One of the main priorities of the Viatorian Community is fighting human trafficking. Its members have supported the Washington-based Polaris Project and its mission to eliminate trafficking, nearly since its founding, in 2002.
Its latest findings are surprising. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline and the BeFree Textline have received more reports of labor trafficking in traveling sales crews than in any other industry except domestic work.
According to Polaris officials, abusive managers use psychological manipulation, violence, sexual harassment or assault, and abandonment in unfamiliar cities to pressure victims into working harder and to intimidate those who wish to leave their situation.
What can people do? Polaris officials suggest taking these actions: