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.
Subjects: Law, Political Science, Sociology
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