Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Slave labor in America today
CNN reports on slave labor in the United States. Forced labor works on U.S. construction sites and farms, in restaurants and hotels, even in homes. "Foreign workers, lured by false promises of good jobs in America, soon find themselves enslaved in plain sight as victims of labor trafficking," according to a new report published by the Urban Institute.
The Urban Institute study chronicles the experiences of labor trafficking victims from the point of recruitment for work, their forced labor victimization, their attempts to escape and get help, and their efforts to seek justice through civil or criminal cases. The report finds that legal loopholes and lax enforcement enable labor traffickers to commit crimes against workers in major US industries: agriculture, domestic work, hotels, restaurants, and construction. Interview and case file data detail the ubiquity of trafficking, which occurs both in plain sight and behind lock and key.