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Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 21. Mai 2010

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Sex trafficking is more of a problem than most people realize. Read this well-written book and find out. -- Kirk Douglas Sex trafficking is a crime that shames us all. To fight it we need to research it, know it in depth, and calibrate measures accordingly. Siddharth Kara's compelling economic and strategic analysis is very useful to our work. Readers will gain a deep understanding of the functioning of modern-day slavery as well as what can be done to eradicate it. -- Antonio Maria Costa, executive director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime I approached this book with a certain weariness. Having worked on the subject of sex trafficking for many years, I was unenthusiastic about yet another expose or cri de coeur from a business executive turned human rights advocate. I could not have been more wrong. This is a unique and inspiring book--an honest, lucid, and immensely intelligent account of a devastating yet pervasive aspect of contemporary globalization. It deserves to be widely read by anyone who wants to understand one of the most persistent and complex human rights violations of our times. -- Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard Law School Siddharth Kara has done a great service by laying bare the realities of sexual exploitation of women and girls around the world and the scale of this modern slavery. His analysis is rooted in an understanding of the way unregulated economic globalization has impoverished whole regions, failed to improve the miserable lot of women in many countries, and facilitated global criminal networks. His book should be widely read and his recommendations taken very seriously. -- Baroness Vivien Stern, King's College London This book could not be more important. After years of witnessing slavery and meeting with slaves, Siddharth Kara illuminates one of our most pressing human rights issues. He offers brand new research and reliable facts, shattering the myths and sensationalism that tend to surround this topic. Everyone should read this book: it will change the way we think about our world. -- Zoe Trodd, Harvard University An impressive, scholarly book that will prove an asset for the global anti-trafficking movement in the next decade. -- Holly Burkhalter Stanford Social Innovation Review Fall 2008 A disturbing and illuminating study of one of the underbellies of economic globalization: the global sex trafficking industry. -- Padraig Carmody Irish Times 1/7/09 An eloquent, campaigning book that addresses an evil that belittles our humanity. -- Jonathan Birchall Financial Times 1/25/09 The best book ever written on human trafficking for sexual exploitation. Representing a new period of solid yet humane scholarship, this breakthrough analysis represents a quantum leap in the study of this subject. Simply beyond anything I have seen anywhere. -- Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves This is an important and necessary work and it will educate many people about sex trafficking around the globe. -- Meredith Ralston H-Human-Rights 4/1/10 An important innovative resource that enriches the discourse on modern-day slavery and human trafficking. -- Noam Perry Human Rights Review Vol 12-No 3


Every year, millions of women and children are abducted, deceived, seduced, or sold into forced prostitution, made to service hundreds if not thousands of men before being discarded. Generating huge profits for their exploiters, sex slaves form the backbone of one of the world's most profitable illicit enterprises, for unlike narcotics, which must be grown, harvested, refined, and packaged, the female body requires no such "processing" and can be repeatedly consumed.In this first-of-its-kind journey, Siddharth Kara investigates the mechanics of the global sex trafficking business across four continents and takes stock of its devastating human toll. Since first encountering the horrors of sexual slavery in a Bosnian refugee camp in 1995, Kara has taken multiple research trips to India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Albania, Moldova, Mexico, and the United States. He has met hundreds of slaves, has witnessed the sale of numerous human beings into slavery, and has confronted some of the criminals who have exploited them.Drawing on his background in finance and economics, Kara provides a rare business analysis of sex trafficking, focusing on the local drivers and global macroeconomic trends that gave rise to the industry after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

He quantifies the size, growth, and profitability of sex trafficking and other forms of modern slavery& mdash;metrics that have never been published before& mdash;and locates the sectors that would be hardest hit by specifically designed interventions and penalties. Kara supplements his analysis with a riveting account of this unconscionable industry, sharing the moving stories of victims and revealing the shocking conditions of their exploitation. He concludes with a proposal for aggressive measures that target the essential business and economic functioning of the sex trafficking industry designed to provide a more effective global approach to abolishing these crimes against the world's most vulnerable and exploited persons.The author will donate a portion of the proceeds from this book to the organization Free the Slaves. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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A shocking and informative treatise 27. November 2008
Von Ramachander Gollamudi - Veröffentlicht auf
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As a retired academic, I mostly read history and philosophy in my spare time. Upon a friend's suggestion, I have recently read Mr. Siddharth Kara's treatise "sex-trafficking inside the business of modern slavery." It constitutes a first-hand account of a little-noticed business of human bondage and pathos. The author exposed himself to personal danger in attempting interviews with scores of victims spanning the whole range of demographics.

This book deals with three aspects of this world-wide business: the exploitative traffickers, the wrenching servitude of the victims, and the economics of the trade.

The author presents convincing quantitative information to provide a rationale as to why the trafficking business is quite attractive to the brute; while it is useful for lawmakers and NGOs, the narrative is shocking to the public. The sheer volume of this sort of "slavery" is astounding, and the subhuman conditions these victims are forced to live in, is repelling. Reading through some of the situations was nauseating to say the least. In today's affluent world, it is abhorring that spots of utter poverty exist but go unnoticed. More repulsive and dehumanizing is the fact that, on occasion, a father is manipulated into selling his daughter into this servitude.

