The Kansas City Star won a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for its series last year on human trafficking. The awards recognize work that focuses on human rights, social justice and the power of individual action in the United States and globally.
The Star reporters spent six months and traveled the world, “from Guatemalan migrant shelters to the deadly streets of Tijuana, investigating America’s war against human trafficking. They found that America is losing the battle — even in its own backyard,” the paper reported.
For example, reporter Mark Morris writes that “the largest suspected human trafficking ring ever uncovered by U.S. law enforcement brought its victims into the country on commercial airliners, using completely legal documents.” It used the H-2B visa program, which allows businesses to hire foreign workers for seasonal jobs when no Americans will accept the positions. Because the government rarely investigates the visa applications, many human traffickers use the program to bring workers here legally, Mark writes.
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