A Case Study On Human Trafficking In St. Louis And The

1840 WordsApr 10, 20178 Pages
A case study on human trafficking in St. Louis and the Bi-State area was done by Erin C. Heil and Andrea J. Nichols. The study focused on how prominent human trafficking is in the Midwest. Covering topics such as labor trafficking, sex trafficking, policing human trafficking, community response and social services, I will discuss survivor stories and my conclusions on how anti-trafficking organizations can use this valuable information. Illinois and Missouri statutes differ in how they define and prosecute human trafficking. For example, Illinois adds “knowingly” in their definition which makes it easier to prosecute. This can legally hold that the offender knew of a likely outcome (Heil and Nichols, 2015, 7). Missouri’s statute also…show more content…
More resources need to be put towards making sure businesses and sex workers are keeping up to date with their licenses. For example, an agency could be developed to monitor prostitution. Additionally, these businesses need to be held accountable to worker rights just as any other business. Labor trafficking is modern day slavery. Unfortunately, we don’t hear about it often because it’s hard to explain and prosecute since there are so many forms. Because of a vulnerable status related to immigration status and language barriers, many of the migrant workers find themselves in an impossible situation of debt bondage and/or paper holding, leaving them with no other option but to continue to work for little or no pay under inhumane working and living conditions. (Heil and Nichols, 2015, 31) In agriculture trafficking, victims have a hard time trying to leave because of their distrust in law enforcement and barriers (language and immigrant status) they face. The result is being held in debt bondage and forced to stay and pay their crew leader, making little to nothing for work. Workers are effectively kept in perpetual debt. Housing from the landlords are often barely livable and many victims end up sleeping on the streets (Heil and Nichols, 2015, 31). Labor trafficking is high, but hidden in the U.S. because it doesn’t get much attention from law makers. Research is also limited on
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