Isabel's misery touches Taiwan
Taiwan Foreign Minster Timothy Yang meets with Isabel in California.
November 23rd, 2011
01:13 PM ET

Isabel's misery touches Taiwan

A Taiwan girl whose story of being sold into slavery was featured in the CNN Freedom Project has met with the country's foreign minister.

Isabel's story of abuse sparked a media storm in Taiwan and CNN has learned several people have come forward claiming to be the mother or sister of Isabel.

Isabel was sold by her mother when she was about seven to a wealthy family who later moved to California.

She endured a childhood of cooking, cleaning and beatings while she lived off the family's discarded scraps. She only escaped when she was in her 20s but no criminal charges were brought against the family who made her childhood a living hell.

The Taiwan government has offered to reunite Isabel with relatives if they determine anyone who is definitely related to Isabel – and if Isabel wants a reunion. And, surprisingly, the young woman seems to want to reunite with her mother who sold her off to slavery.

Foreign Minister Timothy Yang said: "We have to verify carefully. We don't want to have more damage to her feelings so I will do my very best and will ask my colleagues back home ... to help me make sure it's the right family she's looking for.

"I know from my talk with her she's very much worried about her mother. She wants to go back to Taiwan to see her mother and that is something we can arrange. I can help."

He said: "I want to say thank you for CNN, reporting the story of Isabel touched our people a bunch and we were really shocked to hear her story but now my government and my ministry decided that we will do our very best to help her.

"I know Isabel is now enjoying her life very much and she is grateful to all the people who helped her including CNN and all the social workers and thankful to people who expressed sympathies and concerns to her."

After meeting Isabel at Westminster Police Headquarters in California, Yang added Taiwanese officials will stay in constant touch with Isabel.

He said: "This sort of thing happened in the past but nowadays in Taiwan, because of progress including economic progress and achievements, people now are much more human rights conscious.

"I can assure you people in Taiwan are very much humanitarian. They try to help other people, that's why people expressed their concern, sympathy and try every way to help her."

So far, there has been no word from Isabel on what she wants to do next.

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  1. hope

    Good news in a world that seldom cares about the human aspect of the news and usually has such a short attention span that miracles and blessings are easily dismissed.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  2. UniversityOfGoogle

    Human rights is proportional to economic progress? Who knew

    November 23, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  3. WaiGuoRen

    I don't buy the comments at the end about Taiwanese being "Humanitarian" and helping people. I think this is Taiwan's State Departments charm offensive after the embarrassment of a State Department official arrested in Kansas City for keeping a "slave" who had to flee to seek help. The abuse of foreign workers in Taiwan is very widespread and The Taiwanese are exporting their 3rd world mentality to America now.
    Deport the family that "bought" the girl after prison time but there is nothing that can be done to punish the family that sold the woman. The Taiwanese government wont push charges against family in Taiwan because they honestly don't care about human rights. It has been said that this woman is from an Aboriginal area which the Taiwanese government treats terribly. The said truth about Taiwan is that if your not Han, you don't
    count/matter.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • Roy

      Yo , WaiGuoRen ,
      I am a foreigner as well and living in Taiwan .
      While some abuse happens ( where doesnt it happen ? ) The Taiwanese society is one of the friendliest I encountered and very human rights oriented .

      November 23, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Reply
    • white guy

      Hello Roy and Waiguoren,

      I’m also a white guy who’s lived in Taiwan for probably longer than both of you. I’ll put things into perspective. Taiwanese are very racially oriented people. Meaning because you are both white, they will treat you with a lot of respect and be very friendly to you (although in the back of their minds they still think you’re a clueless foreigner). Foreign workers from south-east asia on the other hand are basically held captive economically here by their owners and are not treated much better than Isabel. (Her real name has been revealed in Taiwan as 何曉鳳). Most of them won’t get it has bad as this girl did, but the foreign minister is definitely not being completely truthful when he says these problems don’t exist in Taiwan anymore. Enjoy your dumplings.

