United States that have nothing to do with an article, and that is O.K. But, (and I'm going to be banned from CNN for a week, just watch), try saying the words "Muslim," "Christian," and "Jew," in any context. People are far too intelligent and our knowledge is far too advanced for slavery to be taking place anywhere in the world.

        November 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Your name tells me everything I need to know about you. Troll.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  19. us1776

    We have all become economic slaves of the wealthy.

    .

    November 18, 2011 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • Gerry

      Because you choose to that's why.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  20. VegasRage

    I can't believe the owners didn't go to jail. Fricken amazing, they should all be sent away for the number of years they held her captive.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • FredericksTee

      I'm with you! In fact, I say double the time!

      November 18, 2011 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      I can't believe that immigration, or customs, didn't tell the community where they were going to that there was a child school age that should have been enrolled in the local schools. Everybody dropped the ball, no matter whether or not there was false paperwork.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  21. JOE

    @Bob Hitler

    No we are all slaves to GWB and the GOP because we are still trying to recover from the economic shackles they have layed upon us. And our troops are still slaves to them becasue they continue to fight in two wars ten years later with no forseable end in sight. And by the way, with a name like Hitler, you ought go join Hank Williams and all his rowdy redneck friends in his former slave stae of Alabama.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • Eric L

      I'm with you on every word Joe!!!

      November 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  22. R

    I am very disturbed that no charges were brought against the people who abused Isabel. If there is insufficient evidence for slavery,how about truancy or child abuse? CNN's slavery project also include bringing to light these "slave owners". Show their names and photos– especially if they live in the US. These people should be made an example.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • max power

      Agreed. And once they're in jail, the State Depertment should put out some sort of advisory or warning against anyone else who is thinking of trying anything similar.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      Child abuse is easily proven. This child received no education: neither in the public schools or home-schooled. Children have a right to an education in America. This is a no-brainer; why can't the legal system figure this out, are they protecting this family? Are they diplomats? Business owners? Paid off everybody in the state? She might not be able to show bruises, but unless she is mentally disabled, her lack of education is proof positive that she was not cared for by her "adoptive" family. And yes, lack of education should have a stiff sentence for any family that doesn't take time with their children for school work, because lack of education is what drags all of America behind other countries.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  23. Conrad Shull

    These things always involve cultures multiculturists adore.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      Personally, I have no tolerance for idiotic behavior in any culture, including our own. I totally agree with you about cultures that enslave others. However, what about a culture that encourages children to do less than their best, and thinks it is O.K. for a candidate to not know that Africa is a continent and not a country, and won't pay attention to facts?

      November 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  24. palintwit

    It's a known fact that in addition to boinking their close relatives, teabaggers still keep slaves. Black ones.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:54 am | Reply
    • Your Dad.

      I boinked your mom.

      November 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  25. Ben Slaven

    How can I purchase one of these slaves?

    November 18, 2011 at 10:56 am | Reply
  26. Mike Goswami

    I am very touched by Isabells story and all the power to the couple who helped her get her own life. I would like to see in what way I can hwlp Isabell find her mother hoping that she is still Around.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:59 am | Reply
  27. Semper fi

    4the1.org is were you can help.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:59 am | Reply
  28. sbs

    What I do not understand is why one went to jail and the other family did not? What gives? I am glad she got money though.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:59 am | Reply
  29. Malik Shabaz

    Good to see CNN starting to care about groups other than Hispanics.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • Malike????

      You are kidding right?

      Every other story is about black this and black that.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:42 am | Reply
  30. waycist

    Look at our southwest. Its no coincidence that Phoenix Az is the kidnapping / human trafficking capital of America. We can end alot of this by enforcing our immigration laws.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:01 am | Reply
  31. I Ben Slaven

    I need to purchase some of these ...

    November 18, 2011 at 11:03 am | Reply
  32. top1%sux

    stop feeding the beast.

    cut the head of the beast.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:03 am | Reply
  33. david

    why have a slave when labor is so cheap nowadays? so many unemployed!
    by the way, i am a male submissive to women and would love to become a slave of a beautiful lady. narrowhell a yahoo.com

    November 18, 2011 at 11:03 am | Reply
  34. Baboom

    Go home and be a slave in your own country. Another immigrant bashing the good ole' USA. Love it or leave it.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:06 am | Reply
  35. coriolana

    Is that Taiwanese family still in this country? If so, why haven't they been arrested?

    November 18, 2011 at 11:07 am | Reply
  36. Me

    THIS is why greed is BAD >:{

    November 18, 2011 at 11:09 am | Reply
  37. yoda

    How can we help her find her sister???? The family must know where they bought her from.....This is so sad....Isabel I just want to give you a big hug....The judge in settling the case should have made the family divulge where they bought her....How can we help her find her sister????

    November 18, 2011 at 11:09 am | Reply
  38. That's What's Up

    Where can I buy one?

    November 18, 2011 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • I Ben Slaven

      You have to smuggle one of these back from Taiwan. They bring them in on a container on a ship. Best place is Baltimore Harbor.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:16 am | Reply
      • Wow you are really dumb as well

        and you watch too many bad movies.

        November 18, 2011 at 11:44 am |
      • Elizabeth

        I am disgusted by your post. I visited Baltimore harbor, the site where the American flag of the Star Spangled Banner from the War of 1812 hangs. I stood and saluted before it. "...and the country for which it stands..." that means a country without slavery. Defended first by the blood of people from Baltimore. SHAME SHAME SHAME.

        November 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  39. yoda

    Is there a way we can make this a CNN world project???? Find her Family.....There has got to be a way...

    November 18, 2011 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • Yoda you are not

      Why would they wish to return her to the family that sold her?

      twit.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:46 am | Reply
  40. Edward

    Chinese ethics are non-existent. That's why that family thought it was ok to enslave a child. Keep buying Chinese junk and you too may find yourself living in someone's garage as a slave. Maybe not you, but your grandchildren won't be safe from the Chinese.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • Wow you are really dumb

      Grandchildren?

      Why would ANYONE wish to bring another soul into this world of graft and corruption?

      I cannot wait to be done with ALL OF YOU fuggin twerps

      November 18, 2011 at 11:44 am | Reply
  41. Don Jones

    Nothing is said of the family who brought her to the US. Why were they not identified and they are not what we want i n the US they should be deported.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • wow

      Yes, because breaking the law to punish others breaking the law is rational.

      Get back to your X-box and let the adults talk.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:47 am | Reply
      • Elizabeth

        It isn't breaking the law to find records of years of truancy that these "adoptive parents" committed: where was the education? No school or home-school? There is a record of neglect that could be built if California spent just a few minutes on this case.

        November 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  42. Baboom

    Doesn't 'slave' translate in Chinese to 'non-male children'?

    November 18, 2011 at 11:15 am | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      In China. In the US the laws must be obeyed.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • jackinbox

      No, you read too much Pearl Buck.

      November 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  43. Obamajoe

    Slave? In America? ? Hard to believe,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    escape ??? Come on ,,,this is America,,,,Kick the bad guy's aas,,,,,,,,Dam,,,escape is not America...........

    November 18, 2011 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • Obamajoe

      No criminal charges were brought against the family who brought Isabel to the U.S. from Taiwan.??? What the hell? this is really un-American,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      November 18, 2011 at 11:18 am | Reply
      • joe

        they settled out of court. the America way

        November 18, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Pretty Sad ...

      ... that you have to reply to your own post as no one else gave it the time of day.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:48 am | Reply
      • Pretty Sad ..

        1st it's not have to ,,,2, reply does not always means reply 3,,like to stalk myslslf,,,,,,,sowhat ?

        November 18, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  44. rickj13

    GT66 That war was not fought to eliminate slavery, it was to keep the southern states from leaving the union. Emancipation of the slaves was just a fortunate collateral action

    November 18, 2011 at 11:17 am | Reply
  45. Janos

    This is such a sad story, the Taiwanese family who later moved to the United States should of been arrested and thrown into jail and then deported, just like the other story with the Nigerian women. At least the lady who brought her here is in jail for 11 years and then will be deported. Anyone caught doing this should have their citizenship stripped and be thrown out of the country.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:18 am | Reply
  46. joe

    CNN, why must you make it sound like this all happened in the US. She was brought here as a child. The leading lines are deceiving. Why does the media do this so much?!?!?

