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Labor trafficking

When employers use fraud, force, or coercion to make someone work.

If you believe you are a victim of trafficking or to file a report, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at (888) 373-7888 or call the Attorney General’s Fair Labor hotline at (617) 727-3465.

What is labor trafficking?

Labor trafficking happens when someone is forced to work through violence, threats, lies, or other forms of coercion. It is a crime in Massachusetts, and Massachusetts’ law is more protective than federal law.

Who is at risk?

Trafficking happens in many industries. People who work in isolated places are more at risk. Domestic workers and agricultural workers are especially vulnerable to labor trafficking.

Many victims of labor trafficking are immigrants. Traffickers may use fear of deportation, debt bondage, language barriers, social isolation, and lack of legal knowledge to force someone to work.

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