A foreboding report by the global risks analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft indicates that Trump’s draconian immigration policies will likely contribute to human trafficking and modern slavery in Western countries, threatening migrant workers’ basic human rights by driving them further under the radar.
According to the study, industries reliant on supply chains operated by low-skill labor – including agriculture, construction, manufacturing and hospitality – face the highest risk, with Trump’s two keynote policies of a border wall and mass deportation negatively impacting the overall state of human rights in the United States.
The wall – in whatever form it takes – will likely increase criminal trafficking fees, leaving migrants deeper in debt than previous black market rates did. Additionally, the round up and deportation of undocumented immigrants, which has been ramping up since Trump took office, will drive many further underground, leaving them more susceptible to abuse.
Maplecroft Analyst Alexandra Channer discussed the findings and what it means for the United States’ track record on human rights protections:
There’s already a significant problem for undocumented workers in certain industries in the US. So the impact of these policies will be worsening an already serious issue, which we could see potentially widen to different industries, for example the transportation and hospitality sectors.
The United States and its business community are on a crash-course with a moral hazard few Americans consider a possibility in a free, liberal democratic country. Yet, with Trump’s ill-conceived polices, modern slavey is bound to get worse in the coming years.