Dr. Mehlman-Orozco’s book, Hidden in Plain Sight: America’s Slaves of the New Millennium is available for pre-order on Amazon.
Pimp-controlled sex workers, exploited migrants, domestic servants, and sex trafficking of runaway
and homeless youth are just a few of the many forms of sex trafficking and labor trafficking going on all around the world—including in the United States. Hidden in Plain Sight: America’s Slaves of the New Millennium exposes both well-known and more obscure forms of human trafficking, documenting how these heinous crimes are encountered in our daily lives.
Slavery is not a thing of the past. In fact, there are more slaves today than at any other time in human history.
Hidden in Plain Sight: America’s Slaves of the New Millennium documents how human trafficking and its byproducts touch every community in America, from impoverished inner-city neighborhoods to middle-class suburbs and alcoves of wealthy estates. It presents information derived from narrative accounts of real-life trafficking cases, interviews with convicted human traffickers, empirical research, and criminal case files to expose the grim realities of human trafficking in America, perpetrated by Americans. Readers will grasp the origins, evolution, and extent of the problem; understand how trafficking plays an unrecognized role in our day-to-day lives; and see why advancements in awareness and anti-trafficking resources have not changed the status quo. The victims of trafficking continue to be criminalized by law enforcement, and the offenders continue to exploit and profit from new recruits.
- Exposes the tragic fact that human trafficking is likely going on in every city in the United States, often in legitimate industries, and that every American has worn, touched, or consumed goods produced with slave labor.
- Documents the shocking number of human trafficking forms, inluding sex trafficking of runaway and homeless youth, mail-order brides, forced labor and sex trafficking in massage parlors and nail salons, door-to-door solicitation crews, military sex tourism, child sex tourism, domestic servitude, gang controlled sex trafficking, slavery in the chocolate and textile industries, and exploitation of undocumented migrants
- Features a combination of direct experiences identifying and rescuing victims, interviews with convicted human traffickers, empirical research, and criminal case files
- Lays out action items for the modern-day abolitionist movement to better prevent human trafficking victimization, as well as protect survivors and prosecute offenders.