Labor Trafficking

Labor trafficking is one of the major forms of modern-day slavery under which victims perform labor or services due to force, fraud or coercion.  It is estimated that over 25 million people live in slavery today.

Labor trafficking includes forced labor, debt bondage and involuntary child labor.  Traffickers use violence, threats, lies and other forms of coercion to force their victims to work against their will.  Traffickers may transport victims across state or country borders and then confiscate their identification papers, leaving them unable to escape or to prove their identity to law enforcement officials.

Common types of labor trafficking include forcing victims to work as domestic servants, farmworkers forced to harvest crops, forced labor in nail parlors and massage parlors, and factory workers pressured to work in dangerous conditions with little or no pay.  Construction work, carnivals, health and beauty services, and hotels and restaurants are all areas where trafficking can occur.

Vulnerable populations such as women, children, foreign nationals, and LGBTQ individuals are often targeted by labor traffickers.  Immigration issues, isolation, poverty and recruitment debt can become vulnerabilities that allow traffickers to prey on their victims.

Freedom Shield Foundation works to identify both victims and perpetrators of labor trafficking.  We conduct investigations using our background and extensive capabilities and often work hand in hand with local law enforcement to recover victims and to disrupt large trafficking networks.