    November 18, 2011 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      Any child living in the U.S., "adopted" by another family, must have an appropriate education. Doesn't anybody know that? It is so easy to prove that this family acted illegally and inappropriately to this child.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  47. SuZieCoyote

    Yes, well, interestingly, a similar thing happened to me, only I wasn't sold into it, I was born into it. My parents decided I would be the family servant (in fact I was called "the little maid.") and used regular whippings and beatings to keep me at my tasks. I did get to attend school, but only because they knew that do keep me out would bring the attention of child services. But evenings, and weekends, I was serving a family of seven with cooking, cleaning, ironing, etc, while my parents sat in front of the television. Everyone at school – teachers, counselors, etc – knew the situation and about the beatings. It was accepted, though, that short of murder, a parent could do anything they wanted to a child. But parents beating children is legal and common in the US. If a parent wants to enslave a child, they can do it with impunity. This woman's tormentors were able to do what they did because children ARE slaves. If beating children were outlawed, they could not have gotten by with as much, nor could my parents.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • Suzy Wong

      Did they make you suck the corks?

      November 18, 2011 at 11:49 am | Reply
  48. Mike

    There are many enslaved people in our country. But because they are live-in domestics, appear in public with their owners, or are trusted to do errands for their owners, we view them as free people. They are not. A woman on Marco Island in Florida enslaved a man from her native central American country for years. Without education, citizenship, money, or a means of transportation other than walking, what were his options? Her American neighbors tolerated and excused this situation as a cultural matter, not one of dignity, human rights, and liberty for the enslaved man.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:20 am | Reply
  49. Bob in Pa

    The report makes it sound like the US is guilty, when in reality, it is the ways of people in ither countries that is at the heart of the issue. Real US citizens helped these people gain their freedom, proving once again that America and its citizens are still the greatest force for good in the world.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      I agree that most people in the US have their heart in the right place. But immigration and deportation laws make it hard for people to come forward. What about the lady that everybody knows is a slave but would be deported back to Africa if anybody told? She would be in a much worse place. If she could be freed and take a more dignified job here, that would be much better, although the last few years there are so many Americans out of work that is a difficult subject too. But I'm sure that most Americans really would come forward and free any slaves they heard of if they felt that it would be in the best interest of those slaves. However, ANY child in this situation is not in danger of deportation, and would benefit by people reporting on it. The woman who said she was beaten at home didn't know that there are laws against beating in America. Others here don't know that in America there is a right to an appropriate education. The more we know, the more that human rights will be protected.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  50. rickj13

    If there's no slavery in the US, why are American worker's salaries only enough to get the things the slave owner would have provided?

    November 18, 2011 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      "Fire at will."

      November 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  51. Michele R.

    r, you must be an idiot or started drinking too early today. Congratulations to you, CC, for believing that you could do something for someone at an age when many of your peers are more concerned with wearing the right jeans or the latest iTunes download. And even if being a good citizen is its own reward, this is the kind of thing I hope you and your friend will write about on your college applications. As someone who helps young people on their academic road, you are the kind of individuals that schools look for and our society needs.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:27 am | Reply
  52. Elizabeth

    My grandmother was sponsored by a family in Chicago in the early 1900's, and was their maid until she married my grandfather(and became HIS maid).She worked 6 day a week with Sundays off for church,and weekly stipend of $5 a week.Don't believe she was abused or anything,and was given an education. I also had a friend from Africa who was sponsored by a family in Minnesota and was imprisoned in their home until she escaped by running across a field to a neighboring farm where she was taken in and lived there as part of their family for 2? years. So many folks think of America as a place of dreams,it is so sad because so many of our own ancestors were immigrants at one time.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:27 am | Reply
  53. Jessica, NJ

    No charges were filed? What???? The local prosecute needs to look into this. Let them rot in jail and if they ever get out then send them to Iran.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:29 am | Reply
  54. Jon

    I hear of this all too often, situations where people or familes who immigrate here from other countries ignore our laws and perform vile acts of human atrocity. It's simple. Human trafficing needs to become a capitol crime. We are supposed to be the "Land of the Free" and the "Home of the Brave". We need to do more to protect those such as Isabel and Laome.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:29 am | Reply
  55. Michele R.

    I don't understand why the Taiwanese family was not prosecuted. Or that no neighbor chose to open their eyes and question.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:30 am | Reply
  56. Chris Honry

    "SOLD TO A TAIWANESE FAMILY " THis crap has nothing to do with AMERICA. GO HOME FREAKS!

    November 18, 2011 at 11:30 am | Reply
    • KA

      Sold to Taiwanese or American, doesn't matter my friend it is just Humanity, Only very few countries in this world care about Humans , and America is one of them, even though I am legal immigrant staying 12 yrs still no status I feel very happy that I am living in US where people know what Human life is..

      November 18, 2011 at 11:41 am | Reply
      • Legal Immigrant

        You are a leech sucking on American jobs.

        G F Y

        November 18, 2011 at 11:51 am |
    • wendy

      basic fact of life: If you can't afford a child, don't have one! It's such common sense yet nobody follows it

      November 18, 2011 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • Gerry

      You have the best comment on here. Why didn't i think of that to write. You are so right. L M F A O

      November 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  57. Smurfeater

    What a sad story, but at the same time what a remarkable woman. Despite being treated so poorly by so many people she still seems a kind, caring person who contributes positively to society. I wish her nothing but the best. They need to publish the name of the family so they can no longer remain in the US.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:31 am | Reply
  58. Bleeding Heart

    I seriously think I just fell in love with her and want to just hold her

    November 18, 2011 at 11:31 am | Reply
  59. VTECH

    It's amazing how some people can turn such a positive post into a tread of nasty responses. Wisdom, when ever there is something positive going on expect the negative to follow. Jealousy is a nasty spirit. I wouldn't ever give half of these people the attention they are craving...

    November 18, 2011 at 11:31 am | Reply
  60. Michele R.

    That's the American myth/dream depending on your bias, rickj. There have always been company towns in this country (coal, timber, factories); now we have Walmart.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:32 am | Reply
  61. FlavorFlav

    Where do we make these stories up. Its gotta be the liberals. Fox news would never lie about this.... These are cyring liberals to lazy to get jobs and make this up.
    I am a business person and know this another way to whine.....

    WAKE UP USA THIS IS BS. THESE ARE LAZY IMIGRANTS WANTING TO LIVE OFF UNCLE SAMMIE!

    November 18, 2011 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • solamentekay

      Then get on Fox news, ignorant Tea Bagger.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • Business Owner - HA!

      No legitimate business owner would tag themselves as FlavaFlav

      You are a 14 yr old suburban whigga-wannabe

      November 18, 2011 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • JS

      You're a liberal yourself trolling as something you're not.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  62. Peter

    We have lots of black slaves here in USA, why bother to go to Taiwan to get some :)

    November 18, 2011 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • Peter

      How often do your servants enter you from the rear?

      I'm guessing daily, at a minimum.

      November 18, 2011 at 11:54 am | Reply
  63. infonomics

    Shame on America for not having a whistleblowing implementation for ending this disgust.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:35 am | Reply
  64. moiraesfate

    What are you guys smoking? Of course there's slavery in the US. Its everywhere around the world. Here's its to the corporate masters usually. Sometimes its to individuals. But its not called slavery on the norm.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:36 am | Reply
  65. too bad

    she didn't look black.,she must have been a domestic.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:36 am | Reply
  66. MiketheElectrician

    No charges will be filed...because this family is rich and connected. Yet law enforcement sure is ready to crack down on some guy sleeping on a park bench. People who say there is no enslavement in America are either stupid, or just plain unaware. I seem to remember a case about a wealthy family from the Middle East who had kept a girl, who looked like from Phillipines, Malaysia, Thailand, and beat her, and kept her chained in a cabinet as punishment. This is just horrific and this is what needs to be protested.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:37 am | Reply
  67. Inspired Reader

    Isabel gave herself up for the sake of her baby sister at the age of ~7. Amazing. As adults, we seriously underestimate the love, compassion, philosophic and intellectual capacities of children. Fortunately, Isabel's infancy & toddler-hood preserved & developed the spark we're born with. Her Mom must have loved, nurtured, and taken good care of her during the critical, early phase of life.

    Although her treatment is tearful to contemplate, it, along with her innate selflessness, will be the thing that propels her and her life's mission to success. It's easy to see that she posesses a loving soul & warm heart.

    Best wishes to you, Isabel!

    November 18, 2011 at 11:41 am | Reply
  68. Lejaune

    It's interesting that she speaks almost perfect English with American accent, far better than most immigrants do, despite her lack of education.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:41 am | Reply
  69. singh

    Who here thinks these people became wall street protesters????? Most likely they are well on their way to experiencing the American dream. Would have earlier if not for the slave owners.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      Who here thinks that the slave owners are among the 1 percent that are being protested?

      November 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  70. Reemo

    Why hasn't this family been imprisoned? They enslaved a person and got away with it by settling a petty civil case. I guess money really can solve everything, including the crimes you commit.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:48 am | Reply
  71. slaves?

