Thousands of temporary workers are being trafficked into forced labor in California under threat of violence, deportation, and harm to their families.
California attracts more temporary foreign workers than anywhere else in the US. As the fifth largest global economy, workers on lawful visas from all over the world seek opportunities in California.1
The vast majority of temporary workers are recruited via third-party foreign labor contractors (FLCs), some of whom act neither lawfully nor ethically.
For example, unscrupulous FLCs have been known to drive to remote Mexican villages to find their recruits, who they contact via Facebook and WhatsApp. The FLCs take advantage of the desperation of low-income workers in these villages to increase their profits by charging high fees and deceiving them into exploitative work conditions.