      November 24, 2011 at 12:36 am | Reply
      • Mike

        I think "white guy" has hit the nail on the head

        November 24, 2011 at 2:10 am |
      • Joe

        I agree fully with Chris. I am from another asian country, a lived in Taiwan for more than 13 years. Taiwan people are very polite and humanitaian externally. Once you get to know them a little deeper you willl know how racial they are (more than in USA), money mided and selfish they are. Don't ever trust a Chinese as a whole (not every individual) with money. They way they treat domestic and other workers from other contries is worse than slavery. All for money.

        November 24, 2011 at 7:48 am |
      • redd

        Joe, You sound like a bitter person. I am not going to argue the obvious nonsense in your post because you prefer to wallow in your bitterness and anger. It's also funny how you say the Taiwanese re racist while saying every single Chinese cannot be trusted. hahahaha! Again – hypocrite. And again – the rejects that keep coming over to the island.

        Did Taiwan begged you to come over ? No? You did it on your own free choice. I have news for you – You can always leave.

        November 26, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
      • Adam

        To the people below? This may be an over-generalization but roughly 90% of the Westerners I've met in Taiwan are losers and dregs who couldn't make it in their own countries. I met an American who was teaching English in Taiwan, I read an article he wrote that was just full of grammatical and spelling mistakes. I've met others who have lived there for 10 years and still can't speak a word of Mandarin Chinese.

        Westerner? Living in Taiwan? Your opinions are meaningless and baseless. You're living in a society where you'll always be the outsider looking in. Go comment on something you actually have a clue about.

        It's also funny that everyone here is overly critical about China, Taiwan, and Asia in general. Take a look at your own countries. How corrupt is your government and how accepting are your own people? Drop the high and mighty act already, you're not better – the society you come from isn't better, your government isn't any better. The difference is corruption in Asia is often overt, corruption in the west takes place behind closed doors and under the table.

        November 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
      • white guy

        @adam wooweeee... yeah, right on! Let's round up them westerners and give em a good whooping...uhhh....wait uhhh.... that wasn't directed at me was it? Am I in the 10% or the 90%? I've got some real moral questioning to do – don't i? ponder, ponder, ponder....

        December 1, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • teresa wang

      As a taiwanese woman , i feel shamed of this family treating a little girl so badly , this adopted mother may be sucessful on jewlry business in California , and she may look good with cosmestics , but she has a bad heart , even she got married with american husband and lives in civilized country as USA .

      I just wonder one thing , why her american husband didn't help this little girl , or he just pretended not seeing that ? ? ?

      Good people and bad people co-exist in every country , Taiwan also has upright people , so don't mis-judge Taiwan people by those abusement on the newspapers .

      But i think this family should get punished by US law , and those upright people in US should speak for her in the court .
      , i hope no more kids get abusement in this world. God bless all the kids .

      November 24, 2011 at 1:56 am | Reply
    • Redd

      WaiGuoRen – Let me see – you identified 2 cases of abuse and slavery, one of which happened in the USA, and that makes the entire 22 million people of the island slave-drivers. Pretty smart there.

      You don't even know half the story – the slave-driver is from Xiamen. The family – the father actually – who sold her is dirt poor -as many Taiwanese are during that time that he thinks living with a wealthier family will give her a better life.
      It was a common practice back then. Even Wang Chien MIng was "adopted". She was not sold off intending to be a slave.

      But since you know so little – that obviously did not stop you from spewing your garbage here, no?

      if you hate it there so much just go back to America, or wherever paradise you came from. I'm pretty sure Taiwan will survive without you. The rejects that keep coming to Taiwan. hehehe!

      November 24, 2011 at 2:02 am | Reply
      • Waiguoren

        I must say that the illogical statement that is often said to people who criticize Taiwan is that they should leave (I am, don't worry). I find it upsetting that when Taiwan is pointed out for its problems the common reaction is not understanding or looking to solve the problem but aggression and name calling. Its a shame but I see it quite often. Not the reaction of a people who can accept the problems and honest critique in a democracy.

