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

Hidden in Plain Sight: America’s Slaves of the New MillenniumHidden in Plain Sight: America's Slaves of the New Millennium by Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco
Published by Praeger on October 31st 2017
ISBN: 1440854033
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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 flesh” -Drissa, Freed Cocoa slave.

**When you purchase chocolate it, it may not have come from a reputable well-known chocolate manufacturer…. but have you ever thought about where they get the chocolate? I never did!

This book is a sobering and sad look at all kinds of slaves – both sexual and non-sexual. How people are tricked, sold, conned and manipulated into lives they never would have chosen for themselves. How traffickers are getting away with horrific acts and accountability is low, with less than .01 percent of human traffickers ever being held accountable.

“A cunning individual is very capable of making another person believe that he or she is in control, concealing their intentions until they lead the person to the edge of the cliff.” -Serge Petrov, convicted human trafficker

Most of us would like to think we are untouched but these things are happening in our communities. Indentured slaves may be working in the nail salon you frequent, that young person coming to your door, may be working off a debt for coming to this country. Your neighbor may frequent a happy endings massage parlor. I could go on and on. Depravity is alive and well out there. It is one thing when consenting adults are involved. I’m all for letting your freak fly, but what happens when one party is a slave? When one is forced, when one is injured, when one has no way out, when one is drugged, when one is a minor, what about then?

This book is extremely well researched and written. The writing may be disturbing to some but keep in mind this is no fairy tale. Most people know and do not care that they are having sex with a person who has been forced into the sex trade. United States Secret Service agents got in trouble a couple of years ago in another country for soliciting sex. Military personnel have been caught engaging in sexual activities with sex slaves in brothels overseas. People travel to countries such as Indonesia to have sex with minors. It’s not just American’s doing this. The book focuses on what happens in American and what Americans are doing, but it is obvious that these brothels in other countries are being frequented by those from around the world.

“Anyone know which country I can buy a sex slave from, or go to fuck one who will do absolutely anything I command her to do?” -Anonymous Commercial Sex Consumer, Philadelphia

Human trafficking is alive and well. It does in fact happen in plain sight and sadly, the punishments are not severe enough to deter many. This book will be in your face about some of the harsh realities of life. We would all like to live in a bubble where bad things do not happen, but sadly bad things do happen. Very terrible things. I learned a lot and was surprised at some things especially about the chocolate. Some things did not surprise me. Education is the start to changing things, maybe if we all educate ourselves and demand change things will change. The Lorax (via Dr. Seuss) said it best “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Thank you to ABC-Cilo Praeger and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.