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.
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