"A brief but exhaustive debut book looks at human trafficking. . . . [Mehlman-Orozco's] meticulous research is based not only on a survey of the available literature, but also on her own interviews with victims, perpetrators of human trafficking, and the consumers who patronize their businesses. [Her] prose is both lucid and emotionally stirring, and she often illustrates her points with personal anecdotes to paint a picture that transcends statistical analysis. The subject matter can be disturbing—the chapter devoted to child sex tourism is particularly harrowing—but she navigates that dark terrain with grace and professionalism. She helpfully suggests a number of ways the response from law enforcement could be greatly improved, including empowering otherwise disenfranchised victims to come forward. An intellectually rigorous and emotionally affecting account of modern enslavement."
"We strongly believe that this is an essential resource for anyone eager to spread awareness and take action. . . . The brilliance behind this book rests in how Mehlman-Orozco manages to give light to the complexities that surround modern-slavery in America. . . . After reading Hidden in Plain Sight, readers will not only understand the urgency of this situation but the importance of providing sustainable solutions and resources for victims of modern-slavery, so that the endless cycle of exploitation can be stopped. This book makes it clear that we can change what is happening in plain sight all around us if we only have the courage to look."
"A must-read to understand the mindset of human traffickers and their victims."
"Hidden in Plain Sight is a vital resource, not only for anti–human trafficking advocates, but for anyone who cares about humanity. Dr. Mehlman-Orozco's interviews with the traffickers are shocking, but they provide insight that can be used when trying to combat this horrific crime. Our organization will be implementing this book into our Advanced Law Enforcement Investigation Course. The material is presented in such a compelling and understandable way that this book will certainly be a powerful contribution to understanding the fastest growing crime in the world."
"By carefully documenting the realities of human trafficking and the failures of prevention and enforcement, this eye-opening book is the antidote to every hyped scare story and pointless policy ‘solution.' Knowledge is more than power — it is our obligation if we truly want to help the most vulnerable victims of sexual and labor slavery."
"Hidden in Plain Sight reveals the diverse and disturbing manifestations of human trafficking in the United States. Using accessible language and clear illustrations, Mehlman-Orozco illuminates the complexity and tragic dimensions of human trafficking. Based on her own research, this work helps us see a phenomenon that many traffickers prefer we do not notice. The work should be eye-opening to its readers."
"A clear and easily digestible primer on human trafficking. Calling upon insights from traffickers, victims, and customers, Kim Mehlman-Orozco details the diverse exploitive models and highlights a hopeful pathway to stop traffickers by vigorously enforcing the law."
"Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco has written an absorbing—and sometimes horrifying—account of a crime that most Americans consider remote from their daily lives, but reaches into every family and neighborhood. It's a wake-up call to action."
"This book provides important empirical evidence of the many harms caused by labor and sex trafficking and the limited ability of the police to do much about it."
"Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco's book absolutely delivers on its promise to provide an honest, revealing glimpse behind the hidden world of modern slavery in the USA. Within the first five pages, I was hooked—I couldn't put it down. While many books on this topic tend to be filled with clichés and unsubstantiated nuances, Mehlman-Orozco offers detailed stories and evidence-based descriptions that help to offer clarity and an understanding of this often-misunderstood topic. Even after addressing this issue for over 27 years, I walked away with many new insights that significantly changed some of my existing views. For those who are seeking a book that truly captures the essence of this important issue, along with a thoughtful and compelling analysis, this is a must-read."
"Hidden in Plain Sight is a compelling account of human trafficking, analyzed from a social scientist's perspective with a journalist's tenacity and attention to detail. Mehlman-Orozco's narrative vividly documents and describes the various actors and their interactions at the core of the problem of human trafficking today; what really stands out is the author's first-hand experiences coming face-to-face with traffickers, victims, and those who struggle, often unsuccessfully or counterproductively, to find solutions to these problems."
"A brutally honest, well-researched, and comprehensive look into the horrors of modern-day slavery and trafficking in human beings which has become embedded into the fabric of today's society."
"This courageous, personal, and meticulously documented behind-the-scenes account of human trafficking is a must-read for everyone. Human trafficking is in your backyard—you just need to know where to look and how to see it, and Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco gives you that knowledge."
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