Humans of the Anti-Trafficking Movement

Aug 30, 2019 | by Cindy Gonzalez

“I work for Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project - FLAP- and I am the Executive Director. At FLAP we provide services to low-income farmworkers, nursery workers, greenhouse workers, landscapers, snow plowing workers, packinghouse workers, cannery workers, restaurant workers and meat and poultry workers and their households.

Among those we serve, we have seen that 10% of those we have provided services for have been victims of human trafficking. We have been able to connect and provide those who have been victimized with legal services. We also provide community education so that farm and landscape workers know their rights.” – Alexandra, FLAP

The facts: In 2018, the National Human Trafficking Hotline received 157 reports of farmwork labor trafficking cases across the US – second only to domestic work in terms of the top venues where labor trafficking cases were reported. Traffickers exploit workers in corn fields, dairy farms, and tobacco fields. In fact, tobacco is the crop cited most often on the hotline. Often, an agricultural contract will promise an hourly rate but then pay on a piece-rate basis, which limits earning potential. A complex labor supply chain of recruiters, managers, contractors, subcontractors, growers and buyers can be difficult to navigate and be ripe for abuse and exploitation.


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