BRIDGEPORT - Paulo Fuentes, of Bridgeport, a man who claims he was the victim of human trafficking, spoke of the horrors he and his wife were forced to endure for the first time today.

Fuentes, originally from Brazil, says that he paid $30,000 to get himself and his family into the U.S. illegally, but was then sold into slavery with his wife, where they were both forced to work 12-hour days, seven days a week.

Fuentes was eventually arrested, and then cooperated with the authorities to help bring down the human trafficking ring.Immigration attorney, Alex Meyerovish says the illegal trade of human beings for the purpose of forced labor is a growing problem in southwestern Connecticut.Sen.

Richard Blumenthal says the caucus will support prosecution efforts against these rings in order to remove demand and help survivors.