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Unbroken Chains: The Hidden Role of Human Trafficking in the American Economy

Unbroken Chains: The Hidden Role of Human Trafficking in the American Economy

by Melissa Ditmore
Unbroken Chains: The Hidden Role of Human Trafficking in the American Economy

Unbroken Chains: The Hidden Role of Human Trafficking in the American Economy

by Melissa Ditmore

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Overview

An urgent exposition of the pervasive human trafficking that lies just beneath the surface of the US economy—from the stories of its survivors

The years of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought to light the exploitation of workers. In this moment of heightened visibility, Unbroken Chains demands that readers examine the hidden sector of American trafficked labor and understand its prevalence across our economy.

Drawing from nearly two decades of research on US and international human trafficking, Melissa Hope Ditmore sets forth the harrowing stories of human trafficking survivors and grounds their accounts in the long history of US indentured servitude, looking to its iterations in chattel slavery, Chinese contract labor, and prison labor. In this groundbreaking investigation of American trafficking, Ditmore unveils the unnerving reality that forced labor permeates many industries beyond sex work: in almost every aspect of consumption, people who create our everyday necessities are working amid inescapable exploitation, often without pay.

Unbroken Chains tells these workers’ stories: They are nannies for New York City’s diplomatic elites and door-to-door magazine salespeople in the American South. A trafficked person may have harvested your produce, sewn your clothes, or cleaned your apartment lobby. Ditmore offers readers an illuminating window on the world of forced labor, which exists within our own, and a road map for participating in its destruction.

Unbroken Chains will include more than a dozen images, including detailed maps, archival pictures, and trafficking documents. Among these images are a modern map of the Sonoran Desert in the American Southwest, a bill of sale for an enslaved woman forced into sex work, letters from men in compulsory plantation labor after the Civil War, and 19th-century “white slave” panic propaganda.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807006771
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 05/09/2023
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 224,804
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Melissa Ditmore is a freelance consultant specializing in issues of gender, development, health and human rights. She holds a PhD in sociology from the City University of New York and has published several previous books on sex work and prostitution. Her consulting clients have included the United Nations, the US Agency for International Development, and the Hilton Foundation. Her writing has also appeared in outlets such as HuffPost, The Guardian, and the Daily Beast.

Table of Contents

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INTRODUCTION
Down the Rabbit Hole

PART I: TRAFFICKING INTO SALES

CHAPTER 1
Young Americans on Traveling Sales Crews

CHAPTER 2
Sex and Labor in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act

PART II: TRAFFICKING IN AGRICULTURE

CHAPTER 3
In the Devil’s Garden

CHAPTER 4
Indenture, Slavery, and Contract Labor in Agriculture

CHAPTER 5
From Slavery to Prison and Peonage

PART III: TRAFFICKING INTO DOMESTIC WORK

CHAPTER 6
Trafficking into Domestic and Care Work Today

CHAPTER 7
The History of Exploitation in Domestic Work

PART IV: TRAFFICKING INTO INDUSTRY AND INFRASTRUCTURE

CHAPTER 8
Contemporary Trafficking Cases in Industry and Infrastructure

CHAPTER 9
Slavery and Prison Labor in Industry and Infrastructure

PART V: TRAFFICKING FOR SEX

CHAPTER 10
Flor’s Story

CHAPTER 11
Prostitution of Enslaved and Indentured Women

CHAPTER 12
Morality in Immigration Restrictions

CHAPTER 13
The Mann Act and “White Slavery”

CHAPTER 14
Twenty-First-Century Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

CONCLUSION
What Kind of Help Is Truly Helpful?

Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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