- Ronny Marty was a victim of labor trafficking in the United States
- Marty now advises the government on how to tackle human trafficking
Ronny Marty is a labor trafficking survivor and member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)As a survivor of human trafficking here in the United States, it is difficult to hear people talk about the issue as if it only happens in some remote part of the world. It's difficult because I know that a lack of awareness contributes to the persistence of human trafficking in the United States, and is a barrier to prevention in the form of appropriate policies.