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Sex Trafficking

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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, wh...more
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Published January 22nd 2009 by Columbia University Press (first published October 24th 2008)
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Chris
Kara's book is a great and readable. Despite his warning in the introduction concerning the first chapter, I found the last chapter to be the most techical and number filled. Not that I didn't find it interesting, but the points Kara makes are the type you would find in a business or econmic paper, not surprising considering his background.

The business angle combined with the personal journey does make for compelling reading. Mr. Kara you have no need to apolgize for you sex; you are a great man...more
Molly
Excellent overview, incredibly well-researched. Kara's prose gets a bit overwrought at times, but given the subject matter he is exploring, I can forgive that. His suggestions going forward are astonishingly detailed.
Debbie
"Sex Trafficking" is a thought-provoking and heart-touching looking into modern slavery. While the author mainly focused on forced prostitution, he also covered other types of forced labor and slavery. He included many stories of slaves and ex-slaves to give a face to slavery and to demonstrate the variety of ways women are enslaved. The author also gave detailed economic breakdowns of the profitability of forced labor and explained how these economics can be changed to make slavery economically...more
Brandy
I read this book after Disposable People. I like how the author left the sexual details out- I don't need the rape of children described. He focuses more on the history and culture of a region and how this contributes to women and children being taken/sold/duped. I found this part very interesting. These historical factors also help the kidnappers/owners keep their victims because the girls don't think they have any other choice or they feel obligated to support their parents. Again, I didn't kn...more
Anne
Like the truth, this book has a good and a bad. First, the bad.
This was the worst book I have ever read. I have never felt so sickened, so appalled, so filled with rage as I was when I first read this book. I couldn't make it through 5 pages at a time of a chapter without stopping to breathe and let my blood cool. This book exposes the most disgusting, despicable aspects of the human condition. It explains the business, economics, and nittygritty of human trafficking. His next book is more focus...more
Michael Griswold
There are numerous books on human trafficking, that discuss the brutal and inhumane nature of the phenomenon, but I've never seen a book quite like Siddharth Kara's Sex Trafficking : Inside the Business of Modern Slavery. It does exactly what its' title suggest by taking the reader inside the dirty business of the flesh trade. By discussing the routes, methods of recruitment and rationale for human trafficking, the reader goes inside the trade. This is not remarkable, what sets this book apart i...more
John Brown
Kara went all over the world researching sex trafficking and shares what he found in this excellent book.

He begins with a nuts and bolts overview that summarizes how the business and economics of trafficking works. I've read a number of books on trafficking, and I think this is the best summary so far. I also found his suggestion of using the terms "slave trading" and "slavery" instead of the sometimes misleading "trafficking" useful.

He ends with his ideas on a framework for reducing demand, a...more
Sbj
This book was incredibly interesting and insightful. Working with Asylum Seekers this book made me think about those individuals that have taken a journey that could not possibly be comprehended by the average person . Very well written and I have recommended it to my colleagues, but not for a bed time read!
Tim
This is a great book and worth reading. It is disturbing, but probably not possible to write about this w/o being disturbing. There are a few parts in the first and last chapter when he writes about the causes and cures that I'm not sure I agree with, but he does a great job shedding light on the topic.
Stacy Geiser flanary
Lots of statistics I already read in other books but well written that if u haven't read a lot of others it's very informative
Robin
Why are issues like these not more known to the general public?
James Perkins
Anyone with even a shred of respect for human dignity should read this book. Slavery, illegal in every country in the world, also exists in every country in the world, and one of its most insidious forms is women trafficked for prostitution. The stories presented here do not make happy reading, but this is the reality for over a million girls and women on our planet today. One of the best parts of this book is its explanation about how trafficking continues; instead of appealing to the heart alo...more
Genevieve
I read this as a contextual follow-up to a book our book club read called Sold, a fictional YA novella about a young girl from Nepal sold into sex slavery in India. I wanted more information on why and how this could happen, and what was being done to stop it.

