There are no holidays or breaks for those who endure human trafficking.
In the US, many labor trafficking victims are people forced to work in homes as domestic servants, as farmers (working with eggs, animals, agricultural work, etc), and factory workers. They suffer in poor working conditions and deal with dangerous equipment. According to Polaris Project, “labor trafficking has also been reported in door-to-door sales crews, restaurants, construction work, carnivals, and even health and beauty services.”
There are 14-21 million people suffering in labor trafficking around the world.
See a large list of 136 goods from 74 countries that involve child trafficking labor. These goods include cotton picking, brick work, garment work, fruit and vegetable picking, mining of gems and stones, tobacco and cocoa picking, cattle farming, toy making, rug weaving, firework handling, jewelry making, the fishing industry, coffee and tea picking, and more.
According to International Labour Organization in an updated study (last estimates most people quote were in 2008, these estimates are from 2014), “Forced labor in the private economy generates US$ 150 billion in illegal profits per year.”
Those who are most vulnerable to forced labor trafficking are poor families often put into bonded labor, children who come out of orphanages (or are living on the streets), migrant workers, and indigenous peoples.
There are more women in forced labor then men. “ILO collected more than 8,000 reported cases of forced labor which provide a wealth of information on the profile of victims and the causes of their vulnerability. According to our new estimate, women and girls are slightly more at risk than men and boys, and they account for the vast majority of victims of forced sexual exploitation. Children account for a quarter of all victims. Nearly half of all victims have migrated within their country or across borders before ending up in forced labor, confirming that movement is an important vulnerability factor.”
There are more people trapped in forced labor trafficking than there are in forced sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, however many who are in forced labor are often sexually trafficked as well.
5.5 million put in labor trafficking are children, indicating that there are certainly more adults suffering in labor trafficking, but it is still too high of a number as no child should be doing hard labor.
All photographs & descriptions in this post are from Gmb Akash, an NGO photographer. Most of these show child labor.