Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

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by Siddharth Kara
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231139616

ISBN-13: 9780231139618

Pub. Date: 07/09/2010

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Every year, hundreds of thousands of women and children are abducted, deceived, seduced, or sold into forced prostitution, coerced to service hundreds if not thousands of men before being discarded. 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

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Overview

Every year, hundreds of thousands of women and children are abducted, deceived, seduced, or sold into forced prostitution, coerced to service hundreds if not thousands of men before being discarded. 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."

Kara first encountered the horrors of slavery in a Bosnian refugee camp in 1995. Subsequently, in the first journey of its kind, he traveled across four continents to investigate these crimes and take stock of their devastating human toll. Kara made several trips to India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Albania, Moldova, Mexico, and the United States. He witnessed firsthand the sale of human beings into slavery, interviewed over four hundred slaves, and confronted some of those who trafficked and exploited them.

In this book, Kara provides a riveting account of his 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231139618
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/09/2010
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
490,075
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii

1 Sex Trafficking: An Overview 1

2 India and Nepal 45

3 Italy and Western Europe 83

4 Moldova and the Former Soviet Union 108

5 Albania and the Balkans 129

6 Thailand and the Mekong Subregion 152

7 The United States 179

8 A Framework for Abolition: Risk and Demand 200

Appendix A Selected Tables and Notes 221

Appendix B Contemporary Slavery Economics 227

Appendix C Selected Human Development Statistics 259

Notes 263

Works Cited 279

Index 285

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