Human Trafficking, Part 3: How does human trafficking relate to agriculture?
As we discussed in Parts 1 and 2, agricultural work does play a part in human trafficking in Ohio. Migrant labor is widely used in Ohio’s agricultural industry. Roughly 15,000 migrant workers are employed in the state annually, performing jobs in industries such as dairy, nursery, landscaping etc. Of those migrant workers, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services estimates that 70% are undocumented immigrants. Many of these individuals are at a higher risk of trafficking due to a combination of factors:
- Lack of legal status and protections
- Language barriers
- Limited employment options
- Poverty and immigration related debts
- Social isolation
Often, these individuals are victimized by traffickers of a similar ethnic or national background on whom they may be dependent for employment, shelter, and other means of support.
So we know the problem, but how can identify the signs of human trafficking and what can you do to help? Stay tuned for our final post next week