While contemporary society holds woman as equal to man, and given that Indian thought in particular considers woman as divine, the destitution of these exploited women renders this practice beyond the pale of repugnance. The enablers look like demons, incapable of the remotest human sensibilities; that they manage to go under radar is astounding.

In his rendition, Mr. Kara strikes the right balance between narrative and numbers; there is enough of the latter to portray a clear picture to the common reader and sufficient detail to enable the statistician to derive probabilities and significance. Mr. Kara is to be commended for this brave venture driven by his idealism.

Ram Gollamudi
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Albania chapter weak and misleading 26. Juni 2009
Von SarahAlb - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I do not presume to offer an assessment of the entire book, since my expertise for the past six years is specifically in counter-trafficking in Albania. I was interviewed by the author when he came through the country several years ago.

Trafficking of women and children is a reality in Albania. But there is little evidence that application of the traditional code called the Kanun is a driving cause. The chapter begins with "sworn virgins", and implies that this is evidence of gender bias that creates vulnerability of females in the rural north. The number of women who have assumed this identity has always been small. But it can be argued that those who do so are likely to be less vulnerable than other women because they assume the status of "honorary man" - able to own property and able to conduct business. Thus, they are able to become more active agents of their own economic destiny, and may be less driven to make dangerous choices that would enable a trafficker to lure them into exploitation.

Blood feuds are also a reality in this country. While those who's lives are devastated by the consequence of this application of traditional "law", they are also a minority - and not demonstrably more vulnerable to human trafficking than the rest of the country. This connection is promoted as an understandable, but sensationalizing, publicity technique by some activist organizations in the country to try to draw attention to their important purpose - trying to resolve existing blood feuds, decreasing the likelihood of new feuds, and finding viable solutions for those lives are torn asunder by these feuds. Their work is important and too be respected. But it is not central to combating human trafficking.

And the larger question lingers - how does the business of human trafficking function in this country? Little will really be known about this until investigation and prosecution of traffickers is more seriously pursued, and researchers conduct extensive interviews with those convicted of the crimes. We need information from the business people themselves, to fill in the information gaps in the data known through the experiences of the victims of these criminals.

Data extracted from over 100 cases of adolescent and adult females of trafficking assisted in NGO shelters Albania between August 2007 and July 2008 reveal that 1) these victims were generally recruited from their communities of origin; 2) they were entrapped primarily by men offering false romantic relationships; 3) they came from the moderately distressed, more urban, regions of the country; and 4) they are over 90% from the Albanian majority population.

Mr. Kara's small chapter on Albania offers an interesting travelogue, but it does not provide substantive information about the business of human trafficking in this country. I hope that this is an anomaly in an otherwise better researched publication. Perhaps other practitioners in "the field" will comment about the chapters on the countries where they work.

Those who are interested in more in depth and up-to-date information about human trafficking in Albania are encouraged to visit these websites:

On child trafficking:

All Together Against Child Trafficking (BKTF)

Terre des hommes Albania

on human trafficking, especially adolescent and adult females:

The Albanian Initiative: Coordinated Action Against Human Trafficking

Videos about the work of 7 NGOs in Albania preventing human trafficking and assisting its victims (including the Vatra Center in Vlora mentioned in Mr. Kara's book):
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Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery 22. Januar 2009
Von Elizabeth Stanley - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Siddharth Kara's "Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery" is a deeply insightful, analytical and profoundly intelligent work informed by the author's justifiably strong sense of outrage and desire for social justice. I found myself both incredibly angry and moved to tears by the stories told by the women and children Kara interviewed, while also being inspired by his hard-hitting and incisive proposals to more effectively cripple and ultimately abolish this body-and-soul destroying business and all other forms of contemporary slavery.
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Eye Opening 18. Juli 2009
Von William N. Reale - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This book has changed the way I look at the world. I had minimal knowledge of human sex trafficking prior to reading. To say it is a page turner sounds callous; however the personal vignettes tied with the history and financial analysis kept me wanting to know more. The author's passion for this cause is apparent through his heartfelt writing. Further, I don't know many people (myself included) who would stare down the devil and go into the precarious situations Mr. Kara has to collect his powerful research.
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Knowing What I Know Now 30. April 2009
Von Erica A. Yoder Chapman - Veröffentlicht auf
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This isn't normally my type of "read" - mostly I read fiction - but I was encouraged to read Mr. Kara's book, and though extremely saddened and angered by it - the economic and gender injustice that rages in our world is incisively brought to light - I am exceedingly glad I did. I'm not an academic by any stretch, but there was information useful for me, an everyday average citizen with interest in helping right a wrong, this tragic wrong called sex slavery.

I admire the author mightily for his bravery and tenacity - his deep heart and probing mind. His writing is clear and honest and builds us a picture of the conditions of this trauma -- how they affect those involved...including himself....

Knowing what I know now, there is no going back -- only forward into a future where we change what must be changed!
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