Stephanie Hepburn and Rita J. Simon make an effective case that while the specifics of trafficking vary depending on its focal point, there are certain constants. In their review of a range of countries, they demonstrate that economics, geography, civil unrest, societal inequality, and gender disparities play a major role in how trafficking manifests itself.
This is an original contribution in that it compiles agreat deal of information and analyzes it within the given factors ofa country's position as it relates to trafficking. While it includesa great deal of secondary sources such as media accounts,this compilation is useful to the reader to understand the traffickingcontext within the country.
(Christa Stewart, Coordinator, NYS Human Trafficking Program )
I recommend this comprehensive study of human trafficking to anyone wanting tounderstand the fight against the modern day slave-trade. This book stands apart byaugmenting nation by nation accounts of trafficking realities with critiques of existinglocal anti-trafficking measures and consideration of local obstacles, such as the failureto penalize forced labor and gender bias. Supported by diverse sources, including firsthand victim accounts, the authors set forth clear policy recommendations to combattrafficking.
(Lori J. Johnson, Attorney at Law )
Human trafficking and sexual exploitation are complex issues which differ in nature from country to country, and very often accounts of human trafficking are based on anecdotal evidence. Hepburn and Simon managed to delve beneath the surface of policies and legislation within the various countries that they studied by involving those who are involved at a grass root level, and have come up with a fascinating account of these practices in the various countries covered in their book
(Carol Bews, Assistant Director, Johannesburg Child Welfare Society )
Hidden Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight documents some of the economic, geographic, cultural and gender-based factors that contribute to human trafficking and create challenges for prosecution, victim detection and protection. Through the use of quantitative data and extensive interviews, the book demonstrates ways that global migration policies and programs facilitate human trafficking by focusing on enforcement rather than promoting uniform labor standards. The broad focus will help readers compare practices between countries and understand the transnational impact of national legislation and policies on human trafficking around the globe.
(Gretchen Kuhner, author of the American Bar Association's Human Trafficking Assessment Tool Report )
About the Author
Stephanie Hepburn is an independent journalist whose work has been published in Americas Quarterly, USA Today U-Wire, and Gender Issues. She is a weekly and monthly contributing writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Washington College of Law at American University, she integrates her legal and journalism backgrounds to create pieces that are highly informative and have a human tone. Her book with Rita J. Simon,Women's Roles and Statuses the World Over, was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice.
Rita J. Simon is a University Professor in the School of Public Affairs and the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. She has published more than forty books and is currently the editor of Gender Issues.