Human trafficking: A crime hard to track proves harder to fight
PBS - 07/29/2015
It is instead the working conditions of trafficking victims, often invisible to the public and law enforcement, which qualifies their situation as trafficking.
Many victims enter the U.S. legally on an H-2 visa, which enables employers to bring immigrants into the country on a temporary basis to fill jobs. As Amy Farrell, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University, explained, they come under the impression that their employer will help them gain permanent residence.
“Once they get here, they were basically told, in a variety of different ways, if you keep working, if you don’t complain, if you keep doing all the things we told you you’d be doing – even though we’re not paying you what we told you we’d be paying you, we’re working on this green card process.”
But all too often, she said, “that’s never going to come.”