|Very few studies have been conducted that focus on forced labor exploitation within the human trafficking business. Human trafficking
is the fastest growing and currently the second largest criminal
enterprise in the world. Most of the victims end up in the sex trade,
however 19% are exploited for labor use. Because there are an estimated
27 million trafficking victims worldwide, 19% of this population
accounts for over 5 million people worldwide. These modern day slaves
are often forgotten and inadequate research has been compiled
concerning their involuntary labor.
Factories in Asia exploit these workers a number of different ways.
Many victims of human trafficking are forced into work without their
consent. Other victims may have given consent, however they are equally
exploited due to false promises and a number of other tactics.
Misleading victims into debt bondage is one method many factories have
been found guilty of doing. A Nike factory in Malaysia
made workers pay an upfront fee of a years salary and then confiscated
their passports. This combination of debt and no identification left
the workers with no choice but to face horrid working conditions and stay at the factory.
A cartoon ironically portraying a young factory worker and Nike's famous slogan.