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Hidden in Plain Sight: America's Slaves of the New Millennium

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What types of human trafficking crimes are being committed here in the United States? Who are the victims of traffickers? How do we all unknowingly consume the services and products of slavery? And why are human traffickers able to maintain their illicit operations with relative impunity--indeed, with less than .01 percent of human traffickers ever being held accountable f ...more
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Praeger
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Debra
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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"Unfortunately, every single American has used, consumed, worn, and purchased products of slavery at multiple points throughout their life."

That's not something one wants to think about but we, as society, also do not want to think about mail order brides, child sex tourism, adult sex tourism, indentured servants, human trafficking, forced labor and sex slaves. Not fun subjects, but the reality is, these subject affects all of us.

Here is a fact:
"When people eat chocolate, they are eating my fle
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Stacey
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hidden in Plain Sight is a book to be read by everyone. It highlights areas of human trafficking occurring in nail salons to sex tourism overseas. The title of this book says it all. Right before our eyes at the places we visit often, maybe every day. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco does a thorough job of taking the reader to the many areas where trafficking is taking place with examples and actual candid conversations. At the beginning when she describes a young girl selling cleaning products door to d ...more
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2018 Reading Challenge: problem facing society

Netgalley #24

Many thanks go to Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, Praeger Publishing, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

I dont know how I feel about this. According to the author everything we touch, eat, wear, and see is affected by labor trafficking. I’m sick. Can't go shopping, can't eat fast food, can't play sports, can't buy chocolate-nothing is sacred. This was a very depressing book.
It covers both labor an
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Jenna
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a book about a topical issue that is very relevant.
Human trafficking is not considered just a crime now but it’s classified as an INDUSTRY! How messed up is that?

The book is well researched.
At times it reads a bit dry like a textbook but that is understandable as ……… also teaches at the community college.

I was in the bookstore when I saw the writer w/her table of books set up. To be honest, I dismissed it until I happened to be standing near by & heard her discussing the book w/another
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Abby Fabiaschi
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have worked with survivors of human trafficking on the services side for over five years and still struggled to make sense of how it happens and why it happens and what our government does and doesn't do about it. Until now. Mehlman-Orozco fills in in the gaps on this domestic epidemic that we have got to get a handle on. Hidden in Plain Sight is a gripping and compelling look at the underworld of human trafficking.
This human rights epidemic is worth educating yourself on, and this book is an
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Lectus
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Very well written and researched. I'd have never thought that kids that go door-to-door selling might be subjects of human trafficking. This book opened my eyes to different forms of human trafficking (some I knew). The saddest part is that the perpetrators rarely get convicted or get convicted for a very short time.

The book is easy to read.I wonder if this was the author's dissertation turned into a book? Very well done.
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Adam Kanter
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Got this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review...
Enlightening book about a serious problem around the world. Extremely well researched, and organized particularly effectively.
Heidi
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a strong read. I remember a few years ago modern slavery was in the "wind". Making the public more aware of how workers were exploited and not payed their shares of the sold goods. I was helping giving out samples of fairtrade coffee during my confirmation year, but years later it seems we have gotten tired of hearing about this. This book is a reminder that slavery still exist, even though we do not hear about it in the media that much any more.
I liked reading this book as it gave a vi
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Diane Hernandez
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Intriguing look at modern human trafficking victims, their abusers and customers.

Hidden in Plain Sight addresses the many ways to exploit humans to make money. It includes those forced into prostitution, paid little for domestic work or to work on produce and cocoa farms, and coerced into solicitation crews.

Sexual victims are typically not kidnapped but instead coerced by the trafficker (aka pimp) to join his stable. The pimp provides for basic human needs for the victim. If the victim is poor,
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Lauren
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was provided an ARC from NetGalley.

So this book is about trafficking, in all its many twisted forms. This is actually a topic that I am familiar with and have research in the past. I have seen several documentaries on the topic also, but there were definitely topics in here that were totally new to me as well.

From child exploitation, to commercial sex tourism, to door to door labor trafficking, to Backpage.com and immigrant exploitation, this author really covered the whole gamut of ways and
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Pepe
This was difficult to read because what kept going through my mind was the utter lack of regard the "consumers" had for the workers - and not all trafficked people are sex workers. The language they use shows how selfish and callow they are, and when you consider they are our fathers, brothers, husbands, boyfriends, and coworkers, it is simultaneously horrifying and disgusting. At least, it is to me.

In the current environment, with the leader of the country treating women and immigrants so callo
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Kati Mangrio
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hidden in Plain Sight: America's Slaves of the New Millenium is a real eye opener. There is so much information on the victims, the criminals, the consumers, and the part of the legislation and law enforcement that deals with these various elements. As citizens, we need to be better informed, ask questions from our representatives, and put pressure on them to introduce legislation that would really help the victims of human trafficking and enslaved workers. Above all though, we are responsible t ...more
Beth
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
NetGalley provided ARC.

This was a well researched discussion on human trafficking. The author was knowledgeable and provided substantial back up documentation and reference to all the different aspects of human trafficking. The information presented was quite disturbing and I was left with a feeling of helplessness about what can be done about this issue. There seems to be no effective way to disrupt the vast system of human trafficking in the world today. Lots of information presented but no so
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Mary Scanlon
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
While the book did a good job detailing the different sorta of trafficking that can occur, it read like an expanded upon thesis paper. I do appreciate the author's devotion to ending the exploitation of the many unseen victims. ...more
Rebecca
Sep 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
Recommended by Abby Fabiaschi. ...more
Tena
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Judging by the latest news stories and popular headlines, human trafficking is a 21st century phenomenon. However, it is not new. The neoteric volume of stories and the realization that human trafficking is perpetuated by superficial desires begs for a solution. What is the answer? Where do we begin to prevail against this modern form of slavery?

Enter Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, a Ph.D. from George Mason University, and Hidden In Plain Sight. Cleverly revealing the clandestine world of trading
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Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco is an accomplished survey methodologist, research scientist, and quantitative & qualitative consultant on issues related to human trafficking. She is one of the few researchers with a background to qualify as an expert witness and subject matter expert on human trafficking in criminal and civil court. Her work is published in books, peer reviewed journals, magazines, an ...more

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