The War on Human Trafficking: U.S. Policy Assessed

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"DeStefano's book provides new insights for experts and the general public on the ideological debates swirling around human trafficking, as well as a better way forward." -Ann Jordan, Global Rights

"This original and needed book details the controversial confluence of prostitution with the broader problem of trafficking in persons, and the resulting political fallout that has hampered efforts to combat one of the twenty-first century's more egregious forms of human slavery."-Jim Finckenauer, professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University

The War on Human Trafficking covers a decade of reporting on the policy battles that have surrounded efforts to abolish human trafficking practices, helping readers to understand the forced labor of immigrants as a major global human rights story. Anthony M. DeStefano gets beyond sensational stories of sexual servitude and explains the powerful economic conditions that impel immigrants to put themselves at risk.

. Details the events leading up to the creation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and assesses its effectiveness.

. Describes the tensions created as the Bush Administration tried to use trafficking laws to attack prostitution.

. Shows how the American response to these criminal activities was influenced by the events of September 11th and the war in Iraq.

Anthony M. DeStefano is a reporter for Newsday covering New York City legal affairs and criminal justice. Prior to joining Newsday, he was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal. He is an attorney and member of the New York State bar.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813544182
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,376,804
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

ANTHONY M. DESTEFANO is a reporter for Newsday covering New York City legal affairs and criminal justice. Prior to joining Newsday, he was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal. He is an attorney and member of the New York State bar.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xv
The Barrio Girls     1
The Emerging Issue     9
The Global Response     16
"We Need This Bill"     30
The Learning Curve     46
The Lady from Pitesti     52
Finding Leku     60
Sweat, Toil, and Tears     69
Sexual Slavery: The Immigrant's Gilded Cage     86
New Initiatives, More Controversy     102
The Bully Pulpit     118
Measuring Effectiveness     128
Final Thoughts     142
Appendix     147
Notes     151
Index     167
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