Degradation tactics also included physical and sexual humiliation and assault

Degradation tactics also included physical and sexual

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Degradation tactics also included physical and sexual humiliation and assault. “She pulled my hair and spank my head. I even cut my hair by myself so that there’s nothing to hold, because she will pull my hair. I cut it short, short, short, so she will not hold it.” My boss, she always abused us, especially, every single day and sometimes she does things like, you know, throwing cloths at your face, spilling food or milk on the floor and tells you to clean. She pushes, she hits. And then I have to, when she take a shower, I had to rub her body with the scrubber. And then after she shower, I have to
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Baldwin et al. 1177 put the lotion in her body, you know, it’s just ridiculous; I never see in my life like that, you know? I massaged too. But then I put lotion in her body, just weird. Because she was there standing or laying in the bed naked, you know. And I just, awkward, and feel no comfortable, and I was like, oh my God, what happened? They said, “If you do just a massage you’re not going to be able to pay your debt off. So and then also we’ll have to send you to another state. And so you pretty much do need to engage in sex.” And so I had no choice at that point. These degrading conditions made the cost of resis- tance appear more damaging to the women than giving into the demands of their traffickers. Degradation, often combined with other forms of coercion, exacerbated the already vulnerable position of the women by harming their sense of self-worth and demonstrating that the traf- fickers had the ability to carry out their threats. Enforcing trivial demands. By focusing on petty concerns, traffickers developed habits of compliance among their victims and kept them entrenched in the situation. I have a work schedule from five-thirty to ten-thirty. She required me to be accomplishment. So I tried to submit her my daily accomplishment. This is what I did today. But she didn’t like it. She wants that I have to give her the specific every hour. It took me a while to [do it] you know? Every hour. She’s around, why she asked me what I did? And she’s always asking me to do everything. Even when she’s sitting in the kitchen, she’s still screaming for me to get her water. And if she’s screaming my name, if I didn’t answer right away, if I can’t hear right away, she’s like angry and just calling me name and everything. In addition to maintaining conformity, enforcing triv- ial demands instilled a need for perfection, leading to stress and anxiety for the women. This tactic was particu- larly detrimental in light of the debilitating circumstances of their work, as even small tasks could be difficult to complete without error while lacking sleep, food, and social support. So I have to clean the wall, or the—clean the doorknob, everything. And the dog is always running around. I have cleaned already this area, you know, the dirt mark. So although I look around, my eyes, my mind, all things around, I can’t see the dirt . . . but she’s trying to look for [it]. “Come here, on the side, there’s a streak.” It’s very hard. I clean it very well. I go around and I cannot see any dirt.
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