An often-overlooked sector of human trafficking is domestic servitude. But, according to many sources, domestic servitude accounts for the second highest incidence of forced labor in the U.S.

Last November, this issue made headlines, when a Falls Church, VA area man named Soripada Lubis was arrested and charged with “conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants.” Anti-human trafficking experts soon made it clear, that what Lubis engaged in was human trafficking—virtually imprisoning around 20 domestic servants over seven years, charging them with arbitrary debt, confiscating their passports, threatening the lives of their families, and in some cases, sexually assaulting them.

The Washington Examiner revisited this story today with an article titled “Prosecutors say wealthy residents used slave labor.

The Examiner reported that the court was presented with a list of Lubis’ 50 clients, who utilized the services of the domestic workers he harbored. The list included “a high-profile Washington attorney, multiple doctors—among them a high-ranking doctor at a Maryland hospital—and an engineer who invented an electric backup system for houses that use well water.”

None of these wealthy clients who, consciously or not, used slave labor, have been charged with crimes. But, the Examiner writes, “prosecutors had tough words” for them: “‘The various employers are also participants… They knew or were willfully blind to the fact that the victims were illegal aliens and that Lubis harbored them.’”

Read more about this case here.

If you suspect that someone you have contact with is a victim of human trafficking, call:

National hotline: 888.3737.888

Los Angeles Metro Taskforce: 800.655.4096