When Evelyn Chumbow was nine years old, she became a victim of human trafficking when she traveled from her native Cameroon in Africa to Maryland, where she was forced to work as a domestic servant for an abusive woman, Theresia Mubang, until escaping as a teenager.
Chumbow said her mother and uncle made the arrangements to sell her and send her to the U.S. She was promised a better education and more economic opportunities in America, but she said her family never really knew where they were sending her.
“Everybody thinks it’s way better here (the U.S.) than it is in Africa,” she said.
Chumbow was illegally flown to London, where she stayed for months before arriving in Maryland.
“Everything changed when I arrived in the U.S.,” Chumbow said.