This book is an academic's multi-year journey to understand the current workings of human trafficking, examining how the sickening business thrives in particular areas of the world. He discusses the root causes of how girls get enslaved, an...more
Sarah
While the methods are far from rigorous, Kara take an interesting and powerful stance in this book. He questions western capitalism and the drive for material wealth it inspires and its contribution to human trafficking. It is clear that Kara is most concerned with the most egregious forms of sex trafficking as evidenced by his use of the term "slave" to describe the women with whom he comes in contact in the book. Given his new position at Harvard it is my hope that his future research will mee...more
Jessica  Gwen
It's not rare to come across a book that makes you hate people. However, it is rare to come across a book that poses plausible solutions to evil in the world. This book does both.

Siddharth Kara traveled the world for over a decade, conducting hundreds of interviews in dangerous and depressing conditions to compile the information in this book. I'm not sure how he has faith in humanity after his travels, but I'm glad he was able to write this book and share his experiences with the rest of the w...more
Bekki Fahrer
lots of good stories, but horrible arrogance to act like he did, putting so many people in harm's way. also, his research methods are pitiful. how this got to be an academic book, I will know.
penelopewanders
Here as part of the slavery spiral.
Began this, but didn't take it on holiday so I'll continue reading it at the end of the summer.

Not exactly light reading- and it certainly made me think twice about the massages I enjoyed in Thailand! At times the actual prose of the book irritated me - convoluted and unclear sentences which made me wonder why the author hadn't called on a proper editor. At some point either the writing improved or I no longer was disturbed by the style - presumably because I w...more
Kevin Bringman
Phenomenal. Comprehensible and well researched. Thoroughly enjoyed it albeit reading about the torturous stories of the numerous victims involved in the sex trafficking industry. Major contributing factors the author endorses are that globalization is a major force in the expansion of sex trafficking, that the IMF implemented economic policies that exploited natural resources in underdeveloped/developing countries, and that poverty is the primary reason for exploitation whether it be in sex traf...more
Hillary White
At this moment I only have access to my phone and can't type a proper review but honestly this book was probably one of the best I have read on this awful modern day slavery. Kara is a wonderful author with a big heart. Speechless is the best word to describe my feelings after finishing it.
Zoe Miles
Hard hitting truths that must be spoken, finally presented in a way which offers possible ways of combatting trafficking on a large scale, without becoming patronizing, or leaning too heavily upon the tragic but anecdotal stories of individuals (which in itself can be exploitive and draw attention away from the root of the problem and possible ways to deal with the issue as a whole), instead he has compiled significant data which goes beyond what many previous books written on this subject have...more
Victoria
I read the first two chapters and didn't enjoy this in the slightest. In fact, I'm going to return this book to Barnes and Noble. The author tries to explain human trafficking from a business/economic perspective (i.e., supply and demand), while incorporating his first-hand interactions, stories, and interviews he's conducted with sex traffick victims.

I didn't really enjoy his writing style and didn't enjoy how the book was written in a research paper format.
Megan Smith
As difficult as it is to read about such things, this is an excellent book. In addition to sharing horrific stories of torture, rape and slavery via the stories of individuals, it sheds light on how globalization has exacerbated and accelerated modern-day slavery. Understanding how extreme poverty relates to slavery is key in understanding that our global financial decisions ultimately make slavery and human trafficking so easy for criminals and criminal maffias.
Alisa
an amazing and horrifying look into not just the traumatic results of sex trafficking but also an enlightening economic break down of the business of sex trafficking with visceral real world examples of how the problem could and in many cases should be dealt with
Phil
Scary stuff. The young man writing this book can pass himself off as a john.. so he gets places that many women cannot. The stories are heartbreaking but the author does have a plan for how things can get better.
Fran Piercey
It was hard to read in light of the hard information to learn about. A very thorough look at today's human trafficking atrocity. It begs you to action I just haven't figured out what that will look like.
Morgan
Sex trafficking in economic terms, essentially. Well researched and readable, not terribly academic. I don't agree with his ultimate solution, nor do I enjoy the lack of agency he attributes to women.
Ginger
Lots of good information,but the tone is weird. He alternates between economic analysis, pleas for action, and anguish for the "poor, brave victims." A little paternalistic.
Sue
Very well-written, riveting. Begs the question: "Where is GOD?"
But then I remember, this has been going on since the beginning of time.
Jennifer Wieworka


This book was very informative but a little difficult to get into. The sheer vastness of trafficking completely overwhelmed me.
Fernanda.gonzalezblanco
Everyone should read this book!
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