Smuggling and Trafficking in Human Beings: All Roads Lead to America

Smuggling and Trafficking in Human Beings: All Roads Lead to America

by Sheldon X. Zhang
     
 

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Coming to America to make a better life has long been a dream of many from around the world, even if it means being voluntarily smuggled into the country to gain entry. Perhaps more ominously, various criminal elements now traffic people to the United States--especially vulnerable groups like women and children from poor nations--against their will for sexual

Overview

Coming to America to make a better life has long been a dream of many from around the world, even if it means being voluntarily smuggled into the country to gain entry. Perhaps more ominously, various criminal elements now traffic people to the United States--especially vulnerable groups like women and children from poor nations--against their will for sexual exploitation, slavery, and other illicit, underground purposes. The implications for the United States are potentially staggering.

This book examines how for-profit human smuggling and trafficking activities to the United States are carried out and explores the legal and policy challenges of dealing with these problems. Zhang covers the scope and patterns of global human trafficking and smuggling activities; the strategies and methods employed by various groups to bring individuals into the United States; major smuggling routes and venues; the involvement of organized criminal organizations in transnational human smuggling activities; and the challenges confronting the U.S. government in combating these activities.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book is devoted to the exploration of those mechanisms of transnational mobility—smuggling and trafficking—deemed illegal in countries of destination, particularly the US. A law enforcement perspective strongly influences the author's approach. In his words, although immigrants themselves should form part of the discussion, the study focuses on smuggling and trafficking activities, their organization and profiles. If one's chief interest lies in the workings of the smuggling trade and the measures designed to counteract such activities, the book will prove especially useful and informative. It is well organized, clearly written, and thoroughly documented….Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." - Choice

"Zhang, a professor of sociology at San Diego State University, meticulously reviews the available information in the field—includng academic studies, policy reports, and news articles. He showcases how addressing human smuggling in the United States suffers from a lack of good data, and a hodgepodge of political kneejerk responses….This type of compilation of a portrain of illegal entries in the United States is important, and should be taken further." - Immigration Law Today

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313065415
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
336 KB

What People are saying about this

Dr. Jeffrey Scott McIllwain
"Dr. Zhang provides an insightful, scholarly analysis of human trafficking at a time when immigration policy once again dominates American political discourse. By breaking down the human trafficking business into its component parts, Dr. Zhang is able to provide policymakers with a research-based foundation from which they can develop more effective and efficient countermeasures."

Ko-Lin Chin

"This volume is simply one of the best books on human smuggling and trafficking--well-written, well-organized, and comprehensive. The book is unique because Professor Zhang is not only extremely familiar with the literature, but also has conducted empirical research on the topic for so many years. As a result, this is a solid book filled with findings from some of the best research on human smuggling and trafficking."

Ko-Lin Chin, Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University-Newark

Dr. Jeffrey Scott McIllwain

"Dr. Zhang provides an insightful, scholarly analysis of human trafficking at a time when immigration policy once again dominates American political discourse. By breaking down the human trafficking business into its component parts, Dr. Zhang is able to provide policymakers with a research-based foundation from which they can develop more effective and efficient countermeasures."

Dr. Jeffrey Scott McIllwain, Co-Director, Graduate Program in Homeland Security San Diego State University

Carlo Morselli
"This book is precisely the type of sound and firmly documented work that we need to approach human smuggling. Strong on aggregate facts, rich in interview material, informative on the ins and outs of the smuggling trade, and void of the stereotypes that are too often and too easily used to represent this phenomenon, Zhang is definitely ahead of the game when it comes to research in this area."

Carlo Morselli

"This book is precisely the type of sound and firmly documented work that we need to approach human smuggling. Strong on aggregate facts, rich in interview material, informative on the ins and outs of the smuggling trade, and void of the stereotypes that are too often and too easily used to represent this phenomenon, Zhang is definitely ahead of the game when it comes to research in this area."

Carlo Morselli, School of Criminology/International Centre for Comparative Criminology, Universite de Montreal

Ko-Lin Chin
"This volume is simply one of the best books on human smuggling and trafficking—well-written, well-organized, and comprehensive. The book is unique because Professor Zhang is not only extremely familiar with the literature, but also has conducted empirical research on the topic for so many years. As a result, this is a solid book filled with findings from some of the best research on human smuggling and trafficking."

Meet the Author

Sheldon X. Zhang is Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University. He is the co-author of Criminology: A Global Perspective. His research revolves around two main themes—transnational organized crime and community-based corrections. His articles have appeared in journals such as Criminology, British Journal of Criminology, Criminology and Social Policy, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Crime and Delinquency. He has given numerous conference presentations and keynote speeches to academic as well as law enforcement audiences.

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