The human trafficking industry is growing in the United States and around the world. Worth an estimated $150 billion each year globally, it is the world’s second most profitable criminal enterprise, just behind the trafficking of illegal drugs. Experts believe that as many as 27-30 million modern day slaves exist in the world today. Former US President Obama has called the fight against human trafficking “one of the greatest human rights causes of our time.”
California – with a significant immigrant population, the world’s 7th largest economy, and a large international border – is one of the nation’s top destination states for trafficked victims. One of the worst hubs of human trafficking in California, and indeed around the world, is Los Angeles.
Upon assuming the presidency, the Trump administration has openly fanned anti-immigrant sentiment by enforcing laws and restrictions on migrant and foreign workers in the US based on racism and hate while ensuring a surplus of cheap foreign and exploitable labor for US companies through the expansion of the federal guest worker program.
Join us for a day of listening to survivors tell their stories, and of dialogue on how we as immigrant and working communities can work together not only to support survivors but contribute to an effective movement to end modern day slavery.