Western Slope group works to end labor trafficking

Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 2:33 PM MST
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A Western Slope group is working to stop the most prevalent form of human trafficking, labor trafficking.

Western Slope Against Trafficking task force is working the Fair Food Program to encourage supermarkets to be responsible by ensuring the growers they buy from are treating their workers fairly. Labor trafficking is most common in places where the general public isn't around so farms, hotels and construction sites are all hotspots.

"The worker has no power at all. Often times, you'll see them dependent upon the employer for housing and transportation. The employer may have their documents. All of those are means for exploitation," said Tom Acker, member of Western Slope Against Trafficking.

Undocumented workers tend to be vulnerable to labor trafficking because they are often threatened of being deported. Other groups that are targets include the poor or people who have suffered trauma in the past.

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