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The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political & Social Science

The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political & Social Science
Human Trafficking: Recent Empirical Research

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April 2014 | 268 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The swell of attention surrounding human trafficking over the past two decades has driven policies and laws to combat this global issue. However, these efforts are based on assertions about human trafficking—it is huge in magnitude; it is a growing problem; and it ranks among criminal enterprises—that have no empirical evidence. Without such evidence, we lack a true understanding of the reach of human trafficking. Instead, we are left to believe sensationalized media stories, celebrity activists, and political discourse.


This groundbreaking volume of The ANNALS offers empirical studies that explore the complexity, scope, and particular locales of human trafficking. The articles look beyond the misconceived portrayals of human trafficking, delving into often overseen dimensions of it, such as labor trafficking and migration, and provide breakthrough findings on victims, facilitators, and offenders. Further high-quality empirical analysis will bring about a better understanding of the nuances of human trafficking and can be used to inform future policies.

Ronald Weitzer
New Directions in Research on Human Trafficking
Dina Francesca Haynes
The Celebritization of Human Trafficking
Amy Farrell and Rebecca Pfeffer
Policing Human Trafficking: Cultural Blinders and Organizational Barriers
Sheldon X. Zhang, Michael W. Spiller, Brian Carl Finch, and Yang Qin
Estimating Labor Trafficking among Unauthorized Migrant Workers in San Diego
Danièle Bélanger
Labor Migration and Trafficking among Vietnamese Migrants in Asia
Denise Brennan
Trafficking, Scandal, and Abuse of Migrant Workers in Argentina and the United States
Neil Howard
Teenage Labor Migration and Antitrafficking Policy in West Africa
Mohammad Abdul Munim Joarder and Paul W. Miller
The Experiences of Migrants Trafficked from Bangladesh
Georgi Petrunov
Human Trafficking in Eastern Europe: The Case of Bulgaria
Chandré Gould
Sex Trafficking and Prostitution in South Africa
Chenda Keo, Thierry Bouhours, Roderic Broadhurst, and Brigitte Bouhours
Human Traffickers and Moral Panic in Cambodia
Anthony Marcus, Amber Horning, Ric Curtis, Jo Sanson, and Efram Thompson
Conflict and Agency among Sex Workers and Pimps: A Closer Look at Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
Carlo Morselli and Isa Savoie-Gargiso
Coercion, Control, and Cooperation in a Prostitution Ring

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