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thing from her.” “When he was shouting at me later, he said, ‘I can just throw you out of America and just destroy you and your family!’” So we’re scared and every time we see a police car, it scared us, because she said, if the police car or the police ask you where’s your papers, what are you going to say? You can’t tell them that you’re working with me, because if they ask me, I’m going to deny you. Because in the agency, they told me, if you call the police, you will be deported, at once. They said, you’re here illegally but now I know that I was here legally. I had rights, but I was not aware of them. She always threatening me, you know, the police going to arrest you because you don’t have the paper. And I was scared; I don’t want to go to jail. You know it’s terrible in my country; with the jail is really terrible thing. She threatened me and my family. They told us that if we tried to escape, our families would suffer for that, would pay for that. If they ever touched my family, my mom, that’s what hurts me most in the world.
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1176 Qualitative Health Research 25(9) Police actually came to the house, comes to the door. Knock the door, I come out. I come to the front to open the door. The man is standing about two, three feet away from me. They ask me if everything is okay. Of course I’m going to tell them that everything is okay after he had me—had been threaten me to kill my family if I say a word. The threats played on cultural fears and fostered anxi- ety and despair, weakening the ability of the women to take action to improve their circumstances. She used to tell me if you see somebody outside, go inside the house. They might act like police, and then they take you. Like they act like priests, but they have other motives. They are portrayed as police or priests, then they will take you away and kill you. They will do bad things. So, when you see strangers, don’t approach them. Go inside. I always had that in my brain. Occasional indulgences. By occasionally demonstrating compassion or kindness, traffickers countered their own abusive behavior and provided their victims positive motivation for compliance. Unable to know when these indulgences would be made available to them, the women lived perpetually in fear of making mistakes and with hope of pleasing their traffickers to receive an emotional or material reward. Because she always told me that she feel like I’m her own family, you know. Most of the time she say, “You’re my family and now you’re not my worker anymore.” She say [that, so] I feel like that. But, then—when I ask her, she say I’m just a servant. So, she just play with my head. I feel happy and . . . our employer, she’s showing us the good things. She don’t get mad, even though we did things that she don’t wanted, she’s just saying, it’s okay! Things like that. She was so nice, for six months.
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