Understanding Labor Trafficking in the U.S.
A new NIJ-funded study confirms that labor trafficking in the U.S. occurs in multiple industries, including agriculture, hospitality, construction and restaurants, and isn’t limited to unauthorized workers — 72% of labor trafficking victims entered the U.S. on a temporary visa, and the threat of removing that immigration status is a primary tool for coercing their labor.
The report verified that labor trafficking is usually unreported to police, and law enforcement often have difficulty distinguishing labor trafficking from other workplace exploitation. Through a comprehensive analysis of labor trafficking in multiple industries, this study provides useful policy and practice implications for trafficking investigations by federal and local law enforcement and victims’ service agencies.
Read the study.