Each year, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world are recruited to work in the United States on temporary work visas. Internationally recruited workers are employed in a wide range of U.S. industries, from low-wage jobs in agriculture and landscaping to higher-wage jobs in technology, nursing and teaching. Regardless of visa category, employment sector, race, gender or national origin, internationally recruited workers face disturbingly common patterns of recruitment abuse, including fraud, discrimination, severe economic coercion, retaliation, blacklisting and, in some cases, forced labour, indentured servitude, debt bondage and human trafficking. This report shows how structural flaws in work visa programs increase the vulnerability of workers to human trafficking.

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Legislating human rights due diligence: opportunities and potential pitfalls to the French duty of vigilance law
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By Anna Triponel and John Sherman Introduction On the evening of 23 March 2017, just as the deadline for a decision was approaching, the French Constitutional Court declaredthat the French law on the duty of vigilance (or duty of care) owed by pare...Read More

Beyond Massage Parlors: Exposing the Korean Commercial Sex Market in the United States
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Abstract This paper describes the Korean commercial sex market in the U.S. beyond massage parlors. Prior to this study, the U.S. anti-trafficking efforts have heavily focused on combating massage parlors to fight prostitution and sex trafficking of ...Read More

Human trafficking for labour exploitation: the results of a two-phase systematic review mapping the European evidence base and synthesising key scientific research evidence
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Abstract Objectives The article objectives were (1) to systematically map the contours of the European evidence base on labour trafficking, identifying its key characteristics, coverage, gaps, strengths and weaknesses and (2) to synthesise key scie...Read More

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A Vulnerable Workforce: Migrant Workers in the COVID-19 Pandemic
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This report analyses the labour conditions of migrant workers in the EU in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic. By looking at the prevalence of temporary contracts, the position in the income distribution and the likelihood that jobs can be conduct...Read More