        When looking at the incidence of the US case which this article is discussing we see it come to light, the press is talking about it and the problem will be rectified and people held accountable. I ask you to look at Taiwan and the cultures complacency in accepting behavior like this. I stated earlier that Taiwan's own State Department staff member was recently arrested in The US for actions similar. The difference is that in The US, people are held accountable if caught and these issues are brought to light where as in Taiwan its accepted by the general public and pushed under the rug and hidden. This case needs to be dealt with but when Taiwan's own government is acting in a similar way (Kansas City TECO), its time for the people who elect the leaders that represent them to the international community to look around and take notice.

        While the practice you talk about was "common" long ago, this is the 2010's and i don't see foot-binding being practiced today in Taiwan or even in the past 50 years so why would you make weak excuse for the sale of a person today?

        I never said the 22 million of Taiwan are "slave drivers" I pointed out that the abuse of foreign staff in Taiwan is not only common but accepted and very rarely punished by the democratic government of Taiwan (Encouraged by Kansas City TECO staff). I can point you to numerous instances of this from a variety of non-profits that cover these issues.

        As for Taiwan surviving without me...with or without me I do have some doubt about the long-term health of the "state" of Taiwan (ROC) but that's for another thread.

        Good day Redd and learn to take criticisms for your nation.

        November 24, 2011 at 3:08 am |
      • redd

        Waiguoren, your reading comprehension needs work. She was not sold in 2010, she was sold when she was 7 – you know, seven years old. Does she look like she's 7 years old in the picture.

        While I agree, and have often mentioned that Taiwanese are experts in denial – in this case denying that there is any problem – the way you come off as being a pompous self-righteous dick doesn't help solve the problem. Has it ever occurred to you that there's only a small number of families who can afford maids? And how many of that number are abusive? Of course the everyday Tom, Dick And Harry is not going to be able to relate. So between the pressure of work, family and other people's maids – what do you think the average person gives their priority and attention to?

        And it's also hypocritical of you to talk about indigenous people. If you're American perhaps you should look at what happened to your indigenous people and ask yourself if you have returned to them what you have stolen, or at least paid reparations for genocide. If you're Australian you can ask yourself the same question.

        And no, I am not from Taiwan, although I have lived there for 19 years. While I do realize that some people need a rather hard kick in the behind – specifically the rich second / third generation – Change comes slowly and as with all things here – should be done in a culturally sensitive manner first. I do not appreciate again some pompous self-righteous and hypocritical Westerner who think they know better come to the island and act all arrogant. It only makes the locals hate us more. I suggest you go find an uninhabited island to infect with your hatred and bitterness.

        November 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
      • WaiGuoRen

        Redd,
        Thanks for the reply but I am wondering if you could show me where I say she was "sold" in 2010? I am concerned you do understand how a "internet thread" works and am confusing what other people say with what I say. English is my first language followed by Arabic and Chinese so I understand the difficultly in learning a language and conversing in it.

        As for the direct insults, I can accept what you say but the government in Taiwan subsidizes foreign immigrant labor not for house work but for the care of elderly because Taiwanese dont even wish to care for their own. Its from this system that Indonesian and Filipino laborers are abused and drawn into being what many would consider "house slaves." Your statement that people are too busy to give this issue a priority is your own admission that it happens and the abuse and neglect may not matter to you as a Taiwanese (who I am concerned is Xenophobic) but it matters to those who the abuse happens to.

        Once again the denial of any problem and attempts at hiding these issues from international eyes is amusing yet futile. A great opinion piece was in the Taipei Times by Hsia Hsiao-chuan on how Taiwan only uses the slogan of "Human Rights" but fails to enforce this idea and Taiwan as a whole. I dont know if CNN will allow me to post the link but I will try here. I suggest everyone on this article take a look and learn about Taiwan's idea of Human Rights from an Academic who is Taiwanese.

        http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2011/11/26/2003519230

        Redd, I am very aware of indigenous groups and have worked with them doing ethnographic research in a variety of countries. What America and even Canada did was horrible 140 years ago but they have come a long way to this point today and yes Australia has a tragic history but as I stated earlier, its 2011 and Taiwan is content on neglecting and allowing the abuse of not only foreign workers but its own tax paying indigenous people. I ask you to look at the Taiwan University system and see for yourself the graduation rate of indigenous people. While Taiwanese state that the indigenous students get extra points on their entrance test which allows them access to better schools than they would normally get their education up until university does not prepare them and the lack of infrastructure (roads, hospitals, train lines, economic development) keeps them marginalized. Should we talk about Taiwan's "storage" of Toxic waste on Lanyu which was a Indigenous paradise and has created a massive "no-go zone" on the south of the Island, we can also talk about the unitary flow of resources from the indigenous areas with little to no reimbursement....Don't pretend that Taiwan is Human with their indigenous groups today.

