Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sightby Stephanie Hepburn, Rita J. Simon
This unprecedented study of sex trafficking, forced labor, organ trafficking, and sex tourism across twenty-four nations highlights the experiences of the victims, perpetrators, and anti-traffickers involved in this brutal trade. Combining statistical data with intimate accounts and interviews, journalist Stephanie Hepburn and justice scholar Rita J. Simon create a dynamic volume sure to educate and spur action.
Hepburn and Simon recount the lives of victims during and after their experience with trafficking, and they follow the activities of traffickers before capture and their outcomes after sentencing. Each chapter centers on the trafficking practices and anti-trafficking measures of a single country: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Niger, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Syria, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Examining these nations' laws, Hepburn and Simon reveal gaps in legislation and enforcement and outline the cultural norms and biases, societal assumptions, and conflicting policies that make trafficking scenarios so pervasive and resilient. This study points out those most vulnerable in each nation and the specific cultural, economic, environmental, and geopolitical factors that contribute to each nation's trafficking issues. Furthermore, the study also highlights common phenomena that governments and international anti-traffickers should consider in their fight against this illicit trade.
Journalist Hepburn and professor Simon (public affairs, American Univ.; coauthor, with Hepburn, Women's Roles and Statuses the World Over) offer an excellent, authoritative study of human trafficking of all varieties in 24 countries, along with an examination of attempts by those countries to combat the profitable worldwide slave trade of men, women, and children. Organized by country, this work delves into the lives of both traffickers and their victims, provides an understanding of the forms of trafficking that exist today (e.g., forced labor, organ trafficking, sex tourism) and why they are profitable, and analyzes steps taken by various nations in their fight against human slavery. Thoughtful and sound suggestions for legislative policy as well as cultural tools to end human trafficking in its various forms are provided. Similar works include Louise Shelley's Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective. VERDICT Superior and well written, this is the rare resource that is both scholarly and approachable, making it a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of international human trafficking and the human slave trade as a growing worldwide problem.—Reba Kennedy, San Antonio
- Columbia University Press
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- 18 Years
Meet the Author
Stephanie Hepburn is an independent journalist whose work has been published in Americas Quarterly, USA Today U-Wire, and Gender Issues. She is a weekly and monthly contributing writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Washington College of Law at American University, she integrates her legal and journalism backgrounds to create pieces that are highly informative and have a human tone. Her book with Rita J. Simon, Women's Roles and Statuses the World Over, was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice,
Rita J. Simon is a University Professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. She has published more than forty books and is currently the editor of Gender Issues.
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