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Re:Work Radio. Trafficked, the Journey of Lester Ramos

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Labor Trafficking:  One of the most common forms of trafficking is labor trafficking: compelling people to work through fraud, force, or coercion. The International Labor Organization estimates 20.1 million people are trapped in forced labor globally, in industries including agriculture, construction, domestic work, and manufacturing.

Who does this happen to? And how does it happen?

In this episode, Re:Work Radio brings you the story of Lester Ramos and his journey from the Philippines. Later in the broadcast, Making Contact’s Monica Lopez interviews Filipino migration expert, Dr. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, on the circumstances in the Philippines and the US that drive Filipinos to work abroad.


  • Lester Ramos, Organizer for Migrante USA – South Bay, Orange County Chapter
  • Dr. Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies at UC Davis


Re:Work Radio Production Staff:

  • Stefanie Ritoper, Saba Waheed, Linnett Luna, Veena Hampapur, Nathan Moore, Set Hernandez Rongkilyo
  • Voiceover Dubbing: Johann Diel
  • Transcript Translation: Hiyasmin Saturay
  • UCLA Labor Center
  • KPFK

Making Contact Staff:

  • Host: Monica Lopez
  • Producers: Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani, Monica Lopez
  • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin
  • Associate Producer: Aysha Choudary 

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Author: Radio Project

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