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Labor Trafficking And Its Effects On Women And Children

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Also known as involuntary servitude, forced labor may result when unscrupulous employers exploit workers made more vulnerable by high rates of unemployment, poverty, crime, discrimination, corruption, political conflict, or cultural acceptance of the practice. Immigrants are particularly vulnerable, but individuals also may be forced into labor in their own countries.(U.S. Department of State, 2008). Labor trafficking targets all, but mainly women and children due to their relative lack of power compared to men, but men can also be victimized. Traffickers may use false promises of a high-paying job or exciting education or travel opportunities to lure people into cruel working conditions. While the victim may realize that what they received is not what they were promised, often they are subjected to physical and psychological control. At when having traveled, their money and passports may be taken away from them, causing the victim believes they have no other choice but to continue working for that employer.Female victims of forced or bonded labor, especially women and girls in domestic servitude, are often sexually exploited as well. Many children are forcibly abducted put to work domestically for certain businesses or forced to be child soldiers and sex slaves for soldiers. Both male and female child soldiers are often sexually abused and are at high risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.(U.S. Department of State, 2008) A unique form of forced labor is
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