    To say that you raised $ to fre slaves is retarded. Money does not free slaves. Speaking up does.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:51 am | Reply
  72. cWhatsNew

    The human greed has never been diminished. If there's a void un-checked, slavery is surely used by some greedy people. It doesn't matter it's this 21 century or BC, and doesn't matter if it's whites, blacks, Asians. It's all the same of the human greed. We need to keep fighting and make sure it's not un-checked.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:52 am | Reply
  73. Pretty Sad ..

    Pretty Sad ... ha ha :D

    November 18, 2011 at 11:52 am | Reply
  74. Aaron

    Nigerians are all around bad people. Everyone knows this. Ask the South Africans.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:53 am | Reply
  75. charlou

    Instead of paying to get them out of slavery, this is illegal why not report it to the authorities so that the people involved could be caught and prosecuted, you only left them out to go get more to put in slavery

    November 18, 2011 at 11:53 am | Reply
  76. matt

    Don't any of you morons realize this is BS? People are so dumb. Money raised to free slaves?? no wonder the nigerians are able to scam dumb americans out of there money..you people are soooo fng stupid.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:53 am | Reply
  77. In the South

    I think it should go back to the old ways. Let us have the slaves back! Would you be called a slave if you worked for someone which feed you, clothed you, put a roof over you head in which you asked for no money. If that is the case then slavery has never left the US. Maybe that is what this county needs to get back on its feet and become the county it was. Remember this country started out with slaves and was fine until the liberals had to go and change it all. Since then this country has went down hill.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      No, slavery was hurting the South much more than the North. Read some history.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  78. Scot

    Whats this crap that these people were not arrested and this gal just get money form a civil suit.

    She should own them finanacially and they should be in prison
    .
    What is wrong with these 1% ers that think they are better than the rest of us ?

    What is wrong with the judicial system that allows them to get away with this ?

    I am afraid this goes on more than we think from these good christian people of affluance.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:56 am | Reply
  79. yoda

    Yoda I am....Did you not view the video....She longs for her mother and sister....Yoda you are not ...You are the TWIT!!!

    November 18, 2011 at 11:57 am | Reply
  80. Jimmy Joe

    I have a BS detector that is about 98% accurate. I've developed it from years of dealing with financial advisors. Anyway my BS detector was going crazy while I was watching this. Something doesn't add up. I could be wrong (it happens 2 out of 100 times).

    November 18, 2011 at 11:58 am | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      You deal with "financial advisors," in what capacity? I have a B.S. detector too, and it is 99 percent accurate, because I am part of the 99 percent.

      November 18, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Reply
      • Jimmy Joe

        You sound hot

        November 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  81. dr perry fisher

    And all the rightous in Christ shouted, victory,victory,victory

    November 18, 2011 at 11:59 am | Reply
  82. CDaeda

    I know the feeling. I am a slave too after doing government whistle blowing. If you complain about anything this government does you loose all your rights through secret and hidden legal means being used against citizens. Too much to explain in this comment.

    November 18, 2011 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • Scot

      Keep up the fight man ! Get it out there so WE know what is going on so we can help !

      November 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • Jimmy Joe

      Yes...go on...

      November 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  83. Jimmy Joe

    BTW, if this really happened and you're looking for someone to be mad at. Blame her sub-human mother who sold her and her sistter.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  84. sean

    moved, shocked, and cried. what a story

    November 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  85. Evergreen

    Good thing you and your school friends did. But what I don't understand is: what was the money for? to pay the people who were slaving the two persons?

    November 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  86. MarkCali

    At the hands of strangers, it's slavery. Otherwise, it's parenting.

    Blame her mother! Down with CHINA!!!

    November 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  87. Slavery

    High education, high income, and bad Economy. Failed Epic.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  88. unowhoitsme

    Slavery is common in the US. Just go to Manhattan. So many people from India bring their own slaves into this country, make them work 24/7, pay them pennies on the dollar, and feed them very little food. They get away with it, so it's not going to stop anytime soon.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  89. johnls7424

    This type of stuff ( human trafficking) goes on alot more then people know. Thats for sure.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  90. Jeff Pittelkau

    The civil lawsuit part irked me because it shows there is no criminal prosecution.They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for kidnapping and physical abuse. If they are citizens, sentence should be life with no parole. If they are resident aliens, I'd keep them in prison until they are really, really old and unable to care for themselves, then deport them back to Taiwan where they certainly will get no mercy. We need some real American justice on this one!

    November 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  91. Bob

    I hope all (including foreign nationals) that get caught keeping slaves in the US are prosecuted for kidnapping and other crimes.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  92. Gerry

    The girl did house chores, and so why is this news?

    Do the research and facts. If she slept in a garage she would have gotten carbon monoxide poisoning and died. Many home owners have their garages turned into bedrooms, so she basically had the biggest room in the house.

    I grew up in a foster home since I was 5, and I did many chores cleaning, and then later cooking. When I turned 8 started doing more manual intensive labor work. If I didn't obey I’d get beat with a wooden paddle with holes in it. It only takes one long duration of multiple whippings to be obedient.

    Fast forward to today, I am a responsible person who puts my life in order by prioritizing and that's first by paying bills, and everything else is second.

    Note to the wise in the big cities if you don't work in a big building then you are a person living in a big city working for the person in the big building, so don't complain if you work at star bucks, or deliver fast food, do your job and shut up or ship out. When I mean ship out, I mean move out of the city moron, and stop complaining. I'm talking to you protestors for March for Wall Street! You live in the big cities and you think you are the only ones hit by the economy? You are wrong small towns and cities also suffer, but guess what we do instead of protest? We re-invent ourselves and get another job, and if we can't find a job we search for a job online and move to the smaller towns where there is work. The cost of living is expensive, so if you are unhappy working for the big building executives, just move out and go to the small cities. See how they will function when there is no more lower class society to make their fast foods, or lattes.

    Only time I would move to a big city would be if I got a job in one of them big buildings, but I can't I’m in the army.

    On another third note totally off the subject I want to be the first to start the "Pull up your pants party". I'm tired of individuals instead of living the American dream they choose to have their pants around their ankles, I know most Americans grand parents worked hard, and going back to the 1940's Americans worked a lot and got a little. Today Americans work less and get a lot, so stop complaining and crying. If you don't like the job you have or the job you don't have, then move around America and get out the big cities and go to a small town who will hire you!

    Another challenge is if individuals can do what they do to their cars then can you do that to your bills, and pay your debt? Why have a Chevy caprice classic worth $42,000, and then foreclose on your home? We need a rap artist or a celebrity or some rich figure head (not me because I make 35,000 a year) to tell the youth what to do. One example would be a new trend of rappers rapping about doing home improvement projects instead of tricking out their cars. Because the truth is parents are to blame and while parents blame the teachers the discipline starts with you the parent! If you are over the age of 25 and still ride around town with three kids waiting with your girlfriend while you drive around town with your music blaring and still trying to do pick up a new girlfriend, then you don't need to be doing that to create more kids like you who are not living the American dream.

    Why do we have Lindsey Lohans, Kim Kardashians, and Paris Hiltons in the news and media? This corrupts the youth and helps to promote bad role models. Crash course for self destruction influencing the youth!

    The only person worth mentioning is Bill Cosby who spoke about indifferences and the work is not done, but that if Martin Luther King was around he would tell you the same thing Bill Cosby said about being responsible adults.

    So I say pull up those pants, get a job, save some money, don't buy a new phone or gadget or gismo every three months, but pay your bills, and if something is left over put it in the bank. Buy yourself something during Christmas and your birthday. Remember that it starts with you! Yes I do agree that it takes two to tango, so there is always two to blame even in a one sided argument.

    God Bless anyone to read or listen to this. I am not rich, but I try hard. Remember we work less and get more than previous Americans who worked more for less!

    November 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • Patrick

      I hope you get help, Gerry.

      November 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Reply
      • Gerry

        I don't need help or any handouts, i work for a living. I also mow the neighbors yard for the last year i have lived her because they are poor and don't have a lawn mower. I don't ask for any money, i just do it. I know most city slickers couldn't imagine mowing grass for free, they want free money and free handouts!

        November 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • kat

      I couldn't agree with you more. Nobody puts effort into anything worthwhile anymore!
      Not to get political but if Ron Paul does not get voted in next year, America is doomed. We do not need another puppet we need a good example for the misguided youth of this country

      November 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Reply
      • Gerry

        Kat, i support Ron Paul. I am a Christian Republican. In Germany Chancellor Merkel is from the Christian Democratic party. In America we should have a Christian Republican Party. I am also in a high favor of paying the federal reserve off and printing our own money. Andrew Jackson did it, and so can Americans by voting for Ron Paul!

