Labor Trafficking

Labor trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. People are forced to work or perform services through the use of fraud, intimidation or coercion. Labor traffickers use violence, threats, lies, and other forms of coercion to force people to work against their will in many industries. This isn’t just in the fields but could include people who are forced to work in homes as domestic servants or factories. 

Types of Labor

There are two main types of labor. This includes bonded and forced labor. Bonded labor or debt bondage is the least known form of labor trafficking. However, it is the most common form of trafficking. Victims become bonded laborers. Labor is used as a measure of repayment for a loan or services. However, the terms are not defined, and there is not an assessment of the value of a service. Therefore, a victim keeps working or performing acts for an indefinite amount of time.

This is similar to forced labor, which a victim must work against their own will. The victim will be threatened with violence or punishment, and he or she doesn’t have any freedom. These forms could be domestic servitude, agricultural labor, sweatshop factory labor, janitorial, food service or other service industry and begging.

Increased Demand For Labor Trafficking

Alarmingly, human trafficking victims make large amounts of consumer goods and food products. These are imported or exported to the United States. Labor traffickers exploit and enslave foreign nationals and citizens alike. Consumers want cheap goods, however many do not realize these are items are from trafficked victims.

Identifying victims isn’t easy. It isn’t one group of people who are labor trafficked. Some are in the country legally on the a worker’s visa. However, some are stuck in illegal ventures like drug and arms along with panhandling.

Warning signs of a victim of labor trafficking could be:

Longterm Impacts of Labor Trafficking

There are many physical and mental problems that arrive from past labor trafficking. The physical abuse can leave scars, headaches, hearing loss, heart issues and even amputations. Agriculture labor traffickers usually have back, respiratory and visual problems from the dangerous conditions. 

Also, the psychological effects stay for decades after the abuse ends. Many victims are tortured and feel shame, humiliation, shock, denial and PTSD. Many victims even bond with their capturers. This is called “Stockholm Syndrome”. The victim does this to survive while living in captivity. This is normally common with child victims of labor trafficking. Child victims are also often malnourished and never reach their full height with poorly formed bones or rotten teeth.

Get Help

With human, sex and labor trafficking, The Michael Brady Lynch Firm have resources and relationships that can help victims. Many do not realize there are legal protections available. Trafficking victims feel as though if they come forward the law will be against them. This is especially true for those who may not have work visas. No one should be a victim of trafficking. We know how sensitive this is, therefore we hold confidentiality to the strictest of compliances. Your consultation is free and confidential. Call today for more information on how we can help bring you the justice you deserve. 

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