Restaurants & Food Service

Potential victims are exploited for their labor as servers, bussers, dishwashers, cooks, etc.

Type: Labor Trafficking


Labor trafficking within the restaurant and food industry has been documented in nearly all kinds of food service and may involve bars, clubs, buffets, taquerias, or food and ice cream trucks. People working as cooks, bus staff, and wait staff may be exploited, with traffickers often taking advantage of language barriers between exploited workers and patrons— and in some cases other workers at the same restaurant who are not being abused—to help avoid detection.

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