        Your closing statement that change should come slowly is nice for those who are on top and not victims. I think you need to look at the globalized world around you and take note that 3rd world behavior even if Taiwan (In the North) looks first world does not fool the rest of the world. Your insecurity and quick, spiteful words are the common reaction I get from people who cant back up their ideas or use proper communication methods.

        Good day,

        November 27, 2011 at 12:53 am |
    • Sean

      Ah... White men... quick to judge... slow to think....

      February 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  4. gupsphoo

    Taiwan is garbage, but China is even more garbage. There are lots of child slaves in China but nobody cares or dares to report.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Reply
    • L

      gupsphoo??

      No sooner had I read your comments than I felt I should n't have visited here....your words just hurt people's feelings, they're not constructive, helpful, nor are they TRUE!! You know, they are Gargabe.

      November 25, 2011 at 3:58 am | Reply
    • EastPark

      Criticize China may seem trendy to you, but get the basic fact correct, don’t turn it upside down.

      November 25, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  5. 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 if we care more about our surroundings, more similar stories will then be broght to spotlight to shock those outlaws that are still abusing and enslaving minorities.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Reply
    • Tpe lady

      Please group up people in US and raise the voice louder on behalf of Isabel and hope the law in US give justice to Isabel and put the so call wealthy, filthy Taiwanese family on trail for torturing a young innocent girl., the family should be given life sentence as this is a very serious matter on human right that I really felt sorry and sad for Isabel such an ordeal that she had been through during her childhood, not just physically and mentally. I was on tears and cried when I saw the live report on CNN news and thanks CNN sharing with us.
      US child abuse and human right department please intervene and we want to see your feedback and reaction on human right – where is the human right in US.......... please do something and we want JUSTICE JUSTICE OVER SUCH TORTURE TO A YOUNG INNOCENT GIRL.

      November 24, 2011 at 1:17 am | Reply
  6. TROTC

    I would love to be able to understand why no criminal charges have been filed against the family that brought here to the US. What are we afraid of ?? Is what they did legal ?? Sometimes I feel ashamed to be part of this society.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  7. Angus H

    In Taiwan, I'm a "Han" (my gosh! this term has seemed too old to be used these days.) , and I respect all the people who live on this island. I don't think there's anything to do with races about Isebel's case but slavery. There was quite a long and harsh time after the civil wars; the poor in Taiwan all struggled with their poverty, and some of them were so poor that they have to find ways to live, including "giving away" their children to the rich, in a hope that the kids will have better lives. By then, the poor included the Aboriginal and the so-called "Han".

    November 23, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  8. Hillman

    Confused. Did she escape in Taiwan or California? If it was California why isn't the family being investigated/charged? Last time I checked we still have anti slavery laws on the books.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  9. Roger

    Not so sure it was a Taiwanese family that "bought" her. Taiwanese media is reporting that the family is Edward Barton and Tami Liu Barton (apparently deceased now).

    November 24, 2011 at 12:37 am | Reply
    • white guy

      I just read the same report (on Taiwan's yahoo). Tammy Liu is Chinese. She's originally from mainland China (xia-men), and immigrated to Taiwan where she hired Isabel. She then moved to America with Isabel and opened up a Jewlery Store where Isabel worked together with her. Tammy hired an American security guard named Edward and later married him. The report I read, though, didn't say anything about Tammy being deceased. In fact it says that she recently filed a missing persons report with the Irvine police (I'm assuming Isabel).

