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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About the Author
Siddharth Kara is the first Fellow on Human Trafficking with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a widely recognized expert on contemporary slavery and advises several organizations and governments worldwide. Since 2004, he has served on the board of directors of the anti-slavery organization, Free the Slaves. In 2005, he testified as an expert on human trafficking before the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Committee. He serves on the committee founded by Kirk Douglas that is lobbying Congress to provide an official apology for pre-bellum slavery. In 2009, he was selected as a fellow for the acclaimed TEDIndia conference.
Kara holds a law degree from England, an M.B.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Duke University. Previously, he worked as an investment banker at Merrill, Lynch and ran his own finance and M& A consulting firm.
Table of Contents
Preface to the 2017 Edition
1. Sex Trafficking: An Overview
2. India and Nepal
3. Italy and Western Europe
4. Moldova and the Former Soviet Union
5. Albania and the Balkans
6. Thailand and the Mekong Subregion
7. The United States
8. A Framework for Abolition: Risk and Demand
Appendix A: Selected Tables and Notes
Appendix B: Contemporary Slavery Economics
Appendix C: Selected Human Development Statistics
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mr.Kara lost his credibilty with me when he stated "In the current U.S. occupation of Iraq, thousands of South Asians and Middle Easterners have been allegedly trafficked for forced labor on U.S. military bases, their passports confiscated and wages unpaid." I have lived on U.S. bases all over the world for more than 25 years and have had contact with scores of local civilian workers. The allegation Mr. Kara makes raises a big red BS flag. Yes, GIs have routinely and for decades patronized prostitutes around U.S. bases. However, the suggestion that a large scale civilian group would be imported to perform forced labor on a U.S. military installation rings such a false note as to undermine the rest of Mr. Kara's research and assertions. In Mr. Kara's later discussion of the "Elasticity of Demand", he generates his "data" using a tiny patron sample (4 men) for whom he had to "prod and suggest answers more than once to extract the data." Based on that interviewer-led information, he created the "Demand Curve for Sex Acts" for any brothel in Kamathipura. That's like feeling an elephant's tail and announcing to the world that an elephant is a long, cylindrical animal with no legs. Sexual Slavery and violence against women and children is a serious subject, but Mr. Kara's method of basing assertions on frail information and miniscule sample groups then drawing continental or global conclusions does a disservice to this subject. Very disappointing. Patricia Texas, USA
This visceral tale of modern slavery and sex trafficking is not for the faint of heart. Part text book, part novel, the depth and detail of Kara's story brings readers face to face with the tragic reality of slavery's bitter existence. In his book, Kara traverses the globe and gives a first hand account of the reasons for, and the damage done by, slavery. Kara concludes the book with a comprehensive breakdown of how to end slavery. Want to find out what the greatest thinkers of our time are reading? Then pick up this book.
This a book about a topic of great importance. Alot of people try not to think about such horrors that exist all over the world, including the U.S. I have met women and children in the same situations and I believe everyone should at least learn about this topic.
You amateur book author nerds no one reads your essay length book reports