Report: New England industries ‘ripe’ for human trafficking
WGBH - 10/23/2014
New England’s agriculture, resort and hospitality industries are ripe for labor trafficking and the exploitation of immigrants, according to a study released Monday by Northeastern University and the Urban Institute.
At a busy outdoor café on an ordinary day, Northeastern criminal law professor Amy Farrell explains how labor human trafficking takes place unnoticed.
“Unless someone calls the police and says, ‘I’m a victim of labor trafficking,’ or there’s a labor trafficking situation, the police likely are not going to run into those cases,” Farrell said. “Police are used to identifying individuals in commercial sex work. Police have no mechanism for being involved in labor regulation.”