The Modern Slavery Research Project at Loyola, with the support of the New Orleans Human Trafficking Work Group, released “The Louisiana Human Trafficking Report,” authored by Loyola professor Laura Murphy, Ph.D., who leads the research project and the work group, and alumnus Brian Ea ’12. This first-ever report on human trafficking in the New Orleans metro area sheds light on the problem, highlighting indicators that suggest sex trafficking and forced labor are significant concerns for the area. While New Orleans has rapidly increased its legal, law enforcement and service provider capacity to address human trafficking in the last five years, obstacles stand in the way of effectively assisting victims, according to the report.
“Understanding human trafficking in the United States is incredibly difficult because exploited laborers tend to be a hidden population. The Modern Slavery Research project is dedicated to producing thoughtful, data-driven, community-based research that can better inform our community’s approach to this issue,” Murphy said. “This report is only the beginning of the research we need to do to uncover the prevalence and scope of trafficking in Louisiana.”
The report points to several recommendations that aim to improve awareness and response to trafficking, including:
Learn more at the Loyola University New Orleans Office of Public Affairs article: Professor produces first official report of human trafficking problem in New Orleans.