        November 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      Please do not follow Gerry's advice of moving to smaller cities. There is no work in my smaller city, or rural areas around it, and people are moving from here... to the big cities, or anywhere they think they can get a job. One of the saddest things about this Depression (please don't belittle it by calling it a "recession") is when I see my friends moving away.

      Gerry has had a hard life, but he doesn't get it: this girl slept on the floor. And you don't die of carbon monoxide poisoning when the car is not running.

      I've had posts that say "awaiting moderation." Where was the moderator when Gerry posted this?

      November 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • Gerry

        The article said she filed a civil case, so as long as she fought back legally she should be okay. I wish her luck, and welcome her to America. Sorry that the possible welfare system didn't check up on her adoptive family. My guess would be that a theory that rich people probably don't fall under the radar of the welfare department if you’re a child in a wealthy family. I know that the key is assumption is the failure by welfare department, but what about teachers?

        I actually ended up going to a possible adoption home after I left my foster home, so I started fighting with kids at school during recess. The teacher noticed my changed behavior and popped me a question as to asking if everything was alright at home, and I told her I was being abused, so the teacher called welfare department of child services and had my case looked at.

        In a psychology course a teacher would learn the small signs of either acting out, or being complete quiet or shy. These signs should alert the teacher while the Taiwanese girl was growing up at school or in the community to where she was.

        The Penn State case is a prime example leading others to come out now. Hopefully the victims will be vindicated, and the victimizer brought to justice.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • Miclovin

      As a side note cristians are a bunch of hipocrits saying one thing and doing another nd yea i can imaging mowing lawns for free i do it every weekend for 5 of my neighbors

      November 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • Jimmy Joe

      I like you Gerry

      November 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Reply
      • Gerry

        I like you too Jimmy...lol

        November 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Dana

      I love your story, you are an achiever, congratutaion. Plus you learned how our world works: no pain no gain we shall say, but in positive way. We work for our success. Past is reality, but what we do for us personaly as adults. Taiwanese Nanny now has settlement (..?..) and will find and support her family, if she really has heart in place. Not always so.

      November 19, 2011 at 8:31 am | Reply
  93. James

    Spread the word, don't come to the US to work for people from your own country, only bad things can happen. Stay where you are.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  94. rd

    What a slimy family and it's horrible that no charges were bought against them. I hope the entire family dies horrible, slow deaths for what they did to that poor little girl.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  95. Leaf on the Wind

    So, Ms. Bello is facing a decade in prison followed by deportation. Good riddance. I'm happy to live in a country that values multi-culturalism, but I think we can do without this sort of person. It's too bad they couldn't bring charges against the Taiwanese couple. They could use a few years in prison, too, or at least deport them. I wish this article included more information about why criminal charges were not brought against them. Another incomplete from CNN.com.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  96. Patrick

    This breaks my heart. I feel so sorry for this woman. I hope the family that abused her as their slave is punished. Life in prison would be too good for them. Hanging would be too good for them. How she can still love her mother is a mystery to me, but then I guess she still longs for a mother to love her.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  97. Alison Loughlin

    Personally, I just want to punch the family that should have gotten criminal charges for giving poor Isabel beatings! No one should be allowed to get away with slavery because it is wrong, and it should have been caught much earlier than now. A lawsuit isn't going to do as much as a criminal punishment, since the family needs to understand that this is simply unacceptable! Someone come down hard on the family and just please DO NOT allow anyone like them to get away with a horrible thing like that!

    November 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  98. Mitchel

    What is happening to the slave owners? Why is CNN not setting their house on fire and forcing them to come out for an interview? Is there no legal recourse here?

    November 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  99. Jimmy J

    Why was that family not charged? does anyone know

    November 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  100. ChicagoRob

    uhm..so how does a Taiwanese family move to California and get a slave through customs???

    November 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • Gerry

      Have you ever been to California customs? How about Taiwanese Americans allowing the newly Taiwanese Americans in with their Taiwanese adopted slave? Just a thought. Maybe the customs were in on it? Because wouldn't they have to register the child for school once after entering the US?

      November 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  101. Mark L.

    In this country, nothing surprises me anymore. The GREAT United States of America has blossomed into a nation full of wasted crack-heads, pot-heads, cocaine / heroin / meth-amphetamine addicts, arsonists, pedophiles, burglars, serial rapists, murderers, etc. Oh sure, there are millions upon millions of successful businessmen such as myself, however, this nation's justice and political systems are a COMPLETE JOKE !! And I don't care whether you're a right-wing Republican / Tea Party supporter or left-wing liberal Democrat / OWS supporter as I am registered as an Independent. Bottom line – We are NOT the same nation we were at the end of WW II – a proud and respected Super Power of a Nation. No, today, we are the absolute laughing stock of the world. I was born an American and I shall die as an American; however, I am not as proud to be an American today as I was many years ago when the rest of the world used to look up to us.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      This has nothing to do with political Party, but if you pay your fair share of taxes, and tell your state and Federal governments NOT TO CUT COURT BUDGETS, then some of the problems might be dealt with.

      November 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Reply
    • ChicagoRob

      Lol yeah USA was a much better Country during WW2..I can just imagine the pride everyone felt of dropping atomic bombs on thousands of women and children. Twist your head on straight gramps... older generations always look at the past with rose coloured glasses. And if you want to lay the blame for current generations..blame your own first..you guys did afterall raise all of us.

      November 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  102. nolazy

    Ruben, you're a joke and you know it.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  103. Tonua

    For all the people that are accusing C.C.'s school of paying off slave traders, did it occur to you that there are organizations whose mission is to rescue slaves? And there is a cost to that rescue? (Supplies, transportation, clothing, a new home, etc.) My guess that it is unlikely that C.C.'s school paid off a slave trader, and is much more likely that they raised enough money to give to one of these organizations that would cover the costs of rescuing two slaves. By the way, I found this information on the first click of a web search. (www.freetheslaves.net)

    C.C. – I'm glad that you and your school are doing something instead of just talking about it. And, I liked your song. Beautiful.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  104. dscon

    CNN just keeps hitting foul balls.
    Natalie, now slavery in the US.
    How could it be....the US "IS" evil according to CNN and the prez!
    Put Polosi's insider trading mug up instead ok?
    She can turn a 5million investment into 20 million!

    November 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  105. Holden

    Why is CNN so obsessed with this subject? It is borderline bizarre.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      Because slavery is bizarre, and there are more slaves today than there were in 1860.

      November 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  106. Tr1Xen

    "No criminal charges were brought against the family who brought Isabel to the U.S. from Taiwan."

    November 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Reply
    • Tr1Xen

      Whoops... I hit "Enter" before I meant to... The rest of this is:

      "No criminal charges were brought against the family who brought Isabel to the U.S. from Taiwan."

      ...of course not! The jails are too full of people arrested for smoking pot to make room for some trivial offenders such as kidnappers and slave owners. Gotta go after the really tough criminals–stoners!

      November 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Reply
      • Gerry

        A law is a law and you should not smoke pot. If America allows it then smoke it. Or you could buy Montels pot for medical uses if you live in California.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
      • Elizabeth

        My husband has cancer but still works a full time job. His pain killers are not very effective. It would be nice if he could get a painkiller like marijuana, but we are law-abiding citizens, and don't do it. But those who want to put people in jail for marijuana might think twice about it, because there are diseases like cancer that could use it; only prescribed and regulated (and taxed appropriately). I really wish that America would go on to more important issues.

        November 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
      • Miclovin

        Lol dude thats so freakin true its not even funny

        November 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  107. Jeff

    "No criminal charges were brought against the family who brought Isabel to the U.S. from Taiwan."

    How is this even possible?

    November 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Reply
    • Chuck

      Yes, & how was it possible to get a passport and get into the US with no evidence that these weren't her parents? Homeland who?

      November 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  108. Drew

    I can't believe some right-winger hasn't come along and pointed out that, if she was a slave, she must've wanted to be one. Atter all, each of us can become a cotrillionaire, if we REALLY want to.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • dscon

      Drew Quote;
      " I can't believe some right-winger hasn't come along and pointed out that, if she was a slave, she must've wanted to be one."
      Maybe you should change your belief's or at least get your indoctrination elswhere OK?

      November 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  109. deanna

    Oh that made me cry!!!!

