A new report published by the Polaris organization, the leader in the global fight against modern slavery, identified nearly 800 victims of labor trafficking — who held temporary work visas — through reported cases to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, from January 2015 to December 2017.

The report highlights the insidious and destructive practice of labor trafficking on temporary work visas, whose victims are lied to, controlled through threats, and forced to work for little or no pay, sometimes violently. 

Tragically, human trafficking is notoriously underreported, therefore the individuals whose cases were reported likely represents only a very small fraction of the number of actual victims. 

But there is hope. The report outlines how to make the system better, by working with the government and advocates to solve the problem.

Read the full report, here.