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date: 16 October 2019

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Human trafficking has become a major national and international problem, and while research suggests that trafficking in human beings for the purpose of cheap labor is higher than trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation, much less is understood about labor trafficking. This entry summarizes the current knowledge about labor trafficking including important definitions, describes ways in which people are exploited for labor, outlines related policies and laws, summarizes needs of survivors, and offers ways in which social workers are and can be involved in responding to this crime.

Keywords: human trafficking, modern slavery, social work response, Trafficking Victim’s Protection Act (TVPA), the Palermo Protocol, forced labor, peonage, Trafficking in Persons Report, domestic servitude, exploitation, labor

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