Sex Trafficking by Siddharth Kara
Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

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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.


About Siddharth Kara

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Siddharth Kara is one of the world's foremost experts on human trafficking and contemporary slavery. He holds positions on human trafficking at two centers at Harvard University, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government and the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Kara speaks and consults extensively on contemporary slavery worldwide and advises several governments on antislavery policy and law. His first book, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, received Yale University's prestigious Frederick Douglass Book Prize.
Published January 22, 2009 by Columbia University Press. 320 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Crime, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Each of the subsequent chapters focuses on a region of the globe and includes the disclosures made to him by young girls and women forced into the sex industry, his on-the-spot observations and often hair-raising experiences and his analysis of the structure of sex trafficking in that area.

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At considerable personal risk and expense—he is nearly attacked by a gang of pimps in Mumbai—the author penetrates seedy underworlds and forced labor markets to meet the women and children in the “dungeon of human disgrace” in Asia, Europe and the U.S. He highlights ubiquitous and disturbing tren...

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Project MUSE

Victim Narrative In addition to his own narrative, Kara shares the stories of numerous victims and survivors of the sex trade.

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Project MUSE

Even though Kara has interviewed more victims of nonsex trafficking (more than 200) than victims of sex trafficking (150), he chooses to focus on "sex trafficking" as a distinct problem throughout the book.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review

And “even if all the owners of brothels in which sex slaves were exploited were convicted each and every year, sex trafficking would still be a high-profit, minimal-risk venture because the owner of one sex slave in a brothel can generate cash profits per year in excess of $12,900.” Prison sent...

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Unfortunately, although Kara understands the variety of trafficking situations, he is stuck on sex trafficking.

Sep 10 2009 | Read Full Review of Sex Trafficking: Inside the B...

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