Portfolio - USA. 1990s. New York's Chinatown
Upon arriving in New York, smuggled immigrants from China's coastal Fujian Province are held in virtual indentured servitude for years in ill-paid jobs until they work off their debts to traffickers. They are not prepared for the harshness of the life they find in New York City. Most of them feel they're trapped on an island within an island and deeply regret enduring the hardship and separation from their families. No one knows how many have been smuggled into this country. New York's Fujian Association estimates there are 500,000 illegals from the province.