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Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery
Siddhartha Kara | with a new preface
Columbia University Press / Softcover / Sep 2017
9780231180337 (ISBN-10: 0231180330)
Social & Political Issues
price: $25.00 (may be subject to change)
320 pages
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Since the publication of Sex Trafficking in 2007, Siddharth Kara has continued to travel across countries and continents, documenting the local factors and economic forces that support sexual slavery worldwide. His riveting encounters with victims and traffickers informed his screenplay for Trafficked (2016), now a major motion picture. The film features familiar figures from Sex Trafficking and the shocking conditions of their exploitation. It also includes cases Kara has uncovered since his book debuted.

This new paperback edition of Sex Trafficking includes a preface by Kara in which he discusses his findings and updates the statistics relating to his business and economic analysis of contemporary slavery. After fifteen years, Kara has recorded nearly 900 cases of sex trafficking in forty-one countries and has helped advise on numerous legal, tactical, and policy efforts for abolishing modern-day slavery across the globe. Sex Trafficking continues to lead as a resource for those hoping to expose this hidden evil and eradicate its practice once and for all.


A disturbing and illuminating study of one of the underbellies of economic globalization: the global sex trafficking industry.
Irish Times

An eloquent, campaigning book that addresses an evil that belittles our humanity.
Financial Times

Sex trafficking is more of a problem than most people realize. Read this well-written book and find out.
Kirk Douglas

The best book ever written on human trafficking for sexual exploitation. Representing a new period of solid yet humane scholarship, this breakthrough analysis represents a quantum leap in the study of this subject. Simply beyond anything I have seen anywhere.
Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves

Siddharth Kara possesses that rare and valuable combination of passion for his subject, insight, and rigorous research. His analysis is persuasive and his descriptions heartbreaking in their clarity. Human trafficking in all forms is slavery, no matter how you cut it, and in this book Kara brings a modern-day scourge to the light of day.
Erica Stone, president, American Himalayan Foundation


Preface to the 2017 Edition
1. Sex Trafficking: An Overview
2. India and Nepal
3. Italy and Western Europe
4. Moldova and the Former Soviet Union
5. Albania and the Balkans
6. Thailand and the Mekong Subregion
7. The United States
8. A Framework for Abolition: Risk and Demand
Appendix A: Selected Tables and Notes
Appendix B: Contemporary Slavery Economics
Appendix C: Selected Human Development Statistics
Works Cited

About the Author:

Siddharth Kara is director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia(2012) and Modern Slavery: A Global Perspective (2017), both from Columbia University Press.

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