Human trafficking has moved from relative obscurity to a major area of research, policy and teaching over the past ten years. Research has sprung from criminology, public policy, women’s and gender studies, sociology, anthropology, and law, but has been somewhat hindered by the failure of scholars to engage beyond their own disciplines and favoured methodologies. Recent research has begun to improve efforts to understand the causes of the problem, the experiences of victims, policy efforts, and their consequences in specific cultural and historical contexts.
Global Human Trafficking: Critical issues and contexts foregrounds recent empirical work on human trafficking from an interdisciplinary, critical perspective. The collection includes classroom-friendly features, such as introductory chapters that provide essential background for understanding the trafficking literature, textboxes explaining key concepts, discussion questions for each chapter, and lists of additional resources, including films, websites, and additional readings for each chapter.
The authors include both eminent and emerging scholars from around the world, drawn from law, anthropology, criminology, sociology, cultural studies, and political science and the book will be useful for undergraduate and graduate courses in these areas, as well as for scholars interested in trafficking.
‘Global Human Trafficking is a wonderful contribution to the research literature on trafficking. While most writing on the topic has been evidence-thin or anecdotal, this book contains important empirical studies of various dimensions of trafficking. And departing from the usual exclusive focus on sex trafficking, the contributors examine labor and organ trafficking as well. The book shows how trafficking can be much more complex and variegated than the monolithic and sensationalized image so common in the media and in policymaking throughout the world.’
Ronald Weitzer, Professor of Sociology, George Washington University, USA
‘Global Human Trafficking is an essential resource for anyone interested in the study of human trafficking and anti-trafficking policies and practices. It challenges common assumptions about the problem by showcasing rich empirical studies from the global North and South and by providing critical insights into key debates about what is to be done about trafficking. An excellent volume on one of the most important socio-criminological topics of our time.’
Maggy Lee, Professor of Criminology, Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
1. Introduction, Molly Dragiewicz Section I: Critical Contexts for Thinking about Trafficking 2. The trafficking policy debates, Joyce Outshoorn 3. Data matters: Issues and challenges for research on trafficking, Elżbieta M. Goździak Section II: Key Issues in Trafficking Research 4. Sex, violence, and the border: Trafficking for sex work from Mexico to the U.S., Anna Maternick and Melissa Ditmore 5. At sea: The trafficking of seafarers and fishers from Ukraine, Rebecca Surtees 6. Organs trafficking: A protected crime, Nancy Scheper-Hughes 7. (Not!) Child trafficking in Benin, Neil Howard and Simona Morganti 8. Bride traffic: Trafficking for marriage to Australia, Kelly Richards and Samantha Lyneham Section III: Trafficking Policy: Intent and Outcomes 9. Clinton, Bush and Obama: Changing policy and rhetoric in the United States Annual Trafficking in Persons Report, Erin O’Brien and Michael Wilson 10. Service providers and their perceptions of the service needs of sex trafficking victims in the United States, Claire M. Renzetti 11. On broken chains and missing links: Tackling the "demand side of trafficking"?, Julia O’Connell Davidson Section IV: Moving Forward 12. Organizing social change: Sex workers’ rights vs. brothel raid and rescue, Aziza Ahmed and Meena Seshu 13. Nothing Like Chocolate: Sex Trafficking and Child Labor Trafficking, Kum-Kum Bhavnani & Emily Schneider 14. Conclusion: The future of human trafficking research, Molly Dragiewicz.