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Anthropologist Denise Brennan to Speak on Human Trafficking

Georgetown prof's talk is the final event in the Center for Ethics series "Sex, Ethics, and Pleasure Politics."

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:25:00 EDT

The Muhlenberg College Center for Ethics welcomes Denise Brennan for her talk, “Beyond Urban Myths and Sex Panics: Research with Survivors of Trafficking into Forced Labor,” on Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Forum, Moyer Hall. This event is free and open to the public and is the final event in the year-long series Sex, Ethics, and Pleasure Politics

Brennan, associate professor of anthropology at Georgetown University, focuses on the sex industry in the Dominican Republic, as well as the connections between large structural forces in the globalized economy and their effects on individuals in a sex-tourist destination.

As an anthropologist, she has done field research with trafficked persons throughout the United States and with sex workers in the Dominican Republic. Her current research is on the effects of detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants on their families and communities.

Her books include Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States, Rethinking Traffic (co-written by Pardis Mahdavi), and What’s Love Got to Do with It? Transnational Desires and Sex Tourism in the Dominican Republic. She has also published several articles in books and journals, including “Trafficking, Scandal, and Abuse of Migrant Workers: Measuring Exploitation in Argentina and the United States,” which appeared in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (2014) and “Treading Water: Life after Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States,” which appeared in Human Trafficking Reconsidered: Migration and Forced Labor (2014).

Sex, Ethics, and Pleasure Politics is a series of special events and thematic lectures that aims to develop a comprehensive sexual ethics for the campus community. For more information, visit