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Preface Acknowledgments 1. Sex Trafficking: An Overview 2. India and Nepal 3. Italy and Western Europe 4. Moldova and the Former Soviet Union 5. Albania and the Balkans 6. Thailand and the Mekong Subregion 7. The United States 8. A Framework for Abolition: Risk and Demand Appendix A: Selected Tables and Notes Appendix B: Contemporary Slavery Economics Appendix C: Selected Human Development Statistics Notes Works Cited Index

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Across eighteen countries and six continents, Siddharth Kara has witnessed firsthand the sale of human beings into slavery, interviewed more than five hundred slaves of all kinds, and confronted some of those who trafficked and exploited them. In this book he draws on his background in finance and law to provide the first ever business and economic 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 various forms of modern-day slavery worldwide and, for the first time, quantifies their size, growth, and profitability. He also recommends specific legal, tactical, and policy measures that would target the most vulnerable sectors of various slavery industries and help abolish slavery once and for all.

About the Author

Siddharth Kara is the first Fellow on Human Trafficking with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He speaks and consults extensively on contemporary slavery and human rights worldwide and advises several governments as well as private and non-governmental organizations on antislavery policy and law. Sex Trafficking is the first of three books providing his groundbreaking new approach to contemporary slavery. Previously, Kara worked as an investment banker at Merrill, Lynch, and ran his own finance and M&A consulting firm.Kara holds a law degree from England, an M.B.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Duke University. Previously, he worked as an investment banker at Merrill, Lynch and ran his own finance and M&A consulting firm.


Sex trafficking is more of a problem than most people realize. Read this well-written book and find out. -- Kirk Douglas Sex trafficking is a crime that shames us all. To fight it we need to research it, know it in depth, and calibrate measures accordingly. Siddharth Kara's compelling economic and strategic analysis is very useful to our work. Readers will gain a deep understanding of the functioning of modern-day slavery as well as what can be done to eradicate it. -- Antonio Maria Costa, executive director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime I approached this book with a certain weariness. Having worked on the subject of sex trafficking for many years, I was unenthusiastic about yet another expose or cri de coeur from a business executive turned human rights advocate. I could not have been more wrong. This is a unique and inspiring book--an honest, lucid, and immensely intelligent account of a devastating yet pervasive aspect of contemporary globalization. It deserves to be widely read by anyone who wants to understand one of the most persistent and complex human rights violations of our times. -- Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard Law School Siddharth Kara has done a great service by laying bare the realities of sexual exploitation of women and girls around the world and the scale of this modern slavery. His analysis is rooted in an understanding of the way unregulated economic globalization has impoverished whole regions, failed to improve the miserable lot of women in many countries, and facilitated global criminal networks. His book should be widely read and his recommendations taken very seriously. -- Baroness Vivien Stern, King's College London This book could not be more important. After years of witnessing slavery and meeting with slaves, Siddharth Kara illuminates one of our most pressing human rights issues. He offers brand new research and reliable facts, shattering the myths and sensationalism that tend to surround this topic. Everyone should read this book: it will change the way we think about our world. -- Zoe Trodd, Harvard University An impressive, scholarly book that will prove an asset for the global anti-trafficking movement in the next decade. -- Holly Burkhalter Stanford Social Innovation Review A disturbing and illuminating study of one of the underbellies of economic globalization: the global sex trafficking industry. -- Padraig Carmody Irish Times An eloquent, campaigning book that addresses an evil that belittles our humanity. -- Jonathan Birchall Financial Times The best book ever written on human trafficking for sexual exploitation. Representing a new period of solid yet humane scholarship, this breakthrough analysis represents a quantum leap in the study of this subject. Simply beyond anything I have seen anywhere. -- Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves This is an important and necessary work and it will educate many people about sex trafficking around the globe. -- Meredith Ralston H-Human-Rights An important innovative resource that enriches the discourse on modern-day slavery and human trafficking. -- Noam Perry Human Rights Review

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