New book on trafficking and associated review

25/03/2009 at 12:19 Leave a comment

A new book by Siddharth Kara, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, seeks to provide a business analysis of sex trafficking, focusing on the local drivers and global macroeconomic trends that gave rise to the industry after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Foreign Policy in Focus carried a review of the book by Ann Jordan, of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law. In the article Jordan argues that Kara’s economic model is built on several unexamined assumptions, ‘The most seriously flawed assumption he makes is to equate human beings — trafficked persons and sex workers — with commodities. His economic model treats women as passive objects that are pushed and pulled by exploiters using forced labor to lower costs to meet demand, and ignores the poverty, discrimination, and violence that compel women to make risky decisions.’

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Entry filed under: Economics and Development, migration and mobility, research.

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