Human Sex Trafficking

Human Sex Trafficking

Human Sex Trafficking

Human Sex Trafficking

Synopsis

Human sex trafficking is believed to the most common form of modern day slavery. The victims of domestic and international sex trafficking are estimated to be in the millions. Most of these victims are female and children. They are enslaved in the commercial sex industry for little or no money.

This book will explore human sex trafficking in several nations of origin and destination. This book will explore sex trafficking from the perspective that understanding its causes requires attention to global conditions while responding to it requires attention to local laws, policies and practices. Social service workers will need to understand how and why trafficking victims find it difficult to break free and why many victims will not cooperate with those persons who are attempting to assist them.

This book will be useful to anti-trafficking agencies and personnel who wish to further understand the nature and extent of human sex trafficking in the U.S. and in countries of destination for sex trafficking. In addition, this book will be of use to students of human rights and social justice who want to join the effort to abolish human sex trafficking in our lifetime.

This book was published as a special issue of Women & Criminal Justice.

Excerpt

What is human sex trafficking and how are people enslaved? Human trafficking is also referred to as modern day slavery and takes many forms. It can be domestic or international. Its victims can be male or female, children or adults; although its victims are primarily female and most are young children. Some victims might have initially participated in the trafficking situation by paying for their passage to another nation and some have been kidnapped and coerced from the start.

No nation is absolved from involvement in the commercial sexual exploitation of trafficking victims. Some nations are primarily source nations and traffickers exploit the poverty of victims and the nations from which they originate. Other nations are primarily destination countries where victims are sold into brothels or other sexually exploitive businesses. This book will provide insight into both international and domestic sex trafficking. Because billions of dollars are earned from the enslavement of people around the world, we must do something about these crimes. This edited book discusses the dilemmas faced by victims of sex trafficking and the difficulty in arresting or prosecuting persons who enslave others. This work will also discuss the potential solutions for identifying and assisting victims trapped in sexual slavery.

New laws have been enacted in many nations, including the United States, to proscribe and hopefully end sex trafficking. Changing laws are a great start but are not sufficient to help victims. Social service and criminal justice professionals will need to understand how and why trafficking victims find it difficult to break free or why they return to commercial sex work. We also need to understand why many victims will not cooperate with the people who are attempting to assist them. I trust that this issue and its contributors will inspire you to act to end such slavery in our lifetime.

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