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Labor Trafficking | Sales Crew

June, 2015

The NHTRC received a call from Allison, a young woman in her 20s who had just left a traveling sales crew situation. Allison reported that she had learned of the sales crew job from a job placement center in her small hometown and it seemed like a good opportunity to travel and earn some money. After Allison joined the sales crew, she learned that there were daily sales quotas and if the crew members did not meet their quota they would be forced to work longer hours and would not be allowed to eat. Additionally, Allison described the crew leader as verbally abusive and very controlling of the crew members. Allison was able to escape the potential trafficking situation, but was left stranded in an unfamiliar rural town. She didn’t know where to go for help or how to return home. She didn’t know her exact location and called the hotline for help. The NHTRC worked closely with advocates within the community and was able to connect Allison with law enforcement and a victim advocate to assist her in reporting her situation and returning home.