      November 24, 2011 at 1:26 am | Reply
      • Roger

        Oops, you are right, the article said that it was Tami Liu's mother who is deceased

        November 24, 2011 at 8:53 am |
    • white guy

      I got the last part wrong. Tammy Liu had Isabel marry their American security guard in order to get her legal status in America. Edward Barton worked for Boeing.

      November 24, 2011 at 1:38 am | Reply
  10. Peter Hunt

    I think Isabel's genetic mother sold her to other family in order to give her a better life which than if she were kept at her original home; however, the adopted parents bought her over just wanted to buy a slave. American government should put those who commited the atrocities on criminal trial.They should not live in a civalized society freely as a human being, instead, they belong to prison to live like a dog forever.

    November 24, 2011 at 12:41 am | Reply
  11. Jack Chang

    I am a Taiwanese.
    According to the local reports, Isabel was sold to the Liu family by her father while her mother was not at home. That's why she still misses her genetic mother and her sisters. The Lui couple have a daughter who evenetually beomes Mrs. Barton and a U.S. citizen of L.A., California.

    Taiwanese are in general very friendly to foeigners, maybe too friendly. Hence there is some misunderstanding here.
    Besides, as Angus H said, Taiwan was so poor and many family simply gave their extra girls to the richer families, not merely the Aboriginals

    November 24, 2011 at 1:32 am | Reply
  12. solomon

    CNN, you gave Isabel back her life. thank you. thank you.

    November 24, 2011 at 2:01 am | Reply
  13. Frederick Douglas

    Wait, wait! Your telling me that we allowed Chinese to come to the USA and bring a girl here without checking relationships, passports and visa for the reason to be here? And then what of these Chinese slave masters? Who has arrested them, tried them, imprisoned them, deported them? I get asked plenty of questions when I leave the USA and return. hmmmmmm

    November 24, 2011 at 3:16 am | Reply
  14. Chris

    I have been an expat living and working in Taiwan for 10 years. Taiwanese people are one of the most friendly and upright people I have met. That does not mean each individual is a good character, but in general, as a people, they are. It is true that most Taiwanese treat white foreigners (westerners) better than darker skinned foreigners, and it is obvious to see once you live long enough in Taiwan. But I would not go as far as calling it racist. Taiwanese are just more open, honest than we are in the West and also less politically correct than us. The most important thing: the taiwanese character is quite different from their relatives across the strait. We might not know all the facts and should not make a moral judgement based on western values. If the adopting mother really was not from Taiwan but from across the straits, it is a whole different story. And who knows what kind of promises of a better future were made?

    November 24, 2011 at 3:36 am | Reply
    • chris c

      wait so your saying because you get good treatment because your white, dark skinned foreigners get treated worst and that"s ok? their not racist their just open? Seems like you get off on your preferential treatment

      November 24, 2011 at 6:21 am | Reply
      • redd

        Have you ever wondered why Taiwanese think blacks are criminals unless proven otherwise? Hollywood!
        Oh and btw – a white guy walking down the alley sees a group of black guys and what does he think? I'm going to get mugged.

        November 27, 2011 at 12:03 am |
  15. Jack Chang

    Isabel's mother is dying with oral cavity cancer.
    Would someone in CNN tells Isabel the dire situation that her mother wants to see her before ceasing?

    I guess the Taiwanese government will arrange everything when she nods her head.
    Just take leave for a few days would be enough.

    November 24, 2011 at 3:55 am | Reply
  16. kevin

    From various articles about this case, I question her credibility – she publicly said she wants to find her birth mother but when her very ill birth mother have been found she have not express her desire to go pay a visit to her "ill" birth mother suffering from oral cavity cancer who can die anytime. I also read an article indicating that she had written letters to her family in Taiwan , so apparently she knows the address of her family. She eventually stopped writing to her family. Also, read an article that in 2001 she contacted her family for household registration for immigrating to US. Again that showed that she knows how to contact her family, so wonder why she needs to pretend that she needs help from CNN to find her mother? I'm sure if she goes to TECO and express her desire to find her lost family, they will be willing to help her. She is out there to ruin other people's life in order to get what she wants. Isn't 200,000 USD enough settlement? Her news is being blown out of proportion. Is she after more money (she got 200,000 USD from the family according to a media report). She sued the family in 2006 then for no apparent reason the case was revoked (wonder why it was revoked). I don't believer her story completely I read many articles and watched the news, somehow her story does not add up. Something doesn’t feel right since when she met up with Minister Yang for an hour, she was accompanied by her lawyer and social worker? Why is there a need for a lawyer when Minister Yan was there to help her and also there’s no language barrier she could have spoken Mandarin with Minister Yan. I hope truth prevails in this case cuz Isabel is not a trustworthy person.

