Reference Books, Textbooks, Documents

Textbooks and Reference Documents about slavery and human trafficking
Last updated November 7, 2012

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  The Better World Shopping Guide: Every Dollar Makes a Difference– Ellis Jones, 2012, 4th Edition.

I just got my copy and I love it (and hate it, because I can’t ignore the knowledge about the products I buy).  Armed with info to make healthy consumer choices, I can vote with my dollars and influence how companies behave. Exxon, Kraft, Citibank, and Wal-Mart are among the worst offenders at human rights, labor practices, environmental sustainability, and campaign contributions. Seventh Generation, Tom’s of Maine, and Ben & Jerry’s are among the best.  In a pocket sized handbook, I have summary rankings of products and companies in over 70 categories. Consumer choice is one of the front lines of  the human trafficking battle for those of us with spending power.

  • More info available at Better World Shopper but as of October 2012, Dr Jones was still shipping the 2010 3rd Edition from his site.  However, there are lots of other resources and data on the website that can’t be included in the handbook, so it’s worth a visit.
Human Trafficking– Maggy Lee, 2007

“Human Trafficking provides a critical engagement with the key debates on human trade. It addresses the subject within the broader context of global crime and the internationalisation of crime control. The book takes a broadly discursive approach and draws on historical, comparative as well as the latest empirical material to illustrate and inform the discussion of the major trends in human trafficking. The book helps to develop fresh theoretical insights into globalisation, exclusion and governance, and identifies a new research agenda that will ensure the book is of interest to advanced level students as well as academic scholars.”

Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective – Louise Shelley, 2010. “A comprehensive and insightful overview of this crime that snares hundreds of thousands of new victims every year. Professor Shelley (of George Mason Univ.) sidesteps the tear-jerking melodrama that has tempted so many authors on the subject. Her analytical approach to revealing the inner workings of the business provides more than enough drama. This is the book many of us have been waiting for: a serious yet lively volume that will be eye-opening and inspirational to the reader who knows little about the issue while providing new insights to experienced practitioners and academics.” Richard Danziger, Head of Counter Trafficking, International Organization for Migration (from the back cover)

The Trafficking of Persons: National and International Responses– Kimberly A. McCabe, 2008.“This book investigates the types of human trafficking, and discusses U.S. and international responses to combat and end all forms of this criminal activity. With discussion-provoking questions at the end of each chapter and specific examples of trafficking activity, this book is appropriate for criminology courses, classes dedicated to victims and/or child abuse, and classes focused around the themes of international crime and international law.” (from GoodReads)

Trafficking and Global Crime Control– Maggy Lee, 2011.“This authoritative work examines key issues and debates on human trafficking, drawing on theoretical, historical and comparative material to inform the discussion of major trends. Consolidating current work on human trade debates, the text brings together key criminological and sociological literature on migration studies, gender, globalization, human rights, security, victimology, policing and control to provide the most complete overview available on the subject.Suitable for students, academics and scholars in criminology, criminal justice, sociology and international relations, this book sheds unique light on this highly topical and complex subject.” (from description at Sage Publications)

The War on Human Trafficking The War on Slavery: US Policy Assessed – Anthony M. DeStefano, 2008.

  Labour Migration, Human Trafficking, and Multinational Corporations: The commodifications of illicit flows– Edited by Ato Quayson and Antonela Arhin, 2012. Taylor & Francis Group“Although much literature on human trafficking focuses on sex trafficking, a great deal of human trafficking results from migrant workers, compelled – by economic deprivation in their home countries – to seek better life opportunities abroad, especially in agriculture, construction and domestic work. Such labour migration is sometimes legal and well managed, but sometimes not so – with migrant workers frequently threatened or coerced into entering debt bondage arrangements and ending up working in forced labour situations producing goods for illicit markets. This book fills a substantial gap in the existing literature given that labour trafficking is a much more subtle form of exploitation than sex trafficking. It discusses how far large multinational corporations are involved, whether intentionally or unintentionally, in human trafficking for the purposes of labour exploitation. They explore how far corporations are driven to seek cheap labour by the need to remain commercially competitive and examine how the problem often lies with corporations’ subcontractors, who are not as well controlled as they might be. The essays in the volume also outline and assess measures being taken by governments and international agencies to eradicate the problem.” (from Routledge – Taylor & Francis Group website)


Human Trafficking: Exploring the International Nature, Concerns, and Complexities – CRC Press, Edited by John Winterdyk, Benjamin Perrin, and Philip Reichel, 2011.

This textbook examines techniques used to protect and support victims of trafficking as well as strategies for prosecution of offenders.  Topics include:

  • How data on human trafficking should be collected and analyzed, and how data collection can be improved through proper contextualization
  • The importance of harmonization and consistency in legal definitions and interpretations within and among regions
  • The need for increased exchange of information and cooperation between the various actors involved in combating human trafficking, including investigators, law enforcement and criminal justice professionals, and social workers
  • Problems with victim identification, as well as erroneous assumptions of the scope of victimization
  • Controversy over linking protection measures with cooperation with authorities
  The International Law of Human Trafficking– 2010, Anne T. Gallagher, Cambridge University Press.“Although human trafficking has a long and ignoble history, it is only recently that trafficking has become a major political issue for states and the international community and the subject of detailed international rules. This book presents the first-ever comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the international law of human trafficking. Anne T. Gallagher calls on her direct experience working within the United Nations to chart the development of new international laws on this issue. She links these rules to the international law of state responsibility as well as key norms of international human rights law, transnational criminal law, refugee law, and international criminal law, in the process identifying and explaining the major legal obligations of states with respect to preventing trafficking, protecting and supporting victims, and prosecuting perpetrators. This is a timely and groundbreaking work: a unique and valuable resource for policymakers, advocates, practitioners, and scholars working in this new, controversial, and important field.” (from Cambridge University Press)


