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 […]