Labor trafficking is a crime that involves recruiting individuals through the use of force, fraud, or coercion to provide services for the financial gain of the trafficker.
How does recruitment occur?
• Traffickers work through agents to recruit individuals overseas.
• Traffickers target vulnerable populations, such as those in poverty-
stricken or war-torn countries.
• Traffickers promise legitimate paying jobs in the United States.
• Traffickers promise valid visas and work authorization in the United States.
• Traffickers use threats against the individuals’ families in their countries.
The Myth: Victims are foreign-born nationals who entered the united states illegally.
The Truth: While victims of labor trafficking may
ultimately become undocumented, they often enter the United States on valid visas.
The Myth: Victims could escape if they really wanted to.
The Truth: Victims often are isolated, threatened, and fearful for their lives and are unable to escape.
The Myth: IF THE VICTIMS CONSENT TO THE WORK, THEY ARE NOT VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING
The Truth: Victims may consent to the work due to the false promises of the trafficker, but when the trafficker uses force, fraud, or coercion, the victim is no longer
The Myth: If Victims are being paid for the work they are doing, they are not victims of trafficking.
The Truth: Oftentimes, the victim may be paid, but that money is quickly taken by the trafficker to pay for inhumane housing, meals (often once a day) and transportation the trafficker provides.
- Family violence
- A need to be loved
- Drug Use
For questions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Human Trafficking Resource Center