TRUTH: Foreign nationals who are living and working legally in the United States and US citizens can also be victims of human trafficking.
The Polaris team analyzed 32,000 cases of human trafficking to develop a classification system that categories human trafficking into 25 types. The two types most prevalent for labor trafficking were domestic work and travelling sales crews.
For domestic work, in the 289 cases in which information regarding visa possession was collected, 108 individuals were undocumented while 181 had some type of visa or refugee status. Polaris also reports that in most of the cases they analyzed involving travelling sales crews, the majority of victims/survivors are US citizens.
Myth: Human trafficking only happens in illegal or underground industries.
TRUTH: Human trafficking has been reported in many industries. According to a Polaris study, there is a prevalence of labor trafficking in domestic work, restaurants and food services, agriculture, construction, commercial cleaning companies, health care, and more.
Learn more at the links below:
Polaris Project - Myths, Facts and Statistics
Polaris - Typology of Modern Slavery Summary