The Human Cost of Labor Trafficking

It is estimated that twenty to forty million people around the world are victims of human trafficking. Of these, the majority are trafficked for labor, and many of them are exploited in the United States.

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Host
  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Podcast Host and Producer
Episode Guests
  • Susy Andole
    Voices of Hope, Anti-Trafficking Program, Safe Horizon
  • Mark P. Lagon
    Chief Policy Officer, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
  • Anita Teekah
    Senior Director, Anti-trafficking Program, Safe Horizon

Show Notes

Both U.S. and international law define human trafficking as the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel someone into labor or commercial sex. The issue has received bipartisan attention in the United States over the past decade, but some experts say the legal framework is failing to reach many victims, particularly when it comes to labor trafficking.

 

From CFR

 

Modern Slavery,” Eleanor Albert, Vijai Singh, Jeremy Sherlick

 

The Security Implications of Human Trafficking, Jamille Bigio, Rachel Vogelstein

 

How Violent Extremist Groups Profit From the Trafficking of Girls,” Jamille Bigio

 

Human Trafficking, Conflict, and Security,” Women and Foreign Policy program

 

Read More

 

Understanding and Recognizing Labor Trafficking,” Polaris Project

 

Anti-Trafficking Program, Safe Horizon

 

Human Rights and Human Trafficking [PDF], UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

 

On the Rise: Africans in Forced Labor in the Middle East,” Freedom United

 

From slavery to solace: One sex trafficking survivor shares her journey to freedom,” Vox

 

Watch or Listen 

 

Trafficked in America,” PBS

 

Lured by a job, trapped in forced labour,” International Labor Organization

 

The work that makes all other work possible,” Ai-jen Poo, TED

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