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NCJ Number: 250303 Find in a Library
Title: Labor Trafficking in San Diego County: Looking for a Hidden Population
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: September 2016
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2009-IJ-CX-0011
Document: HTML
Type: Report (Summary)
Format: Article; Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article details an NIJ funded study by researchers at San Diego State University to improve the understanding of the nature and prevalence of labor trafficking in the United States.
Abstract: Human trafficking has become big business, estimated to generate billions of dollars each year by entrapping and exploiting millions of people. But the information and hard numbers about trafficking are limited, so questions remain: How many people are victims of trafficking? Who are they? Under what circumstances does trafficking occur? This study has numerous implications for the study of labor trafficking, including the validation of a method to study this hidden population, and provides a better understanding of labor trafficking dynamics and experience that is useful for both researchers and practitioners from criminal justice, the U.S. Department of Labor, immigration enforcement and service providers. There is still much to be learned about labor trafficking in the U.S., but the study suggests the following steps should be taken: 1) Direct resources to counter labor trafficking; 2) Investigate and prosecute violators; 3) Develop a bridge between law enforcement and advocacy groups to build trust with migrant laborer communities, particularly those that may be fearful of law enforcement due to their immigration or visa status; and 4) Create a public awareness campaign that publicizes prosecutions and provides information on social services available to labor trafficking survivors.
Main Term(s): Trafficking in Persons
Index Term(s): National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources
Note: This article is based on the grant report Looking for a Hidden Population: Trafficking of Migrant Laborers in San Diego County (NCJ 240223) by Sheldon X. Zhang. An NIJ summary of the study: In Short: Thirty Percent of Migrant Laborers in San Diego Experience Trafficking Violations (NCJ 242955) is also available.
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