Special Reports: Human Trafficking

Underground Trade

Phillip Martin traveled from Boston to New York to East Asia to explore the modern slave trade of human trafficking.

Underground Trade, which won a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting, was produced in cooperation with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and the International Center for Journalists. The Executive Editor for the series is Ted Canova. Additional photography by Meredith Nierman. The series was also distributed by the Public Radio Exchange and the Huffington Post




Johns

Phillip Martin and Jenifer B. McKim of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting investigated the demand side of human trafficking:


Sex & Labor Trafficking in the Boston Area

Phillip Martin explores the illegal trade in New England, and efforts to stop it:


Since 2010, WGBH News Senior Investigative Reporter Phillip Martin has explored the criminal enterprise in modern slavery: human trafficking, which according to the U.S. State Department, has enslaved more than 25 million people worldwide. WGBH News is committed to ongoing reporting on this illicit enterprise.

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