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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (Sept. 13 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521113814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521113816
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #988,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Angela Young on May 31 2014
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Book was written very generally. Raises awareness but doesn't keep you reading necessarily. A good read but be ready for general discussion on the world scale. No specifics here.
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Written in a matter-of-factly manner and well-grounded in research, this book offers a much needed comprehensive and comparative overview of the global human trafficking. As a result of her redoubtable network of experts and those who have first-hand knowledge on the issue, Shelley catalogs a number of regions and organized crimes' modes of operation. Especially laudable are her elucidations on the push and pull factors behind human trafficking and her chapters on Russia and the U.S. that offer micro-analytical pictures of the state of affairs in these countries thus underscoring Shelley's indubitable expertise. The book highlights various intricacies and the depth of this problem and as such is to be appreciated as a piece of important scholarly work by both beginners and advanced experts on the issue. I am especially pleased that the conference we organized on the Commodification of Illicit Flows: Labour Migration, Human Trafficking and Business at the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, University of Toronto has had such an impact on the writing of the book.
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Informative and Captivating Jan. 17 2012
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I have just finished reading (and admittedly, rereading) this extraordinarily insightful work. The innovative and logical organization of this book, the precise methods of its analysis, the breadth and depth of the collected research, and the overall detail in each chapter, embodies, and I say this without the intention of meaningless flattery, the most informative and useful piece written to date on global trafficking in persons.

As a current Peace Corps Volunteer at a women's crisis center involved in combating human trafficking, and as a soon to be graduate student planning to make the focus of my research - and my future career - on human trafficking, I thank Professor Shelly for her enormous intellectual contribution to the subject. The sheer amount of data she presents in combination with profound attention to regional differences captures the immense but achievable challenge ahead of all those involved in the pervasive crime's eradication. More so than any other counter-trafficking work I have come across, this book is an encyclopedia of identifiable and executable next-steps in which all actors combating the crime can participate.

I found the analysis in Part II of the "financial side of human trafficking" to be particularly illuminating. Professor Shelly's background and expertise in transnational crime provides intelligent perspective in pinpointing and attacking critical economic elements of the rapidly growing global business. Additionally, the six business models she details and the stark and important differences identified between each, create a palpable framework of understanding while at the same time identify key avenues for further individual and comparative research. Furthermore, I really appreciate the intersects that she exposes in Part II, and throughout the book, between licit and illicit economies and legal and illegal entities. These crossovers highlight essential points of intervention that can and should be capitalized on by all actors involved in counter-trafficking efforts whenever and wherever they exist; from law enforcement and scholarly investigations, to corporate and small business accountability initiatives.
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Quite Informative June 17 2013
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I had to do a research project for a college class and I did the project on Human Sex Trafficking. Shelly's book helped me out with plenty of details on the subject and additional details on other forms of Human Trafficking. Such as forced labor of women, children, and men. The book itself is a great starting point for resources. The only bad draw back was how the literature was put together. Nearly every sentence is a cited source from another book, document, link, site, or organization.
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Human Trafficking A Global Perspective June 27 2014
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Great read, very insightful!
Thoroughly enjoyed the read, used it for an assignment, brilliant, a must read for all, a better understanding
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Too repetitive April 30 2014
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It was pretty much chapter after chapter of the same thing. It's a sad story but the book was disappointing.
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An excellent for information of a deadly plague! Nov. 18 2012
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Nope, not the kind of plague like the Black Death, but a plagues as deadly and debilitating nonetheless. This book covers most the really important information and statistics as well as a great explanation of the WHY and HOW of human trafficking's growth.

Anyone seriously interested in some fine scholarly work on human trafficking!


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