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Combating Human Trafficking
A Multidisciplinary Approach

ISBN 9781482240399
Published December 1, 2014 by Routledge
333 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A centuries-old crime, human trafficking occurs not only in undeveloped countries, but also in some surprising locations. Right here in the United States, individuals are recruited, transported, and held by unlawful means—either through deception or under threat of violence. Approaching the topic from a law enforcement perspective, Combating Human Trafficking: A Multidisciplinary Approach provides an unprecedented look at the investigation of this phenomenon in America.

Beginning with historical, sociological, and psychological perspectives, the book discusses how authorities can best conduct an investigation of trafficking. It reviews federal agencies responsible for confronting the problem, examines relevant laws and legal trends, and discusses law enforcement awareness and training. Individual chapters written by experts in law enforcement explore a host of topics, including:

  • Border issues between Mexico and the U.S., including the trafficking of people, drugs, and firearms
  • The role of the Internet in human trafficking
  • Child victim recruitment into sex trafficking
  • How sexually oriented businesses such as escort services, hostess bars, and massage parlors can be fronts for sex trafficking
  • The prevalence of human trafficking among street gangs
  • Forced labor aspects, especially with respect to illegal immigrants
  • How victims are chosen
  • Theoretical, practical, and ethical considerations in providing effective services to victims

An ideal resource for police investigators, police training, and community outreach organizations, the book is also suitable as a college text for criminal justice courses. It is hoped that the awareness created through this text will provide the knowledge and tools needed to help to end this form of modern-day slavery.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Human Trafficking—Modern Slavery; Michael J. Palmiotto

Human Trafficking and the History of Slavery in America; Caleb Seibel

Borderland: The Challenge of Cross-Border Trafficking of People, Drugs, and Guns between Mexico and the United States; Laurence Armand French

The Sociology of Human Trafficking; Christopher J. Moloney

Psychology of Human Trafficking; Jodie G. Beeson

Human Trafficking and the Internet; Szde Yu

Child Victim Recruitment: Comparisons and Contrast in Domestic and International Child Victim Recruitment; Ryan J. Alexander

Investigation of Human Trafficking; Brian F. Kingshott

What Does Human Trafficking Look Like in the Midwest? It Can’t Happen Here? Jeffrey Weible

Sex Trafficking in Sexually Oriented Businesses; D. G. Oblinger

Street Gangs and Human Trafficking; Joseph Stearns

Forced Labor in the United States; Michael J. Palmiotto

Federal Law Enforcement and Human Trafficking; Jeff Bumgarner

Law Enforcement Awareness and Training in Human Trafficking; Vladimir A. Sergevnin

Not in Our City; Stacie Donaldson

Providing Effective Services to Victims of Human Trafficking: Theoretical, Practical, and Ethical Considerations; Dorthy Stucky Halley, Sharon L. Sullivan, and Jennifer Rapp

Human Trafficking Laws and Legal Trends; Alison McKenney Brown



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Michael J. Palmiotto, Ph.D., is a professor of criminal justice and undergraduate coordinator of the Criminal Justice Department at Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas. He is a former police officer in New York State, serving with the White Plains and Scarsdale Police Departments. He has experience in establishing and operating a police training facility in western Pennsylvania. He has a master’s degree from John Jay College (CUNY) and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Palmiotto has been a faculty member of several universities including Western Illinois University and Armstrong Atlantic State University. Dr. Palmiotto has published 11 books, 13 book chapters, and numerous articles on criminal justice and law enforcement. He has published in the areas of criminal investigations, community policing, police misconduct, police globalization, and police training, among others. He is the recipient of two Fulbright awards.

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