Exploiting Immigrant Vulnerability

  • William F. McDonald
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)


Immigrants are vulnerable to exploitation for numerous reasons: their lack of knowledge of the language, culture, resources (financial and family); their need for employment; their necessary reliance upon the representations of numerous officials, salesmen, employers, landlords, employment agents, lawyers, notaries; their distrust of the police and government officials; and their dependence upon their own people and their own banks.


Intra-group victimization Theft of wages Scams Illegal housing Fraud Involuntary servitude 


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  • William F. McDonald
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyGeorgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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