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. Drawing on a wide body of academic research - actual prosecuted cases, diverse reports and field work and interviews conducted by the author over the last sixteen years in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe and the former socialist countries - Louise Shelley concludes that human trafficking will grow in the twenty-first century as a result of economic and demographic inequalities in the world, the rise of conflicts and possibly global climate change. Coordinated efforts of government, civil society, the business community, multilateral organizations and the media are needed to stem its growth.
Louise Shelley is a Professor in the School of Public Policy and the founder and Director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University. She is a leading US expert on transnational crime and terrorism, with a particular focus on the former Soviet Union. Dr Shelley is the author of Policing Soviet Society (1996), Lawyers in Soviet Work Life (1984) and Crime and Modernization (1981), as well as numerous articles and book chapters on all aspects of transnational crime, corruption and the crime-terror nexus.
Introduction; Part I. The Rise and Costs of Human Trafficking: 1. Why has human trafficking flourished?; 2. The diverse consequences of human trafficking; Part II. The Financial Side of Human Trafficking: 3. Human trafficking as transnational organized crime; 4. The business of human trafficking; Part III. Regional Perspectives: 5. Asian trafficking; 6. Human trafficking in Eurasia and Eastern Europe; 7. Trafficking in Europe; 8. Trafficking in the United States; 9. Human trafficking in Latin America and Africa; Conclusion.