Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

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Columbia University Press, Aug 29, 2017 - Social Science - 320 pages
The best book ever written on human trafficking for sexual exploitation”—the basis for the feature film, Trafficked, starring Ashley Judd (Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves).
Every year, hundreds of thousands of women and children are abducted, deceived, seduced, or sold into forced prostitution. These trafficked sex slaves form the backbone of one of the world’s most profitable illicit enterprises and generate huge profits for their exploiters, for unlike narcotics, which must be grown, harvested, refined, and packaged, sex slaves require no such “processing,” and can be repeatedly “consumed.”

In this book, Kara provides a riveting account of his four-continent journey into this unconscionable industry, sharing the moving stories of its victims and revealing the shocking conditions of their exploitation. He draws on his background in finance, economics, and law to provide the first ever business analysis of contemporary slavery worldwide, focusing on its most profitable and barbaric form: sex trafficking. Kara describes the local factors and global economic forces that gave rise to this and other forms of modern slavery over the past two decades and quantifies, for the first time, the size, growth, and profitability of each industry. Finally, he identifies the sectors of the sex trafficking industry that would be hardest hit by specifically designed interventions and recommends the specific legal, tactical, and policy measures that would target these vulnerable sectors and help to abolish this form of slavery, once and for all.

The author will donate a portion of the proceeds of this book to the anti-slavery organization, Free the Slaves.
“Sex trafficking is more of a problem than most people realize. Read this well-written book and find out.”—Kirk Douglas

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User Review  - poetreegirl - LibraryThing

While this is a difficult book to read because of the brutal subject matter, it gives a clear picture of the workings of human trafficking in various areas of the world. I have a greater understanding of the causes, the cultures and the poverty that feed this crime against humanity. Read full review


Preface to the 2017 Edition
An Overview
India and Nepal
Italy and Western Europe
Moldova and the Former Soviet Union
Albania and the Balkans
Thailand and the Mekong Subregion
The United States

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About the author (2017)

Siddharth Kara is director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia(2012) and Modern Slavery: A Global Perspective (2017), both from Columbia University Press.

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