Despite the fact that the United Nations officially abolished slavery and the slave trade almost 60 years ago, millions of human beings live in slavery today. Human trafficking - the official term for modern-day slavery - consists of buying and selling people with the intent of exploiting them through forced labor or sexual acts. ""Human Trafficking"" provides a thorough and much-needed examination of this controversial and timely topic. It describes the suffering caused by human trafficking as well as the financial, cultural, and other conditions that make trafficking within national borders and between far-flung 'origin' and 'destination' countries possible. The efforts of the United Nations, national governments, and non-governmental organizations to combat human trafficking are thoroughly discussed, as are efforts to provide direct aid to the individual victims of human trafficking. This new title examines how human trafficking is conducted in the United States, the Netherlands, Nigeria, India, and Belize. Each case study analyzes the patterns of trade and types of exploitation, the reasons countries have failed to halt human trafficking, and the steps taken by governments and organizations to reduce trafficking.
history, including Women's Rights on Trial, American Women Activists' Writings: An Anthology, 1627-2002, and Facts On File's Encyclopedia of Women's History in America, Second Edition. She also served as consultant on Women's Issues to Grolier's New Book of Knowledge Encyclopedia and American Journey: Women in America, a multimedia CD-ROM project. She holds a B.A. from New York University and an M.F.A. from Goddard College and is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of English and the Humanities at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.