    November 24, 2011 at 5:15 am | Reply
    • Jason

      First of all, Isabel could not possibly write a letter prior to her escape: she never went to school, and was illiterate in both Chinese and English. Secondly, if you were in her shoes, you would be very cautious and not rush back home, too. She won 2 million (not 200k) dollars through settlement, reportedly. That money comes with string attached. She stands to lose every single penny if she breach the terms of her settlement. She can also be sued for libel/defamation both here in the USA and there in Taiwan. If she sets her foot in Taiwan, she can be sued and be prevented from leaving Taiwan. Her sisters are very nice now, but as in other cases seen throughout history, things can turn ugly very quickly because all too many people may want to get a slice of the 2 million dollar pie (or whatever actual amount.) The only people Isabel can trust are her attorney and her social workers. If you were her, you would probably do exactly the same thing she is doing, now. Her mother is doing the right thing: telling Isabel that the only thing she wants is to see her before she dies. One of her sisters is also doing the right thing: I'll go to see you in LA, instead of you coming back to Taiwan right away. Please, it's been 27 long years since Isabel left home, let us wait for the DNA test and her sister's visit to LA. They need some confidence building measures.

      November 24, 2011 at 11:23 am | Reply
      • Jack Chang

        Jason, I think you are basically right.

        It's a bit complicated; but I trust your judgment.

        November 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  17. chimee emelike

    I blv the Taiwanese gov should try the woman who sold her and
    the America gov should try the family that bought her. Both are
    guilty of the same offence.

    November 24, 2011 at 5:19 am | Reply
  18. Jim Tou

    Anyone caught enslaving anyone in this country should be prosecuted. Why should the people who enslaved Isabel be exempted? Throw the book at them.

    November 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Reply
  19. chris

    Im sorry to hear that happened to you Isabel. The best 'revenge'(dont like to use that word but) is to live your life well and be happy. Look forward.Have peace.

    November 26, 2011 at 8:05 am | Reply
  20. chrisB

    Im sorry to hear that happened to you Isabel. The best ' revenge' (dont like to use that word but) in life is to move on and live your life the best you can. Have peace and happiness for yourself.

    November 26, 2011 at 8:08 am | Reply
  21. justin

    why no charges it continue and happens in the US ? the family has to face the charges, this is unfair

    December 8, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  22. Supernova

    The reason the US government isn't pursuing the slave case is because their main witness Isabel will not testify. Isabel already settled a civil suit case with her slavers which means she's getting paid. Speculation is between US$200,000 ~ 2,000,000.

    December 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  23. steven

    With this knowledge, the US government cannot possibly condone such settlement without criminal charges against the violators.
    Can this really happen without criminal charges?

    December 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  24. steven

    Give the damn $2m back, throw them in jail and make $10m for the movie rights!

    December 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  25. apalled

    Isabel's plight should not be narrowed to "only a problem in Taiwan and/or the US".

    Slavery transcends nations.

    It is not just a world problem, it's a human problem.

    So all the comments of Taiwan is so bad etc. just misdirects the bigger issue – SLAVERY STILL EXISTS.

    What I'd like to know is why weren't there any criminal charges against the "adoptive" parents?!
    It is people like them, who knowingly and purposefully purchased a human being to use as a slave, who propagate modern slavery!

    Didn't Lincoln free the slaves?!

    Those who purchase slaves are more culpable than those who sell as those who sell have little choice, like Isabel's parents.
    The family that enslaved her must be held accountable.

    A civil lawsuit payout is not acceptable. The lack of criminal charges and payout says that slavery is allowed if you have enough money.

    Slavery cannot continue.

    December 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Reply
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