CHILD LABOR TRAFFICKING AND THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM

Jens Nilson – Research on Capitol Hill 2021

(Mentor: Annie  Fukushima)

In the year 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act was passed in the United States, defining labor trafficking as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services through the use of force or fraud of coercion for the purposes of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery”. Child labor trafficking is a widespread social and political phenomenon. While there has been significant research and legislation enacted toward ending child sex trafficking, other forms of child trafficking are often overlooked. The purpose of this research was to identify deficiencies in the identification and response to child labor trafficking in the current welfare system. This study accomplishes the following: 1) contributes understandings to child welfare system responses to human trafficking; 2) gathers information about the types of labor trafficking occurring and 3) furthers research on child labor trafficking, with particular attention to responses during COVID-19.

House Representative: Casey Snider
Senate Representative: Chris Wilson