Labor trafficking occurs when a trafficker forces a victim to perform labor or services using force, fraud or coercion. This includes situations of debt bondage, forced labor and involuntary child labor. Labor trafficking exists in many industries, including domestic work in homes as well. Workers are often subjected to terrible conditions with little or no benefits. When subjected to debt bondage, victims often feel as though they have no escape.
Labor traffickers commonly make false promises, such as high pay, education opportunities, great benefits and more to lure victims. Employers maintain control with physical and psychological abuse, leading victims to believe the only choice is to continue working for that employer.
Anyone can be a victim of labor trafficking. No one deserves to be a victim of labor trafficking. If you, or someone you know, is a victim of labor trafficking, please call us at 1.800.770.1650 or text iowahelp to 20121.