    November 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  110. Toto

    I get a Asian supervisor at work who try to take over and though he was still in Asia but i straight up his neck he get the message pretty fast, that's exactly the same people who enslave children.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  111. bachmanntwit

    FACT: Michele Bachmann's husband, Marcus Bachmann, is gay.
    FACT: Listening to Marcus Bachmann bash gays with his falsetto voice is hilarious.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • Miclovin

      Fact: so dang tru
      Facts: Soooo effin tru

      November 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  112. Enoch

    No criminal charges were brought agaisnt the family that bought her as a slave and beat her? Hey, CNN, nice of you to exploit her again by using her story for clicks, but why no explanation on the fact that criminal charges weren't pressed? Why isn't the name of the family being published? I have a right to know if my neighbors are slave owners.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  113. yoda

    Oh and by the way...on the day you ran Isabel...Happy Birthday!!!!

    November 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  114. david

    everyone in america who aint a secured party or proclaimed their nationality is a dam slave sun up to sun down a 9-5 is what slavery is really about u r all brainwashed deal with that truth u think u have freedom soon as slave master raise those taxes tell u u cant drive when u have god given rites u r waive them for licenses lol privileges
    think i am lying get your blind azes on youtube and look up secured party cerditor

    November 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  115. too bad

    she's not black,she's not a slave.simple.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  116. rh

    I'm not sure why the Isabel story was unusual. She is lucky to have ended up in the US.

    If we have "freedom of religion" then we also have "freedom of culture" which for them includes slavery.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  117. jesus

    unbelievable

    November 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  118. Zon

    Put a few of these slave-holders to death and you'll certainly slow the practice down. The people that traffic in human suffering are the lowest of the low, society has no place for them

    November 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  119. Survivor

    Slavery can and does happen, through a 'legal' process labeled ADOPTION . . . believe it – from the remnants of one who survived the ordeals of same.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      I'm sorry for your suffering. For any child who is treated as a slave:
      1. Beating is illegal in the U.S.A., under the "Mondale Law."
      2. Every child in the U.S.A. has a right to an appropriate education, which means that if they don't send you to school, and they didn't give you the same education through home schooling, you have your rights violated.
      3. Children must have an appropriate amount of sleep every night for their age level.
      4. Chores are good to know how to take care of your house in the future, but refer to 1. no beating and 2. must have time to do homework with 3. enough sleep. Not every family can afford to take children to special outings, but you should have a little time off every week.

      November 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  120. Andy

    Hmm... Growing up a slave in a america? Thats called the working middle class.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  121. roz

    people "r" is getting the attention he/she wants. dont let this moron take away from the story...

    November 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  122. Someguy

    Where can I buy a little hottie like this? Is there any discount I buy in bulk?

    November 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • Miclovin

      I hope you get help

      November 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Reply
      • somegirl

        me too

        November 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Patrick

      Ah, so you are a Republican, then?

      November 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  123. Miclovin

    Jesus everyone is getting on someone and unfortunetly the middle class is in a way a "slave" in america sucks that it happens wish the rich people would pay the US some green so the Middle class arent "slaves" any more but once you get on the high horse you dont wanna get down

    November 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  124. Lorie

    11 years is not enough, sending her back to her country is not also a good idea. This monster will still create another crime in her own country. She needs a life time jail. Slavery is not acceptable. People like her are not accepted in any kind of society.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  125. Stacell72

    No charges were brought against the family? They must have been influential bad people. Any Joe Blo that would've done that would have been strung up....Sad sad..

    November 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  126. Mark Couvillion

    Tolerance of illegal immigration is the root cause of these cases of human trafficking. CNN is culpable due to its support of illegal immigration via its biased reporting. As a result all Americans will have to bear the social burden due to this misdirected compassion.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • Susse

      Uh, looking at where they were living.. probably legal..

      November 18, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  127. prb

    it was a heartrending video, I could not believe at the end that this could be real... that people could be so cruel to enslave and torture 7 year olds for years.... and that someone could be so forgiving at the end... can someone help her to find her mom?... and if she does, CNN please bring that happy ending to us....

    November 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  128. parkeba

    Both family inslaved an individual, each was a form of servitude, each was a form of human trafficking; yet only one family will be deported???

    November 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  129. Raza

    It appears from the comments here that people want to belittle the matter with jokes and ridicules. Slavery is a serious matter, happening in US and not in some foreign country. Most people commenting on these blogs are rednecks, so I dont have any high hopes for changing minds, if they have any.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  130. Texas Tumbleweed

    I'm glad she was able to sue them but they need to be taken to criminal court and perp-walked in front of the cameras!

    November 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  131. palintwit

    Just think... every teabagger and every birther in every trailer park in the country is a slave to Sarah Palin. She has total control over a vast army of morons.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • Miclovin

      Lol so tru

      November 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • RedStateSuperDutyF-150PowerNascarAmerica

      Go occupy your tent.

      November 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Reply
      • palintwit

        Teabaggers believe that nascar is a real sport. Teabaggers believe that Dale Earnhardt was a great American athlete.

        November 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
      • RedStateSuperDutyF-150PowerNascarAmericaEagleBillyRayCyrus2ndAmendmentSarahPalinBrewerPatriotMooseKnuckleHunter

        I love America you d*ckhead.

        November 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  132. MannyHM

    "No charges against the family"...WHY ?
    If such misdeed is allowed to go unpunished then we as a society is part of the problem.
    I'm brought to tears by her desire to see again her family. Where did she learn LOVE and FORGIVENESS ?
    Humans are not so bad after all.

    November 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  133. RedStateSuperDutyF-150PowerNascarAmericaEagleBillyRayCyrus2ndAmendmentSarahPalinBrewerPatriotMooseKnuckleHunter

    I'd bet there are more slaves in blue states than red states. I'd bet California and New York currently have the most slaves. From the article it's clearly an immigrantion issue and what states have the most immigrants? Ironic isn't it?

    November 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Reply
    • palintwit

      Here's a couple more you can add to your screen name... "duct taped Barcalounger" and "double-wide" .

      November 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  134. RedStateSuperDutyF-150PowerNascarAmericaEagleBillyRayCyrus2ndAmendmentSarahPalinBrewerPatriotMooseKnuckleHunter

    ...and scene. Isn't the comment section just so theraputic.

    November 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  135. RedStateSuperDutyF-150PowerNascarAmericaEagleBillyRayCyrus2ndAmendmentSarahPalinBrewerPatriotMooseKnuckleHunterducttapedVickiChristinaBarclonaDoubleAmericanPride

    Love it or leave it, palintwit. Love it or leave it. I'm lovin' it.

    November 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • GranolaDude

      I love it too dude. I think we have more in common then we know. Maybe we can get along.

      November 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • palintwit

      Right now I'm lovin' some "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. After that, I'll be lovin' my favorite movie... Deliverance".

      November 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Reply
      • Zodiac

        That's your favorite movie in your dreams.

        November 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  136. Chun Ying Lu

    Hi , I am from Taiwan , I feel so bad to hear about this News , I hope , I can do something for you , first , i want to let you know ,,you are always Taiwan's Kid , we love you , and we care about you , i wish , you can give me some info. about your mom's chines name or yours , anything helpful information to find your mom , i can try find more people to help you , wait for your reply , my e-mail : lorron@pchome.com.tw

    November 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  137. Zodiac

    Must get more slaves for the afterlife.

    November 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  138. JMU

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    November 18, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Reply
  139. hope

    JMU:

    Nice post... sad that some people have no idea how far the distorted hand of human trafficking has extended. America? Wake up!

    November 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  140. To Tell the Truth

    CNN is getting worse than the tabloids. "Growing up a slave in the US" leads people to believe that this happens all the time in the US and is some how allowed. I am glad that this girl was brought to the US, because you can bet every thing you own that if she was still in Taiwan, she would still be working for this family. It's a shame that it was caught so late, but your headline of slavery in the US will be twisted, and used out of context through out the rest of the world. It doesn't matter what the story is about, it's the headline. Shame on CNN.

    November 19, 2011 at 5:46 am | Reply
    • Justanothersay

      Hello out there....what CNN just said in that article is the truth. My advice to you is dont be so nave or dumb over the info.........its always been here and its here to stay:)

      November 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Reply
      • George Robinson

        There have been many comments coming from very stupid and ignorant and arrogant people............who..........obviously have got it made, and dont like to be reminded that there are still a huge numbers of slaves in the USA, white and black............I did mention the farm workers in the state of Massachussettes where the law says they should get paid $2.63 and hour, and not a cent more............is this not slavery

        November 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
      • Justanothersay

        We have the right to the freedom of speech but , when its about name bashing there seems to be a misunderstanding and a word from a wiser one and speaking from one opinion and not calling names, we always had SLAVERY, its always been a part of life here in the US. It will always be here. Why cannot people get the full picture and why are so many mislead? Why, they need the tools to see through it and to find out there are many ways but my, yours, them, those and whatever, so thats the scoop :)

        November 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  141. Justanothersay

    I must say........there has always been slavery in the US. Its just hidden and most of it is in our sweat shops in the good ole New York City. It will always be here........and its only going to get worse over time. That is what our country wants, since they dont care about what resources come into this place or how we live. Lived long enough to see the changes and where its going but where it will end...........just another repeat. :)

    November 19, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  142. Justanothersay

    If you want to know the truth, its all in your college books. If you can go to college you will find the truth there and its going to surprise you and make you wake up to a day like no other day:) It will knock you off your feet...........Good Luck!!!

