Children who have migrated from their home country with or without their parents are highly susceptible to human rights violations. They are often forced to work in unsafe, unsanitary environments and face abuses that go largely unseen and unreported. Even if they aren’t put to work, they might have to go with their parents due to a lack of child care and still be exposed to environments that are dangerous for children.
The process of migrating and the work they perform can be traumatic. The trauma they experience puts them at a higher risk for health issues. Many children come to the United States as legal residents but have their papers taken from them until they expire. If traffickers are involved, they use threats of deportation to prevent their escape.
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If you witness or suspect migrant working or another form of human trafficking involving children of any age, please report your concerns to local law enforcement right away.
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Statistics, news and resources collected by the International Labor Organization.
Resources to support service providers and law enforcement as they help to combat forced labor and human trafficking.
Statistics, resources and volunteer opportunities from the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
Find referral sources and download helpful education guides on human trafficking and child labor.
Resources and legislation to support children as they reclaim their freedom from modern slavery.
Supporting the rights of young people who have been affected by child labor, sexual exploitation or another form of human trafficking.
Find frequently asked questions, fact sheets, news and more from the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor.