Sex Trafficking

Sex Trafficking

Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9780231139601
Branch Call Number: 364.15 KAR 9254ag 1
Characteristics: xviii, 298 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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oldhag Jul 26, 2012

While the U.S. may not be the greatest nation on earth, it's far better than some of the worst. Far, far better. Particularly if you're female, as this book makes clear. What I wonder is, is the U.S. on its way to becoming like the nations where women are devalued, considered inferior, and have no economic opportunities? As wage-slavery (minimum wage, no sick days, no pension, no benefits, etc.) becomes the norm in our society, we see women degrading themselves on "trash tv" in hot pursuit of baubles and bling. We see girl children being sexualized on programs like "Toddlers and Tiaras", in exchange for prize money. How far is that from females willingly, or forcibly, engaging in sex trafficking?
On the subject of prostitution, Kara writes: "A fourth reason for the smaller ratio of sex trafficking to other forms of human trafficking to the United States is my subjective assessment that there is less real demand for sex services among U.S. males than there is among males in other countries. I have no way to justify this assessment objectively, but having traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America, I can say from personal observation that market demand for prostitutes appeared greater in all of those areas than in the United States."
Maybe. IF there is less demand for prostitutes in the U.S., relative to elsewhere, maybe it's because many other countries have cultural traditions of chastity until marriage, and therefore fewer sex workers to accommodate the demand. In some countries, a woman is considered defiled if any man other than her father, or her husband, touches her. Conversely, here in the U.S. we have the "hookup", one night stands, that we call a "date". In that situation, why should any man get involved with illegal prostitution, and the police, when he can get the same sexual services for the price of a few beers or shots? The scariest part of the book for me wasn't the sexual brutalization of girls and women, it was the trafficking of children for "organ harvesting". That is, children who are either sold by their parents, or kidnapped off the street, for the purpose of surgically removing their heart, kidneys, lungs that can then be used to save the lives of adults in need of an organ transplant.
In our glorification of capitalism, and the private market, how far away are we from that scenario?

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