Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Polaris, one of the leaders in the fight against human trafficking in the United States, recently implemented a project in Mexico that examines the conditions that allow human trafficking to thrive there. It gave some generally isolated workers a way to both reach out for assistance and answer questions via SMS technology. There were a number of interesting findings about how certain practices, which make workers easy targets for traffickers, are so common in the Mexican migrant agricultural sector that they appear normal.
Mexico, of course, matters greatly when you are talking about human trafficking in the United States. The data shows that a large number of human trafficking victims in the United States are immigrants. This is especially true among agricultural businesses, in which 90% of the Latin American victims came from Mexico.
The full report is here. Needless to say, the majority of the exploitative conditions that Mexican farmworkers face in their home country are reproduced when they come to the United States.