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Human Trafficking
A Comprehensive Exploration of Modern Day Slavery

September 2019 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Human Trafficking: A Comprehensive Exploration into Modern Day Slavery examines the legal, socio-cultural, historical, and political aspects of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. While most texts only cover sex trafficking and labor trafficking, this text takes a more inclusive approach, provide coverage of what is currently known about organ trafficking, child marriage, and child soldiers as well. These topics are explored within the borders of the United States as well as across the world. The reality is that this problem is not limited to one country or, even, one continent. Technology and globalization have made this an international crisis that requires a collaborative and cooperative international response. The goal of this text is to provide an accurate understanding of all forms of human trafficking and current responses to this crime.

I. Fundamentals
1. Human Trafficking in Context
Not-So-Modern Slavery  
Root causes of human trafficking: Supply, Demand, and Globalization  
International Definition of human trafficking  
Key Elements of human trafficking  
Approaches to combatting human trafficking  
2. Challenges, Resources, and Recommendations
International laws on human trafficking  
United States Trafficking in Persons Act  
Additional factors causing confusion in understanding human trafficking  
Existing Resources to Improve our Understanding of Human Trafficking  
Other Resources to Monitor Human Trafficking  
Moving Forward: A Demand for Data and Improved Methodologies  
3. Do Traditional Theories Help Us Understand Human Trafficking?
Assessing the cost-benefit ratio: The motivations of the trafficker, victim, and buyer  
Moving Beyond Rational Thinking-Additional Considerations in Explaining the Behavior of Traffickers and Victims at the Individual Level  
Moving Beyond the Trafficker and Victim-Exploring the Impact of Ecological Factors  
What Happens Now?  
4. The Victims of Human Trafficking
Who is a victim?  
Turning Vulnerabilities into Victimization  
Push factors  
Pull factors  
Migrants and Refugees  
Is this human trafficking?  
Religious Vulnerabilities  
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity  
Political Instability, War, and Conflict  
5. The Traffickers
Organizational Structure of Trafficking Opeerations  
Characteristics of traffickers  
II. Sex Trafficking
6. The Colliding Worlds of Prostitution and Human Trafficking
What is Prostitution?  
Push Factors for Prostitution  
Are Prostitution and Sex Trafficking the Same Thing?  
Regulating Prostitution  
Efforts to Control Prostitution and its Impacts on Sex Trafficking  
7. Moving Past the Prostitution Debate: An Examination of Sex Trafficking
An Introduction to Sex Trafficking  
Explaining the Prevalence of Sex Trafficking  
Stages in Sex Trafficking  
Child Sex Trafficking  
Women and Children Are Not the Only Victims  
8. Sex Trafficking: Demand and Prevention
Reactions to Sex Trafficking  
III. Labor Trafficking
9. More than unfair labor practices
Portrait of Labor Trafficking Internationally  
Vulnerabilities and demographics of labor trafficking victims  
Child Labor Trafficking  
Case Study: Talibé Workers in Senegral  
10. Responses to labor trafficking
Reactions to Labor Trafficking  
Theoretical frameworks guiding existing responses to labor trafficking  
Recovery: the identification of traffickers and victimes  
Resources and Restoration  
IV. Beyond Sex and Labor: Additional Forms of Trafficking
11. Child Soldiers
Historical Context  
Where are child soldiers found?  
Is this human trafficking?  
Responses to the use of child soldiers  
Moving Forward  
12. Organ Trafficking
Brief History of Organ Transplantation  
Brief History of Trafficking in Organs  
Forms of trafficking in organs  
Legal and Ethical Frameworks Pertaining to Trafficking in Organs  
Prevalence and causes of organ trafficking  
Recovery: the identification of traffickers and victims  
Resources and Restorations  
13. Forced and Child Marriage
The Fundaments of Forced and Child Marriage  
The Prevalence of Forced and Child Marriage  
The Condemnation of Child Marriage  
Global Perspectives of Child Marriage  
What Fuels Child Marriage  
The Consequences of Child Marriage  
Responding to Forced and Child Marriage  
Predicting the future of Child Marriage  
V. Conclusion
14. Conclusion
Defining Elements  
Root Causes  
Identifying Traffickers  
Where do we go from here?  
Remaining issues in the field of human trafficking  
Final Remarks  
VI. Appendices

Human Trafficking: A Comprehensive Exploration of Modern Day Slavery is an excellent text for an undergraduate course. It offers a broadly-based description of human trafficking and potential ways to combat it in our communities.

Linn Huff-Corzine
University of Central Florida

"The authors offer an invaluable insight into the complex phenomenon of human trafficking from a historical perspective to modern times.  The text is underpinned with relevant definitions, legislation, theoretical perspectives, debates and illustrations.  The reader is encouraged to engage in independent study and signposts for further reading are embedded throughout." 

Janis Bourne-Day, Manchester Metropolitan University  

Janis Bourne-Day
Manchester Metropolitan University

Well written, comprehensive, great organization of the information (the whole textbook and each chapter); uses current data. Links to additional information/websites with the most current updates. Great provoking case studies/discussion questions. 

Iryna Malendevych, University of Central Florida

Iryna Malendevych
University of Central Florida

This is a contemporary human trafficking textbook which provides the reader with information about the topic in an interesting and engaging manner.  The fact that the text explores rarely discussed topics like organ trafficking and forced/child marriage makes it especially intriguing. Wendy Perkins, Marshall University

Wendy Perkins
Marshall University

Human Trafficking is a comprehensive textbook that would be suitable for students in criminology, social work, and other social science programs.  It contains chapters on topics often ignored by other textbooks on the subject, and utilizes engaging narratives throughout the chapters which promote a deeper understanding of this complex issue. Elizabeth Perkins, Morehead State University

Elizabeth Perkins
Morehead State University

"This text is well written and Informative. It is easy to follow and is a must read for information on Human Trafficking." Jillian Noel, Germanna Community College

Jillian Noel
Germanna Community College

"The book exhibits strong breadth of coverage and identifies key areas of analysis for the study of trafficking. It should work well as a primer for students who are looking for significant coverage of a complex problem area." Kali Wright-Smith, Westminster College - Fulton

Kali Wright-Smith
Westminster College - Fulton
Key features
  • FOCUS ON boxes offer the reader an opportunity to delve into a specific issue related to the chapter topic. These boxes are found through out each chapter, highlighting debatable topics, controversial issues, and unique challenges.
  • CASE STUDIES provide a human context to the issue of human trafficking. Also found throughout each chapter, this feature aims to remind readers that human trafficking is not simply an academic or political issue. Human lives are at stake.
  • Finally, CHALLENGE YOURSELF boxes offer readers a chance to think critically about what they are reading. Readers are asked to formulate opinions and assess critical issues. The goal of this feature is to remind readers to remain critical. Ask questions. Pave the way for progress in understanding and fighting this crime.

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ISBN: 9781506375038