    November 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  143. rossa

    americans are known as slave drivers i can't forget how i was treated in oregon by my collegues in research laboratory after they sensed that i like to stay in thier fricken country to escape mistreatment at home country , i also can't compare it to the good treatment that we found in canada i hope this country prosper over its southern slave driver's niehbour so the 21 st century becomes the canadaian century to rplace the attrocious 20th century which saw the rise and i hope the fall of this terrorist culture

    November 19, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Reply
    • cnn

      IM A SLAVE FOR YOU! Britney Spears

      November 19, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Reply
    • George Robinson

      Good points ROSSA, the only difference is that Canada was once part of the British Empire and learned things another way, especially when it came to the treatment of humans in their own country, the USA was and always WILL be country where a certain segment of their citizens will always be slaves.......especially if you are black.......then they really do have to work extra hard to get out of the cotton fields

      November 20, 2011 at 2:53 am | Reply
  144. rossa

    where is my comment u buggers

    November 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  145. nl20051405

    For high school students to feed up two slaves may be a way to misleading the relationship between the parents and their only one child, while the latter is much more like some pet in the family rather than any child servant. Such game playing should be restricted by the school headmasters since the students do not have necessary background social experience and the problem of gap discrimination around the whole world may become unbelivably gigantic. There is no commercial value, nor any political meaning, esp. in the democratic America.

    November 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  146. Lee Dong Sheng from Taiwan

    Hi, Isabel's sister had found her from TV news at Taiwan, we knew her name in Chinese, and could we contact the CNN's reporter Mr. Martin Savidge for arrange their meeting at Taiwan?!

    November 20, 2011 at 7:19 am | Reply
    • Lee Dong Sheng from Taiwan

      my email alexandroslee@yahoo.com, and my facebook is http://www.facebook.com/alexandroslee
      please contact with me, Thanks

      November 20, 2011 at 7:27 am | Reply
      • Lee Dong Sheng from Taiwan

        遭虐台裔養女 可能排灣族女孩 【請外交部儘速協助 何曉鳳小姐 回台,另一方面,請加州的朋友們協助一下,好嗎?!】

        〔中央社〕「就是她,這種感覺很難形容」,在美國被收養的台裔女孩,遭虐待,渴望回台找親生母親。台東排灣族何女看到報導,直接反應「她是我二姐」,她母親哭說「要把女兒帶回來」。

        媒體報導,台灣女孩Isabel(化名)在7歲時被賣掉,之後輾轉到美國,在美國幫傭,遭到養父母虐待,在逃離養父母家,渴望回到台灣找親生母親,她在媒體前哭著說「如果找到她,我要說媽媽我愛妳」。

        「她好像姑姑」,台東縣大武鄉永久屋排灣族女孩昨天在臉書上看到Isabel尋母的報導,趕緊向3姑姑何曉英說「電視上被虐待的女孩好像是二姑」。

        何曉英打開電腦一看,當場落淚,「就是她,二姐」。何曉英說,那種感覺很難形容,聲音、長相,直覺就是我的二姐何曉鳳。

        昨晚何曉英將影像拿給媽媽看,媽媽看到畫面哭的唏哩嘩啦,問何曉英「電視裡的曉鳳為什麼在哭」;她告訴媽媽「姐姐在美國過的不好,希望能找到妳,跟妳說媽媽我愛妳」;媽媽又問「那她怎麼不回來」,何曉英解釋說,姐姐還在美國,必須透過政府幫忙。

        看到女兒在美國被虐待,何媽媽說,「我一直以為她過的很好,已經結婚生子,怎麼會這樣,我要把女兒帶回來」。

        何曉英說,媽媽生了6名女兒,自己是老三,今年32歲,家庭經濟不好,民國74年母親將二姐和小妹送給有錢人家收養,當時二姐大概7、8歲,她記得,收養二姐的是住在台北的康姓阿嬤,二姐很開心的和她離開山區。

        之後二姐沒有再和家人連絡,直到民國83年7月父親過世,1位陌生女人帶著姐姐回家奔喪,但是只在家裡待了2、3小時就離開;民國91年姐姐忽然打電話回家,需要戶籍謄本,她好奇問姐姐「做什麼用」,姐姐回答「要移民到美國」。

        何曉英說,二姐到美國不久寄了一封信給家人,還附上在美國的照片,信裡說「在美國過的很好,已經結婚,不用擔心」。但是信件由他人代筆,因為姐姐沒有讀書,根本不會寫字。

        民國91年的這封信,是家裡和姐姐最後的聯繫,之後就沒音訊。今年6月母親重病,她寫信拜託姐姐回家,但是不知道這封信該寄到哪裡,「是一封寄不出的信」。

        何曉英說,這幾年她對二姐相當不諒解,以為她在美國過的很好,所以「看不起我們」,或是她已經結婚生子,不想我們去打擾她;沒想到二姐在美國竟然過的這麼辛苦,看到二姐現在的處境,「很自責,希望她快回來台灣」。

        November 20, 2011 at 7:48 am |
      • Lee Dong Sheng from Taiwan

        please check it out (Isabel's family)

        http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150418564704533.383895.683594532&type=1&l=b94c08c15c

        November 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
      • Lee Dong Sheng from Taiwan

        Please check these photos:

        http://tw.news.yahoo.com/photos/%E9%81%AD%E8%99%90%E5%8F%B0%E8%A3%94%E9%A4%8A%E5%A5%B3%E5%8F%AF%E8%83%BD%E6%8E%92%E7%81%A3%E6%97%8F-3-photo-113444350.html

        http://tw.news.yahoo.com/photos/%E9%81%AD%E8%99%90%E5%8F%B0%E8%A3%94%E9%A4%8A%E5%A5%B3%E5%8F%AF%E8%83%BD%E6%8E%92%E7%81%A3%E6%97%8F-2-photo-113444902.html;_ylt=AnxT1FnfIps9T7zUmnsCzO6yBdF_;_ylu=X3oDMTFwM29pbjV0BG1pdANJbmZpbml0ZSBCcm93c2UgVFcEcG9zAzEzBHNlYwNNZWRpYUluZmluaXRlQnJvd3NlTGlzdA–;_ylg=X3oDMTNiazBlcWpnBGludGwDdHcEbGFuZwN6aC1oYW50LXR3BHBzdGFpZANmNGZlNDI5YS1jZjg3LTNiY2UtOTU4Yi1lMTg0MTNkZTZlMjIEcHN0Y2F0A.Wci.mam3znvo7mtLIEcHQDc3RvcnlwYWdlBHRlc3QD;_ylv=3

        http://tw.news.yahoo.com/photos/%E9%81%AD%E8%99%90%E5%8F%B0%E8%A3%94%E9%A4%8A%E5%A5%B3%E5%8F%AF%E8%83%BD%E6%8E%92%E7%81%A3%E6%97%8F-1-photo-113444307.html

        November 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
      • Lee Dong Sheng from Taiwan

        幫助Isabel回台灣見母親一面(CNN報導遭虐台裔養女可能是排灣族女孩何曉鳳小姐,請大家協助她回台灣跟親生母親見面!)
        已建立活動:http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=246083148785563

        November 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Hubert Chen

      what a great news!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 20, 2011 at 7:34 am | Reply
      • Lee Dong Sheng from Taiwan

        Indeed!

        November 20, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  147. winnie

    did you get contact yet?

