Traveling Sales Crews

Potential victims travel in groups to various cities / states selling items such as magazines door-to-door.

Type: Labor Trafficking

Polaris – The Typology of Modern Slavery


Traveling sales crews move between cities and states and go door-to-door, often selling fraudulent products such as magazine subscriptions that customers may never receive. Young salespeople are rarely fully compensated, they sell from morning until night, and are unable to leave due to fraud, manipulation, and coercion. As a result, sales crews find this business model of labor trafficking financially reward- ing and low-risk. Data shows numerous link- ages between sales crews and a larger national business network. It can be challenging to find these links because many organizations, particularly those with a long record of fraud-related complaints, frequently change their names and operating locations while remaining under the same ownership.

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