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Human Trafficking

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Edited by Mary C. Burke

© 2013 – Routledge

344 pages

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The practice of one human being exploiting another in slavery-like conditions is not new. Today, it is called human trafficking. Social, political, and economic forces over the past 60 years have changed how and why this human rights abuse occurs. In order to solve this or any social problem, it is important that it is fully understood. With a range of contributing subject experts from different disciplines and professions, this text comprehensively explains human trafficking as it exists and is being addressed in the twenty-first century. Human Trafficking is essential reading for professionals working in many fields, including law enforcement, human services, and health care, and for concerned citizens interested in human rights and how to make a difference in their communities. This book is also intended for use in undergraduate and graduate interdisciplinary courses in human trafficking.

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Table of Contents

Section I: Human Trafficking Explained

1. Introduction to Human Trafficking: Definitions and Prevalence (Burke)

2. Historical Perspective: Slavery over the Centuries (Newman)

Section II: A Closer Look

3. Sociological Perspective: Underlying Causes (Cottingham, Nowak, Snyder, & Swauger)

4. Human Security and Development Issues in Human Trafficking (Turek)

5. Fear, Fraud, and Frank Complexities: The Influence of Gender on Human Trafficking (Ruchti)

6. Making Money out of Misery: Trafficking for Labor Exploitation (Kane)

7. Common Forms: Sex Trafficking (McCabe)

8. The Exploitation Equation: Distinguishing Child Trafficking from Other Types of Child Mobility in West Africa(Kielland)

Section III: The Anti-Slavery Movement

9. Law Enforcement Considerations for Human Trafficking (Orisini)

10. Victim Protection Policy in a Local Context: A Case Study (Testaì)

11. Human Trafficking and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Lugris)

12. Human Trafficking and its Contribution to the Globalization of Infectious Diseases: Implications for Victims and Health Care Providers (Travis and Sharshenkulov)

13. Addressing the Problem: Community-Based Responses and Coordination (Reed)

About the Editor

Mary C. Burke is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Carlow University where she is the program director of the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology. She has been involved in anti-human trafficking efforts since 2004 and is the founder of the Project to End Human Trafficking (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies

Table of Contents and Preface