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5 Widener J.L. Econ. & Race 85 (2013-2014)
Human Trafficking in the United States: A Perspective on Domestic Legislation at the Federal and State Levels

handle is hein.journals/wijecr5 and id is 89 raw text is: HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE UNITED STATES:
A PERSPECTIVE ON DOMESTIC LEGISLATION AT THE FEDERAL AND STATE LEVELS
ELIZABETH DE BERARDINIS
We will have an unchallenged, open, panoramic opportunity on a global scale to demonstrate
the finest aspects of what we know in this country: peace, freedom, democracy, human rights,
benevolent sharing, love, the easing of human suffering. Is that going to be our list ofpriorities
or not? '
INTRODUCTION
wenty-five year old Lisa walks into my office one day and tells me she has been a victim
of human sex trafficking.2 Lisa grew up in a rural area of Mexico.3 She was poor,
unemployed, and had practically no education.4 Eventually, she met a group of men who
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promised her a better life in America.  One of these men even promised to marry her upon
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arriving in the United States, enticing her that much more. After illegally crossing the border
with these men, neither legitimate employment nor a better life was waiting for Lisa. The men
told her she was in debt to them for traveling expenses, and would be forced into prostitution.8
Lisa was held against her will and intimidated with verbal and physical abuse.9 Lisa was
monitored by the men during the day and taken to various hotels for prostitution at night.10 Lisa
1 Jimmy Carter, UNIVERSAL PEACE FOUNDATION, Human Rights Quotes (last visited April 27, 2012),
available at http://www.upf.org/index.php?option= comcontent&view= article&id= 1295:human-rights-
quotes&catid=228:human-rights-quotes&Itemid=354.
2 The facts of Lisa's story are based off of U.S. v. Cortes-Meza, 411 F. App'x 284 (11th Cir. 2011). The
names and location of the incident have been changed, but the relevant facts remain the same.
3 Cortez-Meza, 411 F. App'x at 286.
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