  Primer on the Male Demand for Prostitution– 2006, Ilvi Joe Canon, Editor, and the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

“In simple “question and answer” format, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women has issued a clarion call to end prostitution and sex trafficking by criminalizing and penalizing buyers of sex.

Adapting the original work of leading feminist activists, Janice Raymond and Barbara Kryszko have provided succinct, compelling answers to seemingly common queries regarding prostitution. Statements like, “prostitution is the oldest profession and you’ll never get rid of it,” and the debate over legalization are addressed in this report.”

  Arrested Development: Discrimination and Slavery in the 21st Century – 2008
Anti-Slavery International“Discrimination is a pivotal part of slavery because it allows people to disengage their humanity and justify or tolerate the violation of other people’s human rights. Discrimination also limits certain groups’ access to education, jobs and healthcare, leaving them to subsist at the margins of society where they are extremely vulnerable to enslavement as they look for ways to provide
for themselves and their families. This publication highlights what action needs to be taken by governments and other international agencies to ensure that every human being – without exception – should be able to live a life free from slavery.”
Mike Kaye, Anti-Slavery International, 2008
ISBN: 978 0 900918 66 7

  US State Department Fact Sheets on Human Trafficking
   Trafficking in Persons Report 2011, U.S. Department of State

  List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor 2011, U.S. Department of Labor

   Combating Trafficking in Persons in the 21st Century, USAID, October 2008

  Coalition in Trafficking Against Women– Resources

  • Link to Resources page at the Coalition in Trafficking Against Women website

The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women has put together a number of resources around the issues of sex trafficking, links between prostitution and sex slavery, and fighting sex trafficking by fighting against demand.

  A Legislative Framework for Combating Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking – Linda Smith and Samantha Healy Vardaman, Shared Hope International” An anti-trafficking legislative framework is the foundation for all efforts to combat domestic minor sex trafficking. It is the starting point for a holistic approach to ending domestic minor sex trafficking as well as all other forms of modern-day slavery. Anti-trafficking federal laws are comprehensive and contain severe penalties. It is essential that state laws are as comprehensive and severe in penalties as the federal laws to advance a full criminal deterrence program.”

  Become a Rescue and Restore Partner with the US Dept of Health and Human Services – HHS Web Site Resources.“Under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) the U.S. Department  of Health and Human Services (HHS) is designated as the agency responsible for  helping victims of human trafficking become eligible to receive benefits and services  so they may rebuild their lives safely in the U.S. As part of this effort, HHS  has initiated the Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking campaign to help  identify and assist victims of human trafficking in the United States.The intent of the Rescue & Restore campaign is to increase the number of identified  trafficking victims and to help those victims receive the benefits and services  needed to live safely in the U.S. The first phase of the campaign focuses on outreach  to those individuals who most likely encounter victims on a daily basis, but may  not recognize them as victims of human trafficking. By initially educating health  care providers, social service organizations and the law enforcement community  about the issue of human trafficking, we hope to encourage these intermediaries  to look beneath the surface by recognizing clues and asking the right questions  because they may be the only outsiders with the chance to reach out and help victims.”

  Extensive List of Human Trafficking Publications– Michigan State University Library, list compiled by Jon Harrison, Social Sciences Collection Coordinator


If you know of additional texts or reference documents, please leave a comment so I can add them to this list. Your opinions and reviews of any of these works, or others on the topic are welcome as well.

  1. molefe mathibe says:

    Hello sir
    There are many topics in live that most of us just ignore.I have read some of the books headings regarding human trafficking while I was doing my assignment research on the subject.I must say its a very srious issue that Im going to learn more about.
    Im looking forward to sharing information and books on the issues and other issues for that matter.
    Kind Regards
    Molefe Mathibe

  2. Kurt Hoffman says:

    Hey Carl,

    I spoke to you awhile back about my new integrative textbook on modern-day slavery and I’d love to get in on here. Also, I have an Indiegogo campaign to get 3,000 copies int Detroit and Chicago. If you’d be willing I need all the help I can get directing people there.

    In the name of abolishing slavery, thank you!!


    • Carl says:

      Thanks for the comment and book suggestion. I encourage everyone to look at your site and consider supporting the book. It looks like a great project. It’s been a while since I’ve added any books or movies, so when I make updates, I’ll include yours on the page.

    • Carl says:

      Some time ago you commented on my and suggested a link to a book and video resource. I somehow overlooked the comment and never tried the link until now. The link is out of date, and you didn’t include the title of the book/video related to Human Trafficking, so I couldn’t find anything on Carnegie Council’s web site that seemed to be what you wanted to share. If you get this message, could you either contact me directly with the link, or visit my blog and give me the title, or an updated link to find it? Thanks and sorry for the delayed reply!

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