Ending Everyday Forms of Exploitation in Our Fields Prevents Trafficking

Here's a post I wrote for Human Trafficking Search -- A Global Resource and Database:

Exploitation in our nation’s fields is rampant. Employers steal wages and impose extra fees (for transportation to and from the fields or for buckets and ladders necessary to work). Workers labor without protective gear from pesticides. Women routinely experience sexual harassment and assault. Workers without documentation are threatened with deportation if they complain. Those with work visas risk not getting them renewed if they blow the whistle. All this is everyday business in the agricultural sector in the United States. It is little surprise that in this environment of chronic exploitation and intimidation that more egregious abuse can unfold: trafficking into forced labor. 

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