Many large employers who rely on guest workers attempt to avoid responsibility for unlawful practices by obtaining workers indirectly through a labor broker. This puts workers are greater risk of abuse and makes enforcement of their rights even more difficult.

In one case, Guatemalan men were recruited by a labor broker to plant pines in North Carolina but instead were taken to Connecticut and forced to work nearly 80 hours a week in nursery fields, earning about an hourly rate that was about half of what they were promised.