Closing Comments
The idea of a conclusion is strangely out of step with the ever- changing lives
of the women and men I have introduced here. I have settled instead on
offering some of the latest turns of events. I also include recent observations
by assistance- givers in the antitrafficking community who are frustrated by
the continued funding shortfall, limited opportunities for past and current
clients, the politics of immigration reform, and the violence of deportation.
A woman had a beautiful baby with an active member of the U.S.
armed forces; he was deployed out of the country throughout her
pregnancy. They now live in separate cities. He has yet to pay any
child support. Hopeful that he will decide to live with her and their
child as a family, she is reluctant to take him to court.
A woman’s live- in boyfriend started berating her and threatening to
hurt her. In the whirlwind of their fighting he revealed he was gay.
She left him when he made good on his threats and began hitting her.
A formerly trafficked person tries to raise funds to start her own
organization, but she faces stiff competition for antitrafficking funds,
including with some of the organizations that have assisted her.
Another trafficking client regularly receives invitations to speak at
various events hosted by women’s rights and human rights organiza-
tions. They pay for her travel and lodging, but she usually does not
receive any other compensation for her time and expertise. When she
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