As you sip your morning latte while reading this book review on your computer, Over one million woman and children from around the globe are held captive as slaves and forced to have sex with men around the clock, some for less then the price of your coffee.
These woman and children are far from the privileged upbringing you have had, some have been kidnapped from their villages in Thailand , sold by their fathers/ husbands for a small sum in India or trusted job offers to upgrade there current situation in Eastern Europe which led them to their fate of having to service hundreds, if not thousands of men before being discarded to the street, perhaps with aids or suffering from multiple forced abortions.
The over riding factor in the book “Sex trafficking – inside the business of modern slavery” is the greed of (predominantly) males and the quest to make money, no matter what human misery and suffering is caused upon the way.
Sex slaves are so profitable because unlike drugs the woman can be resold up to 20+ times per day.
Even though only 4% of the total estimated 27 million slaves are sex workers, these same slaves generate almost 40% of the total profits enjoyed by slave owners each year.
In the majority of the interviews conducted undercover in brothels the woman are in helpless situations, well knowing that if they escape their family back home will be harmed or they will suffer relentless beatings if recaptured, that they cannot tell the police as in order to operate these illegal brothels the pimps offer these woman to the authorities to turn a blind eye.
The books Authur Siddaharth Kara first encountered the horrors of slavery in a Bosnian refugee camp in 1995. Subsequently, in the first journey of its kind, he traveled across four continents to investigate these crimes and take stock of their devastating human toll. Kara made several trips to India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Albania, Moldova, Mexico, and the United States. He 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, focusing on its most profitable and barbaric form: sex trafficking. 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.
/Bruce for RealStars
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