A recent study finds that more than 30% of undocumented migrant laborers are victims of labor trafficking and 55% are victims of other labor abuses.
“One shouldn’t be surprised by the findings from the study. While we are all striving for a better life, we as a society should become more conscientious about improving the working conditions of those whom we have come to depend on for our living standard,” commented the study authors.
The researchers also found that illegal status is likely the most significant factor contributing to vulnerability to trafficking violations and abuse.
“Labor trafficking and other forms of gross exploitation are happening in the U.S. and always to those who have the least,” the researchers concluded. “The challenge is to figure out what to do about them.”
Read more about this study here.