In an interconnected world, human trafficking is a global problem that touches many industries and business relationships. Employers are and must be part of the solution.
The Task Force to Eradicate Human Trafficking, consisting of member companies from across a wide swath of industries, advises the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on meeting the challenges posed by human trafficking.
In 2019 and 2020, the Chamber hosted a series of events on human trafficking. At the first event on January 24, 2019, Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking, speakers discussed business-led prevention and awareness efforts.
At the second event on September 24, 2019, Countering Human Trafficking, speakers highlighted how traffickers rely on the transportation and hospitality sectors for moving and controlling victims and delivering them for commercial sex or forced labor, giving these industries an important role as the first line of defense.
At the third event on January 15, 2020, Integrating Services for Trafficking Survivors, speakers emphasized how employers, in conjunction with social service providers, counseling firms, housing agencies, and skills-based training organizations, provide resources to help human trafficking victims heal.
Leading by Example builds on the event series by focusing on how businesses are taking the initiative to thwart this heinous crime.
The coronavirus pandemic has crystallized the importance of anti-human trafficking efforts because of joblessness and increased poverty. This magnifies the risks of exploitation. The companies featured in this publication portray the important role of the free enterprise system.