    November 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • Lee Dong Sheng from Taiwan

      NOT YET! Our government would in charge of
      外長︰已訓令外館協助尋親
      外交部長楊進添昨晚表示,馬總統非常關切此事,指示外交部全力提供協助Isabel返台尋親。楊進添表示,當他看到這則報導,難過地流下眼淚,並已訓令駐洛杉磯辦事處啟動查訪,要連絡到本人,並幫Isabel取得護照等,順利回台尋親。
      律師吳漢成表示,倘若Isabel想要聲請恢復台灣國籍,可藉由申請DNA親子鑑定,證明親生父母是誰,並與原生家庭的關係,加上已成年,可在美國自行提出終止收養訴訟。

      November 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  148. kuo

    http://udn.com/NEWS/NATIONAL/NATS1/6731000.shtml落難養女伊莎貝兒 新竹也有人指認

    【聯合報╱記者高宛瑜/新竹市報導】
    2011.11.21 03:09 am

    紀美周說,親友比對女兒楊謦伃失蹤前的照片和伊莎貝兒,都覺得和她長得很相似。
    記者高宛瑜/翻攝「她應該就是我女兒!」新竹市婦人紀美周女兒楊謦伃,十九年前失蹤,看到在美受虐的台灣女孩伊莎貝兒,覺得長像、年紀和女兒都相符,懷疑是她失蹤多年的女兒。
    「她濃眉、大眼、扁鼻,嘴唇薄薄的,喜歡抓著耳朵睡…」十九年前,女兒失蹤後,紀美周和丈夫楊光環沒一刻忘記這塊心頭肉,登報、上電視、印傳單花上百萬元,都沒找到女兒。,如今看伊莎貝爾的新聞,讓她重燃希望。

    紀美周說,先生的親戚看到電視上的伊莎貝兒,都覺得長得很像她,要他們快去搜尋。公公一看到照片,馬上說:「太像了,這百分之百就是孫女!」

    楊光環激動地說,女兒一九八九年六月五日出生,算起來是廿二歲,與伊莎貝兒年紀相仿,雖伊莎貝兒說七歲被媽媽賣掉,但他們認為,失蹤的女兒可能之後才被轉賣。

    November 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  149. Andre

    We just watched tsabel's horrible ordeal, but your report did not make any mention of the family that enslaved her all these years and that resides in the US. What is going to be done about their crime? Is anything being done to bring them to justice and make them pay for their crimes?

    November 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  150. Lee

    The family that enslaved her should be sent to jail.

    This story should not even be about her finding her mother – it should be about punishing the evil people who treated her worse than an animal. How about underage enslavement and torture?

    How can those evil people be allowed to get away with child abuse?

    November 23, 2011 at 11:11 am | Reply
  151. kuo

    Taiwan's judicature Does not speak the evidence and the human rights,But the government looks but not see。
    台灣的司法 根本不講證據 也不講人權;但是政府卻視而不見。
    我就是在 事件人事時地物 都沒被交代,當事人也沒提出申訴的情況下被開除。

    November 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  152. John S. Lin

    I am a Taiwanese. I have studied and worked in the USA for the past 13 years. My family is still in US, although I currently work in Taiwan. My prays and thoughts go along with any immigrant that is seeking better lives in the USA but instead is abused and deprised of the basic human rights. As a Taiwanese, I feel so shamed and shocking about this news that the "wealthy" (and filthy) Taiwanese family that brought Isabel to the U.S. and enslaved her. Whoever the person(s) who enslaved her should be brought to trial and prosecuted under the justice system, and then be deprived of the U.S. citizenships because these immigrants have already violated the laws that they have pledged to abide by when they become U.S. citizens. I am hoping that we care more about our surroundings, more similar stories will then be broght to light to shock those outlaws that are still abusing and enslaving minorities.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  153. H. B.

    Pandering to hate seems to have become an American pastime.

    As a liberal, I'm duty bound to accepting reality, even if it scares me spitless or revolts me. Hating people is a disease.

    But there ARE a few people in this world who can make me wish that birth control could be made retroactive.

    I'm thinking bin Laden, Ahmadinejad, Mugabe, Kim Jung Il, and a few other maggots we hear tell about, some of them who even call themselves Americans. I tend to want to include all our racists, absolutist theocrats, neocons, etc., but shall name no names because it wouldn't do any good. There are too many maggot-lovers who have the right to vote for the haters and other maggots. Clear thinking no longer has much value to Americans, and it's cost us a lot – and will cost us more, without a doubt.

    Human nature seems to make most people resist any temptation to make the best of their minds. Learning is just too much work, and going along with a mindless crowd is simply too much fun to give up. It's unfortunate the founding fathers failed to take that into account.

    November 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  154. kuo

    東海大學學生社團聲援
    -「紀富仁強暴案」受害者聯合聲名書

    [03/10/98]yungay s845657@student.thu.edu.tw

      上學期喧騰一時的紀富仁涉嫌強暴兩名東海女生事件,其中之一案即將於近日宣判結果。在審訊過程中,受害人赫然發現警局竟沒有留下案發當日任何的報案記錄,有吃案之嫌疑;而當日歹徒留下的重要證物(眼鏡、衣物等)也被警方遺失;導致現場雖有目擊證人,受害者卻仍陷入極為不利之情勢,甚至被反指為誣告。

      當加害者利用其他證物遺失的機會公然喊冤,真正的受害者卻為了避免二度傷害,只能噤聲不語,導致社會大眾一片同情紀富仁之聲,使真相石沈大海。為了自己的權益,並阻止悲劇繼續發生,該名受害同學今日勇敢的站出來澄清案情,我們對此行動至上最高的敬意與喝采,並對此過程中所有的草率行為給予最嚴重的譴責與抗議。

      同為東海大學的學生,我們除全力支持受害者的勇敢行動外,並為阻止此種荒謬事件繼續發生,在此提出以下幾點聲明:
    一、 警方應向該名受害同學道歉,並改善蒐證、偵察之程序,不再以輕忽草率態度處理學生之報案。

    二、 警方應研擬性侵害案件的處理過程,確保受害人之權益。

    三、 為證明警察終止性侵害事件之決心,警方應定期公佈報案件數及破案比例,並接受公開監督。

    四、 校方應負起監督警方破案之責任,要求警方定期會報,並成立性侵害事件處理小組,協助受害者處理相關報案、應訊及對外發言之事項。

      我們不願意來東海唸書的同學,帶著一生的傷痛離開;免於恐懼雖然是我們基本的權力,卻只有靠大家的努力才能夢想成真;妳/你的支持將使傷害成為歷史。

    聲明團體: 東海大學人間工作坊、女性研究社、台灣文化研究社、濁水溪社、客家文化研究社、學生議會議長:洪萱芳、社會系系學會會長:蘇聖峰

    [03/10/98]yungay s845657@student.thu.edu.tw

    「女人來了‧烏龍滾開」–東海大學學生聲援小惠抗議行動
      小惠跟你我一樣,是東海大學的學生,住在一片黑壓壓的東海別墅中。去年四月廿七日晚上,一名男子侵入小惠的房間,意圖強暴她。還好,不斷地反抗與尖叫聲引來室友的注意,那位勇敢的室友追上前去,扯住了歹徒,也看清楚他的長相;卻因一念之仁而放過了他。小惠的臉被那名男子的刀劃傷了,頭和手也因抵抗而受傷,但兩人都清楚的看見,那人就是紀富仁。

      當歹徒因涉嫌另一強暴案被逮捕,警方通知他們去指認時,他們也清楚的看見嫌犯下跪求饒的模樣,沒想到在進入司法程序後,才發現警方根本沒有留下她的報案紀錄,所有嫌犯留下來的證物(眼鏡、背包、絲襪等)都被警察弄丟了,而警察竟沒有從那把劃過她臉龐的小刀上,採集任何的指紋!當所有的證物與報案記錄都消失之後,飽受驚嚇的小惠赫然發現,她成了「誣告者」,而紀富仁卻成了被社會同情的「被害人」,這叫她情何以堪?

      雖然她有室友當目擊證人,但,是誰讓她處於如此難堪地步?為何她不但受傷,還要設法證明自己的清白?為何歹徒明明犯案卻仍能喊冤?如果這是小惠的遭遇,誰知道下一個受害者會不會是我或妳?

      我們不能容忍這種事情繼續發生,我們不能看著如此荒謬劇情再度上演。當小惠決定不再當沈默羔羊,決定挺身而出揭發色狼時,我們要用行動告訴警察:別因為你的草率,你的烏龍,讓歹徒逍遙法外,造成我們終身遺憾!

