Forced labor, also known as labor trafficking, affects individuals of all ages, genders, and races. It is prevalent in industries that have high demands for low wages and minimal or no regulation of the working conditions. Areas of documented forced labor in the United States include sex services (stripping, nude dancing, working as a hostess, etc.), domestic servitude, agriculture, sweatshops, and factory work. This section primarily focuses on the United States and provides an overview of labor trafficking, the vulnerabilities of those exploited, the characteristics of victims, as well as guides and resources for advocates to assist victims. Businesses can play a role in identifying and preventing forced labor. Included are resources specifically developed to assist businesses in identifying the use of child labor or forced labor in the production of goods and services worldwide.
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization located in Los Angeles that identifies victims of trafficking and provides a three-pronged empowerment approach which includes Social Services, Legal Services, and Outreach and Training.