Tainted Harvest: Transborder Labor Trafficking and Forced Servitude in Agribusiness

42 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2021

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Luz Estella Nagle

Stetson University - College of Law

Date Written: Summer 2020

Abstract

Transborder labor trafficking and forced servitude in the global commercial agriculture sector are serious problems that adversely impact farming communities and labor migration patterns. They also constitute violations of basic human rights with regards to personal liberty, freedom of movement, and the right to work for fair wages. Yet, the farm labor cost savings are a powerful incentive for growers and agribusinesses to engage directly or indirectly through corrupt labor recruiters and brokers in the domestic and transborder trafficking of farm workers. This article addresses farm labor trafficking in the United States and abroad, including a discussion of labor trafficking and forced servitude in the rapidly growing marijuana cultivation industry.

Keywords: human trafficking, forced labor, labor servitude, labor trafficking

JEL Classification: Q17, F16, J7, J8, J43, J47, J61

Suggested Citation

Nagle, Luz Estella, Tainted Harvest: Transborder Labor Trafficking and Forced Servitude in Agribusiness (Summer 2020). Wisconsin International Law Journal, Vol. 37, No. 3, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3755585

Luz Estella Nagle (Contact Author)

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