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Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery Hardcover – November 17, 2008
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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 exposé 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 bookan 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)
A disturbing and illuminating study of one of the underbellies of economic globalization: the global sex trafficking industry.(Padraig Carmody Irish Times)
An eloquent, campaigning book that addresses an evil that belittles our humanity.(Jonathan Birchall Financial Times)
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)
An important innovative resource that enriches the discourse on modern-day slavery and human trafficking.(Noam Perry Human Rights Review)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an important book detailing the corruption of sexual trafficking. Siddharth Kara traveled all over the world in order to interview young women lured or coerced into... Read morePublished 6 months ago by goth chick
I initially wanted to read this book to gain a factual understanding of the sex trafficking business: how the industry is structured and its sustainability. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jennifer
well written insightful makes one thing of how to change the world.Published 11 months ago by Jay P Regan
A very well researched piece. It was quite heart rending to read through various experiences and it is hard to believe that they are a part of our reality, the world we live in.Published 14 months ago by Priya
Best comprehensive analysis of modern day slavery I have read. In combination with the heart wrenching slave narratives, this is a compelling work.Published 14 months ago by char
This is a very thorough and detailed study of the industry.
Really opened my eyes and gave me a better understanding of this inhumane problem world wide.