Labor Trafficking

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 defines labor trafficking as: “The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.”

Worldwide, Labor trafficking accounts for 68% of all human trafficking, according to the International Labor Organization. Although, sex trafficking gets most of the news coverage in the United States, it does not mean that labor trafficking is the lesser of the two evils.

Unlike sex trafficking, every one of us fuels labor trafficking with our everyday purchases. You can find out the estimated number of slaves that "work" for you at Slavery Footprint.

Local Problem

During 2012, in Breaux Bridge, one of the Louisiana's worst labor trafficking cases came to light. Guest workers came to Cj's Seafood for a job peeling crawfish at a Louisiana seafood supplier. Instead, they were locked inside the plant, forced to work 24-hour shifts, paid below minimum wage, cursed and threatened with beatings by shovels

if they failed to make their quota, and endured constant surveillance at their nearby trailers from a boss who warned them, "You don’t want to know me as an enemy." Thankfully, the seafood plant was investigated and ordered to pay almost a quarter of a million dollars in backpay and fines.

Other local cases of labor trafficking was discovered the same year on an oil rig, due to an explosion and in the strawberry fields of Amite, Louisiana.

We know labor trafficking is happening locally more than people think. We just need everyone to be looking for it and asking questions.

Solution

It can be anywhere. We ask that you learn the signs, call the hotline, and let us know if you suspect anything at all.

You can also start researching your purchases more. Are the products you buy Fair Trade?

Products known for being produced using slave labor:

Cotton

Bricks

Garments

Sugarcane

Carpets

Cattle

Gold

Rice

Chestnuts

Cocoa

Diamonds

Shrimp

Corn

Electronics

Fireworks

Footwear                         

Stones

Textiles

Timber

Tobacco

Artificial-

Flowers

Beans

Palm Oil

Charcoal

Christmas-

Decorations

Coffee

Toys

Peanuts

Porn

Cement