Modern-Day Slavery at Hair Braiding Salons
A West African hair braiding salon owner has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for smuggling and forcing girls and young women from his native Togo to work in his salon with no pay, reports Black Voices. Lassissi Afolabi, 47, admitted to illegally smuggling at least 20 workers between 2002 and 2007 with the help of ex-wife Akouavi Kpade Afolabi, using fake visas and making them work as modern-day slaves in salons around Newark and East Orange, New Jersey... Here's what you had to say: Aysha wrote via Facebook: I'm West African. I always knew we had [great] hair braiders, but never imagined my people would be smuggled illegally and be forced to work, with no pay." Dionne wrote via Facebook: "It's a shame this is happening in America, and you don't hear about this in the news."