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Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective Hardcover – Sep 13 2010

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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: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,238,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A comprehensive and insightful overview of this crime that snares hundreds of thousands of new victims every year. Professor Shelley sidesteps the tear-jerking melodrama that has tempted so many authors on the subject. Her analytical approach to revealing the inner workings of the business provides more than enough drama. This is the book many of us have been waiting for: a serious yet lively volume that will be eye-opening and inspirational to the reader who knows little about the issue while providing new insights to experienced practitioners and academics."
- Richard Danziger, Head of Counter Trafficking, International Organization for Migration

"Using her unique global network and unparalleled access to informants and data, Louise Shelley has written the single most important volume on human trafficking to date. It provides the most comprehensive and convincing explanation of the causes and consequences of human trafficking that I have read, examines the financial side of human trafficking, and explains how the phenomenon has developed in very different ways across the world's main regions. Her conclusion that human trafficking will continue to grow in the twenty-first century poses an enormous challenge for policymakers to rethink their current approaches."
- Khalid Koser, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

"Louise Shelley has drawn on her scholarly skills and practical experience to produce an invaluable contribution to our understanding of human trafficking, particularly the trafficking of women and children. Her book not only provides us with a sense of the root causes and motivations of those trafficked as well as the means and methods of the traffickers and their clients, but also offers sound analysis and policy recommendations for governments, international organizations, and private institutions to combat this growing global problem."
- Ambassador (Retired) Melvyn Levitsky, Professor, Gerald R. Ford School, the University of Michigan

"Human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation is a complex phenomenon that spans the globe. In a masterful scholarly work, Louise Shelley examines the numerous interconnected elements that comprise the crime of human trafficking, including the interplay of supply and demand and the role of transnational organized crime. In a broad, in-depth, and authoritative analysis, Shelley explores the patterns of trafficking in almost every country around the world - reflecting the phenomenon's intimate linkages to the processes of globalization. With this well-documented book, Shelley is filling an important gap in any scholar's, advocate's, or student's library of human trafficking. Hers is an important and timely contribution to a field in which rigorous academic scholarship is critical for effective policymaking and development."
- Mohamed Y. Mattar, The Protection Project, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

"Trafficking in human beings is modern-day slavery and has become a widespread phenomenon. However, it does not yet rise to the same level of concern as other human rights violations such as torture, or other serious transnational crimes such as drug trafficking. In her excellent and inspiring research, Dr. Louise Shelley demonstrates the seriousness of this crime and helps us better understand the links between organized crime and a globalized economy. Importantly, she also enables us to examine the different features of this crime, including the human dimension, which involves the subjugation and exploitation of socially vulnerable people."
- Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

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This book examines all forms of human trafficking globally, revealing the operations of the trafficking business and the nature of the traffickers themselves. Using a historical and comparative perspective, it demonstrates that there is more than one business model of human trafficking and that there are enormous variations in human trafficking in different regions of the world.

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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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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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HASH(0x99dbac9c) out of 5 stars 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99dbacf0) out of 5 stars Solid, Reliable Introduction to the Subject Nov. 24 2014
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Clearly written, well-organized, thorough overview of human trafficking as a global phenomenon. The book is accessible, very good for undergraduate course adoption, and offers important theoretical, conceptual, and empirical arguments. I chose 3, rather than 4, stars for one reason: the book tends to be repetitive. On the one hand, I appreciate the way each chapter is structured like the others, so that discussions of trafficking in, say, the Near and Middle East can be readily compared to discussions of South Asia or the Americas. However, my experience is that students tend to find the repetition bothersome. The regional case studies are very important, and I'm especially glad that the USA and Europe are included -- trafficking all-too-often gets dismissed as a problem of "over there."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99dbafcc) out of 5 stars Some Very Important Information, but Writing and Organization Are Poor Aug. 27 2014
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The first one hundred pages provide very good insight, analysis, and statistics regarding both the victims and perpetrators of human trafficking. However, the book is incredibly redundant - very little new information is presented after the first third of the book. Furthermore, nearly every paragraph ended with a citation, and this began to feel incredibly excessive after awhile.

All in all, this is a good introductory read on global human trafficking, but at the same time, embodies all that is wrong with academic writing. Entire chapters felt like filler - as a reader, I kept thinking, "This is the third time that I have read this exact statistic in this book." Too often, Shelley reverts to saying, "as stated in chapter four..." and then proceeding to regurgitate information.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99dbaec4) out of 5 stars An excellent, comprensive, readable exploration of Human Trafficking Sept. 22 2012
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There are many books on Human Trafficking and Slavery that promise to deliver more than they do. Many claim to offer a global, comprehensive treatment of the subject when they are really limited, journalistic explorations of trafficking. (Of the variety, "I went to a brothel. It was sickening, etc.") While these accounts are valuable, they are ultimately frustrating to anyone interested in delving deeply into the inner workings of the international crime of human trafficking. This is where Shelley stands head and shoulders above other writers on the topic. She has done her scholarly homework and applied a rigorous, academic eye to the problem while explaining it in a very readable format. This book fills a gap in an important subject. It is "meaty," fact-filled and leaves the reader with knowledge he or she could not get elsewhere.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a87651c) out of 5 stars 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.