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Socioeconomic Disempowerment of Migrant Women in the Unregulated U.S. Territory of Saipan

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Socioeconomic Disempowerment of Migrant Women in the Unregulated U.S. Territory of Saipan

Within Saipan we now practice a more orderly form of indentured servitude, one which cannot be entirely blamed on any single nation but on an international economic practice. Here consumerism fueled neoliberalism uses the vulnerable, especially women who come from precarious economic or abusive living conditions, in order to maximize the capital growth of large multinational corporations. The lure of guaranteed work in Saipan encourages underprivileged East Asian, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Indonesian women to fork over large sums of money often exceeding US $3,500 as of 2004. This debt often takes years to pay back due to the comparatively high cost of rent coupled with the average hourly pay of $3.05 USD (in 2004).

Living conditions for these women are terrible. They are often confined in groups of twenty to small rooms lined with bunk beds where a…

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