Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight

Paperback | June 4, 2013

byStephanie Hepburn, Rita J. Simon

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This unprecedented study of sex trafficking, forced labor, organ trafficking, and sex tourism across twenty-four nations highlights the experiences of the victims, perpetrators, and anti-traffickers involved in this brutal trade. Combining statistical data with intimate accounts and interviews, journalist Stephanie Hepburn and justice scholar Rita J. Simon create a dynamic volume sure to educate and spur action.

Hepburn and Simon recount the lives of victims during and after their experience with trafficking, and they follow the activities of traffickers before capture and their outcomes after sentencing. Each chapter centers on the trafficking practices and anti-trafficking measures of a single country: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Niger, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Syria, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Examining these nations' laws, Hepburn and Simon reveal gaps in legislation and enforcement and outline the cultural norms and biases, societal assumptions, and conflicting policies that make trafficking scenarios so pervasive and resilient. This study points out those most vulnerable in each nation and the specific cultural, economic, environmental, and geopolitical factors that contribute to each nation's trafficking issues. Furthermore, the study also highlights common phenomena that governments and international anti-traffickers should consider in their fight against this illicit trade.

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This unprecedented study of sex trafficking, forced labor, organ trafficking, and sex tourism across twenty-four nations highlights the experiences of the victims, perpetrators, and anti-traffickers involved in this brutal trade. Combining statistical data with intimate accounts and interviews, journalist Stephanie Hepburn and justice...

Stephanie Hepburn is an independent journalist whose work has been published in Americas Quarterly, USA Today U-Wire, and Gender Issues. She is a weekly and monthly contributing writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Washington College of Law at American University, she integrates h...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:552 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 4, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023116145X

ISBN - 13:9780231161459

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Work Visa Loopholes for Traffickers1. United States2. Japan3. United Arab EmiratesPart II: Stateless Persons4. Thailand5. Israel and the Occupied Palestinian TerritoriesPart III: Unrest, Displacement, and Who Is in Charge6. Colombia7. Iraq8. SyriaPart IV. Conflation9. CanadaPart V: Conflicting Agendas10. Italy11. FrancePart VI: Gender Apartheid12. IranPart VII: Social Hierarchy13. India14. Niger15. ChinaPart VIII: Muti Murder16. South AfricaPart IX: Hard-To-Prove Criterion and a Slap on the Wrist17. Australia18. United Kingdom19. Chile20. GermanyPart X: Transparent Borders21. PolandPart XI: Fear Factor22. MexicoPart XII. Poverty and Economic Boom23. Russia24. BrazilConclusionNotesReferencesIndex

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Superior and well-written, this is the rare resource that is both scholarly and approachable, making it a must-read