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, which must be
grown, harvested, refined, and packaged, sex slaves require no such
"processing," and can be repeatedly "consumed."
Kara first encountered the horrors of slavery in a Bosnian
refugee camp in 1995. Subsequently, in the first journey of its
kind, he traveled across four continents to investigate these
crimes and take stock of their devastating human toll. Kara made
several trips to India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, the
United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Albania, Moldova,
Mexico, and the United States. He witnessed firsthand the sale of
human beings into slavery, interviewed over four hundred slaves,
and confronted some of those who trafficked and exploited them.
In this book, Kara provides a riveting account of his journey
into this unconscionable industry, sharing the moving stories of
its victims and revealing the shocking conditions of their
exploitation. He draws on his background in finance, economics, and
law to provide the first ever business analysis of contemporary
slavery worldwide, focusing on its most profitable and barbaric
form: sex trafficking. Kara describes the local factors and global
economic forces that gave rise to this and other forms of modern
slavery over the past two decades and quantifies, for the first
time, the size, growth, and profitability of each industry.
Finally, he identifies the sectors of the sex trafficking industry
that would be hardest hit by specifically designed interventions
and recommends the specific legal, tactical, and policy measures
that would target these vulnerable sectors and help to abolish this
form of slavery, once and for all.
The author will donate a portion of the proceeds of this book to
the anti-slavery organization, Free the Slaves.