Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

The Human Trafficking Project, a blog dedicated to raising awareness of human trafficking and exploring innovative solutions to combat the issue – and its videos:

… etc., almost every day back a video on the subject.

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  • - The Video: published on Meta Cafe.com, 1.58 min, added June 5, 2008 – Siddharth Kara first encountered the horrors of sexual slavery in a Bosnian refugee camp in 1995. Since then, he has traveled to India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Albania, Moldova, Mexico, and the United States to learn the mechanics of this brutal business and to take stock of its devastating human toll. This book provides a rare business analysis of sex trafficking, focusing on the local drivers and global macroeconomic trends that gave rise to the industry after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Kara quantifies the size, growth, and profitability of sex trafficking and other forms of modern slavery-metrics that have not been published before-and locates the sectors that would be hardest hit by specifically designed interventions and penalties. Kara bolsters his analysis with a riveting account of this unconscionable industry, sharing the stories of victims and revealing the shocking conditions of their exploitation. He concludes with a plan for aggressive measures that would sharply increase the costs of exploiting sex slaves, thereby reducing their aggregate demand among slave owners and consumers.
  • The book: review published on Publisher’s weekly, Sept. 8, 2008, Columbia Univ., $24.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-231-13960-1 – Siddharth Kara, a former investment banker and executive, uses theoretical economics and business analysis to propose measures that could eradicate sex trafficking by undermining the profitability of the illegal activities associated with the crime. 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 trends – the heavy involvement of law enforcement agencies and personnel in trafficking and slavery – but this book’s intentions suffers from Kara’s self-professed “rudimentary” economic analysis, which often borders on the offensive (a theoretical calculation of the lifetime value of a sex slave) and an unscientific, ad hoc research model. While the evidence indicates the urgent need for action – a woman or child is trafficked for sexual exploitation every 60 seconds – Kara’s economic approach fails to shed new light on the human cost of sex slavery and seems at the best of times beside the point, although the detailed statistical information he compiles – on everything from the costs of running a brothel in Queens, N.Y., to massage parlor and bonded labor economics worldwide – is a resource for researchers in the field.

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