FLORIDA CREWLEADER PLEADS GUILTY TO SLAVERY CHARGES
January is Human Trafficking Awareness month in the US. According to the ILO there are 20.9 million people in the world living in modern-day slavery. In Miami-Dade county two crewleaders who among other tactics used debt bondage, force, and threats of force and deportation, to keep migrant farmworkers enslaved were convicted for conspiring to commit forced labor and other related crimes.
This case is a sad reminder that human trafficking is not only connected to the sex industry but also includes the use of forced, fraud or coercion to compel a person to provide labor or services. Thanks to all agencies and individuals involved in the investigation, prosecution, and service provision in this case. This conviction and sentencing sends a strong message that there is justice for some of the more vulnerable and marginalized individuals in our community.