Women: Invisible in Labor and Labor Trafficking

Media reports and prosecution data alone suggest that only men are found in labor trafficking, also known as forced labor, and only women in sex trafficking. In fact, men and boys are also subjected to sex trafficking while women and girls are also subjected to labor trafficking. These assumptions and stereotypes are harmful because they impede efforts to identify and provide services to labor trafficked women, target prevention strategies within industries where women are susceptible to labor trafficking, and integrate labor trafficking into gender-based development work. Women's concentration in informal labor sectors without legal protections and their gender-specific vulnerabilities suggest that women face labor trafficking much more than is reported, and, that women are just as invisible within labor trafficking as they are within labor.

Author: Global Freedom Center

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Publication Date: January 2010

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