Labor Trafficking

Modern Day Slavery


What is Labor Trafficking?

Labor trafficking is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of involuntary servitude, debt bondage, or slavery.

Labor trafficking can be found in a variety of locations such as sweatshops, agriculture, manufacturing, construction, restaurants, hotels, domestic work, carnivals, and health and beauty services.

The following videos from the Department of Homeland Security, dramatize some labor trafficking situations.


Indicators that someone may be a victim of labor trafficking

  • Living and working on site
  • Not given proper safety equipment
  • Is not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
  • Experiences verbal or physical abuse by their supervisor
  • Not paid daily
  • Forced to meet daily quotas
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual hours
  • Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off


Learn more about Labor Trafficking from our blog:

5 Ways to Encourage Sports Organizations to Recognize and Fight Human Trafficking

Sporting events provide us with gathering places, camaraderie, and common cause. National and international events, like the Super Bowl, the World Cup, and the biennial Olympic Games draw tens of thousands of people ready to cheer on their teams and engage in friendly competition. It can be easy to get caught up in the convivial nature of the events and miss the trade that is happening in the shadows. Large sporting events concentrate the demand for both sex and labor trafficking and the high […]

Human Trafficking, It’s a lucrative crime!

The International Labor Organization estimates that human trafficking makes $150 billion annually. But what are the risks?The table below shows the Global Enforcement Data from the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report. It describes the estimated amount of human trafficking prosecutions and convictions around the world each year.As you can see- the number of prosecutions is shockingly low for an industry that victimizes 20-30 million people around the world. Lasting legal consequences for human […]

Human Trafficking in Door to Door Sales.

Your sitting at home comfortably on your couch when the doorbell rings. You look out the window and see a young person standing at your door, they may be collecting money for a charity, or selling something, but you pretend your not home and go back to your couch, never realizing that you just missed an opportunity to save the life of a human trafficking victim. Door to door sales crews often recruit vulnerable individuals, how do I know I was one of them. I was recruited to sell encyclopedias […]