While we can’t know for certain the effect COVID-19 has on human trafficking, we are worried the economic effects of this virus will increase vulnerabilities that make people susceptible to trafficking in the first place.
Nannies, housecleaners and health aides toil in private homes, behind closed doors, usually without onsite co-workers, and virtually without labor protections. All that makes them extremely vulnerable to labor trafficking. But two recent developments will go a long way toward helping keep this workforce safer in certain cities.
In the months since Polaris released report cards that analyzed and ranked state laws offering criminal records relief for survivors of human trafficking, two states have passed significant improvements and several others have made major steps forward.
It has been almost a year since the state of Texas teamed up with the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline to ensure the most robust possible response to child sex trafficking in the Lone Star State and, by all possible measures, this unique partnership is already making a difference in the lives of children and families.
A new report, a joint project of Polaris and the National Domestic Workers Alliance, is an attempt to put legal and societal recommendations forward by compiling and sharing qualitative and quantitative information about the realities of life for domestic workers.
If you’ve ever enjoyed a good time at a traveling summer carnival or fair, dined on exquisite Maryland crab legs, or perhaps appreciated the aesthetic beauty of suburban landscapes, there is a high chance you have interacted with - or been the beneficiary of - a migrant worker on an H-2B visa.