Forced labor is a situation when a person is forced to work against their will. This person is often threaten with some sort of punishment, if they don’t work. Forced labor usually includes jobs like agriculture, sweatshop factories, janitorial, begging and food service.
Men, women and children are in human trafficking and slavery. Adult men and women are often trafficked for unskilled work, which generates about $31 billion dollars globally according to International Labor Organization.
Slaves are often promised good jobs, housing and promised to make money and able to send that back to their families. Workers often work 17 – 18 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Forced labor on children is work that is likely hazardous to their health, physical, mental or social development. The International Labor Organization estimates there are 246 million children (agers 5 – 17) involved in forced labor. This figure includes prostitution, pornography, the drug trade, illegal drugs and factory work. A young male illegal agriculture slave can be bought for about $300 USD.
Some children are adopted by traffickers and put to work. Some children are a result of their mother being pregnant and born into slavery. Some children are kidnapped while others are orphaned into the slavery industries.
Brazil and Thailand are considered to have the most child trafficking, while it happens around the world, including the United States.
Average cost to buy a slave is $90.00. The buyer is everyone. We all buy products made by companies that use slavery in forced labor. (agriculture, mining) It’s thought that manufactures at a certain point knows that products are being made by slavery.
According to freetheslave.net, slave holders use terms like forced labor, bonded labor and attached labor to avoid using the word slave.
Many human slaves don’t leave because they become so bonded and dependent on their trafficker. They are kept under physical threat and threats to their family. They believe if they stay in the situation to protect their family.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center can be reached at 1-888-373-7888. It is a non profit and non government resource to call for help or to report human trafficking or human slavery.