Tainted Harvest: Transborder Labor Trafficking and Forced Servitude in Agribusiness
42 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2021
Date Written: Summer 2020
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
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