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Labor Trafficking

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.


Common Myths

 

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 

consenting.

 

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.


Risk Factors: 

  • Youth
  • Family violence
  • Homelessness
  • Desperation
  • A need to be loved
  • Immigration
  • Poverty
  • Drug Use

 


Additional Information

Labor Trafficking Information Sheet - English

Labor Trafficking Information Sheet - Espanol


Contact Us:

For questions please contact: htinfo@atg.in.gov

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

Phone: 1-888-373-7888