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Competing Claims of Victimhood? Foreign and Domestic Victims of Trafficking in the United States by Denise Brennan

This article considers how, in the United States, a rhetorical and policy shift that focuses on domestic youth in prostitution affects the broader effort to fight trafficking of foreign nationals in industries other than sex work. Common sense suggests that with resources directed toward finding domestic youth in forced prostitution, fewer efforts will be made to reach foreign workers exploited in work sites outside of the sex industry. The author contends that the low numbers of individuals found thus far in forced (nonsexual) labor nationwide have been, in part, a consequence of not looking. This article also examines a number of factors that prevent migrant workers who have experienced a range of exploitation from coming forward about these abuses. In an environment of undocumented migrants’ increasing distrust of law enforcement, there are many challenges to finding individuals who are subject to forced labor.

Competing Claims of Victimhood Foreign and Domestic ’Victims’ of Trafficking to the United States 

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