Intercultural Human Rights Law Review

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Trafficked persons, even before they are tricked, coerced or forced into domestic servitude generally come from vulnerable and/or disadvantaged groups consisting primarily, though not exclusively, of women and children. Kevin Hsu observes that historically, domestic servants and victims of domestic servitude in the United States tend to come from poor and marginalized groups, and that their day-to-day relations with their 'master' is one of "dependence and subjection, of discipline, governance, and control.".The economic relation of subordination is commonly reinforced by social or sub-cultural mores, which hold trafficked persons responsible, and even grateful to the trafficker, despite the fact that the trafficked persons understand at a deep and personal level the suffering they themselves go through.

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