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Hidden in Plain Sight: An Oral History of Modern-Day Slavery from Russian and Eastern Europe (Research Brief)

Kate Transchel

This study traces the history of human trafficking from the former Soviet Union through the life stories and lived experiences of the victims of trafficking and their rescuers. The individuals I interview come from Moldova, Ukraine, and Russia and were either trafficked or worked in a non-governmental organization (NGO) dealing with trafficked victims between 1989 and 2008. In telling the story of human trafficking in the words of those rescued and their rescuers, my study deepens our understanding of the historical context and evolution of the slave trade in Russia and Eastern Europe, and gives human expression to a tragic social and economic problem of considerable magnitude.

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Kate Transchel, of California State Univesity, Chico, was a 2010-11 Short-Term Travel Grants (STG) fellow.