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Trafficking Discourses of Dominican Women in Puerto Rico


We analyze the expansion of the anti-trafficking discourse in Puerto Rico
and its application to Dominican immigrants. Based on interviews with
social service providers, we argue that Dominican women are invisible in
current discourses of human trafficking for several reasons: their
racialization in a xenophobic context, their intimate labour trajectory, and
the national and international frameworks for understanding human
trafficking that exclude them from the category of “trafficking” victim and

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