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Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery
by Siddharth Kara
Sex Trafficking is the best book I have read on the subject because Kara analyzes the industry from a business and economic perspective. His analysis lays a foundation for strategic abolition, offering solutions that undermine the business of sex trafficking.
"Kara first encountered the horrors of slavery in a Bosnian refugee camp in 1995. He has since witnessed firsthand the sale of human beings into slavery, interviewed over four hundred slaves, and confronted some of those who trafficked and exploited them.
In this book, Kara provides a riveting account of his journey into this unconscionable industry, sharing the moving stories of its victims and revealing the shocking conditions of their exploitation. He draws on his background in finance, economics, and law to provide the first ever business analysis of contemporary slavery worldwide. Kara describes the local factors and global economic forces that gave rise to this and other forms of modern slavery over the past two decades and quantifies, for the first time, the size, growth, and profitability of each industry. Finally, he identifies the sectors of the sex trafficking industry that would be hardest hit by specifically designed interventions and recommends the specific legal, tactical, and policy measures that would target these vulnerable sectors and help to abolish this form of slavery, once and for all." -Amazon
Siddharh Kara is an author, activist and one of the world's experts on
human trafficking. He is a fellow and visiting scientist at Harvard University.
The Road of Lost Innocence
by Somaly Mam
Somaly Mam is a warrior and a hero in every sense. Her story is one of unimaginable suffering, abuse, and tragedy, and yet also of perseverance, determination, and hope; a contrast I find reflective of Cambodia as a whole. I read The Road of Lost Innocence on my way home from Cambodia, and after working there for 6 weeks with the issue of sex trafficking, Somaly's story resonated deep within me.
"Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery when she was twelve years old. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia. She suffered unspeakable acts of brutality and witnessed horrors that would haunt her for the rest of her life–until, in her early twenties, she managed to escape. Unable to forget the girls she left behind, Mam became a tenacious and brave leader in the fight against human trafficking, rescuing sex workers–some as young as five and six–offering them shelter, rehabilitation, healing, and love and leading them into new life.
The Road of Lost Innocence is a memoir that will leave you awestruck by the courage and strength of this extraordinary woman and will renew your faith in the power of an individual to bring about change." -Amazon
Somaly Mam launched AFESIP in 1996, a non-profit dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating women and children who have been sexually exploited in Southeast Asia. In 2007, she helped co-found the Somaly Mam Foundation, which supports anti-trafficking groups and helps survivors of sex slavery.
Among several other awards, in 2009 Somaly was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.
by Victor Malarek
The Johns is a very honest, and dare I say disturbing, inside look at the men who use prostitutes, and the pedophiles who engage in sex tourism and child exploitation. With many people focusing on the women involved in the sex industry, The Johns turns the spotlight on the men, and organizations, who fuel the demand for sex trafficking.
Note: Use caution and discernment when deciding to read this book. The language the men featured in this book use is often very graphic and degrading towards women.
Victor Malarek is a journalist and author of several books. He is currently a reporter for CTV Television.
by Julian Sher
People sometimes view sex trafficking as an issue in distant lands, but the reality is that trafficking is a prevalent issue in the United States as well. Somebody's Daughter sheds a light on the forgotten American children, runaways, the homeless and throwaways, working in the American sex industry.
"Meet the girls who are fighting for their dignity, the cops who are trying to rescue them, and the community activists battling to protect the nation's most forsaken children. Sher takes you behind the scenes to expose one of America’s most underreported crimes. Somebody's Daughter is a call to action, shining a light on America’s dirty little secret." -Amazon
Julian Sher is an acclaimed investigative journalist and the author of several books.
God in a Brothel
by Daniel Walker
"This is the story of an undercover investigator's experiences infiltrating the multi-billion dollar global sex industry. It is a story of triumph for the children and young teens released from a life of slavery and the rescuer who freed many hundreds of victims leading to the prosecution of dozens of perpetrators. And it is a story of haunting despair for those left behind in corrupt systems of law enforcement. It is the personal story of Daniel Walker, one man who followed a path of costly discipleship, agonizing failure and unlikely redemption. And it is a challenge to God's people to join in the battle that all might be freed." -Amazon
I disliked how Walker sometimes portrayed those involved in the sex industry and how he glamorized his work. But the book provides a very interesting and confronting look inside the world of sex trafficking. It allows the reader to step into the brothels, bars, and dark places where women and children are exploited. I came away with a greater understanding of sex tourism, johns (the men who use prostitutes), law enforcement practices, and how the criminal networks behind trafficking function.
Daniel Walker has twenty years of experience with law enforcement and is the founder of Nvader , an organization that rescues victims of sex trafficking, prosecutes perpetrators, and empowers survivors.
Escaping the Devil's Bedroom
by Dawn Herzog Jewell
Escaping the Devils Bedroom explores how individuals are coerced into the sex industry, how they are escaping, and how survivors are working to help those still involved in the industry. This book is especially interesting as it incorporates faith and how God's people are at work in this issue, reaching out to the most vulnerable and hopeless.
"The sex industry enslaves millions of women, men and children, but Jesus’ followers are fighting back."
Dawn Herzog Jewell is an author, freelance writer, and publications manager for Media Associates International, a ministry that equips Christians in publishing around the world.
The Olympics: Not Necessarily Bringing Sexy Back by Ellie Hutchison
I wrote The Olympics: Not Necessarily Bringing Sexy Back in 2013 to investigate whether the Olympics cause an increase in sex trafficking in host cities. I studied the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics, and how the 2016 Olympics are already impacting Rio de Janeiro's sex industry. I found that the Olympics do not cause a large-scale rise in sex trafficking, although they do have a significant and detrimental impact on local sex workers.
The Dark Side of the Super Bowl by Ellie Hutchison
The Dark Side of the Super Bowl is a short piece I wrote in 2013, exploring the relationship between sex trafficking and the Super Bowl. There is a lot of hype regarding this issue in the non-profit community, and I was curious to see if the Super Bowl does, in fact, increase sex trafficking in host cities. From what I learned, I concluded that the Super Bowl does increase local sex trafficking, and asserted that it is the NFL's responsibility to discourage a culture of sexual objectification and take action to protect victims of sexual exploitation.