Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States Duke University Press 2014
What are the challenges to rebuilding a life after being trafficked into forced labor? Anthropologist Denise Brennan spent nearly ten years following the resettlement of men and women who were trafficked to the United States. Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States is an account of their struggles in and after trafficking. While many believe trafficking happens only in the sex trade, Brennan shows that across low-wage labor sectors—in fields, factories, and homes— widespread exploitation can lead to and conceal forced labor. Brennan contends that today's punitive immigration policies undermine efforts to fight trafficking. Exploited workers stay silent about abuse for fear of arrest and deportation. Life Interrupted is a riveting account of life in and after trafficking and a forceful call for meaningful immigration and labor reform.
What's Love Got to Do with It? Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic
What's Love Got to Do with It? follows the lives of resourceful Dominican and Haitian women who capitalize on the sex-tourist boom to meet, feign love, marry, and move overseas with foreign men. They use the local sex-tourist business as a stepping stone to international migration.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
Trafficking Myths and Realities: Urban Legends, Moral Panics and Their Collateral Damage. Co-edited with Pardis Mahdavi. (under review).
Life without Papers. (Field research and writing are ongoing).
Coming of Age in the Antitrafficking Era: Moral Panics and the Seduction of Rescue. (Field research is ongoing).
What's Love Got to Do with It? Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic. (Writing a new updated edition with Duke University Press).