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Sex Trafficking

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  462 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
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
ebook, 322 pages
Published May 14th 2014 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
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Ani
Feb 10, 2011 Ani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Molly
Apr 18, 2009 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
"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
John Brown
May 27, 2012 John Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Brandy
Jun 05, 2009 Brandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jessica
Nov 10, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-adult
3.5* This does not diminish the important of this book. Read it, so you can be aware.
Unlike Kevin Bales "Disposable People", Kara discusses more of the "business" side of trafficking. Sure, there are survival testimonies, testimonies of the trafficked victims and etc., but it is not the central part of the story. Even though it's not the central part it often times overshadows all the technical stuff. It's powerful and this are the parts of the story I liked best because I didn't have an informa
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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
Kevin Bringman
Dec 01, 2013 Kevin Bringman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tim
Nov 28, 2010 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sbj
Dec 05, 2012 Sbj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Priya
Sep 22, 2014 Priya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very well researched piece. It was quite heart rending to read through various experiences and it is hard to believe that they are a part of our reality, the world we live in.

This book raises a lot of awareness and completely changes the way one would look at issues of slavery and prostitution.
Alisa
Oct 04, 2013 Alisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bas
Mar 15, 2015 Bas rated it it was amazing
People do some horrible things. The stories are interesting, but (understandably) much of the economics relies on insufficient information. Nevertheless, it's worth reading.

Side note, be careful about buying fish from Thailand.
Hillary White
Jan 19, 2014 Hillary White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Robin
Jul 03, 2011 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why are issues like these not more known to the general public?
Wesley Fox
May 18, 2016 Wesley Fox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-events
This book is disturbing to read, as you can imagine. Reading in full detail the experiences of sex slaves throughout the world was traumatic and really made me furious. Like most readers, it made me want to do something about the horrific crimes against humanity described in the book. The ending chapter provides a list of recommendations and names of NGOs but the factors that promote sex trafficking are difficult to affect.

Author Siddharth Kara presents an impressive array of statistics, anecdot
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Adam Parker
Jan 27, 2017 Adam Parker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book provided at the same time a compelling reason as to why we should be focusing on ways to combat the evil of human trafficking by telling personal stories of those trafficked, and then following up with a detailed analytically derived process to break down the profitability of the enterprise as a whole. While a simpler book like “SOLD” by Patricia McCormick might suffice for the reader simply interested in learning more about what human trafficking looks like, this book is geared more t ...more
Alberto
Dec 27, 2016 Alberto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a serious investigation of the horrendous underworld of human trafficking. Although it's so depressing to see what happened around the world, I'm glad I read it. I feel more aware. More people should read this book.
Miguel
Feb 09, 2016 Miguel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
muy informativo, pero al mismo tiempo demasiado, por eso me cuesta darle 4 estrellas, ya que si bien sus punto fuerte son los testimonios una vez pasadas las 50 paginas se vuelven repetitivos, es decir, esta bien son historias fuertes y trágicas, pero el patrón era el mismo, engaño o secuestro de una niña, viajes, golpes o abusos, golpes y abusos, prostitución, veinte hombres por día, intento escapar o no, vuelva al principio y repita. si bien demostró que en todas partes es lo mismo, (menos en ...more
James Perkins
Feb 01, 2012 James Perkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather
Jul 23, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: why-oh-why
This book is 10 years old, so most of the data is pretty outdated. Nonetheless, you get an understanding of what's going on here even in the smallest sense.

When I was in graduate school pursuing a masters in criminal justice (during the time this book was written) my professor and dean of our college was working closely with the International Justice Mission in Thailand. The stories he would bring back were heart wrenching. Out of all the countries profiled in this book Thailand was the most dis
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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
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Dawn Lennon
Nov 29, 2014 Dawn Lennon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
There are good books and then there are important books--this one is both. As a society, we may be aware of sex trafficking and slavery today, but we generally don't understand it as a business. It is, for most of us, morally reprehensible, but once the business mechanics of it are understood, it becomes chilling. Bodies, mostly young women and children, as products to be shipped and consumed.

What's extraordinary about this book is that it is both treatise and chronicle. The first chapter presen
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Mazen Alloujami
Dec 11, 2016 Mazen Alloujami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A study on modern sex slavery through out the world. Terrifying but remembering us of one of the most horrible realities of our modern world; slavery still exists even thou we try to ignore it.
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
Amy
May 01, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating, but very sad investigation into the business of human trafficking women and children into sex slavery. Women and children are coerced, tricked and manipulated into departing their much poorer homelands to becoming abused, brutalized, starved, raped and forced into having sex with 20-40 male customers per day in foreign countries where they don't know the language and don't have their own passports to escape their horrible situations. The few "lucky" ones manage to escape their capto ...more
Jessica  Gwen
Dec 27, 2012 Jessica Gwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Megan Moody
Oct 16, 2012 Megan Moody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
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