Erin Heil explores the global problem of human trafficking in the context of a small Florida town--one typical of the many rural communities that confront modern day slavery in their own backyards. Drawing on two years of interviews and observation, Heil lays out the dynamics that allow both agricultural and sexual forced labour to flourish. She also highlights community anti trafficking responses. Including the perspectives of traffickers, victims, and community members in one rich portrait, her work ably contributes to the fight against human trafficking at the local, state, and national levels alike.
Erin C. Heil is assistant professor of criminal justice at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.