Sex Traffic: Prostitution, Crime and Exploitation

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Zed Books, 2005 - Social Science - 184 pages
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'Critically addressing gender relationships, the author gives a poignant account of the linkage between sexual exploitation, prostitution and human trafficking. Violence and gender is an old problem to which the author responds with a new awareness. Placing the emphasis on the pull factors and exploitation structures in the destination countries, she invariably takes the reader back to the root causes, among which patriarchal structures, the myth of male superiority and the mind-sets of men as well as the prevailing market mechanisms provide fuel for discrimination on the basis of sex and race.' - Helga Konrad OSCE Special Representative on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

'This absorbing, thoughtful and elegantly-written book gives readers a major insight -both empathetic and analytical - into the demand, supply and contextual mechanisms that underlie the traffic in women and other forms of living off prostitution that have spread along with it.' - Professor Michael Levi, Professor of Criminology, Cardiff University

'An uncompromising analysis of how inequality at international level designates who buys and violently possesses whom and of how disadvantaged countries, in order to survive, are required to deliver sex services to the men of sexually 'liberated' countries'' - Professor Vincenzo Ruggerio, Middlesex University

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female emigration and prostitution
The mechanisms of the trade
Intercontinental trafficking
Other economic activity induced by trafficking
Destination countries and the struggle against trafficking
Concluding remarks

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About the author (2005)

Paola Monzini is a sociologist with a PhD in social and political science from the European University Institute. She has worked as a consultant for both the Direzione Investigativa Antimafia, the Italian law-enforcement agency fighting organized crime, and more recently, as a researcher in the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). Monzini's primary research interests are the social and political aspects of transnational organised crime, illegal markets and migration issues. This is her second book.

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