      三月五日(星期四)請參加我們的遊行與抗議行動,這是對我們的同學─小惠最真誠的支持,也是對未來最好的保障。
    集合時間:三月五日上午10點30分。

    集合地點:東海大學T大樓前

    遊行路線:自T大樓──相思林(許多女生曾被性侵害之處)──新興路──犁份派出所(證據消失之處)
    發起團體:東海大學人間工作坊、東海大學女性研究社、東海大學台灣文化研究社

    =================================================================

    http://tw.news.yahoo.com/article/url/d/a/110814/8/2wusp.html

    更新日期:2011/08/14 12:39
    犯下性侵女大生的東海之狼,順利逮捕真正涉案的中巡局士官長廖泰余,嫌犯被記兩大過處份,軍檢署聲請羈押獲准。當時冤案入獄的紀富仁,被羈押了296天,他在法院,向法官供稱,警方逼迫他向被害人下跪認錯,請求結婚贖罪,直到今年5月,才發現他的DNA和現場檢體不符,原來性侵的惡狼,另有其人,總算還給紀家一個清白,不過紀富仁遭到冤獄,申請國賠134萬5千元,卻因為當時自白被迫認罪,遭到駁回。

    聲援民眾:「道歉,道歉。」
    民國87年,原本遭到指認的「東海之狼」紀富仁,以30萬元交保,化名小惠的被害人,和聲援的東海大學生表示抗議,不過遭到羈押269天的紀富仁,當年疑似遭到警方刑求,被迫向被害人下跪,請求結婚贖罪。紀富仁:「警員就從我後面這樣子推我,推我倒下去之後,就是整個人趴著,趴著的時候,我人要上來,我們身體先上來,是不是腳就變成下跪的姿勢。」

    前烏日偵查隊長鄧永光:「刑求部分應該沒有啦,有的話他就會告警察啦。」

    當時紀富仁被捕後,坦承犯下兩起性侵案件,到了法院,向法官表示,警方要求他向對方下跪,逼他認罪自白。「小惠」:「紀嫌一看到我以及我的證人時,立即跪下來跟我說對不起。」

    承辦女檢察官李斐萱:「3件同一個DNA鑑定是完全吻合的。」

    當時承辦的女檢察官李斐萱,還沒有確定紀富仁DNA是否吻合3件性侵案,就將他起訴求處死刑,直到今年5月,才意外發現東海之狼的DNA與他不符。紀富仁爸爸:「從那時候我們就知道了,這還用說嗎?司法要對付他,到他死。」

    14年的冤屈,終於沉冤得雪,紀富仁聲請國賠134萬5千元,不過司法院冤獄賠償覆議委員會,卻以曾自白犯罪為由,不符規定,將他駁回,對於這個結果,紀家大門深鎖,按門鈴沒人應門,紀爸爸和紀富仁都沒有露面說明。

    November 27, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  155. c.c. siulapwa

    For those who discourage, thank you because you are a motivation
    For those who encourage, thank you because you fight along side with us
    For those who help, thank you because you are the resistance
    Don't stop the war.. until freedom comes : )

    If you would like more information on what our school was involved in visit

    http://healdsburg.patch.com/articles/whiz-kid-david-kabanje

    Thank you.

    December 2, 2011 at 2:38 am | Reply
  156. kuo

    台奴案╱「違和解協議」 劉家要告何曉鳳 9
    接受CNN專訪,引發台、美兩地華人社區軒然大波的何曉鳳(伊莎貝兒),因談到被收養的生活情節,被收養...看新聞原文
    新聞臉譜 (投下你對這則新聞的感覺)
    直接看結果

    全部討論 依時間排序 依贊同數排序
    最前頁 上一頁 1‧ 下一頁 最終頁 │共9篇文章
    9 樓 eq39 發言於2011-12-11 12:53:29

    0
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    簡單的講
    在基督徒眼中
    菲傭告台灣人積欠薪資 結果就是台灣人拐帶人口
    台傭告美國人積欠薪資就是台灣人誹謗
    8 樓 vchen123 發言於2011-12-11 12:50:09
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    提告呀!

    這和解如果被撤銷而提告,劉家可以告違反和解條件,拿回賠償金與違約金。但是,何曉鳳也可以重新再告訴其虐待與人口販賣罪(另,美國的法律,連這種刑事重罪,都可以撤告,真是令人匪夷所思!)。

    到時誰比較吃虧,還不知道哩。而且,這樣可以讓犯罪者不要消遙法外,更好。
    7 樓 paichuan 發言於2011-12-11 12:38:14
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    那就人肉搜索,公布劉家一家大小.......讓大家瞧瞧啊。順便讓大家知道這一家在美國開珠寶店的血珠寶啊
    6 樓 newshawks 發言於2011-12-11 10:58:52
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    家屬到米國去告劉家毀謗,賠更多!
    告到劉家倒,獲賠與律師平分,米國律師喜歡這種案件!
    5 樓 BCBG 發言於2011-12-11 10:41:01
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    既是收養,就應該當作自己的女兒,而不是佣人或奴婢。
    如果何女8歲被收養後如確實未曾再受教育,
    那麼,這件事,就很清楚是否為人口販賣。
    如果是,賠償她也是天公地道的事。
    而且,奴役他人的人,最好公布一下祖宗八代,
    讓大家好好看看這家子都是些什麼樣的人。
    4 樓 shih22222 發言於2011-12-11 10:39:42
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    劉家要告人,台灣政府是否該查一下,劉家在台灣是否還有不正當的家產?
    3 樓 egglover 發言於2011-12-11 09:58:30
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    不認錯不代表沒犯罪 很多只不過是用錢掩飾罷了
    2 樓 tamad 發言於2011-12-11 09:19:18
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    當然啦, 如果和解內容違反公序良俗,
    在台灣是無效的...
    在米國就不知道了..
    1 樓 fatheroftaiwanlove 發言於2011-12-11 08:36:44
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    台灣媒體最善長斷章取義,
    現在真相終於大白,
    台灣媒體根據一CNN專訪,加油添醋,製造莫名悲劇,
    把整個台灣島民當猴耍..........

    December 10, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  157. 買德卡durabolin

    給我留下了深刻的印象!! thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com 我的朋友很翔實的博客文章。我只是想評論和說跟上質量工作。

    December 12, 2011 at 11:27 am | Reply
  158. kuo

    Stop Hosing The Homeless(以為潑冷水 就看不到窮人)
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikfW-MNP4sk&w=640&h=390]

    December 24, 2011 at 7:05 am | Reply
  159. site promotion

    Hello everybody! I do not know where to begin but hope this thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com will be useful for me.

    January 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  160. kuo

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZpaxF-aCeM&w=640&h=390]
    重大車禍 誰的責任?

    January 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  161. kuo

    以前有輛遊覽車 停在平交道 學生想下車
    結果訓導主任 下令通通回位坐好,結果當場有人被撞死;記得當時學校的說法就是怪學生 為何不反抗訓導主任。

    第三種平交道:

    無看柵工駐守,但設有紅閃光警告燈、警鈴及自動遮斷器,當列車到達平交道前三十秒鐘以上時,紅閃光警告啟動、警鈴鳴響示警,待六至八秒鐘後遮斷器開始下降,經過六至十秒鐘後遮斷桿降至水平位置。若道路設有分車道或分隔島之平交道,在車道入口方之遮斷桿開始下降,再經數秒鐘後,出口方之遮斷桿才開始下降,以便使以進入平交道之人、車能順利離開平交道。其控制方式,採用軌道電路方式連續控制,俟列車駛離平交道後警報器自動停止,遮斷桿升起。

    這個案件 是台鐵對向車道入口柵欄擋到 砂石車出口
    所以他的作用是『阻礙通道 公共危險』然後間接導致砂石車卡在平交道-過失致死
    砂石車是在入口柵欄開始放下前六秒進入平交道 此時警鈴是否已經響起不得而知;但是從『警鈴鳴響示警,待六至八秒鐘後遮斷器開始下降』這個規定推知;警鈴響起也是在入口柵欄開始放下前六-八秒。所以本事件有可能是 警鈴響起同時駕駛進入平交道。也可能是警鈴響起後1-2秒駕駛才進入平交道。所以假使人有無闖平交道 目前無法論斷。
    就算駕駛有闖平交道 但是跟入口柵欄過長跟自動偵測系統失效 何者才是肇事主因?這才是本案重點。
    問題是,現在一堆小恐龍以貨車駕駛死亡這個事實 來證明台鐵完全沒有責任且砂石車確定是在警鈴響起後1-2秒駕駛才進入平交道。
    這部叫做恐龍 叫做妖孽
    國際人權兩公約:受刑事控告之人,未經依法確定有罪以前,應假定其無罪。大家是法官嗎 為何司法還沒定罪 一堆妖魔鬼怪就說 當事者是『加害人』?
    讚 · · 3 分鐘前
    Jack Kuo 彰化師大的你好
    約於 1 分鐘前 · 讚

    張蒍麟 ‎1.只怪人不想想自己
    2.他在那開多久車不知道哪時有火車
    3.他搬的起柵欄用膝蓋想也知道好嘛?就算般的起來誰開車?
    4.你的駕照應該是買來的吧!!交通規則沒看清楚嗎?
    約於 1 分鐘前 · 讚

    鄭嘉文 國際人權公約表示:死人無人權~~~
    約於 1 分鐘前 · 讚

    Min Chen 我看你大概跟盧映潔一樣也是腦殘廢死一族
    於 29 秒前 · 讚
    Jack Kuo 以後教學生請記得要是非分明
    於 28 秒前 · 讚

    林岳揚 沒有沒有~他現在把遊覽車搬出來了....新的新的

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