Human Traffic Watch

Human Trafficking: A Big Business Built on Forced Labor

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on February 5, 2013 at 9:25 am

Trafficking in persons has become a big business. Globally, it’s a $32 billion industry involving 161 countries — including the United States. Trafficking in persons involves activities where one person obtains or holds another person in compelled service. While many people are aware of sex trafficking, human trafficking that involves forced labor is far more prevalent. Some78 percent of forced labor is based on state- or privately-imposed exploitation, not forced sexual exploitation.

It’s likely you have encountered at least one of the 21 million people in forced labor. In developed economies such as the United States, Europe and Japan, we are seeing an increase in cases of trafficked immigrant teachers, nurses, construction and service workers — all who hold valid visas. Their presence shines a light on the structural failures within our economic and employment systems that increase immigrant workers’ vulnerability to severe forms of labor exploitation. Multinational corporations, employers, businesses, labor recruiters and others exploit these failures.

In other words, human trafficking is not only a big business. Trafficking in humans is increasingly a legitimate business.

Source: Huffington Post

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