What is Labor Trafficking?

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) defines human trafficking as the act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring, or receiving a person through the use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them. The non-profit organization Free the Slaves* estimates that there are at least 27 million people in slavery today; this amount is more than the number of people who were slaves when slavery was legal.

Today slaves are cheaper and easier to come by. The average cost of a slave is $90; in the 1800s when slaves were legal, a slave cost tens of thousands of dollars in today’s money. Victims of labor trafficking are forced into labor without pay in mines, factories, construction sites, farms, restaurants, and even private homes. Some are forced to beg on the streets or are illicitly adopted. 

*Additional information on Free the Slaves can be found on the Get Involved section of this site.

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