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During the past decade, human smuggling across national borders grew from a low-level border crossing activity in a handful of countries to a diverse multibillion dollar business spanning the entire globe. New laws in several states, the creation and expansion of new enforcement and management agencies with enormous budgets, and multilateral programs around the world are currently being developed to combat human smuggling. But how well do we understand it? This volume explores the global dimensions of human smuggling in several forms and regions, examining its deep social, economic, and cultural roots and its broad political consequences.

Part I discusses the sociohistorical context and contemporary diversity of human smuggling of migrants, asylum-seekers, and those who are tricked into slavery, including the conflicting role of states and corrupt state officials as contributing to the problem. In Part II, the authors present high profile case studies that include U.S.-Mexican border smuggling, the international business of trafficking women from the former Soviet Union, and the origins and social organization of human smuggling as a global business from China and Southeast Asia. In Part III, contributors examine the politics of human smuggling, looking more closely at the legal construction of victimized women trafficked into slavery, the social construction of smuggled immigrants as threats to the social order, and the sanctioning of unauthorized employment of illegal immigrants.

Contributors: Peter Andreas, Reed College • Ko-Lin Chin, Rutgers University, Newark • John Dale, University of California, Davis • Nora Demleitner, St. Mary's University • James O. Finckenauer, National Institute of Justice • H. Richard Friman, Marquette University • Khalid Koser, University College, London • Rey Koslowski, Rutgers University, Newark • Peter Kwong, Hunter College • David Kyle, University of California, Davis • Zai Liang, City University of New York • Mark J. Miller, University of Delaware • Eileen Scully, Princeton University • David Spener, Trinity University • Wenzhen Ye, Xiamen University

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Editorial Reviews

International Migration Review

The book's wide comparative breadth, the authors' theoretical sophistication, the up-to-date references and especially the contemporary and intensifying topic of the worldwide political struggle about migration (both legal and illegal), make this book a notable accomplishment... a must-read for all civic-minded citizens, interested scholars and, especially, required reading for politicians.

— Katalin Fabian

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

The book is significant because it challenges and reassesses many widely held views on controversial issues and it should change current thinking on the topic... Stimulating, informative and informed.

— Ronald Skeldon

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801865909
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384

Meet the Author

David Kyle is an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis. Rey Koslowski is an associate professor of political science, public policy, and informatics at the University at Albany (SUNY).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Smuggling the State Back In: Agents of Human Smuggling Reconsidered 29
2 The Smuggling of Asylum Seekers into Western Europe: Contradictions, Conundrums, and Dilemmas 58
3 Pre-Cold War Traffic in Sexual Labor and Its Foes: Some Contemporary Lessons 74
4 The Transformation of Migrant Smuggling across the U.S.-Mexican Border 107
5 Smuggling Migrants through South Texas: Challenges Posed by Operation Rio Grande 129
6 Russian Transnational Organized Crime and Human Trafficking 166
7 From Fujian to New York: Understanding the New Chinese Immigration 187
8 The Social Organization to Chinese Human Smuggling 216
9 Impact of Chinese Human Smuggling on the American Labor Market 235
10 The Law at a Crossroads: The Construction of Migrant Women Trafficked into Prostitution 257
11 Immigrants, Smuggling, and Threats to Social Order in Japan 294
12 The Sanctioning of Unauthorized Migration and Alien Employment 318
13 Economic Globalization, Human Smuggling, and Global Governance 337
List of Contributors 359
Index 363
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